13    Jun 20153 comments

Our Stories: From Sweden to Australia Part 2

We recently wrote about the start of Anna’s journey to meet her relatives in Australia. A journey that really began 125 years ago, Anna crossed oceans to meet relatives related to their common ancestor, Oskar. Here is Part 2.

In late December 2012, several relatives in Gotland, Sweden received a call from a man speaking English. Many hung up the phone and thought it was a hoax. They didn’t understand why an English-speaking man was calling them.

After many disconnected calls, the same person called my cellphone on December 30, 2012. David Michel said he was calling from Sydney, Australia.

Anna Lindblom and David Michel

He said he was Oskar’s grandson. The mystery of our family story about what happened to Oskar in Australia was beginning to be solved. Continue reading "Our Stories: From Sweden to Australia Part 2" »

29    May 201512 comments

Our Stories: From Sweden to Australia

Imagine going on a journey back 125 years and across continents. That's what Anna, from Sweden, will be doing as she flies across the world to Australia to travel to her ancestors' towns and learn about them.

Anna will be documenting her genealogical trip to learn more about her roots on her blog. Here is her first post, originally published on our Swedish blog.

I'm nervous, excited, tingly and happy, and a bit fearful to be going on this journey. However, there is a huge difference in traveling now than in 1890 when Oskar decided to go on his journey. He left his job, family and friends for an adventure filled with uncertainty in search for something new. Today, that level of fear isn't as necessary with all our technologies that connect us to our family no matter where we live. It's easy to stay in touch with our loved ones, unlike 125 years ago.

Her post continues:

Oskar never had that convenience of 24-hour technology. When he stepped off the boat from Gotland, Sweden, he knew that it was unlikely he would see his family again. Continue reading "Our Stories: From Sweden to Australia" »

27    Apr 20152 comments

Our Stories: Age doesn’t matter

Erik Elkan

When you think of a genealogist, what does that person look like?

An elderly person, perhaps? Someone who has lots of time on their hands and for whom family history research utilizes that time?

Think again – this is the story of young Swedish genealogist Erik Elkan, 19, who proves that genealogy is a pursuit for everyone - regardless of age.

Thousands of people in Sweden - and everywhere else around the world - have, at some point, sat down and looked at old family photos. Many have looked deep into their closets and cupboards for family belongings; some have been more successful than others.

The important thing for Erik - as one of that multitude - is the moment when something completely new about deceased relatives is discovered, he says, whether it is in a dusty photo album or a hand-drawn family tree that has lost almost all its color. Continue reading "Our Stories: Age doesn’t matter" »

8    Apr 20150 comments

Webinar: Discover your Scandinavian ancestors

Do you have Scandinavian roots? Interested to learn how to find out about those ancestors?

In honor of our recent addition of millions of new Scandinavian records recently added online, we’re offering a free webinar to help advance your Scandinavian family history research.

Join Mike Mansfield, MyHeritage Director of Content Production and Jason Oler, MyHeritage Senior Program Manager, as they provide research tips and tools to help navigate these new records to help you explore your family history and make new discoveries. Continue reading "Webinar: Discover your Scandinavian ancestors" »

2    Mar 20155 comments

Our Stories: Old love never dies

Weddings are only one part of our family's love stories. There are the stories of how people met, and the stories behind these relationships connect us to our family and their lives (and loves).

Christina Mellgren from Sweden shared the heartwarming story of her aunt Sigrid and uncle Malcolm, who finally got together after meeting 30 years previously. It is a truly inspiring love story of how love endures.

Sigrid, who lived in Björkelund, was born in 1907, and lived with her parents Johan Frederick and Hulda Burman. When she was 17, a Swedish-American family moved nearby. Continue reading "Our Stories: Old love never dies" »

17    Feb 201512 comments

MyHeritage puts exclusive Scandinavian records online

We’re delighted to announce that we have started making good on our promise to digitize and bring online millions of exclusive historical records from Scandinavia. The majority of these records have never been indexed online before.

The records are searchable on MyHeritage SuperSearch and MyHeritage users will now automatically receive matches to those records relevant to their family tree.

Anyone with Scandinavian roots will be able to explore their family history and learn more about the lives of their ancestors with this robust searchable index of records published online for the first time. Continue reading "MyHeritage puts exclusive Scandinavian records online" »

11    Dec 20136 comments

New: MyHeritage adds millions of Nordic records

We’re delighted to announce that you can now search millions of digitized Nordic records from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland from as early as the 1600s so you can discover your Nordic roots and learn more about how your ancestors lived.

Search now

The collections contain over 90 million names and include birth, death, marriage and baptism records, as well as census and many more records. This is in addition to 70 million profiles in 730,000 family trees already created by MyHeritage users with ancestors in this region. This is a treasure trove of records, not only for people living today in these countries but for all whose families originated in the region.

Continue reading "New: MyHeritage adds millions of Nordic records" »

10    Dec 20120 comments

Alfred Nobel: The man, the prize

The Nobel Prize awards ceremony takes place today in Sweden. Who was Alfred Nobel, and why is there a prize named after him?

Before the award became famous, Alfred Nobel was best known as the inventor of dynamite.

In 1888, Alfred’s brother Ludvig died while visiting France. A French newspaper mistakenly thought it was Alfred who had died and so published his obituary. Alfred was shocked to read the article especially the description of him as “the merchant of death.” One particular line: "Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday," got him thinking.

Alfred realized that this wasn’t how he wanted to be remembered and so, in 1895, he amended his will to designate a large portion of his estate to fund the Nobel prizes. Continue reading "Alfred Nobel: The man, the prize" »

27    Nov 20121 comment

Birthdays: How do you celebrate?

Birthdays, whether we like them or not, happen to us once a year (unless you're the Queen of England).

I happen to really enjoy birthdays. The cards, presents, cake, and most of all, bringing the family together.

Having recently passed a milestone, it got me thinking about how birthdays are celebrated around the world.

Traditionally, in most western cultures, the day is commemorated (as above) with cards, presents and of course the famous song - happy birthday to you. There's also the well established custom of making a wish as you cut the first piece of birthday cake.

Maryland Family Magazine has an article listing some interesting customs from around the world. Some include: Continue reading "Birthdays: How do you celebrate?" »

6    Sep 20111 comment

MyHeritage at the Swedish Genealogy Fair 2011

Sara - Scandinavian Community Manager

Sara, our Scandinavian Community Manager, recently returned from a very successful Swedish genealogy conference in Norrköping and we’d like to share her experience with you...

Among meeting with many big names in Swedish genealogical circles, Sara met with Thomas Furth, Chairman of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Sweden and exchanged many ideas. She also met with Jojje Lintrup, genealogist at the Swedish Genealogical Association.

The Association is currently working on a very interesting project called Genealogy of immigrants, which works to (among other initiatives) get Swedes with foreign roots involved in their ancestry so they can pass the knowledge down. Jojje is both an experienced and knowledgeable genealogist and works as a project manager for the Swedish Federation of Genealogy Wiki Roots.

Sara was joined by Laurence Harris, genealogy advisor to MyHeritage and all-round superstar genealogist of Who Do You Think You Are? fame. Continue reading "MyHeritage at the Swedish Genealogy Fair 2011" »

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