As a new member of the MyHeritage team, I’m excited to share with you a new DNA Basics blog series. I completed my Ph.D. research in medical neurobiology at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem where I also taught physiology in the medical school. My laboratory specialized in genetic approaches to answering research questions. I’m proud to join MyHeritage, where we help millions of people find new family members and discover their ethnic origins.

This is a guest post written by MyHeritage Blog editor and contributor Schelly Talalay Dardashti, MyHeritage’s US Genealogy Advisor. Was your name changed at Ellis Island? The simple answer is no. It never happened. Today there are millions of descendants of immigrants to the US who firmly believe this myth and, despite the best and continued efforts of prominent genealogists and immigration experts, this myth seems impossible to stamp out.

We’re happy to announce we’ve added Ellis Island and other New York Passenger Lists to SuperSearch™ with unique content which was never searchable before. This collection is a part of our more than 8.27 billion historical records. The collection, spanning 1820 – 1957, is of great significance for everyone looking to trace their immigrant ancestors’ arrival in America. The plethora of data provided in these 90 million records is expected to invigorate family histories, adding previously unknown stories of how family members uprooted their lives and replanted them in the United States.

We’re happy to announce we’ve added Ellis Island and other New York Passenger Lists to SuperSearch™ with unique content which was never searchable before. This collection is a part of our more than 8.27 billion historical records. The collection, spanning 1820 – 1957, is of great significance for everyone looking to trace their immigrant ancestors’ arrival in America. The plethora of data provided in these 90 million records is expected to invigorate family histories, adding previously unknown stories of how family members uprooted their lives and replanted them in the United States.

We recently held a Halloween contest and asked you to share your family’s old Halloween costumes. We received amazing photos from all over the world, some date back to 1912!  Even more fascinating were the beautiful stories you shared about your relatives. Here are some of our favorites: Susan Allen McQuillen:Susan’s grandmother, Susie Kusnir Allen, 1920

With the MyHeritage mobile app, it is now easier than ever to explore and share your family history on the go. Capture and share family photos and memories right from your mobile device, invite family members to contribute to your family tree and update your tree at family get-togethers. Available for iOS and Android, for smartphones and tablets, download the mobile app now.

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