Contributing author Schelly Talalay Dardashti is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage.com If your family name is Smith or Green, you won't relate to this post. However, if your family name is something more exotic - welcome to the club! They look at your name, stammer and ask "how do you say that?" What do you do? Do you patiently spell it several times? Will you, as I often do, spell it out as in "D as in David, A as in Apple, R as in Robert" .

This article is a guest post by Dick Eastman, one of the most recognized names in the genealogy world. A pioneer geneablogger, he uses technology to improve your family history experience. Genealogists often face conflicting requirements. We want to publish our own family information online in hopes that others will see it and recognize connections to their own family. Those other genealogists then can contact us, and we can collaborate to expand the known family trees of each of us.

MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet recently presented a keynote address to hundreds of attendees of the  IAJGS 2015 conference in Israel. He discussed "Seven Unique Technologies for Discovering Your Family History." His talk is a great introduction to understanding MyHeritage technologies, Smart Matches, Record Matches, Newspaper Matches and Instant Discoveries. Gilad described new technologies that MyHeritage has recently released, such as Global Name Translation, as well as new technologies that we are about to release.

This month, we are spotlighting MyHeritage volunteer Airton Minchonis, who has been helping to translate MyHeritage products into Portuguese (Brazil) during the past year. Airton Minchonis and family Born in southeastern Brazil, he moved as teenager with his family to the northeast. The distance caused him to lose contact with some relatives, but he took advantage of every visit to his grandparents' home to learn more about his family history and his grandparents' generation.

How well can you recognize famous people from their childhood photos? Today we're sharing a celebrity photo with a few clues to see if you can figure out who it is: Can you guess who this is? Here are a few clues:He formerly worked as a milk delivery man.At 23, he chose between becoming a professional soccer player or an actor, and he chose actor.

During summer vacations, many parents scramble to find fun and enjoyable things for their children to do and keep them occupied. For many children, the beginning of September means the sad end to their summers. While it's still summer, we wanted to travel back in time tand take a look at some summer activities, then and now. 1. Then: Playing marbles. Now: Playing video games.

Most people find they have more time for hobbies and interests during the summer than the rest of the year. Perhaps it's the long days and nice weather that give us more energy to broaden our horizons and inspire our creativity. Whatever the reason, summer is a great time to focus on family history research and unlock new clues into your family's past.

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