14    Nov 20123 comments

Poll: How old is your oldest living relative?

We've written about Besse Cooper, the oldest person alive in the US at 116, and tweeted about the worlds longest married couple (87 years) and shared their longevity secrets.

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.

26    Oct 20120 comments

Competition: Submit Halloween Family Photos for a chance to win

Following last year's fun, we're really excited to be re-running our Halloween Family Photo competition!

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 marketing@myheritage.com.

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.

5    Oct 20120 comments

Family: Are we now immortal on the Web?

Every day, researchers find more and more information about themselves, their relatives and ancestors.

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.

Continue reading "Family: Are we now immortal on the Web?" »

11    Jul 20121 comment

Social Media: Battle of the sexes?

Ever wonder if there are differences in how women and men use social media networking?

Mashable recently posted a great story on where the online battle lines are drawn. It referenced a survey of some 144.6 million Americans. Instead of the old adage (and book title) - men are from Mars and women are from Venus – the survey indicated that "men are from Google+ and women from Pinterest."

Continue reading "Social Media: Battle of the sexes?" »

23    May 201211 comments

Family History: Looking for someone?

Family history researchers are often curious about someone in their ancestry for whom they can find no information.

The quest for information for that individual becomes the family mystery. As researchers, we feel that finding that elusive data will provide another piece of our family tree puzzle.

Even though we've accessed every available research tool (including searching for our uncommon names on Facebook and Twitter), we may still run into a brick wall. So what can we do to broaden our search?

Genealogy forums and special interest discussion groups are useful places to ask for help, while MyHeritage's own Smart Matches™ are a useful tool to uncover information and relatives.

For whom are you looking? Grandparents, great-grandparents or contemporary cousins? Have you discovered family through Smart Matches?

Tell us about your discoveries in the comments below.

2    Apr 20126 comments

1940 census fever!

The 1940 Census buzz has reached fever pitch as the records are made public and we’re really excited to be a part of this historic moment for the global genealogy community.

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. Continue reading "1940 census fever!" »

21    Jan 201210 comments

Winners: Best genealogy advice?

For the past few days, we've been asking the MyHeritage communities on Facebook and Twitter to share their most valuable genealogy advice.

There were many entries from around the globe, addressing many aspects of genealogy; including research tips, good practice methods and handy hints for online research. Continue reading "Winners: Best genealogy advice?" »

25    Oct 20110 comments

Twitter: Getting up and running

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?

Here are a few tips if you’re in this situation. Even if you’ve been on Twitter for some time, these could find you some people well worth following.
Continue reading "Twitter: Getting up and running" »

5    Oct 20102 comments

The Geneatweets: 05/10/2010

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.

Continue reading "The Geneatweets: 05/10/2010" »

29    Sep 20102 comments

What do the Top 25 First Names on Twitter Tell Us?

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

Continue reading "What do the Top 25 First Names on Twitter Tell Us?" »

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