Free Access to all Military Records on MyHeritage

I hope this email finds you well! I wanted to let you know about a special offer we have in honor of Memorial Day in the U.S.: free access to all military records on MyHeritage starting tomorrow, May 26, through June 1, 2021.


MyHeritage is home to 69.6 million military records from all over the world, including draft, enlistment, and service records, pension records, and other military documents. These collections contain valuable information about men and women who served and their families. Military records can contain birth and death dates, names and addresses of family members, and details about the soldier’s service. In some cases, they can provide details not found in other types of records, such as notes on physical characteristics like height, weight, and eye color.

This offer is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with ancestors who fought for their country — and a great way to honor their service this Memorial Day. Please spread the word to your audience, and encourage them to search the collection. You can read more about the military records on MyHeritage in the blog post.


Daniel Horowitz Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage Ltd., P.O.Box 50, 3 Ariel Sharon Blvd., Or Yehuda, Israel 6037606, Israel, +972-3-6280000

Washington State Non Profit Network Meeting

Dear Colleague,

We are inviting all the nonprofit networks in the state to join us for a super network meeting, because, thanks to Zoom, we can! The 90-minute session will feature 3 presenters from the upcoming Washington State Nonprofit Conference, delivering 10-minute power learning presentations, followed by facilitated breakout discussions. The event is free and the content supercharged, so please plan to take notes and not miss a minute. I look forward to seeing you then!

Gabriel Cruden

If you are not able to join us at this time, please feel free to send a note with your thoughts or questions and I’ll be sure to share them in the meeting and send out the recording to everyone who is registered. Register for the May 10 meeting Hosted by Washington Nonprofits, the Innovia Foundation, and Yakima Valley Community Foundation, this meeting will convene the Spokane, One River, Central Washington, and Ferry & Stevens County Nonprofit Networks. The gathering is open to anyone with an interest in nonprofits.  

Legacy 24 hour Genealogy Marathon

Art Kelly shared this link with me. Linda

TitleSpeakerSydneyLondon / GMTEastern U.S.
Four Factors Influencing Your DNA Ethnicity ResultsDiahan SouthardFri Apr 9, 7amThu Apr 8, 9pmThu Apr 8, 5pm
Putting Down Roots For Future GenerationsTammy Priolo 8am 10pm 6pm
Learning More about American Female Ancestors Prior to 1850Gena Philibert-Ortega 9am 11pm 7pm
Create Your Own YouTube Channel to Store and Share Family VideosLianne Kruger 10am Fri Apr 9, 12am 8pm
Genealogy Gifts and GamesJanice Nickerson 11pm 1am 9pm
Osiyo to Cherokee AncestryNicka Smith 12pm 2am 10pm
Record As You Go, Cite As You Go, & File As You GoCyndi Ingle 1pm 3am 11pm
Write As You Go! An Methodology for Efficient Report WritingJill Morelli, CG 2pm 4am Fri Apr 9, 12am
Surname Slip-Ups: Baffling BeginningsCarol Baxter 3pm 5am 1am
Begotten by Fornication: Illegitimacy records in England and WalesHelen V. Smith 4pm 6am 2am
Finding Jewish Records in the MyHeritage Search EngineDaniel Horowitz 5pm 7am 3am
Using MyHeritage Tools to Improve Your Family Tree DataMyHeritage 6pm 8am 4am
Leaving a paper trail – Other German sources besides church books and civil recordsAndrea Bentschneider 7pm 9am 5am
Tears of Joy: Families Reunited Through Genetic Genealogy and MyHeritage DNADaniel Horowitz 8pm 10am 6am
Townlands, Parishes and Baronies – understanding land administrative divisions in IrelandNatalie Bodle 9pm 11am 7am
Researching Your Ancestors in the City of PhiladelphiaMichael L. Strauss, AG 10pm 12pm 8am
African American Migration North to CanadaAngela Walton-Raji11pm 1pm 9am
How to Find Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations in CanadaKathryn Lake HoganSat Apr 10, 12am 2pm 10am
Street Names and Numbers: Grid Changes, Renaming, and MoreThomas MacEntee 1am 3pm 11am
Expanding The Details From Published Local HistoriesJ. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA 2am 4pm 12pm
Mother Nature’s Impact on Family Migration & RelocationWayne Shepheard 3am 5pm 1pm
Matrimonio a la española: Spanish marital customs & marriage recordsDaniel Smith-Ramos 4am 6pm 2pm
Collaboration and Correspondence for DNAPaul Woodbury 5am 7pm 3pm
Tracing Your Pre-WWI British SoldierPaul Milner 6am 8pm 4pm
Organization: The Key to Successful ResearchTeri E. Flack7am9pm5pm
Superb Seven: Fabulous Avenues for Finding Family in Manuscript CollectionsPaula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS8am10pm6pm

Improvement of Genetic Groups on MyHeritage

Viewing Genetic Groups of DNA Matches

As part of our continued improvement of Genetic Groups on MyHeritage, you can now compare your Genetic Groups to those of your DNA Matches! Previously, you were able to view the Ethnicity Estimate of your DNA Matches and see which ethnicities you share. Now, you can drill down even further and see which Genetic Groups they belong to, and which ones you have in common. This addition has important genealogical value, and may enable you to narrow down which side of your family a DNA Match comes from. Read more about this exciting new addition in the blog post.  


Significant Update to Swedish Historical Records on MyHeritage

We recently added 19.35 million records to our collection of Sweden Household Examination Books. The new records cover the years 1820–1839, and bring the total number of records in this collection to 144.5 million. The records in this collection are the #1 source of information about families and individuals who lived in Sweden in the 19th and 20th centuries. This is great news for all genealogists with Swedish roots, who may now be able to date their family tree back even further and make new discoveries.


You can search the collection now, and read more about it on our blog

24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon

You may recall that last year, MyHeritage teamed up with Legacy Family Tree Webinars for a historic event: we hosted the first-ever 24-hour genealogy webinar marathon. It was so successful that we’re doing it again from April 8–9, 2021!


Just like last year, the entire event is free and open to all. The event will include live Q&As and door prizes, and will feature 26 lectures from the world’s top experts on a wide variety of topics relating to family history research and DNA. Visit our blog to learn more, peruse the full lineup of lectures, and register.

Feel free to use the above visuals when sharing these updates with your readers, and let me know if you have any questions!


Daniel Horowitz Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage Ltd., P.O.Box 50, 3 Ariel Sharon Blvd., Or Yehuda, Israel 6037606, Israel, +972-3-6280000

New group: Washington State Genealogy and Family History

New group: Washington State Genealogy and Family History at Please join if you want help or can offer help, and spread the word to your cousins and colleagues. 
Join on the website or send a blank email to
Queries and requests for help are welcome, along with: notices of upcoming Washington State genealogy society meetings, historical society and museum events, resources and meetings, local library news, and anything else related to Washington state genealogical research and family history. 

Genealogical Publishing Company Discount Books for NGS Members

A Discount Offer from NGS Business Partner [] Dear NGS Members,     Genealogical Publishing Company ( is delighted to offer members of the National Genealogical Society a 20% discount on six publications that command frequent use. Just use code NGS2021 (no spaces) in the coupon box of the checkout process.    
The publications included in this special offer are: Evidence Explained. Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Third Edition Revised, by Elizabeth Shown Mills, is the definitive guide to the citation and analysis of historical sources–a guide so thorough that it leaves nothing to chance. View in Store
The Sleuth Book for Genealogists. Strategies for More Successful Family History Research, by Emily Anne Croom, “will not only keep you entertained while you’re learning how to break through those stubborn brick walls, but it will also give you practical advice that really works”–Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, CG, author of You Can Write Your Family History. View in Store
Reading Early American Handwriting, by Kip Sperry, is the classic guide to its subject. “The further back in time our research takes us, the more ‘plain English’ looks like a foreign language. That’s why Sperry’s ‘plain English’ guide to not-so-plain English writing is an absolute basic book for every genealogical shelf.”–Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS. View in Store
History for Genealogists, Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors. Revised Edition, by Judy Jacobson, is the one history book all family genealogists should own when they are searching for fresh clues or hoping to understand what made their ancestors tick. Revised and expanded in 2016 to include new chapters on “life on the homefront” during America’s 20th-century wars; and “fashion and leisure” in America from its beginnings through the middle of the 20th century. View in Store
Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920, by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, is the award-winning handbook designed to ensure that you conduct your census research in the correct American county. View in Store
Indian Wars of the American South, 1610-1858. A Guide for Genealogists & Historians, by Michael A. Ports, is a comprehensive introduction to the conflicts that ensued between Native Americans and their European encroachers from the colonial period to the Civil War—and the records that survived them. View in Store  
To save 20% on one or more of the above books, simply order online and apply the special discount code NGS2021 (no spaces) in the coupon box of the checkout process. For more information about these specially discounted books, please visit today.

This special offer will expire on March 15, 2021.     Sincerely,     Joe Garonzik Marketing Director    
P.S. As an added bonus, you can save all USPS shipping charges on your order, if you purchase more than $50 worth of books in any single order. The mission of the National Genealogical Society is to inspire, connect, and lead the family history community. We foster collaboration and best practices in advocacy, education, preservation, and research. We enable people, cultures, and organizations to discover the past and create a lasting legacy. For generations. Past. Present. Future.

MyHeritage and Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most prominent figures in the history of the United States, and one of the most influential presidents of all time. Ahead of his birthday on February 12, and President’s Day on February 15, MyHeritage has released a new ad that lets you see Lincoln like never before, as he explores his family history on MyHeritage 🙂

Please watch the video and embed it on your blogs, and share it on your channels.

I hope that you and your audience enjoy the video! 

You can also read more about the making of this incredible project on our blog.


Daniel Horowitz Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage Ltd., P.O.Box 50, 3 Ariel Sharon Blvd., Or Yehuda, Israel 6037606, Israel, +972-3-6280000

AG Ferguson: Federal judge blocks sale of Seattle Archives

Feb. 12, 2021
AG Ferguson: Federal judge blocks sale and closure of Seattle’s National Archives facility
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement today after a federal judge in Seattle blocked the federal government’s plan to expedite the sale of Seattle’s National Archives facility and ship the un-digitized records out of the region. Judge John C. Coughenour, Senior  Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, said he will issue a preliminary injunction next week in which he will rule that Ferguson’s coalition was likely to prevail in its lawsuit asserting that the federal government acted unlawfully when it moved to sell the National Archives facility and scatter the archival records thousands of miles away.

Ferguson, working with a coalition of regional tribes, community organizations, the City of Seattle and Oregon’s Attorney General, asked the court in January to enjoin, or block, the sale while the litigation continues. The coalition filed nearly 600 pages of declarations from 79 individuals.

“Today’s legal victory blocks the federal government’s unlawful plan to sell the Archives and scatter the DNA of our region thousands of miles away,” Ferguson said. “This victory preserves our ability to physically connect to our history by visiting the Archives and accessing the un-digitized records that are deeply personal to so many. The federal government callously ignored deep concerns raised by the decision to ship these records to California and Missouri, including issues related to racial equity, tribal relations, conservation, good government, and the rule of law. The judge just did what these federal agencies should have done – consider the facility’s importance to our region and apply the law.”

Assistant Attorneys General Lauryn Fraas and Kristin Beneski are handling this case for Washington.

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