Year: 2012

A few days in beautiful Brisbane

The 7th Unlock the Past History and Genealogy Expo (and first in Brisbane) will be held from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 June 2012 at Centenary State High School, 1 Moolanda Street, Jindalee, Brisbane.

With 18 speakers from around Australia and the UK, including me, and 60 exhibitors this will be an event not to be missed.

Last year’s Expo in Geelong, Victoria

I’ll be speaking about Land research for Family Historians, an introduction to land records, and Social Media for Family Historians, an introduction to five common forms of social media.

I’ll also be giving help and advice at the Research Help Zone for the three days of the expo and getting into as much mischief as I can.

Please stop by and say hello!

For more information see

Back in business

Sydney HarbourFor some reason that I still can’t really explain my blog has been out of action for the last couple of months. I’ve tried to fix it but didn’t really have time to get into it properly when my small attempts didn’t work. In that time I’ve updated my Social Media for Family Historians book and written a new one called Land research for family historians in Australia and New Zealand.

I’ve just had another go, and when what I tried to do didn’t work I put it back the way it was and started installing another one, with the intention of loading it up with a backup. For some reason I can’t explain doing those things has caused it to work.

It’s a mystery to me, but it’s good to be back!

MyHeritage introduces personalised family calendars

Calendars that show family birthdays are a great idea, and MyHeritage has just introduced a new feature to allow you to print them from your family tree with a single click.

I don’t usually reproduce press releases but I think this one is worthwhile. Calendars can be printed for $19.95 plus postage.

MyHeritage releases cutting-edge personalized family calendars

World’s largest family network introduces beautiful printed family calendars, created in one click and automatically personalized with family events and photos

PROVO, Utah & LONDON & TEL AVIV, Israel – March 13, 2012: MyHeritage, the most popular family network on the web, today announced the worldwide release of personalized and customizable family calendars that are created in a single click. Automatically filled with important events such as birthdays, anniversaries and national holidays, and intuitively decorated with the best matching family photos, the beautifully designed MyHeritage family calendars introduce a new and easy way for families to remember special occasions.

Personalized for every MyHeritage user, the calendars rival other leading industry designs but take only a fraction of the time and effort to create.

With more than 62 million registered users and 21 million family trees, MyHeritage has become the trusted home on the web for families wishing to explore their family history, share memories and stay connected. The new personalized family calendars use information from a user’s private family tree on MyHeritage, such as names, photos, birthdays and wedding anniversaries of the closest family members, to provide the ultimate hassle-free wall planner and a perfect gift for loved ones. For the millions of MyHeritage users who have invested in building a family tree and uploading photos, their efforts can now reward the entire family with innovative products that take advantage of the data already entered, such as the new family calendars.

Created in one click with an array of 15 designs to choose from, users can preview the calendars and further customize them to include additional relatives, events and photos, or to replace or reposition the photos that were automatically selected. The calendars are a global product available in 28 languages and ship to any destination worldwide. In addition, the calendars support the national holidays of dozens of countries, as well as major religious holidays.

“We’re delighted to introduce personalized family calendars to make it easier for families to keep track of important events” said MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet. “We constantly strive to diversify our family history offering to engage the wider family, and our beautiful and instantaneous family calendars are an important step in that direction. A personalized family calendar is an affordable and heartwarming addition to any home and now we’ve made it a cinch to get one.”

The calendars are available at and cost as low as $19.95 plus shipping.

The family calendars are the result of a three-way cooperation between MyHeritage and companies Fuga Technologies and Total Graphics, based on the MyHeritage Family Graph API and Adobe InDesign Server. More family-oriented printed products will be developed by this partnership in the future.

About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is the most popular family network on the web. On MyHeritage, Millions of families around the world enjoy having a private and free place to explore their history and share special family memories. Pioneers in making family history a collaborative experience for the family, MyHeritage empowers its users with innovative social tools and a massive library of historical content. The site is available in 38 languages. So far more than 62 million people have signed up to MyHeritage. The company is backed by Accel Partners and Index Ventures, the investors of Facebook and Skype. For more information visit

Press Contacts

Aaron Godfrey, USA Community Manager for MyHeritage  Email:

Caroline Cohen, PR Manager for MyHeritage  Email: