8    Jun 20120 comments

Jamboree: Lights, camera, action, Idols!

Who would have guessed that Hollywood would be part of this year's Jamboree theme in Burbank, California? This year, we are "Lights, Camera, ANCESTORS! Spotlight on Family History."

The event's regular attendees expect social media guru Thomas MacEntee's bling, and the geneabloggers' New Orleans-style beads and ribbons, but having the American Idol Top 10 in our hotel - in addition to auditions for another popular music show - is a great way to add life to a genealogy conference. 

American Idol Top Ten winners DeAndre Brackensick, Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet

Three of the American Idol Top Ten finalists (from left): DeAndre Brackensick, Jessica Sanchez (#2) and Joshua Ledet (#3)

Sitting at the unofficial bloggers table with a famous geneablogger,  Daniel Horowitz and Mark Olsen pulled up the American Idol 2012 website for a photo of the finalists. 

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24    May 20122 comments

MyHeritage: A Saigon story

MyHeritage members live around the world. Here’s one member’s story!

Now a Melbourne, Australia resident, Nghia (Neil) Huynh was born in Saigon, Vietnam.

The youngest of eight children, he is 54. His parents – from Bien Hoa and Di An – had lived in Saigon since the early 1940s. His father was a civil servant in the old South Vietnam government, and his mother took care of their large family.

Neil's family

Neil's family: His parents (from left), Huynh Thang Nhut and Dinh Thi Quyen; sisters Huynh Thi Xuan Hoang, Huynh Thi Xuan Ha; brother, Huynh Thang Toan.

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14    May 201246 comments

Competition: I love my family because…..

Family

I love my family because..... How would you finish this sentence?

Following the success of our competition "I love genealogy because" last August, we're giving you another chance to win a free one-year PremiumPlus subscription to www.MyHeritage.com!

There are many reasons why we love family, but we want to know yours. Complete the sentence - "I love my family because..." in the comments below or on our Facebook Page between now and May 20 and our favorite comment will win the subscription . The winner will be notified on May 21.

We're running this in advance of International Day of Families which takes place tomorrow, May 15.

We look forward to your comments!

11    May 201210 comments

Webinar: Family history research made easier

Family Tree Builder 6.0 (click to enlarge)

Family Tree Builder 6.0 (click to enlarge)

Following the success of How to find your relatives in the 1940 US Census, we invite you to register for our next webinar: "Family Tree Builder: Tips and tricks to make family history research easier." The webinar will take place on Thursday, May 17 at 2pm EDT*.

Want to learn the tricks of the trade from our MyHeritage experts? In this session, we’ll discuss:

• Building or importing a family tree

• Tips to help you improve your research

• Sharing information with other family members

MyHeritage's free software - Family Tree Builder - is perfect for creating family trees, adding photos and optionally publishing to the Web for sharing with family members with full privacy control including preventing online publishing of specific people, specific notes, specific facts or certain facts for all people.

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9    May 201219 comments

MyHeritage: A young genealogist’s quest

Jared

Jared wears his MyHeritage fleece

Family history attracts people of all ages.

Recently, MyHeritage was happy to hear from member Jeff Zeitlin of Connecticut, who sent an email on behalf of his son Jared, 11. He explained that Jared was very interested in genealogy and asked if it was possible to get a MyHeritage souvenir.

Our marketing department wrote to Jeff and discovered that Jared had made remarkable family history discoveries.

We asked the family's permission to share their story and they were happy to do so. Of course, we sent Jared a MyHeritage fleece (see photo left).

Here’s Jared's story:

A fifth-grade student, Jared’s parents are Alyson and Jeffrey Zeitlin and he has an older sister, Mikayla. He also enjoys spending time with his grandparents in Connecticut and Florida.

Growing up in a Jewish family, Jared found great interest in religion and genealogy. These interests spurred his focus in researching his family history, which resulted in building the family tree on MyHeritage.com.

One day a few summers ago, Jared’s father’s first cousins visited them in Connecticut – the first time Jared had met them.

During the day we discussed how we were related. Cousin Arthur mentioned that another distant cousin had created a family tree on another website. That got me interested in looking at my family.

Jared checked that website, read about his family and added family members – some 450 people. Then he stopped for a while. Continue reading "MyHeritage: A young genealogist’s quest" »

8    May 20122 comments

NGS 2012: MyHeritage heads to Cincinnati

Schelly and Mark preparing for take-off

From right: Schelly, Mark and Chris (a MyHeritage friend) on the way to NGS!

MyHeritage is at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) conference, taking place this week in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) from May 9-12.

The conference is a fantastic opportunity for genealogists and anyone interested in family history research to get together and share ideas.

NGS was established more than a century ago - in Washington DC, in 1903. It provides education and training for the genealogy community and promotes access to and preservation of genealogical records.

Everyone at NGS is invited to visit MyHeritage (booths 331-430), where we can personally greet you, and offer some exciting activities: Continue reading "NGS 2012: MyHeritage heads to Cincinnati" »

2    May 20120 comments

Down Under: A visit to Australia

Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage's chief genealogistMyHeritage's chief genealogist, Daniel Horowitz, recently visited Australia. Here's his report.

In March, I traveled “down under” to Australia.

I was invited by the South Australian Genealogical & Historical Society (SAGHS) to present a keynote talk at the 13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry. I spoke about how we share and preserve memories in today’s digital age. In addition, I presented a program about MyHeritage’s unique and well-known facial recognition technology, which helps researchers discover relatives in family photos.

The conference was a wonderful experience, and I enjoyed meeting some long time genealogy community friends and speaking with regional experts. While staffing our exhibit hall booth, I greeted MyHeritage users and informed others about the advantages and features MyHeritage offers. Continue reading "Down Under: A visit to Australia" »

30    Apr 20125 comments

Webinar: Find your relatives in the 1940 US Census

1940 Census on MyHeritageHaving trouble finding people in the 1940 US census? Need some practical tips to make the most of available information?

Join MyHeritage's experts on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2pm EDT* for a free, live webinar: How to find your relatives in the 1940 US Census - (register for the webinar).

Laurence Harris

Laurence Harris

Laurence Harris and Mark Olsen will take you step-by-step through researching the census. They’ll demonstrate how to find the people you’re looking for and how to understand the records you find.

We’ll also look at other methods to help reveal records such as using city directories or converting previous census EDs, how to decipher the information and follow clues for further research.

A question-and-answer session with our expert panel - also including Daniel Horowitz and Schelly Talalay Dardashti -  will follow.

Mark Olsen

Mark Olsen

MyHeritage was the first commercial entity to have all the census images online. Search the entire census.

We’ve also updated our MyHeritage Mobile App so you can search the census on-the-go.

Register for the webinar.

* Time Zones:
London, UK 7pm
New York, 2pm
Chicago, 1pm
Salt Lake City, 12 noon
Los Angeles, 11am

Do you have any questions you'd like answered? Put them in the comments below, and we'll address them during the webinar.

Feel free to "like" this post. Share it with your friends so they can also join in - the webinar is open to everyone.

We look forward to seeing you online.

23    Apr 20124 comments

Finding Family: MyHeritage and divine intervention

John Landry, 1949

Searching for family involves using every tool available. Sometimes, there’s also a bit of divine intervention.

In Texas, Christy Landry and her family were going through a difficult period in March. Her husband, John, went to church and asked for a prayer for his family. The pastor told him that God would heal their family. They didn’t know how soon!

Christy shared their family story with MyHeritage.

She’ll never forget Monday, March 19. She was at the computer beginning the long process of doing their family tree (again), this time on MyHeritage.com.

I was going to redo the entire thing - this time with resources, evidence, and total assurance that I had it right. I began, like anyone else, by adding my name first, then my husband’s, our son and my husband’s father. I was about to add my parents when I saw the first SmartMatch. ’What’s this?’ I thought, as I clicked on it.

John (she calls him JJ) and Christy married in 2011 after being together for eight years. Born in Texas, she was raised near her entire extended family. A very tight-knit family, her parents’ home was the center for holidays and often some 30-60 people gathered there.

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1    Apr 20124 comments

MyHeritage: Tonight we receive the 1940 US Census!

Tomorrow – April 2, at 12.01am – MyHeritage will receive the 1940 US Federal Census images. We will begin to upload them immediately to make them available to our users for free.

The index will also be provided and will be added to as the work is completed. Researchers around the world have been waiting for this census for 72 years, and we are proud to be part of this historical event.

I already have a list of history mysteries that I’m hoping the images will help solve. Of course, as a long time genealogist, I know that the more data we can access may be somewhat of a two-edged sword.

While we find more information and finally answer some questions, the new data often raises additional mysteries.

So, I guess I am hoping for both: Answers and more mysteries, which will give me more data to track down, and more leads to other resources that I’ve not yet considered.

What was so special about 1940?

In three months, everyone pictured would be recorded in the 1940 census!

The US was coming out of the Great Depression, the economy was improving, people were full of hope, and they didn't know that in two years, they'd be at war. See a photo right of the January 1940 Senior Prom of Samuel J. Tilden High School (Brooklyn, New York). In less than three months, everyone in the photo would be recorded in the 1940 census.

What is a census?

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