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From Old Negatives to Deep Nostalgia™ Animations: How I Rescued Old Photos of My Relatives

From Old Negatives to Deep Nostalgia™ Animations: How I Rescued Old Photos of My Relatives

Back in August of 1992, I noticed an article in my local newspaper, The Easton-Times, regarding a local photographer who restored photos. Nancy Darwin had recently rescued thousands of...

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A Smart Match™ Connected Me with an Unknown Branch of My Family in Argentina

A Smart Match™ Connected Me with an Unknown Branch of My Family in Argentina

MyHeritage user Marie Louise Gallay’s 20 years of genealogical research took a completely unexpected turn when she received a Smart Match™ from Argentina. Here is her story: My name...

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Half-Sisters from Across the Atlantic Find Each Other with MyHeritage DNA

Half-Sisters from Across the Atlantic Find Each Other with MyHeritage DNA

Diane Ward was adopted as a baby in the state of Michigan, where adoption records are sealed. Her husband had also been adopted, and as she helped him hunt...

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I Discovered I Had a Different Dad and Gained a New Family with MyHeritage DNA

I Discovered I Had a Different Dad and Gained a New Family with MyHeritage DNA

Many times, people purchase a DNA test because they’re seeking to reunite with long-lost family. But sometimes, the DNA results bring together family members who had no idea what...

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80 Years After Her Fiance Died in a Car Crash, Their Descendants Found Each Other

The new record collection recently added to MyHeritage, Lithuanian-Jewish records from LitvakSIG, 1795–1940, is of particular significance to people descended from the Jewish community of Lithuania and the surrounding...

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Half-Siblings from Around the World Discover Each Other with MyHeritage DNA

Half-Siblings from Around the World Discover Each Other with MyHeritage DNA

Years ago, Gina McClelland met her biological father for the first and last time. After almost four decades of growing up without him, she Googled him, and ended up...

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I Never Gave Up Until I Found My Father

I Never Gave Up Until I Found My Father

Erna Rusi, a MyHeritage user from Finland, was raised without knowing her biological father. A year ago she took a MyHeritage DNA test and received a match with a...

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3% DNA Match Leads Woman to Reunite With Long-lost Father 

Susana Boggs, a 50-year-old doctor’s assistant from Richmond, Texas, was raised without a father. Though her mother never spoke about it, there was a family friend named Nano who...

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Treasured Holiday Traditions: Announcing the winners of the #MyHolidayHeritage Challenge!

Treasured Holiday Traditions: Announcing the winners of the #MyHolidayHeritage Challenge!

For the last two weeks, entries from the #MyHolidayHeritage Challenge poured in from all across the globe. Though this year’s holidays will likely look a bit different than years...

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The Surprising History of “Jingle Bells”

The Surprising History of “Jingle Bells”

If someone asked you to name the first Christmas song that comes to mind, you’ll very likely answer “Jingle Bells.” The cheerful classic has become a universally recognized icon...

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French Man Discovers Half-Sister in Texas and Finds Their German Roots

French Man Discovers Half-Sister in Texas and Finds Their German Roots

With many people around the world stuck at home last spring, many turned to genealogy and began delving into their roots. Gian Carlo David-Faliva, a 74-year-old MyHeritage user from...

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A Holiday Surprise: Descendants Get 100-Year-Old Holiday Cards From Their Ancestors

A Holiday Surprise: Descendants Get 100-Year-Old Holiday Cards From Their Ancestors

Oh the joy of receiving personalized Seasons Greetings from family and friends! This stalwart tradition of connecting with loved ones around the holidays may have evolved over the years,...

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