Posted by Angela Keck from Ancestry in Feedback

How Has Mundia Helped You?


28 May 2010

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Our goal at Mundia is to reconnect you with your family around the world and help you to discover more about your family’s past and present. Mundia helps you build your family tree so you can network and share memories with those dear to you and find relatives you’ve lost touch with.

We would love to share your story about how Mundia has inspired you, or helped you to reconnect with family and build your family tree. If you have a story to share, please send it to me, Angela using this contact form.

I’m excited to read your story!


Posted by Tyler in Feedback, Surveys

Help Make Mundia Better In Less Than 3 Minutes


21 May 2010

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Take a few minutes to answer this short survey and help us improve your Mundia experience and enhance site functionality to better meet your needs.

Click here to take the survey now!

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Posted by Angela Keck from Ancestry in Miscellaneous

Site restored


20 May 2010

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Thanks for your patience, we are happy to announce that the Mundia site is now functioning normally.

Thanks again!


Posted by Angela Keck from Ancestry in Miscellaneous

Trees are Down


19 May 2010

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Unfortunately at the present time the trees feature is down, which is causing a site down error message for all of Mundia. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and will post an update here to the blog as soon as the situation has been corrected.

Thanks for your understanding,


Posted by Angela Keck from Ancestry in New features

Summary of New and Enhanced Mundia Features


11 May 2010

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Over the last several months we’ve added and enhanced a number of features to make building your family tree easier and more enjoyable. We’ve posted about many new features as they’ve launched, but I thought it would be a useful to summarize some of the main improvements for you today.

Invite family from your email contacts

If you use Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, Gmail or AOL as your email client, you can upload selected contacts directly to your Mundia account. This makes inviting family to your tree easier than ever.

Invite your family from Facebook or your email address book

Invite your family from Facebook or your email address book


Invite family from your Facebook friends list

You can also invite family to your tree by connecting to your Facebook account within Mundia. Then just drag and drop family members from your friends list onto your family tree canvas. By adding family members from Facebook you will also be able to see your relatives’ Facebook posts and comments from your Mundia home page.

Improved user interface

Thanks to your feedback, we’ve improved the tree builder user interface to make it much easier to edit, add, and remove relatives from your tree.

Share photos and family stories

Mundia makes it easy to share family photos and stories. Not only is this a great way to preserve precious family memories, but it’s also fun to share with family around the world and remember special occasions together.

Hinting helps you find relatives

When you enter information into your Mundia family tree we automatically look for other Mundia members’ trees with matching information. When we find a match, you’ll see a little shaking leaf icon next to a person in your tree for whom a match has been found. By adding as much information about your family to your tree, you improve the likelihood of finding relatives on Mundia and having your relatives find you via our hinting feature. This feature is becoming increasingly effective as more and more people build their family trees on Mundia.

Upload your GEDCOM file

GEDCOM is a common digital family tree format. If you’re new to building a family tree on your computer then you won’t have a GEDCOM file but if you’ve started building a family tree before and have a copy of your tree in GEDCOM format, you can easily upload your GEDCOM file into Mundia to make adding your tree to Mundia a breeze.

Thanks again for your continued feedback and support in helping us make Mundia better for everyone. We look forward to bringing you many more improvements and new features in the months ahead!


Posted by Angela Keck from Ancestry in Tips

How to Preserve Your Family Stories


17 Apr 2010

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If you’ve spent time with the “more mature” relatives in your family, then it’s likely that you’ve heard your grandparents, or even great-grandparents,  share stories from their youth and the old days. Perhaps they’ve even told you stories about your parents when they were kids. These are always great fun to hear.

While we’ve all listened to these kinds of stories countless times and perhaps even consider them to be family treasures, the simple fact is that unless we take the time to write them down, they can easily be lost forever.

Some of my most treasured childhood memories are listening to my great-grandmother share stories of her visit to the 1904 World’s Fair. She was the first generation of my family to be born in the United States. My children never met my great-grandmother as she passed away years before they were born. If I don’t take the time to retell her stories and share their value with the younger members of my family they will be forgotten. This would be a sad loss for my family.

If you have family stories that you want your children to remember, then write them down!

Your stories don’t have to be treasured family memories either. Does your family have a running joke?  Is there something guaranteed to make your parents laugh? Do you have a fun (or perhaps semi-embarrassing) story to share about yourself from adolescent years? Even seemingly trivial stories can be meaningful to your descendants in years to come.

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. So here are a few prompts to help get your creative juices flowing:

  • Who is your oldest family member?  Write down something  that makes him or her interesting to you. Perhaps your favorite memory of them. What did they do for a living? Do they have an interesting hobby?
  • How did your parents, or grandparents meet?  How did you and your spouse meet?
  • What is one of your earliest childhood memories?

It’s easy to add these kind of memories to your Mundia family tree. To add a story to your tree, simply open the profile of the person who the story is about. Give the story a title and add details in the “Tell us more” box. If you want to get fancy, you can even attach a photo, video or audio file to your story.

Once your story is saved, invite your relatives to read it and have them add their own stories. They can also enrich your stories by adding details and leaving comments with their own memories.


Posted by Kendall in New features, Website

Improved Family Tree Viewer Interface


9 Apr 2010

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We’re excited to announce the recent roll-out of an improved interface in the Mundia family tree viewer that makes it easier to add/edit profiles and invite others to the tree. When you move your cursor over a profile card in the tree, a new, easier-to-understand menu will pop up next to the profile card with options to view the profile in greater detail, edit or delete that person in the tree, add family members that are connected to that person in the tree, switch views between the family view and the pedigree view of the tree, and invite the person to the tree.

Improved Mundia Family Tree Viewer Interface

Improved Mundia Family Tree Viewer Interface

We hope that these changes will make Mundia easier to use and help you create even larger family trees!


Posted by Angela Keck from Ancestry in Tips

Spread the word to grow your family tree


26 Mar 2010

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One of my favorite things about building my family tree on Mundia is how excited my relatives get when I tell them I am researching our family history. Just by casually mentioning my family tree project at family gatherings or on my Facebook profile I’ve had countless offers to help – and I’ve accepted every one of them!

I’ve discovered that most of the information I need to really get started is available simply from talking to aunts, uncles and cousins. So when I invite them to join me on Mundia and they share the information they have or remember, our tree grows much quicker.

If you haven’t yet started making your family tree, what are you waiting for? Invite your family to join in the fun by sending an email invitation directly from your tree, or from Mundia’s Facebook app. That way they can access your tree, add additional information they have and they can also verify important dates you’ve entered like the birthdays and anniversaries of other relatives.

Not only will you grow your family tree in double time, but with your family calendar up to date, you’ll never forget your grandma’s birthday again!


Posted by Reinhardt in Website

Mundia Spreading Across the World!


15 Mar 2010

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We are happy to announce that Mundia is already used by visitors from more than 150 countries. We even have visitors from the Bahamas, Saint Lucia and Nepal. This just shows how popular family tree building and family history is across the globe. I personally am very curious to get in touch with more of my relatives from around the world through the Mundia family tree network. I still haven’t booked my summer vacation yet ;-)


Posted by Angela Keck from Ancestry in Website

Help Wanted!


10 Mar 2010

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Part of my job is recruiting a team of SuperUsers who are volunteers to work with me in the growing Mundia.com community.  The good news is, if you’re reading this blog and enjoy using Mundia.com then you are just the person I’m looking for!

If you’re interested in volunteering  a few hours a week and speak English fluently then I hope you’ll consider volunteering to help make Mundia an even better site and help us grow.

Please email me at akeck@mundia.com for more details and to get the process started. I look forward to hearing from you.

Angela


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