26    Jun 20152 comments

Our Stories: 44,000 and growing!

Continuing our spotlight on volunteer translators, we introduce Seppo Tarvainen, a MyHeritage member from Finland, who has been helping to translate MyHeritage products into Finnish for a few years.

Born a few years after WWII in a small village in the middle of Finland, Seppo grew up with a passion for travel. He studied mechanical engineering, which led he and his family around the world on various work projects. Now home, he began looking into other hobbies, such as genealogy.

My parents had a lot of family history information, but they died before I had the opportunity to properly interview them.

About four years ago, Seppo came across MyHeritage’s Family Tree Builder and began adding the information he had and building his family tree. The number of individuals increased, so he soon upgraded to a PremiumPlus account.

I kept getting even more Smart Matches, and my family tree kept growing.

Today, his family tree has over 44,000 people. Through matches to other MyHeritage members, he discovered ancestors dating back to the late-1500s. Some ancestors remained in the region, while later generations emigrated to the US, Canada and Australia. Continue reading "Our Stories: 44,000 and growing!" »

21    May 20154 comments

A boy called Emma?: Proposed Finnish naming law

Imagine a boy named Emma or a girl named Joshua. Sounds strange? Sounds normal? In Finland, these gender-switching names may become a reality.

The current Finish naming law, dating from 1985, is about to be obsolete. Until now, the law banned giving a female child a male name, and a male child a female name, but a new proposal may change that.

The law, considered controversial by some, would allow parents to give their children names regardless of  the gender  to which they might be associated. However, chosen names may not be offensive, inappropriate or incite harm to children. Continue reading "A boy called Emma?: Proposed Finnish naming law" »

11    Apr 20151 comment

Family history around the world: A Finnish volunteer

Born in Eastern Finland, with Finnish and Russian roots, Annikka began her family history journey in spring 2009 when she found a rough draft of a family tree her sister had written several decades earlier.

Excited to get started in family history research, she began searching for a way to digitally preserve her family tree, and came across MyHeritage’s Family Tree Builder, where she entered all the information from her sister’s tree.

As a genealogist, I like the ease, clarity and layout of Family Tree Builder.

After years of working on her family history, today, her family tree now has over 14,000 people!

When Annikka wanted to share her tree with other relatives, she noticed that there were some discrepancies in the Finnish translation. She contacted MyHeritage to offer to correct them herself and make the language more adaptable to the Finnish market. Five and a half years later, Annikka is still one of our dedicated Finnish volunteer translators. Continue reading "Family history around the world: A Finnish volunteer" »

8    Apr 20150 comments

Webinar: Discover your Scandinavian ancestors

Do you have Scandinavian roots? Interested to learn how to find out about those ancestors?

In honor of our recent addition of millions of new Scandinavian records recently added online, we’re offering a free webinar to help advance your Scandinavian family history research.

Join Mike Mansfield, MyHeritage Director of Content Production and Jason Oler, MyHeritage Senior Program Manager, as they provide research tips and tools to help navigate these new records to help you explore your family history and make new discoveries. Continue reading "Webinar: Discover your Scandinavian ancestors" »

11    Dec 20136 comments

New: MyHeritage adds millions of Nordic records

We’re delighted to announce that you can now search millions of digitized Nordic records from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland from as early as the 1600s so you can discover your Nordic roots and learn more about how your ancestors lived.

Search now

The collections contain over 90 million names and include birth, death, marriage and baptism records, as well as census and many more records. This is in addition to 70 million profiles in 730,000 family trees already created by MyHeritage users with ancestors in this region. This is a treasure trove of records, not only for people living today in these countries but for all whose families originated in the region.

Continue reading "New: MyHeritage adds millions of Nordic records" »

18    Jul 20121 comment

Marissa Mayer: From Finland to Yahoo!

Marissa Mayer, as a child

Marissa Mayer, as a child (taken from MilwaukeeMag.com)

A lot of media attention was devoted to Marissa Mayer yesterday, a former Google executive, who has just been appointed CEO of Yahoo!.

Marissa, all of 37 years old(!), was one of the first 20 employees - and the first female engineer - at Google. She has been listed by Forbes on four occasions as one of America's 50 most powerful women in business.

In addition to her professional achievements, Marissa holds two degrees from Stanford, is a keen dancer and runner and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Her appointment came as a shock to some, as on the same day it was announced, Marissa announced that she is six months pregnant.

Marissa is clearly a remarkable woman, having achieved so much professionally while still being young and family-oriented. She married Zach Bogue in 2009 and they are expecting a baby boy in October.

An article from 2004 about Google quoting Marissa - as found on SuperSearch (click to search)

An article from 2004 about Google quoting Marissa - as found on SuperSearch (click to search)

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