20    Oct 20140 comments

Spooky Genealogy Webinar: Death records, gravestones and more!

Death records and gravestones can provide new information and leads in your family history research. Join us for a pre-Halloween webinar filled with "tricks and treats" with expert genealogist Schelly Talalay Dardashti, who'll navigate us through uncovering family mysteries through death records, obituaries and more!

Register for free here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/228679207

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Time:
11 AM Los Angeles
2 PM New York
6 PM London

(To find the time of the webinar at your location, use this Time Zone Converter.)

Do you have any questions you’d like answered? Leave us a comment below and we’ll try to answer as many as we can live.

Looking forward to see you online!

30    Oct 20130 comments

Millions of gravestone records and obituaries added to SuperSearch

As Halloween approaches we’re excited to bring you new tricks and treats to help you find out more about your ancestors. We’re happy to announce that we've added millions of gravestone records and obituaries to SuperSearch, our online search engine for billions of historical records.

This new addition includes 5.5 million gravestone records from BillionGraves and 3.5 million obituaries from Tributes.com.

Search the BillionGraves and Tributes collections now

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29    Oct 20130 comments

Halloween: Annual photo competition!

Happy Halloween! As Halloween approaches, we're excited to announce the start of our annual Halloween Family Photo competition!

Send us your most creative and original family Halloween photos and we'll choose three winners to receive a one-year MyHeritage data subscription, providing full access to billions of history records.

As Halloween approaches and you've started to think about costumes, don't forget to take a photo, or send us an old photo from a previous year!

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8    Nov 20120 comments

Halloween Competition: And the winner is…

Thanks to all of you who entered the MyHeritage Halloween Family Photo competition.

We received some great photos but, alas, only one can win the one-year data subscription. After our panel of judges reviewed each photo, we're delighted to announce that Debby Carter has won our prize!

Here's the winning photo:

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31    Oct 20121 comment

Halloween: Why we love it

Goblins, ghouls, ghosts and zombies…Oh my!

Why do we love Halloween? Is it the costumes? The candy?

Are you ready for Halloween?

According to a recent US National Retail Federation survey, a record 170 million Americans plan to spend $8 billion on Halloween, for costumes, candy and decorations.

English professor Eric Wilson of Wake Forest University says we love the holiday for deeper reasons than just a night of fun, especially during economic difficulties.

Escapism from hard times is part of this. He says that, on Halloween, we can pretend to be someone else, and not focus on worries or regrets.

Celebrating the enchanted is another part of this and takes people’s minds off their “limitations and mortality.”

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26    Oct 20120 comments

Competition: Submit Halloween Family Photos for a chance to win

Following last year's fun, we're really excited to be re-running our Halloween Family Photo competition!

Send your most creative and original Halloween family photos and we'll choose three winners to receive a one-year MyHeritage annual data subscription, providing full access to all family history records in our database.

As Halloween approaches and you've started to think about costumes, don't forget to take a photo, or send us an old photo from a Halloween past!

The rules are simple: Upload your photo* to our Facebook Page or Tweet to @MyHeritage using the hashtag #myheritagehalloween. Don't have a Facebook or Twitter account? Email your photo to marketing@myheritage.com.

We'll be looking for the most ghoulish, wacky and creative photos. Remember, we’re all about family here at MyHeritage, so we'd like to see your whole family getting involved. Check out these photos from last year.

Entries close at noon (in your country of submission) on Friday, November 2, 2012, so you’d better get snapping now, if you’d like to get your hands on a one-year MyHeritage annual data subscription!

Don’t get too spooked.

The MyHeritage Team.

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*We kindly request that all photos be of a reasonable resolution (96dpi at least) and that the submission is your own original work (and not infringing any copyright laws). Any images of under-18s must be cleared for usage with their parent(s) or guardian(s). Three winners will be chosen from all entries received, and will each receive a free MyHeritage annual data subscription for 12 months. Winners will be notified using their original mode of entry and we will make every practical or best-faith effort to contact them. See the full terms and conditions here.

2    Nov 20113 comments

Halloween: Family photo winners

We love running competitions at MyHeritage, and Halloween provided an excellent opportunity to see what our community created.

It's a chance for us to see how creative our community can be and -  in the case of this week's competition - be privy to some hilarious family Halloween photos. Ghoulish, disturbing, confusing and downright terrifying - you name it, we've seen them all! See the slide show here:

We know everyone wanted to be one of the lucky three - who will now enjoy excellent features including enhanced Smart Matches™ and Timeline features.

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1    Nov 20110 comments

Day of the Dead: Celebrating Life in Mexico

Today (November 1) is the beginning of the two-day Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival in Mexico.

Contrary to its name, the festival is a celebration of life rather than death, which explains the widespread display of art, food and music.

It’s an amazing couple of days as Mexicans truly commemorate the lives of their ancestors – something that we all, as family history researchers, can relate to.

Below is a video, which explains the history of the celebration and shows what happens on the two days. Enjoy!

27    Oct 20113 comments

The MyHeritage Halloween Family Photo Competition

MyHeritage is looking for the most creative and original Halloween Family photos. Take part and win one of three one-year Premium subscriptions at MyHeritage.com.

Everyone has, we are sure, seen those piles of pumpkins in every supermarket heralding the news that Halloween is just around the corner.

We haven’t had a competition for a while now so, of corpse (sorry), we decided to dust the cobwebs from three free premium subscriptions for one year and put them up for grabs in the MyHeritage Halloween Family Photo Competition!

Share your best Halloween family picture with us, or that old Halloween picture lurking in your photo album.

The rules are simple: upload your photo* to our Facebook Page or send them via Twitter using the hashtag #myheritagehalloweenpics (we recommend you use yfrog.com or twitgoo.com for this). If you do not have a Facebook or Twitter account you can send us your picture to marketing@myheritage.com.

We will be looking for the most ghoulish, wacky and creative photos our community has to offer. Remember, we’re all about family here at MyHeritage, so if your whole family is getting involved, we’d like to see some photo evidence of that!

Entries close at noon on the day after Halloween (1 November 2011), so you’d better get snapping now, if you’d like to get your hands on a one year free premium subscription!

Don’t get too spooked.

The MyHeritage Team.

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*We kindly request that all photos be of a reasonable resolution (96dpi at least) and that the submission is your own original work (and not infringing any copyright laws). Any images of under-18s must be cleared for usage with their parent(s) or guardian(s). Three winners will be chosen from all entries received, and will each receive a free premium subscription for 12 months. Winners will be notified using their original mode of entry and we will make every practical or best-faith effort to contact them. See the full terms and conditions here.

29    Oct 20100 comments

Trick or Treat?

Ah, it's Halloween again, time for the little ones to run around town trick-or-treating for their favorite sweets. You might be surprised to learn the humble roots of trick-or-treating. Originally Hallows' Eve, it is believed to have origins in the Middle Ages when 'souling' was common practice. Poor folk would travel door to door on Hallowmas, receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day. Since, it has evolved into a more family-centered holiday -- a playful weekend when everyone from kids to parents dress up in costumes, play games and eat copious amounts of candy.
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