IAJGS 2016 Speaker Profile: Daniel Horowitz

MyHeritageDaniel Horowitz was a teacher and study guide editor for over 15 years, of the family history project “Searching for My Roots” in Venezuela. Daniel is today the MyHeritage Chief Genealogist Officer, providing key contributions in the areas of product development, customer support and public affairs.

With more than 25 years of experience, Daniel holds board level positions with the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), among others.

A power genealogist, researcher and lecturer himself, Daniel has a deep understanding of the needs of today’s family history enthusiasts.

“MyHeritage 7 Unique Technologies” (Mon-126), 9:00-10:15 A.M.

In the last decade, technology has revitalized genealogy, opening many new frontiers for research, preservation and sharing while maintaining the thrill of the detective hunt. The important intersection of technology and genealogy is the center of this talk.

We will discuss seven of MyHeritage’s key technologies, including Smart Matches, Record Matches, Record Detective, the new Instant Discoveries, Search Connect and Global Name Translation.

We will share behind-the-scenes anecdotes on how these technologies were invented and improved, describe the challenges they solve, and explain how you can make the most of them for your family history research.

Topics: Topics: Repositories, Technology in support of genealogical research

Computer Lab*: “Planting a Family Tree Online with MyHeritage” (Mon-127), 10:45 A.M.-12:15 P.M.

Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage‘s Chief Genealogist, will guide you step-by-step to build your tree on the friendly and free online family tree website MyHeritage.com. You will learn how to enter detailed information, navigate across the tree, upload images, invite and share information with family members in 43 languages to get calendar alerts on family events. Take advantage of the latest technologies MyHeritage uses to help you growing your tree, find long lost relative and historical records for every person in your family tree.

Category: Beginning genealogists

Topics: Technology in support of genealogical research, Workshop – Technology

* NOTE: One must reserve one’s place in this computer workshop and pay a separate fee of $35 (in additional to the conference registration fee).

Prepare for a Cemetery (search, photo and index) Trip (Tues-185), 12:30-1:45 P.M.

Cemeteries are great resource of genealogical information that every researcher will have to use some day. Here your relatives are just waiting for you to visit them and start collecting all the information they have to offer you. Be prepared and make sure you make the most out of your visit. Don’t waste the time in your local cemetery or the one abroad.

Come to learn from Daniel the preparation tasks you need to do before and during the visit for your personal research or for an indexing project with BillionGraves mobile app. Then you will need to take care of understanding the tombstones terminology and symbols; how to translate efficiently the written texts.

Daniel will offer you different ways to solve this and many other troubles you may overcome when dealing with the dead people, and those in charge of their care. You should not die without hearing this lecture.

Category: Beginning genealogists 

Topics: Cemetery research, Repositories, Technology in support of genealogical research