Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Genealogy is a hobby I don’t fully understand, but many people are apparently really interested in their family’s history — enough to make this a $2 billion market. For the most part, that means laboriously filling in family trees — either in an old-school desktop app or online with services like Ancestry or MyHeritage. To do away with all that extra work and to make genealogy a bit more mainstream, MyHeritage today announced the launch of Instant Discoveries.
With this, first-time users only have to fill in the names of a couple of family members and the service will immediately present you with a person who is very likely to be your ancestor, as well as quite a bit more information about the family.
If you think MyHeritage correctly identified your family, you can create your family tree with just a few clicks.
“Millions of people want to better understand themselves and their…
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The link below is to an article/chart that explains extended family relationships.
The last several months (and indeed the majority of the year – if not longer) has been marked by the haphazard and irregular nature of my posting to my Blogs and the updating of my websites. This is likely to continue for some time and for an indefinite period of time. Why? I have been battling depression (essentially), though I have no real understanding of why/how it has come about. A number of years ago I was involved in a car accident that nearly killed me and I suffered a brain injury as a result of the accident. I am as fully recovered as I am likely to be and it has not really left a great permanent impact on my life – though this depression may prove to have been its lasting legacy.
I have thought of closing down the Bogs and websites on a number of occasions – but have not really wanted to do so. I would like to return to them with the same enthusiasm that I once had, though I am obviously unsure when that will be. Also, closing down the sites would be like yielding to the mental illness and sliding further down the slippery slope, which is not something I want to do. So it’s six of one and half-dozen of the other as regards what to do.
So if you have been a regular reader/user of my sites I ask for your continuing patience and understanding – normal service is something I am aiming at returning to. I just don’t know when that can/will be.