We have often discussed the importance of building family trees and how genealogy can be used to make exciting family discoveries.
Gilad Japhet, MyHeritage's Founder & CEO, read an article a few months ago concerning the compensation for Jewish-owned German property that had been confiscated by the Nazis during World War II.
The article linked to a list compiled by the Claims Conference of around 40,000 properties (homes, buildings, stores and factories) located in former East Germany. The descendants of these property owners are entitled to compensation.
Cards with messages have been mailed since the creation of the postal service. Many of us have sent postcards to our loved ones from vacations or just a quick note to say hello.
A postcard is traditionally a rectangular piece of thick paper or cardboard intended for mailing without an envelope.
The earliest known picture postcard comes from the 19th century, hand-painted by writer Theodore Hook in 1840. In the US, John P. Carlton patented the postal card and produced the first commercial cards in 1861.
Over the course of the 19th century, postcards gained additional popularity among all social classes. They were a convenient, inexpensive and attractive means of correspondence.
Genealogical societies are essential to family history researchers. They provide resources, programs, conferences, and other important assistance.
MyHeritage is spotlighting these societies in a new series over the year.
Today, we look at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), based in Austin, Texas, and established in 1976.Headed by D. Joshua Taylor, FGS represents other genealogical and historical societies. More than 500 member societies represent over a half-million individual members in those societies.
Join Schelly Talalay Dardashti, MyHeritage's US Genealogy Adviser, who will share her tips and tricks for getting started with your family history research, and answer your questions.
Date: Monday, July 15, 2013
Time: 2-3pm EDT
Register free here: http://bit.ly/11LZsjo
Have any questions you'd like answered? Put them in the comments below, and we'll address them during the webinar.
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Don’t miss this opportunity for tools to discover your family heritage. We look forward to seeing you online!
The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) blog - The Weekly Genealogist - posts an interesting survey each week.
A recent post focused on the genealogy summer plans of its readers.
MyHeritage would also like to know about your summer plans. Will you visit your family's ancestral homes? Interview senior relatives? Attend a gen conference?
Those square graphics of squiggles - QR codes - are found on everything.
We use them to find sale prices on items in stores, use them on organization and event flyers for more information and myriad other uses. Our smartphones translate the squiggles into practical information.
I've always thought that it would be great to have a personal genealogical QR image that could be put on T-shirts or hats worn at a gen conference, or perhaps on our conference badges.
Point your smart phone at it, and see what families I'm researching, from where, my DNA haplogroup, what gen societies I belong to and other relevant information.
I generated my own QR code at http://myqr.co/, a free site.
Wouldn't that be an innovation at genealogy conference?
People catch the genealogy bug in many ways. For MyHeritage member Chris King (in Georgia, US), it was because of the Girl Scouts.
My daughter, Caitlin, was in Girl Scouts and had to do a family tree of three-to-four generations. I always wanted to know more about where my family was from, but had never thought about doing a family tree. I helped her with the project and together we went back several more generations.
Born Christine Carlton in Paget, Bermuda, in January 1969, Chris' father was in the US Air Force, stationed on the island. Her parents divorced when she was 3, and she, her sister and their mother moved to Georgia, where she grew up. Today she has four children and a step-daughter. She and her husband have been together for 12 years and married for nine, with six grandchildren and another on the way.
Memories, photos and documents provide a wealth of invaluable family history information. Interviewing family members is a great way to learn about earlier generations and discover more about your family heritage.
Interview older relatives first. They may be the only people who know from which country or town your immigrant ancestors came, or the spelling of an original surname, or any name changes made over the generations. Unless that knowledge is documented before they die or their memories fade, then that information may be lost forever.
Storytelling is a great way to add details to your family tree, and interviewing a relative is a great way to start. To help with your family history research, here are some tips for interviewing relatives.
MyHeritage is getting ready for next week’s 44th Jamboree conference, organized by the Southern California Genealogical Society.
This year’s theme is “Follow the Path to the Past,” and the event takes place from Friday-Sunday, June 6-9, in Burbank, California.
However, not everything is online ... yet!
Keep checking and searching online - particularly with MyHeritage's new Record Detective technology - to see what's available to you.
However, there may be perplexing family history mysteries that you are trying to resolve, and family historians need to speak - in person - to other researchers, who may have faced similar problems in the past.