Now, we'd like to ask who is the oldest living relative in your tree?
Who's the oldest ancestor you've discovered? What were their longevity secrets? Let us know in the comments section below.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Think about it. All those websites with genealogical records (birth, marriage, death, military service and more). Don't forget that Twitter is now archived at the Library of Congress.
Occasionally, I do a search on specific people. To my great surprise, a reference to a prestigious state event our daughter participated in during her senior year in high school popped up. Nothing I didn’t already know, but to actually see it in print – and we are talking some years ago – was quite exciting. I’d use it as an illustration, but she wouldn’t talk to me again! In any case, it has been saved to our family tree for future reference.
So, what will our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren find out about us after we are long gone? I’m sure there will be interesting items, funny things, perhaps somewhat embarrassing things … and what about all our Tweets available online?
Marcelo Gleiser’s blog post for National Public Radio illustrates this development rather personally when his stepmother died.
The Internet offers a kind of passive immortality, the kind acquired through the accumulated storage of the many interactions an individual has with the World Wide Web, leaving his or her mark. It's not necessarily the writing of books, or the proving of theorems, or composing ballads or symphonies. (Although those would be there as well.) Just the Facebook or Twitter account, the mention in a newspaper or magazine article, the speech that was recorded in someone else's Google+ page, an exchange of recipes, even an obituary.
At 12.01am Monday, at the NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) offices in Maryland, we received the 1940 US Federal Census images. We immediately headed to our new data center to begin uploading the images for our users.
As we’ve announced on this blog, we’re providing access to the census (images and index) for free and we’ll provide automatic alerts whenever there’s a match between your family tree and a census record.
For the past few days, we've been asking the MyHeritage communities on Facebook and Twitter to share their most valuable genealogy advice.
Let’s say you’re just starting on Twitter, or haven’t been using it for that long. You want to connect with other people who share your interests, but you don’t know quite where to start. Whom do you follow? How do you find them?
10 of last week's weirdest, funniest, and most intriguing genealogy tweets.
@megansmolenyak: If you have #Irish roots, pls sign this petition to release the 1926 census: http://bit.ly/abiZdx (and please RT!) #genealogy #Ireland
@charlesemperor: @Charlemagne800 I am awed to be in your presence, my lord ancestor!
@ev0Lxx: And my nose is extremely burnt. *sigh* I have such terrible genes.
Earlier this month we ran a story about the Top 10 surnames on Twitter.
What I forgot to mention in that story was that it was a blog post I’d read not long ago about Australian Twitter user (first) names that got me first thinking of Twitter as a tool for family research.
In that blog post the team from Tribalytic compared the frequency of twitter user first names (from the 220,000-odd accounts they track) to the most popular baby names in Australia over various decades