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?
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?
The MyHeritage team - like any family - loves to get together and our annual costume party is one of our favorite events. Every year, we have lots of fun and the costumes are always impressive. Checking the photos from previous years, we realized how fast we've grown and how big the MyHeritage family has become.
There are so many birthdays, anniversaries and other family events, it's hard to keep track. That's why we've created the new, personalized printed family calendars. In just one click events and photos from your MyHeritage family site will be automatically placed and organized into a beautiful family calendar, that you can receive straight to your home. Multiple copies can be ordered and delivered worldwide, so no loved family member will be left without one.
Hang on the wall at home or keep on your desk at work, this convenient planner has everybody's photo right next to their name. It looks as good as the calendar that your aunt slaved for weeks to prepare, and nobody will know your little secret, that you got it made in just a few clicks! So how do we make this magic happen?
Creating your family calendar is quick, simple and fun and only takes a few seconds. To make it a breeze, our technology automatically matches photos and events to the appropriate dates . The calendar is created automatically for you, but it's also simple for those who want to customize it: you can select from diverse graphical styles, pick the language and the start month, change any photos, add events and choose which national or religious holidays to include.
The MyHeritage team returned from three intensive days at the Who Do You Think You Are Live 2012 show in London’s Olympia, attended by some 15,000 visitors.
The team included CEO and founder Gilad Japhet, chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz, head of genealogy (UK) Laurence Harris and US genealogy advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti, along with UK/US community manager Aaron Godfrey, former UK community manager James Sanderson, Netherlands community manager Denie Kasan and support representative Aviv Ben-Arie.
We enjoyed meeting with old friends and prospective members during the show. Many new users registered at the booth, while many existing members spent time with our team, shared their stories and sought assistance in advancing their family research.
While genealogy conferences bring together genealogists for learning, sharing, collaborating, RootsTech - February 2-4, in Salt Lake City, Utah - brings together technology developers and genealogy consumers.
It is a great opportunity for technologists and genealogists (of all skill levels) to share ideas, learn from each other and find solutions to family history challenges.
Genealogists and family historians learn firsthand about exciting new technologies and tools to improve their research experience, while developers learn skills to deliver new applications and systems. The program offers many choices; see it here.
MyHeritage.com will be there in force at our display booth 514. Our RootsTech contingent includes:
MyHeritage founder and CEO Gilad Japhet. He will speak at 1.30pm, on Thursday, February 2 and demonstrate new technology to be unveiled for the first time. Family history fans worldwide will be delighted with this presentation. To learn more, you’ll have to be there!
MyHeritage is also preparing holiday-related posts - and some surprises - so stay tuned during November.
A national holiday, Thanksgiving is observed in the United States - and worldwide wherever North American expats reside - on the fourth Thursday of November.
Every immigrant group to the US has also adopted the special day, which crosses all ethnic and religious lines.
"Turkey day" is a universal and delicious event, while the four-day holiday weekend also features football (not soccer!) games, major shopping days and great sales.
Thanksgiving Day's centerpiece is the lovingly-prepared feast on our tables, which we share with family and friends. People begin to plan holiday menus very early. Therefore, we invite the MyHeritage community to participate in our poll below:
Following the recent launch of our Family Graph API developers' competition for the creation of the best web or mobile app for families, we're proud to introduce our distinguished panel of judges.
Judging the competition are some well-known names in tech, investment and family arenas. So, without further ado, let us introduce the judges...
With a particular interest in startups, apps and the constant evolution of digital media, Martin Bryant is the European Editor at The Next Web, one of the world's leading technology blogs. Based in Manchester, UK, he co-founded the city's Social Media Cafe events that helped kickstart a lively cross-discipline digital community in the city.
Creator of GeneaBloggers, Thomas MacEntee is an authority on all things family history. He's one of our favorite genealogy bloggers and writes and lectures on the many ways that tech and social media can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience.
Jessica Fisher, aka FishMama, is the voice behind leading mommy blog LifeasMom. A mom of six, Jessica also writes about juggling home and family duties for parenting publications.
Experienced entrepreneur, operator and seed investor, Saul Klein is a Partner at leading VC firm Index Ventures.
Dad of 5 and passionate about pioneering new technology solutions for our customers, Yuval Ben-Galim is Executive VP R&D at MyHeritage.com
So far more than 50 companies and developers who've submitted applications have been approved to use the Family Graph API. Want the chance to win $10,000? Enter our Family Graph API app creation competition today. We'd like to wish all entrants the very best of luck... watch this space for competition updates.
That’s correct, yet another language has been added to MyHeritage.com! From today, your family site can now be displayed in 38 languages thanks to the addition of Afrikaans.
This follows the recent introduction of Latvian to our language options, which was very well received by our Latvian community.
There are some 20 million Afrikaans speakers and we are pleased to provide MyHeritage.com and Family Tree Builder software to that large community.
Afrikaans is spoken primarily in South Africa and Namibia and has a considerable Dutch influence. The language was brought to the Cape by Protestant settlers in the 17th century and has had sustained popularity since. Afrikaans can also be used as an adjective; relating to the Afrikaner people and their culture.
We hope that you and your family will find this new language useful.
Springfield, Illinois is known as Abraham Lincoln's hometown and offers many research repositories for those interested in Lincoln and American history.
The MyHeritage genealogy team is heading this week to Springfield for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 35th annual conference, in conjunction with the Illinois Genealogical Society (IGS), September 7-10. This year's theme is "Pathways to the Heartland."
Chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz and US genealogy advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti will be staffing booth #107 in the exhibit hall. MyHeritage is one of more than 75 exhibitors in the 40,000-square-foot exhibit hall.
Daniel and I are looking forward to greeting MyHeritage users, so please come by to say hello. For those conference attendees who are not yet MyHeritage users, we'll be running our GEDCOM challenge again. Bring your family tree GEDCOM on a flash drive and we will find you long lost relatives with our exclusive Smart Matches technology!
We will also offer great extra discounts for Premium or PremiumPlus - new subscriptions or renewals - when payment is made at the MyHeritage booth #107.
More than 150 presentations (see the program here) will be offered; Daniel will speak on "Enhanced Smart Matches: Social networking to facilitate collaboration between families," on Saturday, September 10, at 11am, in room B1.
The Family Graph API - making the web a better place for families.
We're very excited to release our Family Graph API in beta - a major new addition that evolves MyHeritage.com from a website into a platform, and allows more developers to create useful services for the users of MyHeritage.com.
Read on to find out more about how this can benefit you if you're a family history fan, a developer or simply someone who enjoys spending time online with their family. Not to mention our $10K prize for the best family app......