I was the second of four siblings. Growing up as middle children, my sister (the third child) and I often joked that we were considered double-stuff Oreo filling, and therefore we were the best part of the family. But, let's face it, it's not easy being a middle child. According to various studies, birth order in a family can have a great impact on a child's life.

Continuing our spotlight on volunteer translators, we introduce Torbjorn Wolden, a MyHeritage member from Norway, who has been helping to translate MyHeritage products into Norwegian for the five years. A young genealogist, Torbjorn became interested in his family history in elementary school. We did a project where we would make our own family tree (which I still have) and show it to the rest of the class.

Anna’s family journey to meet relatives in Australia continues. In this post, she discusses Oskar’s life, and looks at his decision to suddenly move to Australia. The other day, David and I spoke about Oskar and his initial trip to Australia, the decisions that caused him to leave Sweden and what he may have encountered on the journey. There were still unanswered pieces that we can only speculate about.

We recently wrote about the fascinating Secret of Ereikoussa, where the residents of a small Greek island risked their lives to save a Jewish tailor’s family from the Nazis during WWII. In November 2013, Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and author Yvette Manessis Corporon contacted MyHeritage to ask for help in finding the descendants of the Jewish tailor - Savvas from Corfu, Greece - who had been hidden on Ereikoussa during the war.

A few weeks ago we asked you to send in your look-alike photos and the response has been amazing! We want to thank all of you who submitted. It was great to see uncanny family resemblances between the generations. With so many photos submitted from around the world, it was really difficult to choose a winner. But without further ado, we'd like to wish congratulations to Sheila Van Zant who sent in these incredible look-alike images produced 500 years apart!

We’re delighted to announce the launch of Global Name Translation™, a new technology unique to MyHeritage, to help break through those language barriers in the quest to uncover your past. Global Name Translation™ (Click to Zoom) This innovation now makes it even easier to discover your global roots. The technology automatically translates names found in historical records and family trees from one language into another, at very high accuracy, generating all plausible translations, to facilitate matches between names in different languages.

Nothing brings back great memories than childhood photos. What better way to preserve those moments than by recreating some of them? Recreating family photos doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s a great way to bring family together and reminisce about the past. Image credit: Parentdish.ca Here are some tips for recreating family photos: Search, search, search. You can’t recreate a photo if you don’t have the original.

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