Today is a special day for families across the United States as they say thank you for all the good things that have happened to them this year. Families share this moment over a meal, telling each other stories and sharing family memories.
Americans travel vast distances to be together on this day and so it is not surprising it it the busiest day for US airlines. If there is one day to get together with the family, it is today.
The story behind thanksgiving is simple; when the pilgrims, America's settlers from Europe arrived in new England they faced a very harsh winter. When spring arrived and they harvested their crops, they organised a feast to celebrate their harvest, their new country and to thank God for making it through the winter.
MyHeritage is thankful that it has the possibility to bring together families on its site and therefore wishes all families a happy thanksgiving!
Politicians, stay-at-home dads, academics or businesswomen...they all know the value of family and the joys of staying in touch with them. But what is on their family photo's? How often do they call their mother and what celebrity do they secretly admire? Get ready to find out through the MyHeritage interview series!
This week, we are talking to Schelly Talalay Dardashti. A journalist, she is the historian for both her Talalay family and her husband's Dardashti family, a well-known genealogist and author/editor of the MyHeritage genealogy blog.
Schelly writes two widely-known genealogy blogs: Tracing the Tribe and one focusing on international Jewish cemeteries. She also teaches Jewish genealogy online. Read what she answered to our nine family questions:
What is on your favourite family photo?
"While we have many contemporary photos, our most precious ones are of relatives who are no longer with us.
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Techcrunch started nominations for its "Crunchies". Sounds like biscuits, but it is about your favourite websites and online technologies, so a bit similar to the Open Web Awards.
We thought MyHeritage stands a chance to go far in the "Best International" category. Headquartered in Israel the site is translated in 34 languages, with employees working from three different continents and users from almost every country on the planet. Click on the crunchy button on the top left to support us there.
Some of you have told us that the brand new photo tagging technology that we have launched in September deserves a place in the "Best Technology Innovation". That's what we hope as well, so that's what the image on the left is for.
Thanks a lot for your support. MyHeritage is what it is thanks to the millions of families like yours, that appreciate the site and use it to stay in touch, share photos, learn more about their history or simply to find their celebrity look-alikes.
My name is Aske, and I live in Denmark on the island of Funen, which is the Island in the centre of the picture below. I live in one of the many harbour cities in Denmark, called Svendborg. As country manager for Denmark, I want to tell you a thing or two about Denmark, as part of our countries series.
First of all, Denmark is flat. The highest point is 'Mollehoj', at only 170.86 metres (560.56 feet) above sea level. Denmark consists of a large number of small islands, of which 72 are inhabited, and therefore Denmark is connected by more than 30 large bridges (some listed here).
The capital of Denmark is Copenhagen, with 1.1 million inhabitants, which is about 21% of the country's total population of 5.5 million inhabitants.
It was great to hear that MyHeritage was nominated for the Open Web Awards in the "Mainstream Social Network" category. Next to the likes of Facebook, MySpace and Twitter we are in good company
Mashable is one of the most popular blogs on social media and this is the second year that they are granting this award.
Out of 43 000 nominations we made it into the round of the last 14 Social networks. Not too bad.
Now we just need enough votes to win the competition, and that's where all of you guys come into play:
Vote for us by entering you email address on the right.
They will then send you an email and if you confirm by clicking on the link they send, your vote will be counted. Mashable doesnt use the addresses for anything else then the voting.
And by the way: You can vote again every day
Let's climb the top of social networking heaven together...
Therefore we have now teamed up with FamilyTreeDNA, the company that has pioneered DNA-based family research almost a decade ago. By now they are the most popular DNA testing service and as a MyHeritage user you'll get an amazing deal on some of their products.
Through MyHeritage you will save $60 on the mtDNAplus package. We offer you three of their products, all with a nice discount and starting from as little as $129, including the testing kit that you will receive ahead and the results and certificate after the analysis.
Some of the tests will give you details about your ethnic and geographic origin. Or they can help you to find out if you are really related to someone of the same name from another country. Especially if there are no written records. So it's the perfect supplement for your family tree on MyHeritage.
Do I love my family more than anything else in the world because I am French? Because I am Algerian? ... Or because I am a human being? Having a double nationality, French-Algerian, but being the country manager of MyHeritage for France, these are some questions that I have been thinking about. I will attempt to answer them below, as I am sure there are some of you who occasionally ask yourselves similar questions.
Why do my two brothers and I call my mother once a day at noon? Why do I believe that the family is the most important unit ever? Is it because I am French or because I am Algerian? Is it reasonable to think that there is no link between people's love for their family and their origins?
Petrus, one of our users from Romania has sent us those insights about his interesting country, for which we have just added a new language version of MyHeritage. Petrus also wrote about us on his blog.
A few days ago, a Scotsman left me a message in my Youtube Inbox, telling me how much he loves Romania, Brasov especially.
How can you not love this country once you've eaten traditional dishes and drunk the plum brandy?
Believe it or not, Romania is the continental champion when it comes to plum production.
Maybe beer is the most consumed drink here in Romania, but nothing compares to that alcoholic beverage traditionally called tsuika and the wines from the vineyards in the south of the country.
This story was sent to us by Liora Cohen. Helping families like Liora's stay in touch is what keeps us all going at MyHeritage. But read for yourself:
We finally had our family meeting! It was a direct result of having a family site at MyHeritage. The idea of a meeting came after we started our site and saw that the family, however distantly related, is showing interest. We currently have 132 members on our family site at MyHeritage.com of whom about 100 have visited the site. We have 698 names on the tree, about 220 of them are alive.
This is the first time we've held such a reunion. The reunion was held in the Blue-Bay Hotel in Netanya, Israel Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2008. There were 65 participants - 44 Israelis and 21 from Australia, US, Austria and Hungary. Between themselves people spoke English, Hebrew, Hungarian, German and some Slovak. One person flew in from Ohio just to be there for one day!
Our family name is Frankl. Originating, (or as far back as we could find) from a little place called Mliecno, today a part of Samorin in Slovakia - Austrohungary by then. We called the reunion Frankl 28 due to the fact that my Great-Grandmother was one of 28 siblings (one mother, one father, no twins). Our tree is very well documented thanks to my parents who updated it for the past 30 years as well as other relatives before that.
You might have seen our lovely family tree of business cards at the Future Of Web Apps, a conference in London also called "FOWA". Now finally we have drawn the winner out of the 75 people, who put up their card on our tree during the event on Friday.
What we had put up for grabs? Free advertising on myheritage.com.
By now there are almost 27 million of you guys using the site, so that's quite a big audience for a free ad
So let us respectfully proceed to the announcement of the lucky one: