From a very young age, Betsy Roddy was told that her great-grandmother had a unique role in history. Sonora Smart Dodd was instrumental in making her idea of Father’s Day a reality. In the past, we’ve highlighted the incredible story of Sonora. Leading up to Father’s Day (June 18, in the U.S.), we talked with her great-granddaughter Betsy about the strong matriarch in her family, the stories passed down from generation to generation and preserving her great-grandmother’s legacy for the future.

It is estimated that there are currently between 150-600 supercentenarians — people who have reached the age of 110 — alive in the world. The exact number is unknown because not all of them are known to researchers, and many have not had their age authenticated by an organization specializing in age validation. In April 2017, Italian supercentenarian Emma Morano died at the ripe age of 117 years and 137 days.

We’re happy to announce the publication on MyHeritage Super Search of seven large and significant historical record collections from the Netherlands. These new collections, totaling over 116 million records, cover about five centuries, and fascinating periods in Dutch history. During this time, the Netherlands’ population grew from an estimated 1 million people to over 4.5 million inhabitants.

We recently hosted a webinar on our New Features and Best Practices featuring genealogy expert Daniel Horowitz. He introduced some of the exciting new features and technologies we have recently added to MyHeritage, such as our new DNA Ethnicity Estimate, to help advance your family history research. He also discussed best practices when using MyHeritage, and answered many questions from the audience.

MyHeritage depends on its dedicated team of volunteer translators to help our users around the world. This month, meet Candan Baysan, a Turkish translator team member, from Ankara, Turkey. Candan, 72, says that as one matures begins to lose friends and relatives, they seek out remaining family and old friends.

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new and improved DNA Ethnicity Estimate. MyHeritage DNA now provides users with a percentage-based estimate of their ethnic origins covering 42 ethnic regions, more than any other major DNA company and many of which are available only on MyHeritage. The Ethnicity Estimate is presented in an original and engaging format, making it not only interesting but also fun to watch and share.

Join expert genealogist Daniel Horowitz for a free webinar on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Daniel will introduce some of the exciting new features and technologies recently added to MyHeritage, to help advance your family history research. He’ll also discuss best practices when using MyHeritage.

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