MyHeritage's US genealogy advisor, Schelly Talalay Dardashti, describes how historic newspapers add life to our family trees.
Old newspapers are treasure troves of family information. If your family lived for a long time in one location, then local papers likely hold information about your relatives.
Such details include birth, marriage and death announcements. If your ancestors owned businesses, there may be legal records or advertisements. Social announcements, real estate records, school graduations, athletic events and even the costs of consumer goods at the time can provide a glimpse into your family and also provide a backdrop as to what life was like for them at a certain point in history.
In the Spanish American (published in Roy, Mora County, New Mexico) page 12 of the February 6, 1906 edition offers local notes such as these (see left). We learn who went where and why, business announcements and who was sick. If your family is one of those mentioned, here’s a very personal look into what happened around that time.
No matter where you live around the world, local historic newspapers provide fascinating information available nowhere else.
Although current events and major historic events are of great interest, it is the personal and cultural reporting that may be of more interest to family historians. Consumer goods are only one area of life detailed in historic newspapers, and those published in major ports (such as San Francisco and New York City) published ship arrivals, the cargo carried, as well as passengers.
Times were very different 100 years ago. In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, the first US bus line began and, on May 7, 1914, Mother's Day was officially recognized as a national holiday in the United States!
Here are some interesting facts:
- In 1914, pacifiers, wooden carriages and baby bottles were around, but mothers didn't have the conveniences of disposable diapers or wipes.
- One hundred years ago, over 95% of all US births took place at home. Today, home births account for less than 1% of all births.
Today we are pleased to announce that MyHeritage has reached an exciting milestone: we've surpassed 5 billion historical records!
It has taken only two years for MyHeritage to build this treasure trove of historical information demonstrating that MyHeritage is one of the fastest-growing and most internationally diverse family history companies in the world.
We recently hosted a webinar - "How to find ancestors in US and UK records" - featuring two of MyHeritage's experts: director of content production Mike Mansfield and chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz.
The webinar included a comprehensive overview of our matching technologies to advance your family history research, and the US and UK records available in MyHeritage SuperSearch.
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Don’t forget to check our other webinars for even more genealogy tips to help make family history research easier.
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Learn how to find them easily at our free online live demonstration, by learning how to search millions of historical records!
Join Mike Mansfield, Director of Content Production, who will teach you how to search US records. Join Laurence Harris, MyHeritage’s Head of Genealogy, UK, who will present the new UK records. Lastly, but certainly not least, MyHeritage’s Chief Genealogist, Daniel Horowitz, will provide an overview of our matching technologies which enable you to advance your family history research.
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We did it again! We've just added 815 million US Public Records of people living in the USA to MyHeritage SuperSearch. This massive compilation of records was assembled from telephone directories, property tax assessments, credit applications, voter registration lists and other records available to the public. It includes information about hundreds of millions of people from the USA spanning the last five decades, making it one of the most powerful collections on SuperSearch for finding information about living relatives.
We’re excited to announce that we've added more than 160 million new US and UK historical records to SuperSearch, MyHeritage’s powerful search engine for historical records.
These records come from hundreds of collections, including such vital records as births, baptisms, marriages and deaths, military records, censuses and many more.
Today, we launched an exciting new feature that allows you to add new profiles to your family tree directly from a historical record.
Previously, you could view a historical record and extract information from that record into multiple profiles in your family tree. Now you can go one step further, and add new profiles to your family tree from that very record!
For example, if you find a census record for your great-grandmother and you discover she had a sister previously unknown to you, you can now add the sister to your tree directly from the record, and extract the information about her from the record at the same time.
SuperSearch contains billions of global historical records and tree profiles from different data collections. The records come from various countries and various regions within those countries.
Searching for your ancestors is now even easier, as you search for data by geographic locations. This provides results relevant to only that specific location, helpful when you are looking for a person from a specific place.