24    Jan 20134 comments

Looking at history: Images 101

Your grandmother had one.
So did your mother.
I'll bet you also have one.

In the back of a high closet shelf, in the basement, in your attic, you have some kind of a container.

It may be an old metal box that held cookies a lifetime ago, an old shoebox or hatbox, a modern plastic container with a snap-on lid, or even a handy-dandy sealed plastic bag stuck in a drawer.

The contents may include dried flowers, holiday and life-cycle event cards, and many old photographs. If this is your personal collection, you'll likely know who the people were and when the image was taken. That's good.

However, these treasured possessions may have belonged to your great-grandmother. She, if you are very fortunate, may have written lightly in pencil on the back. The lady in the strange hat is Cousin Helen, you learn, but you've never heard of anyone with that name.

If you are even luckier, the inscription may indicate that it's a holiday gift from "your dear brother in London." You've never heard of anyone who had a brother in London.

If your relative was somewhat obsessive, he or she may have recorded the names, dates and places on each photograph. In this case, your genealogy colleagues around the world will congratulate you on your good fortune!

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9    Jan 201329 comments

MyHeritage mobile app version 2.0 released today!

We're delighted to announce the release of MyHeritage app version 2.0, our free mobile application, packed with exciting new features. Now you can build and edit your family tree, add more information to it, and take your heritage with you anywhere you go.

MyHeritage App 2.0 - Edit your tree on the go!

Our mobile app is available for iPad, iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets, in 32 languages, and has been optimized for each platform using cutting-edge HTML5 and SVG technologies. Download the new app now, for free, from Apple's App Store or Google Play.

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31    Dec 20120 comments

2012: A MyHeritage year in review

Now's the time when we look at what we've accomplished over the past 12 months, and plan for the year ahead. It's time for reflection, introspection and preparation.

2012 has been an incredibly exciting year at MyHeritage and, as we stand on the cusp of 2013, here's a quick look at some of the highlights.

We kicked off the year by partnering with Family Tree DNA to introduce DNA testing for genealogy. DNA genetic genealogy testing can help you discover more relatives by comparing your results to a growing database of hundreds of thousands of people.

The results may match you to a living relative with whom you share a common ancestor who may have lived hundreds of years ago.

The results can also reveal ethnic backgrounds, providing more insight into where your ancestors may have lived and thus more clues as to where to search. Continue reading "2012: A MyHeritage year in review" »

19    Dec 201211 comments

MyHeritage: Holiday competition!

Many of our most special memories come from spending time with our families over the holidays.

We remember the dinners, gifts, songs and jokes we shared. Wonderful testimonials to these unique moments are the photos we will treasure for ever.

For this year's holiday competition, we're asking readers to share their holiday memories for a chance to win a brand new digital camera!

All you need to do is share your favorite holiday memory either in a comment below or - if a photo - email it to stories@myheritage.com by January 2, 2013. We'll announce the lucky winner on January 3.

Happy Holidays!

The MyHeritage team

14    Dec 20121 comment

Family History Discoveries: Your stories


Many MyHeritage members have made remarkable discoveries through their family history research.

For example, David thought that an entire branch of his family had died in WWII. Through a MyHeritage Smart Match, he discovered that they had survived. Read about how the families were reunited.

Read about Howard who found a long-lost cousin living in his own hometown!

We also helped to reunite half-siblings Ronald and Anneliese.

We publish these stories because we think they're a great way to inspire all of us in our family history research. Who knows what story we'll uncover with the next relative we add to our family tree.

If you're interested in sharing your inspiring story or breakthrough, and having it published in this blog, send it to stories@myheritage.com.

The MyHeritage team

13    Dec 20120 comments

Genealogy: 3 ways to involve family during the holidays

HolidaysAs we approach the holiday season, the chances are that many of us will spend time with our families.

Whether you'll be visiting close relatives or meeting with distant cousins, family get-togethers are the perfect way to find out more about your family history.

Want to add more information to your family tree or inspire the younger generations to get involved? Here are three simple tips to turn your next family gathering into a genealogy opportunity!

1. Ask relatives to bring an old family object

Documenting the story of a family treasure can be an great tool to increase understanding about your family history. Whether a letter, card, ornament, jewelry or recipe, encourage relatives to bring something to show everyone. These items can bring interesting stories to life and provide new family  information. Continue reading "Genealogy: 3 ways to involve family during the holidays" »

7    Dec 20126 comments

Photos: Do ancestors resemble living relatives?

Ever heard someone say "he looks just like his father"? What about,"he looks just like his great-great-great-grandfather"?

I recently found an old family photo of one of my ancestors and noticed a striking similarity with a living relative.

When looking at old ancestral photos, I've always had a sense of familiarity. I notice a certain family resemblance to living relatives, such as their physical features or just their facial expressions.

Photographer Ulric Collette's "genetic portraits" takes this concept to a new level. Ulric merges photos of relatives and shows how alike some family members look.

MyHeritage's look-alike meter helps people answer that age-old question as to whether they look more like their mother or father.

Have you found an old family photo and noticed a resemblance between those in the photo and your living relatives?

Let us know in the comments below.

28    Nov 20129 comments

MyHeritage acquires Geni.com

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We’re thrilled to announce today that we’ve acquired Geni.com, the Los Angeles-based family tree network. Geni.com is one of the leading family tree websites and it has established a very strong global brand since its inception in 2007. We’re really excited to welcome Geni.com’s talented team to the MyHeritage family.

This is great news all round! As a larger community, the users of MyHeritage and Geni.com can expect to benefit greatly from this acquisition. Users of each website will now receive matches with the family trees of the other website, and MyHeritage’s Smart Matching and Record Matching technologies will benefit the Geni.com users, who will get access to historical records never available before on Geni.com.

This is our eighth and largest acquisition yet. It comes at a time when we’re rapidly growing, adding more records, and offering additional technologies to help you make family history breakthroughs.

The websites of MyHeritage and Geni.com will be kept separate and the users of MyHeritage will not experience any changes in how they use MyHeritage. If you already happen to have an account on MyHeritage and on Geni.com, they will be kept separate.

We thought you may have some questions about this acquisition and hope this post will answer them. For more information, you can read the official press release here.

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28    Nov 20120 comments

MyHeritage raises $25 million of new funding

We’re proud to announce today that we have closed a new round of financing and raised $25 million to boost MyHeritage’s operations in the years ahead and allow MyHeritage to continue to grow and provide better services to our users. The funding round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), with existing investors Index Ventures, Accel Partners and Hasso Plattner Ventures also participating.

BVP is a global venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley, Cambridge, Mass., New York, India and Israel. BVP delivers the broadest platform in venture capital spanning across industries, geographies, generations and stages of company growth. From LinkedIn to Pinterest, Staples to Skype, VeriSign to Yelp, BVP has helped incubate and support companies that have anchored tidal shifts in the economy. More than 100 BVP-funded companies have gone public on exchanges in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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19    Nov 20126 comments

Holiday: Talking Turkey

Holidays“Gobble, gobble” to everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving!

This wonderful family holiday is celebrated by Americans around the world, no matter where they live. It's the time for families to get together and share a delicious feast. The day often includes watching football on TV and planning for “Black Friday” shopping deals!

It is a genuine family holiday and many of us have touching or hilarious stories about Thanksgivings past.

MyHeritage invites you to share your funny stories for the chance to win a one-year PremiumPlus membership. Simply comment on this post or post comments on our Facebook wall or, if you can fit it into 140 characters, tweet them @myheritage. The winning story will be announced on Friday.

Since I can’t participate in the competition as I'm part of the MyHeritage team, here’s my hilarious holiday story.

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