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In July, our team of employee volunteers returned from Siberia after spending one month on a Tribal Quest expedition with the Nenets, a remote tribe in the Yamal Peninsula. During this groundbreaking trip, our team formed close bonds with the families while documenting and digitizing their family histories. For those who aren’t familiar with Tribal Quest, this project is a special mission we launched in 2016 with the goal of preserving the family histories of remote tribes from around the world.

Family history success stories can be extremely rewarding for all involved. We love being a part of connecting people with their past and introducing them to relatives that they didn’t know. We recently received a story from our research partners, Legacy Tree Genealogists. They helped Elizabeth, a two-year MyHeritage member, reconnect with her long-lost father. Because she didn’t have the time, she decided to enlist outside help to take her research to the next level.

We’re excited to introduce a new book by Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, and author, Yvette Manessis Corporon, titled Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil. MyHeritage has arranged an exclusive 25% discount on the book, using the code BEAUTIFUL at checkout on Books A Million. We’re also giving away three signed copies! See below for details.

As many of you know, Houston was recently hit by Hurricane Harvey, which became Tropical Storm Harvey, and has since moved out of Houston. MyHeritage uses the FTDNA lab which is located in Houston. Thankfully, all of the employees who work in the DNA lab are safe. The lab, as well as all the DNA samples, are completely intact.

It’s that time of the year again, the days are getting shorter and summer is coming to an end. Students of all ages everywhere are beginning to prepare for their first day back to school. Do you feel nostalgic about your old school days? How much do you remember about heading back to school? We’re taking you back to school with our fun quiz about the good old days in the classroom.

If you’ve taken a MyHeritage DNA test or uploaded your DNA data to MyHeritage, then you will have received a list of your DNA Matches. The list shows people whose DNA matches yours, the percentage of DNA you share, and your possible relationship. DNA results can imply several possible relationships between you and a DNA Match, such as 3rd – 4th cousin, but now you’d like to understand how you are related to the match.

This is a guest post by Shauna Hicks. She is a professional genealogist, former archivist, and librarian who has been researching her own family history since 1977. Shauna worked in government for over 35 years in libraries and archives in Brisbane, Canberra, and Melbourne.

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