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MyHeritage’s partnership with FamilySearch to add billions of new records!

Posted October 15, 2013 by Amanda | Comments Off

When we first introduced Record Matches and Smart Matches™ on Geni, we promised that additional historical record collections would be coming in the future. Today we are excited to announce that our parent company MyHeritage has entered into a strategic partnership with leading genealogy organization FamilySearch; this partnership will bring billions of global historical records and family tree profiles spanning hundreds of years to MyHeritage. What does this mean for Geni? These new additions to MyHeritage’s… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for October 14, 2013

Posted October 14, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Let’s get this week started with some great family history articles! The Genealogy Sphere Spotting a Copy (Family Tree Magazine blog) – Photo detective Maureen Taylor walks through how to spot a photo copy of an earlier image Here’s Why There Are So Many German-Americans in the U.S. (Business Insider) – A look into the history of early German immigration to the United States Ricky Gervais Asked Grandparents to Share the Most Important Lesson They… Read the full story

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Family History: Creative Games for Kids

Posted October 11, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Have you wondered about what creative ideas are out there to get your kids more excited to learn about their family history? In honor of Family History Month, here’s a sample of DIY games that’s loads of fun for the entire family. Guess Who? Family Edition Image credit: Mads Memories blog Here’s a clever idea from the Mads Memories blog. Take the classic game Guess Who? and make it your own. Replace the game’s photos with those… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for October 7, 2013

Posted October 7, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Here’s our weekly roundup of interesting genealogy and family history articles. Enjoy! The Genealogy Sphere 19 Ways to Find Someone’s Birth Information (The Ancestor Hunt blog) – Check out 19 great resources to track down birth data The alien rebel and his land (The Legal Genealogist blog) – Judy Russell looks deeper into land record to discover how a German-born ex-Confederate soldier claimed federal land The Changing Face of America (National Geographic) – An intriguing… Read the full story

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Family History Month: 5 Fun Ways to Celebrate

Posted October 4, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment

It’s that time of year again! October is Family History Month – an entire month devoted to the celebration genealogy. Learning about your family history gives us a greater appreciation of our past and a better understanding of where we come from. Check out  these 5 fun activities to celebrate Family History Month! 1. Interview your relatives Take this month to see which relatives you have yet to interview and record their stories. Nothing makes… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for September 30, 2013

Posted September 30, 2013 by Amanda | 3 Comments

Start the new week off right with some great articles from the past week! The Genealogy Sphere Webscape: Tracing your family history (BBC News) – Learn more about MyHeritage in this BBC report How to Get on Genealogy Roadshow (Or Not) (Taneya’s Genealogy Blog) – Read how genealogy blogger Taneya Koonce auditioned for PBS’s latest genealogy series Genealogy Roadshow Flooding of Chicago Effects Local Cemeteries (Finding Our Ancestors blog) – Check out first hand account… Read the full story

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Reunited After Death

Posted September 26, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment

Not even death can keep this couple apart. Below are the graves of Colonel JWC van Gorkum, a Protestant, and the Catholic CJHP van Aefferden, a woman of nobility in the region. In 1842, the Dutch couple were married in the Netherlands. Because of their different religious affiliations, their “mixed” union was quite controversial for the time. Despite the scandal, the couple remained married for 40 years, until van Gorkum died in 1880. He was… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for September 23, 2013

Posted September 23, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment

Start your week off right with these interesting genealogy and family history articles! The Genealogy Sphere DNA Stories: Did She Marry Her Cousin? (The Huffington Post) – Genealogist Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak shares how she used DNA testing to tackle her own family history Clues in Cookbooks (Genealogy Tip of the Day) – Great tip to look into the cookbooks of your ancestors for clues Tombstone’s origin a cold case mystery that’s finally solved (The Daily… Read the full story

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Honoring the Past: Jewelry and Your Family Tree

Posted September 19, 2013 by Amanda | 2 Comments

If you’re lucky enough to have tons of old family photos stored in your home, chances are they are tucked away in a box, perhaps in a closet, never to see the light of day. Your old family photographs are just waiting for you to bring them to light in a creative, unique display in your home. Check out how a few crafty folks have created some beautiful pieces of jewelry to display their family… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for September 16, 2013

Posted September 16, 2013 by Amanda | 2 Comments

Check out some interesting articles you may have missed! The Genealogy Sphere Effective Genealogy Writing: Tips to Attract Family Members to Family History (The Huffington Post) – Are you a genealogy writer? Here are some good tips to attract your family to your genealogy This girl ages into an old woman before your eyes without you noticing ( – An impressive video showing the aging process using a composit of portraits from related, multi-generational family… Read the full story