As 2020 comes to a close, we’re ending off the year with a bang here at MyHeritage! One of the silver linings of this year has been the increased time that many have been able to dedicate to their hobbies, and family history ranks high on the list. We’ve received countless messages from users around the world who appreciate our online learning sessions that we offer each month. They’ve helped many gain a greater understanding of genealogy and DNA and stay updated on how to use MyHeritage tools and features.
Judy mentioned that the pandemic has given her access to lots of talks that wouldn’t normally be online, and the continued education has helped her push ahead in her research. Ellen commented that “COVID-19 has provided me with more time to devote to online research. It has helped me to slow down and think more about my brick walls. I’ve been able to break through one of my walls that has been challenging me for 20 years, so there’s a silver lining to this challenging year!” Stephen remarked that although the pandemic has kept him home for most of the year, he’s been able to spend considerable time working on his family tree, discovering matches with MyHeritage, and watching the MyHeritage webinars.
We invite you to join our upcoming online webinars, Facebook Lives, and Instagram Lives right from the comfort of your home. We’re especially excited for our last session of the year, our End of the Year Facebook Live Bonanza, where we’ll be joined by several special guests to reflect on the past year in the genealogy world, and look ahead to 2021.
All Facebook Live sessions are available for viewing in the Videos section of the MyHeritage Facebook page, and many of the Ask the Expert sessions are later made available for free viewing on the MyHeritage Knowledge Base.
Note that most times are listed in Eastern Time Zone. Please use a time zone converter to find the correct time in your location.
Facebook Live Sessions
No advance registration is required for these sessions: you can join them straight from our Facebook page. Simply visit the page when the session is scheduled to start, and look out for the live video broadcast at the top of the feed. You’ll be able to ask questions in the comments, and the speakers will respond to them live.
December 7, 2 P.M. EST
Topic: DNA Testing for Adoptees (and others with unknown parents)
Speaker: Richard Hill
Description: Adoptee Richard Hill identified his birth family through DNA testing and created the web site DNA-Testing-Adviser.com. In this session, he’ll review methods for adoptees to find biological family through DNA testing on MyHeritage.
December 9, 2 P.M. EST
Topic: Dragging Genealogy Information Out of Your Family Members
Speaker: Melissa Barker
Description: Melissa Barker, Archives Manager and Public Historian, will show you how to procure genealogical information from your relatives this holiday season.
December 14, 2 P.M. EST
Topic: Expanding Your Family Circle on MyHeritage
Speaker: Thomas MacEntee
Description: Genealogy expert and educator Thomas MacEntee will show you how to use MyHeritage to stay in touch with family. He’ll cover connecting with other MyHeritage users, connecting with your DNA Matches, and etiquette and best ways to contact others.
December 16, 2 P.M. EST
Topic: Finding Her Voice: 3 Steps for Researching Female Ancestors
Speaker: Gena Philibert-Ortega
Description: Join Gena Philibert-Ortega, author, researcher, and instructor, as she focuses on women’s family history and how to locate your female ancestors in MyHeritage historical records.
December 23, 2 P.M. EST
Topic: Exploring the MyHeritage Record Collections: The Outstanding and the Unusual
Speaker: James Tanner
Description: Veteran genealogist and genealogy blogger James Tanner will show you how to better explore MyHeritage’s 12.7 billion historical records.
December 28, 2 P.M. EST
Topic: Holiday Family History Fun With Kids
Speaker: Shenley Puterbaugh
Description: Join Shenley Puterbaugh, founder of Inspire Family History, as she dives into a workshop on creating fun family history activities for the whole family this holiday season.
December 30, 2 P.M. EST
Topic: End of the Year Facebook Live Bonanza!
Speaker: Special Guest Speakers
Description: In this end-of-the-year special, we’ll be joined by various industry leaders. We’ll have panel discussions reflecting on the past year, and we’ll look ahead to 2021.
That’s right, we’re finally bringing our live sessions to Instagram this month! Genealogist Maureen Taylor, also known as “The Photo Detective,” will be offering a general Q&A on historical postcards and greeting cards on MyHeritage’s Instagram profile on December 21 at 2 P.M. EST.
To join, make sure you’re following MyHeritage’s account on Instagram. When it’s time for the session, just enter the app and you’ll see our logo at the top of your screen with a colorful ring around it and the word LIVE. Tap the photo to join.
Ask the Expert
The free Ask the Expert webinar series is hosted by our Genealogy Expert, Daniel Horowitz, and spans a wide variety of topics, from leveraging useful MyHeritage features to searching the historical record collections. To sign up to attend an Ask the Expert session, click on the registration link provided below.
December 10, 1 P.M. EST
Topic: Giving the Gift of Genealogy
Description: The holidays are all about family, so what could make a better gift than family itself? Find out how you can create beautiful and meaningful gifts using your MyHeritage family tree and family photos, and learn how you can help others discover the magic of genealogy with a gift membership to MyHeritage. Click here to register
December 17, 1 P.M. EST
Topic: Open Mic
Description: Be ready to TALK, as Daniel Horowitz will open your mic, listen to your questions, and answer them live. Bring your genealogy questions and let’s have fun together. Click here to register
Source: My Heritage