12    Nov 201312 comments

Our Stories: 50 steps to a family connection!

Some family history researchers begin their geneajourney quite by accident, as did MyHeritage member Niels Bjerre Hansen of Denmark.

Niels, 56, was born in Vindum, Viborg, Denmark and lives with his wife Hanne Moeller Hansen, an intensive care nurse, in Roedkaersbro, Viborg. They have three grown children: Louise is an oil industry design engineer, Marie is an assistant attorney and Christine is a nurse.

He studied electronic engineering and graduated in 1984.

Niels has worked in the wind turbine industry as a development manager in the electronics department. Today he works at a small electronics company making high-end audio equipment as a production technician.

He became interested in family history quite by accident.

Niels made this graphic to show his family connections (Click to zoom)

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20    Sep 20130 comments

MyHeritage Mobile App: Android tablet updates

We are delighted to announce enhanced support for Android tablets using the MyHeritage mobile app.

MyHeritage’s mobile app v2.2 is a great way to build or edit your family tree on the go. With this new update, we've enhanced the user experience and provided an uplifted design and full technical support for all Android tablet users.

Download here

Tablets over 7 inches are now fully optimized using responsive design, while those smaller than 7 inches will remain with the easy-to-use smartphone version of the app. Continue reading "MyHeritage Mobile App: Android tablet updates" »

27    Aug 20139 comments

Tip of the month: Tree Consistency Checker

Having a large, family tree can sometimes lead to small oversights that may be difficult to identify. Some common mistakes are misspelled names, mixed-up dates or incorrect ages, while others are more difficult to detect such as a person tagged in a photo dated before they were born.

That’s where MyHeritage’s Tree Consistency Checker comes in to help fix these mistakes and improve the quality of data in your family tree.

Tree Consistency Checker is a unique, free tool that helps locate mistakes in family tree data. It automatically identifies any errors and inconsistencies in 40 categories - and shows you how to fix each of them.

Inconsistencies such as “child older than parent,” or “fact occurring after death” and “inconsistent last name spelling” will alert and enable you to make the necessary changes in your family tree.

The tool is available on our latest version of Family Tree Builder 7.0 and takes advantage of the new sync features so users with online trees can now utilize this tool as well. Users can sync their online tree to the Family Tree Builder software, and use the Tree Consistency Checker to identify any mistakes. Once you re-sync the tree back to the web, the online family tree will show all the updated information.

Don't have Family Tree Builder 7.0? Download it free here, and learn more about its new features.

We hope this tool will help you make your family tree as accurate as possible!

5    Jul 20120 comments

MyHeritage: Scheduled maintenance this weekend

This weekend (Friday, July 6 - Monday, July 9), MyHeritage will be performing some scheduled site maintenance and making a number of improvements.

The MyHeritage sites and Family Tree Builder will be working normally, but you may experience a few difficulties such as specific features running slowly, or temporarily not working.

We'll be working hard to complete the maintenance quickly and return to normal service as soon as possible.

Thanks for your patience.

The MyHeritage team.

11    May 201210 comments

Webinar: Family history research made easier

Family Tree Builder 6.0 (click to enlarge)

Family Tree Builder 6.0 (click to enlarge)

Following the success of How to find your relatives in the 1940 US Census, we invite you to register for our next webinar: "Family Tree Builder: Tips and tricks to make family history research easier." The webinar will take place on Thursday, May 17 at 2pm EDT*.

Want to learn the tricks of the trade from our MyHeritage experts? In this session, we’ll discuss:

• Building or importing a family tree

• Tips to help you improve your research

• Sharing information with other family members

MyHeritage's free software - Family Tree Builder - is perfect for creating family trees, adding photos and optionally publishing to the Web for sharing with family members with full privacy control including preventing online publishing of specific people, specific notes, specific facts or certain facts for all people.

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4    Aug 20110 comments

MyHeritage: Now in Latvian

Another language was added to MyHeritage.com this week. Your family site can now be displayed in 37 languages. As you’ll see in your language options, Latvian is now available.

With more than 92,500 Latvian users, we received many requests to add Latvian to MyHeritage.com.  We have great pleasure in finally being able to offer it as the first Baltic language in our list. 

It should prove useful for users in both Latvia and Lithuania, making it a little bit easier to connect on MyHeritage.com. Continue reading "MyHeritage: Now in Latvian" »

6    Oct 20100 comments

Family Festival: Catch the family spirit!

The first-ever "One Family, Many Faces" festival drew throngs of families to the MyHeritage workshop with 50 computers manned by a team of 15 experts.

This overwhelmingly successful experience in interactive multi-generational family history was attended by families of all backgrounds and ages and  took place at the Museum of the Jewish People, September 26-28, in Tel Aviv.

A record-breaking 1,500 family trees - adding some 32,000 individuals - were created at the three-day event. That count is now more than 40,000 because families are continuing to build their trees at full speed.

Parents brought babies, toddlers, young children and teens. Aunts and uncles arrived with nieces and nephews.  

Grandparents brought their grandchildren so that they could share in the experience. Young children - to whom computers are an ordinary part of life - helped their non-technological grandparents.

Working side-by-side at computers were young couples just starting their lives together and senior couples recording details for their own parents and grandparents.

MyHeritage is all about uniting families, whether it is discovering new relatives or building a family tree together.

We spoke to several families and asked them why they were there:

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5    May 20100 comments

Marching on 50 million strong

We’ve reached a true milestone. MyHeritage.com now hosts more than 50 million users. Since our inception in 2005, we’ve strived to offer our users and satisfying family social networking experience by offering tools to help research and organize your family history and collaborate with family. It is through your interaction and feedback that we are able to forge our current suite of products. It is through your dedication and continued use that 2010 has been such a great success. Continue reading "Marching on 50 million strong" »

18    Feb 20105 comments

Design Your Family Crest CONTEST!

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Example Coat of Arms

One of the great new features available from our recent merger is the ability for users to create their own Family Crest! Now you can showoff your heraldic display.

Click on your family tree and find the new tab that leads you to the build your family crest page. This fun new flash feature has 6 customizable elements of the coat of arms, each including loads of prefabricated design and hundreds of color options. Just as in a traditional Coat of Arms, here you can choose your shield, the helm or coronet, two supporters and a motto. As well, you can add charges for each field in the shield.
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24    Nov 20091 comment

Thanksgiving , a Timeless Treat

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East Coast Turkey

Thanksgiving is a day thick with plenty. The penultimate November Thursday marries history, tradition, and myth in commemorative indulgence. Its goals are less commercial and Puritan-stiff than many a holiday, and it thumps with seasonal and human spirit.

The history of the day of thanks trickles down from early American settlers. It was to be a day of rest from battle with Native Americans, and the gruesome winter, which took the lives of nearly half of the early pilgrims. The first account of Thanksgiving dates to 1623, chronicled in Eliot's New-England History, and tells of Governor Bradford who "sent out a company for game [turkey which was of plenty in the are]...and abundant materials for a feast...and they feasted Massasoit and ninety of his Indians, and they thanked God for the good and the good things in it. So they kept their first Thanksgiving."
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