Our genealogy team love challenges – so imagine the reaction of Laurence Harris, MyHeritage's Head of Genealogy (UK), when he was shown a 66-year-old Memorial Board commemorating the names of Servicemen who had died in WWII.
The board had been hidden in a rarely-used storage area for more than 30 years.
The challenge was on! Laurence volunteered to trace living family members of the men so that they could be invited to a special service to remember and honor them and to rededicate the Board.
Laurence took this as both a personal and professional challenge. He recognized the importance of learning about these forgotten heroes of the past, enabling the present generation to honor them, and ensuring that their stories are preserved for future generations.
Along the way, he discovered many interesting stories. Over the next few weeks we'll be sharing with you some of these stories and explaining how Laurence managed to trace the descendants.
Do you have stories to share about unsung war heroes in your family? Let us know in the comments below, and email relevant photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 is just around the corner so it's time to start thinking about organizing the year ahead. With so many family birthdays, anniversaries, events, holidays and personal activities to keep track of, anyone can appreciate a handy family calendar for the New Year, prepared in a few clicks!
Our beautiful calendars are really simple to make, because you've already done the hard part - entering the family birthdays, anniversaries and other events and adding photos to your MyHeritage family tree. All this will be automatically placed in the family calendar along with relatives' photos related to each event.
A collage of family photos will appear on the cover page for each month - but not just any photos! The calendar automatically selects photos of people who have a special event during that month. You can also customize the calendar, add or edit events, remove or replace photos, add national holidays and religious holidays and much more.
The calendars are the result of our partnership with specialist companies Fuga Technologies and Total Graphics. The calendars are extremely affordable, costing less than $20 each. They make a great gift for your family for the upcoming holidays and if you order multiple copies you will not pay more for shipping, which is very affordable at approx. $2 only. Express shipping is available for those who need their calendars in a rush.
We're delighted to invite you to register now for our webinar: "Genealogy 101: Everything you need to know about researching your family history" which will be presented on Tuesday, November 13 at 2pm EST/7pm UK.
Join US genealogy adviser Schelly Talalay Dardashti for a Family History master class. This session, open to beginners and more advanced researchers alike, will cover everything from getting started in family history research to breaking down brick walls.
There will be a live Q&A session as well as a chat room to ask questions or comment during the webinar, so think about those things that challenge you and come prepared to challenge Schelly!
View recordings of past webinars on our webinar website.
We look forward to welcoming you online.
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 email@example.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.
*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.
We'd like to make a special, public thank you to our friend John G. M., a volunteer who recently took care of all the missing translations in Hindi, making it possible for millions of people to use MyHeritage to build and share their family history in this language.
This was a big task for which we are truly grateful.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers for their translation assistance, which helps millions of people around the world to discover more about their family history.
If you are interested in becoming a MyHeritage volunteer, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the language or languages with which you'd like to help.
When you next login to MyHeritage, you'll notice some changes made to improve navigation on our family sites. The changes are designed to help you find needed tools and features faster and easier.
New drop-down menus: All family site pages are now available in a drop-down menu - click fewer times to get to where you want to go. Want to create a family tree chart? Scroll over the Family tree tab and immediately see the Charts & Books page.
Switch between trees: Have more than one family tree on your site? Use the handy drop-down menu, now in the upper left corner, to toggle between trees.
People look into their family history for all sorts of reasons. Australian Sylvia Baker, 62, had some special reasons for asking questions.
Born Wilhelmina Cornelia Steeneveld in Delft, Netherlands, Sylvia immigrated to Australia in 1957; lived in Matraville, NSW for five years; and later in Montrose, Victoria. Now retired, she lives in Manjimup, Western Australia and previously worked as a bookkeeper.
She was married to Lambertus Tip, and had two sons, Angus (born Wayne) and Jeffrey (now deceased).
Sylvia attended three years of primary school, began working and then married. At 37, she returned to school and began learning from the beginning!
We'll be working hard to complete the maintenance quickly and return to normal service as soon as possible.
Thanks for your patience.
The MyHeritage team.
We're delighted to introduce you to SuperSearch by MyHeritage, a brand new search engine for historical records! In development since early 2011, and officially out of Beta this week, we are proud to present one of the most comprehensive products we've ever developed.
Here's a fun one-minute video about SuperSearch:
The release of SuperSearch is an exciting moment for genealogy and family history lovers everywhere who can now search over 4 billion records such as birth, marriage, death, burial, census, military, immigration, yearbooks, plus scans of the original documents.
SuperSearch at a glance
On Friday morning, the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree exhibit hall opened to crowds. More than 1,600 family history fans had registered for the event.
Conference-goers arrived to find great deals on genealogy products, ask questions and receive answers to family history questions, as they mingled with friends from everywhere at this event.
Jamboree’s venue at the Burbank Marriott is excellent; this conference is well organized.
The MyHeritage booth was busy and we welcomed Joel Weintraub, co-developer of the popular 1940 Census ED Finder tools on stevemorse.org.
Joel demonstrated original 1940 census forms, enumerator training manuals, postcards left at homes where no one answered the door, and other original documents.
Joel found the items on eBay, along with other historical items he showed to us and at his 1940 Census presentation.
His program was interesting, as it took many humorous turns and also went deeply into the inner workings of the 1940 census. He described some issues, including some people’s refusal to answer questions and the process to complete the national count. You can search all the census images online at MyHeritage.com/1940census.