“Oh dear I've fallen into the genealogy pit and can't get out...” (@GothicBlue)
Have you ever wondered how indigenous cultures managed to keep track of their ancestry in the past?
I mean, computers and the Internet are incredibly modern inventions and, despite its invention around 105 AD, paper only really became wide-spread thanks to new technologies developed in the 1400s.
For one indigenous culture, the Maori people of New Zealand, geneaology and family tradition are an incredibly important part of society. So important, in fact, that they are recorded on their bodies through the art of Ta Moko or tattoos traditionally carved into the skin using special albatross bone chisels.
Below are some historical images of Moko:
It is said that receiving Moko “constituted an important milestone between childhood and adulthood” and that apart from outlining genealogy Moko also signified one's social status.
MyHeritage.com is pleased to introduce revamped profile pages on your family site. Complete with a range of new and exciting features, the new profile pages on MyHeritage.com enable documentation of detailed biographical information of each family member and illustration of their most important life events on a world map.
The new profile page is designed to give you an overview of the life of any person in your family and the ability to quickly edit or add info as necessary. Therefore it has two different modes – the 'view' and the 'edit' mode. Let's see how you can get to the profile page and what it can do in the view and edit modes.
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This week another language was added to MyHeritage.com, so your family site can now be displayed in 36 different languages. As you’ll see in your language options, Slovenian is now available.
We’ve recently had a few MyHeritage community members ask us for advice on how to introduce kids to genealogy.
First of all let’s start by saying it’s understandable that most kids have limited interest in the subject.
As kids grow up they are exposed to more information about their families and start to think more intellectually about society and culture. With that comes a natural curiosity about who they are and where they came from.
But how do you kickstart that process earlier?
Below are 5 successful tips that we’ve collected over the years. Let us know what you think:
We’ve all got friends and relatives with seemingly indecipherable handwriting, but as any historian knows, even the messiest scrawl from today doesn’t have a patch on early modern script.
Ever had a computer crash, a hardware failure, a virus in your email or deleted something by accident? We are pleased to announce the launch of our new backup service. It is designed to offer added protection for your family tree and photos and to give you a safe place from which to recover your information should you ever lose it.
Everyone's researching their family history, but some have gone further back than others. How far into the past does your tree extend? Let us know in this poll, or add a comment with more detail on your story.
Sometimes the best sources of information are the relatives we have around us. And yet they’re often overlooked as sources for family history research, perhaps because we take their memories for granted, or perhaps because we no longer see particular relatives as often as we’d like.
But relatives are an invaluable source of information if you’re serious about genealogy research. In fact, in last week’s interview story, Rajesh Haldipur had built an extensive tree almost entirely from word-of-mouth evidence.