User Stories

Our Volunteers: Gerry van Eeden of South Africa

Gerald (Gerry) Dixon van Eeden, 68, is an Afrikaans translator for MyHeritage. He was born in Cradock, South Africa; grew up in Oudtshoorn, and has lived for the past three decades in Port Elizabeth. Following Technical High School (Oudtshoorn), he qualified as a teacher...

 

Holiday Contest Finalists

This Holiday season, we asked our users around the world to tell about their hopes and wishes for the coming year. Here are some of the touching dreams that...

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Our Volunteers: Miha Rus in Slovenia

MyHeritage has a dedicated team of global volunteer translators who help us provide native language pages to their fellow citizens. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Miha Rus,...

 

“All I ever wanted was to meet my biological family”

It was only when Joanne Perkins was sitting on the train to Toledo, Ohio on her way to meet her biological family for the very first time that she...

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Genealogy Breakthroughs with Legacy Tree Genealogists

Our research partners, Legacy Tree Genealogists, provide thorough and efficient family history research services for customers worldwide.   Today, we’re featuring the stories of some amazing breakthroughs they have...

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Our Stories: Mysteries from beyond the grave

Since joining MyHeritage a few years ago, Jean Park has encountered some incredible surprises. After believing that her mother was an only child, it was a revelation to discover...

 

Our Volunteers: From Madeira to MyHeritage

Born on the island of Madeira (Portugal) in 1954, Vasco Gonçalves de Andrade moved to Lisbon in 1976 to work and to study psychology. He holds a degree in...

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21 Best Tips From Family History Enthusiasts

Over the years, we’ve featured many incredible stories from MyHeritage users who have made family history discoveries. Some have found hidden photos or mementos of their loved ones, others...

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Our Stories: Never-before-seen photos

It’s always exciting to hear about MyHeritage users who have reconnected with family members around the world. One such user, Peri, recently told us about the incredible discovery of...

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Our Volunteers: From Lebanon to Ecuador

Electronics Engineer Elias Faour, 68, has been volunteering for MyHeritage, translating our products into Spanish, since 2011. Born in the North Lebanon village of Hadeth el Joubbe, he later moved...

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Our Stories: Uncovering a brood of half-siblings

When Cathy Combs of Spokane, Washington began researching her family history, she had no clue what discoveries were awaiting. She uncovered a huge chunk of family that she never...

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Our Volunteers: Viktor finds his family

MyHeritage volunteer, Viktor Langer, 52, lives in the small spa village of  Teplice nad Becvou in Moravia, the Czech Republic – with his wife, Blanka. They have three children...

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Our Stories: From illness to discovery

In September 2015, Jacob Eric Stathers, 63, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and began treatment. While undergoing chemotherapy, he found himself with extra time on his hands, and he...

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