19    Mar 20124 comments

The MyHeritage Family: Our annual party through the years [pictures]

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.

MyHeritage Annual Party 2007

Over the last few years, MyHeritage has grown from one man to an international company with many employees around the world, and we feel like one big family. Continue reading "The MyHeritage Family: Our annual party through the years [pictures]" »

15    Mar 201220 comments

Beautiful Printed Family Calendars Created in One Click!

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?

MyHeritage Printed Family Calendars (click to zoom)

MyHeritage Printed Family Calendars (click to zoom)

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.

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5    Mar 20121 comment

WDYTYA Live 2012: MyHeritage highlights

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.

The MyHeritage Team

MyHeritage team members at WDYTYA 2012 in London

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.

Several MyHeritage team members also gave presentations. Here are some highlights: Continue reading "WDYTYA Live 2012: MyHeritage highlights" »

19    Jan 20122 comments

RootsTech 2012: MyHeritage is on its way!

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!

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8    Nov 20110 comments

Thanksgiving Special: What’s on your table?

Thanksgiving Day is only a few weeks away and Americans are planning how to celebrate this important family holiday.

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:


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13    Sep 20110 comments

Meet the Judges of our API App Contest

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.

12    Sep 20113 comments

MyHeritage.com: Now in Afrikaans!

Afrikaans is spoken in South Africa and Namibia

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.

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3    Sep 20112 comments

MyHeritage: Gen team heads to the ‘Heartland’

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.

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1    Sep 201110 comments

New! MyHeritage.com Family Graph API and Best Family App Contest

The Family Graph API (click to enlarge)

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.

Intrigued?

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......

So what is our Family Graph API? Continue reading "New! MyHeritage.com Family Graph API and Best Family App Contest" »

29    Aug 20111 comment

Washington DC: MyHeritage team in action

The international genealogists descended on Washington DC and MyHeritage was there to meet them.

The 31st International Conference on Jewish Genealogy – August 14-19 – was organized by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Maryland in conjunction with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. The annual conference is held in a different city each year, with Paris the venue for 2012.

Chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz, UK genealogy advisor Laurence Harris and US genealogy advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti  were ready for the more than 1,100 family history researchers and genealogists from the US and around the world.

From left: Laurence, Schelly and Daniel

The conference program featured more than 120 lectures, workshops and other events, including a concert. This event is one of the longest genealogy conferences, beginning on a Sunday and running through Friday.

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