Thursday, March 31, 2022

MyHeritage Introduces Census Helper™

MyHeritage has just released a free tool called The Census Helper™, a great facility that scans your tree and automatically compiles a list of individuals appearing in it who are very likely to be found in the 1950 U.S. census, along with relevant details. Armed with this list, you’ll know exactly which family members to search for in the newly released records, and your research will be much more focused. You’ll also be able to research those individuals in the census records with the click of a button.

It also provides the facility to produce a list of people in your tree who are likely to be included in every other census, from 1790 through 1940.


I encourage that if you don't have a tree on MyHeritage to upload it as a GEDCOM and use this tool for free, so they can get a head start on your 1950 census research. You can do so via this landing page.

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You can learn more about the Census Helper™ in the MyHeritage blog post, and feel free to spread the word.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2022

    Drew Smith on the "What's Next: Living Longer Better Smarter" Podcast

    Drew Smith participated in the "What's Next: Living Longer Better Smarter" podcast (episode 26) titled "Taking the Mystery Out of Family History". Fred Fishkin and Mary Furlong discuss genealogy and the Genealogy Guys Podcast with Drew, and are then joined by Rick Voight, CEO of Vivid-Pix ( to discuss Memory Station Station ( 

    Watch this great discussion at

    Wednesday, March 9, 2022

    Florida Conversations: African American Burial Grounds and Remembering Project

    Listeners of the Genealogy Guys Podcast are familiar with the Zion Cemetery Project on which Drew and George are involved. The video below was recently made at a meeting about the African American Burial Grounds and Remembering Project at the Tampa Bay History Center in Tampa, Florida. The video includes status reports about work on several cemeteries in the Tampa Bay area, and it includes very powerful spoken word presentations commemorating the people who are interred there.

    Find out how people across the country and the Tampa Bay area can counter Black cemetery erasures. Dr. Antoinette Jackson, USF professor, chair of USF’s Department of Anthropology and founder of the Black Cemetery Network, leads this important Florida Conversations from the History Center’s TECO Hall. RESOURCE LINKS •

    Sunday, March 6, 2022

    MyHeritage Introduces Family Tree Timeline

     MyHeritage has introduced Family Tree Timeline, a new, free feature that allows you to explore

    how your family history unfolded over time.

    The Timeline is a visual representation of one individual from your family tree and his or her direct ancestors. The lifespans of these individuals are mapped on the same axis to allow you to see them in relation to each other, which can provide refreshing insights into your family history. The Timeline shows the ages of your ancestors at various points in their lives: how old they were when they had children, how long they lived, and how their lifespans overlapped with those of other family members or major world events.

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    The Family Tree Timeline is a great way to get a feel for the historical context of your ancestors’ lives and a better understanding of the different generations that make up your family tree. It’s bright and colorful and can be downloaded and shared with family and friends.

    Click here to read our blog post announcement and learn how to access the feature. 


    Daniel Horowitz

    Genealogy Expert

    Friday, March 4, 2022

    My First MyHeritage LiveStory

     I just created my first LiveStory at MyHeritage. It is easy to use and produces an interesting biographical video. Here it is!

    Thursday, March 3, 2022

    MyHeritage Introduces LiveStory - Animated Videos of Ancestors

    Just received from MyHeritage 

    Special RootsMagic Discount for RootsTech Attendees


    Special RootsMagic Discount

    While RootsTech Connect does have a virtual expo hall, we've been putting all of our time and efforts into improving RootsMagic 8 and, unfortunately, don't have a virtual booth this year.

    However, we're pleased to offer RootsTech attendees a special discount. Save up to 37% on our software including Personal Historian 3Family Atlas, and the NEW RootsMagic 8!

    Through March 19, 2022, use the code ROOTSTECH to receive your discount. There is no limit on the number of discounted copies you can buy during this limited-time offer.

    Get RootsMagic Offer

    Vivid-Pix Launches Memory Station at RootsTech 2022


    Vivid-Pix Launches Memory Station at RootsTech 2022

    One-Click Scanning/Software Solution to Restore & Save
    A Lifetime of Cherished Print Photos & Documents

    No Need to Risk Sending Out Your Precious Photos to a Service
    Use at Home, Library, Community Centers, & Adult Living Locations

    March 3, 2022, Salt Lake City, UT – Vivid-Pix www.vivid-pix.comthe leading provider of AI-powered image restoration software, announced today at RootsTech, the world’s largest family history conference, the Vivid-Pix® Memory Station one-click scanner/software bundle, the easiest way to digitize, restore, and save precious print images at home, library, or communities without sending them to a scanning service. Memory Station provides supreme simplicity to bring printed photos and documents back to life for future generations.

    Digitize & Save Your Photos at Home, Adult Center, or Library

    With Memory Station, there is no need to risk sending your precious photos by mail to a service to save and protect your cherished memories. Memory Station provides fast, one-click ease of use and is available directly through Vivid-Pix at

    Don’t Store Your Memories in a Shoebox

    “For over a century, we’ve taken pictures. Unfortunately, these memories are often stored in shoeboxes and albums – never to see the light of day or shared. This is not why we took photos. But it’s a chore to scan and do more with these treasured keepsakes. Right? Not anymore!” said Rick Voight, CEO, Vivid-Pix.

    One Click Ease of Use

    The Vivid-Pix Memory Station is a simple one-click solution. “Simply press the blue scanner button and digitize up to 10 images at one time. After saving, just open Vivid-Pix’s patented RESTORE software and click a button to automatically fix color, black and white, and sepia photos and documents to vibrantly bring them back to life,”said Michael Sidejas, Director of Product Management, ScanSnap, Fujitsu Computer Products of America. 

    Pilot Programs at Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center and Thrive Center

    Vivid-Pix piloted the Memory Station at two of the most prestigious locations in the United States: The Genealogy Center at Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana (the largest genealogy center in a public library in America) and the Thrive Center in Louisville, Kentucky (a nationally recognized technology testing location for health organizations).

    Vivid-Pix Memory Station in Library – ACPL 

    Curt Witcher, Director of Special Collections and Genealogy Center Manager, said, “When Rick described the Memory Station and how it can help our patrons as well as the community, we immediately understood and wanted to participate. We’ve gotten to know Vivid-Pix well over the past few years. Their willingness to listen to patrons, family historians, and library ideas, and then adapt their product to these desires has been refreshing and collaborative.”

    Sheri Rose, CEO/Executive Director, Thrive Center, stated, “Thrive Center is a nationally recognized technology testing location to assist individuals, caregivers, and living facilities. The Vivid-Pix Memory Station is a wonderful way for older adults to reminisce and relive a lifetime of memories and joy. This is the second solution that Vivid-Pix has installed in our facility. Its ease of use makes it a great way for individuals and organizations to reminisce and reconnect with loved ones.”

    Vivid-Pix at RootsTech & Availability

    Vivid-Pix is exhibiting and a sponsor of RootsTech,the largest family history event in the world, held March 3-5, 2022. The Vivid-Pix Memory Station is available immediately through, priced at $599.99. For more information about the Vivid-Pix Memory Station, see:

    About Vivid-Pix

    Vivid-Pix helps people relive photos and documents by connecting individuals, families, and friends with their most treasured memories, restored through Vivid-Pix AI technology. The U.S. Patent Office has awarded two patents to Vivid-Pix for its image processing techniques used to automatically correct faded images. Vivid-Pix founders brought Kodak’s “You Press the Button, We Do the Rest” philosophy to the design of Vivid-Pix RESTORE. Vivid-Pix RESTORE is available at:, with a free trial at: For more information about Vivid-Pix, visit:

    MyHeritage Launches Its Census Hub

     Just received from MyHeritage

    Wednesday, March 2, 2022

    MyHeritage Announces Podcast: Blast from My Past


    Blast From My Past: A New Podcast by MyHeritage

    We are thrilled to announce that we are launching our first-ever podcast, Blast From My Past. The podcast will feature the incredible true stories of people whose lives were changed by what they discovered through MyHeritage about their family’s pasts — whether it was a close relative they never knew existed, the key to unlocking an old family mystery, or a newfound connection to a long-forgotten legacy.

    Click here to follow or subscribe to Blast From My Past

    Since our foundation, MyHeritage has been privileged to play a key role in many breathtaking and deeply moving stories. We see it as a duty and an honor to share these inspiring stories with you, and we have been doing so through various platforms, including this blog, our social channels, the international media, and video. Now, we are so excited to utilize a new medium for sharing these stories: the podcast. It’s our first foray into the world of podcasting, and in complete alignment with our company philosophy — it’s all about our users.

    The debut episode, “The Secret of Ereikoussa,” tells the story of Yvette Corporan, a bestselling author and Emmy Award-winning producer who set out on a quest to confirm the extraordinary story her grandmother told her: that the Greek Island community where she grew up conspired to hide a Jewish family right under the noses of their Nazi occupiers.

    Listeners will follow along as Yvette digs for clues, and, with the assistance of MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet, makes discoveries beyond what she had ever imagined.

    Some of the stories we have lined up for this season include:

    • A journey to the world’s most far-flung locations to preserve the endangered legacies of remote tribes
    • A project to reunite adoptees around the world with their birth families through free DNA testing results in a number of touching reunions
    • A soldier who earned an Iron Cross for his service on the German side in WWI, only to be driven out of Germany by the Nazis and earn a Silver Star fighting for the Allies in WWII
    • A pair of sisters, abandoned as babies at the same train station in South Korea and adopted to families on opposite ends of the globe, who discover each other through DNA testing
    • A pair of Colombian half-brothers, adopted in different countries, who found each other through DNA testing — but whose discoveries didn’t stop there

    With audio production by award-winning agency Listen, Blast From My Past is presented in first-person narrative format with no host, giving center stage to the protagonists. Each episode will focus on a story, or a series of stories surrounding a common theme, and will run for a maximum of 30 minutes. The first season will include eight episodes, to be released once every two weeks — and we intend for it to be the first of many.

    Blast From My Past is now available for streaming and download on all major podcast platforms — and of course, it’s entirely free.

    How to follow and listen

    Giveaway alert! 

    We’ll be choosing 3 of our podcast followers to win a MyHeritage Complete Plan, our ultimate family history package which includes unlimited family tree size, access to over 16 billion historical records, priority customer support, and much, much more.

    To enter, just comment below that you’re following the podcast on one of our podcast streaming platforms. We’ll notify the winners on Sunday, March 13, 2022. Good luck! 

    Our best stories come straight from our users, so please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts and ideas with us at

    Monday, February 28, 2022

    MyHeritage Adds 269M Filae Tree Profiles AND Announces Free DNA Upload Offer

      MyHeritage has made two exciting announcements today — and stay tuned, because there are more coming soon ;-)

    The first announcement is that they have just added 269 million family tree profile records from Filae to MyHeritage.  If you have French roots, you will almost certainly find some family members in this collection. This addition comes alongside the 8 million other historical records we added from France and Norway since the beginning of 2022. Please read more here.

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    The second announcement is that they'll be running a special offer for uploading DNA kits to MyHeritage. From tomorrow, March 1–8, 2022, people who have taken a DNA test with other services will be able to upload their DNA to MyHeritage and enjoy all our advanced DNA features for free — including Ethnicity Estimates, Chromosome Browser, Theory of Family Relativity™️, and more. If you tested with another DNA service and haven’t uploaded your DNA to MyHeritage yet, there’s never been a better time! Visit to get started.

    Sunday, February 27, 2022

    All About the 1950 U.S. Census from the National Archives and Records Administration

    Genealogists have been waiting for the release of the 1950 U.S. Federal Census and, after 72 years, the wait will end on 1 April 2022 when the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) opens the records to the public. 

    The Genealogy Guys Podcast, episode #402 (, includes a detailed discussion of what's coming and when. Of particular importance is that an every-name index has been created using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and it will be available on Day One.

    Here are two important NARA resource links to help you learn more:
    In addition, NARA will be presenting free webinars on the subject beginning on 2 March 2022. See the schedule at

    Listen to the Genealogy Guys Podcasts for ongoing coverage of what's happening with the 1950 Census at NARA and at the commercial online genealogical sites.

    Tuesday, February 22, 2022

    MyHeritage Adds 28 Collections of Jewish Historical Records

     Just announced by MyHeritage!

    MyHeritage Adds 28 Collections of Jewish Historical Records

    We are pleased to announce the publication of 5.8 million records from 28 historical record collections of Jewish historical records. The collections span the 18th–21st centuries and contain vital records such as birth, marriage, death, as well as tax, voter, immigration, and obituary records, from Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Germany, Hungary, the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, and more. These records are invaluable for anyone researching their European Jewish heritage.

    The release of these records — made possible thanks to MyHeritage’s collaboration with the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and its affiliate, JewishGen, a leading website for Jewish genealogy — constitutes the first installment of a licensing agreement that will ultimately make almost all the JewishGen records accessible on MyHeritage. Future installments will include important Jewish historical record collections from North Africa, the Middle East, North America and more European collections.

    These collections further expand MyHeritage’s extensive resources for Jewish genealogy.  Through its member base of one million users in Israel, MyHeritage is home to the world’s largest collection of Jewish family trees and is the only major commercial genealogy company to support Hebrew. Furthermore, MyHeritage’s collections of global historical records include millions of records that are valuable to individuals researching Jewish heritage, such as passenger and immigration lists that document the wave of Jews seeking refuge in North America, South America, and Israel after their communities were devastated by the Holocaust.

    The records in these collections will now benefit from MyHeritage’s powerful matching technologies, which automatically match historical records with the 83 million family trees on MyHeritage, as well as MyHeritage’s powerful Global Name Translation Technology™. Until now, JewishGen records were available to search and view in English only. With the MyHeritage versions of these collections, international users can search and view these collections in other languages, such as Hebrew, Russian, or Greek, with the names translated into their native languages. The application of MyHeritage’s cutting-edge technology to the genealogical resources offered by JewishGen will open new doors to those seeking information on their Jewish roots.

    Read the details of each of the collections and link to the collections in the MyHeritage blog at


    We are proud to be significantly expanding the Jewish genealogy resources available on MyHeritage, offering collections that span the breadth of Jewish communities around the world. These collections provide rich insights into the lives of Jews from the 18th through the 21st century, including the Holocaust, and will help millions of people around the world learn more about their Jewish roots.

    Searching the collections on MyHeritage is free. To view these records or to save records to your family tree, you’ll need a Data or Complete plan

    If you have a family tree on MyHeritage, our Record Matching technology will notify you automatically if records from the collections match your relatives. You’ll then be able to review the record and decide if you’d like to add the new information to your tree.

    Sunday, February 13, 2022

    MyHeritage Makes Marriage Records Access Free February 13-20, 2022

     In honor of Valentine’s Day, MyHeritage is offering FREE access to all marriage records for a limited time, from February 13–20! That is free access to all 600 million marriage records on MyHeritage.

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    Happy Valentine's Day!


    Wednesday, February 2, 2022

    National Institute for Dementia Education Recognizes Photo Reminiscence Therapy (pRT) Research Project

    Vivid-Pix is one of the sponsors for the Genealogy Guys Podcast, and it is actively involved in work associated with the use of photographs as a means of improving the cognitive skills and quality of life in dementia patients. 

    Anyone interviewing relatives as part of their genealogy research knows that using photos can trigger memories and encourage communication. 

    This press release is just the first of what you will be hearing about this remarkable work. The Genealogy Guys are excited about this project. Stay tuned to our podcast for more information to come.

    Celebrate Black History Month

     The Genealogy Guys celebrate the contributions of 

    African ancestors to the culture of the world!

    Monday, January 31, 2022

    FamilySearch Announces 1950 US Census Project & Call for Volunteers


    1950 US Census: The Next Big Thing in Family History

    Online Volunteers Will Make Historic 1950 US Census Searchable Online


    Online volunteers will make the US 1950 Census freely searchable online. SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—FamilySearch International today announced its participation in the 1950 US Census Community Project. FamilySearch is inviting online volunteers to assist in making the 1950 US census easier for everyone to search and discover their family connections—while having the opportunity to make personal discoveries of their own. This unique crowdsourcing project, the largest census undertaking to date, will make the 150 million records of the individuals found on the census’s tens of thousands of digital images searchable online.


    The US census collections are some of the most popular online databases used by millions of people for family history research. Most people in the US today can remember an ancestor who can be found in the 1950 US census.

    On April 1, 2022, the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States will make digital images of the 1950 US census available to the world. Protected by law for 72 years, this long-awaited census will be the most comprehensive record set available of those who were living in that historic era in the United States. The 1950 US Census Community Project is a national collaborative effort that uses the Internet, artificial intelligence, and a massive volunteer workforce to make these census records searchable online.

    The outcome of this amazing initiative benefits everyone. Not only will every page of the 1950 US census be digitally preserved forever, but the general public will have convenient access to volumes of rich historical information that could provide the missing links to their own family histories.


    The 1950 US census included the obvious questions such as name, age, gender, race, education, and place of birth. But the census also posed more detailed questions that will cast refreshing light on the preceding decade—which included World War II and the return of US troops. For example, those over age 14 were asked, “What was this person doing most of last week—working, keeping house, or something else?” and “What is the highest grade of school that the person has attended?”

    Enthusiasm and interest in the 1950 census have been building steadily since the release of the 1940 census in 2012. These new records will introduce us to the 40,000,000 people born during this era of baby boomers. But this postwar decade wasn’t just prosperous for newborns. It also ushered in the civil rights movement, rock ’n’ roll, suburban living, and a wave of colorful innovations. Many of the powerful voices and inspired minds behind these changes will be found in the 1950 census—like 14 past and future U.S. Presidents, vocalist Aretha Franklin and actors Chuck Norris and Jimmy Stewart.

    The 1950 US Census Community Project is receiving additional support from Ancestry and leading societal organizations to engage and coordinate the volunteer workforce needed to deliver the ambitious 1950 US census project.

    Although the 1950 US census is notably larger than the 1940 US census, thanks to advancements in technology, the anticipated help of online volunteers, and community support, the project is expected to be completed in a few months following the census’s release by NARA.


    Ancestry will use state-of-the-art handwriting recognition technology to scan the census images and make a functioning searchable index. Online volunteers on will then be able to find a surname or location of personal interest to them as a starting point to perform a comprehensive review of the computer-generated index to ensure it is accurate and complete. To stay on top of the 1950 US Census Community Project’s updates or to volunteer to help create the rich, searchable index, subscribe at

    Discover your ancestors for free today at


    Register for RootsTech Connect 2022 (March 3–5) for free and be the first to learn more about these new FamilySearch features.


    Find and share this announcement in the FamilySearch Newsroom.



    1950 US Census Release Date




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