Our lives are filled with events: some happy, some sad, some common enough, while others are extraordinary. Those events shape us and define who we are, but are also what we leave to our families as memories. I’m sure you have those events and memories in your mind. But if they are only in your mind, and not passed on, that is precisely the risk.

This is a guest post by James M. Beidler, who authored The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide and Trace Your German Roots Online. He also writes the weekly newspaper column “Roots & Branches,” teaches for the online Family Tree University and edits Der Kurier, the journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. Beidler has been a columnist for German Life magazine for more than ten years.

Would you ask your hairdresser or barber to pull a painful tooth? We wouldn't, but that's exactly what they did do in medieval times. Your friendly neighborhood barber-surgeon provided medical treatment to most of the population back then. It was the urgent-care facility of the Middle Ages. It is probably a good thing that barber-surgeon is today an extinct profession! What extinct jobs did your ancestors have?

Earlier this week, we hosted a webinar with Uri Gonen (VP of Product Management for MyHeritage) about our recently released feature, PedigreeMap™. PedigreeMap is an innovative free feature for visualizing your family history. This feature plots births, marriages, and deaths, digital and scanned historical photos from your MyHeritage family tree on an interactive map. Get tips on tracing the locations of important events in your family history and understanding your ancestors' life journeys.

Marianne Melcherts Dutch-born Marianne Melcherts has been working with the customer support team at MyHeritage since 2010. The way she describes it, it feels both like forever and like no time at all. As a child, Marianne was already quite interested in discovering her roots. She grew up in a small village in the Netherlands, located between Amsterdam and Utrecht. She was interested in history and archaeology.

We recently-released PedigreeMap™, an innovative free feature for visualizing your family history. This feature plots births, marriages, and deaths, digital and scanned historical photos from your MyHeritage family tree on an interactive map. Join us tomorrow for a free webinar about PedigreeMap. Uri Gonen, VP of Product Management at MyHeritage will give tips on tracing the locations of important events in your family history and understanding your ancestors' life journeys.

We're happy to announce that we've completed 50% of our goal to digitize every cemetery in Israel — aiming to make it the first country in the world to have all of its gravestones preserved online and searchable, and we're making all of this data available on MyHeritage for free. Cemeteries play a vital role in family history research and society in general.

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