17    Aug 20102 comments

Family Proverbs (Part 2)

Following on from last week’s part 1, here is our second collection of quotations from famous and not-so-famous individuals on family and genealogy. Again, there’s a mix here: some are positive, some are funny, and some are a little strange. We hope you enjoy the second and final part of this collection.
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16    Aug 20102 comments

User Story: Irakli Murtskhvaladze uncovers a plethora of family members

For many of us, researching our family history can be a long and slow process. Not so for Irakli Murtskhvaladze, who has uncovered 200 relatives in a short space of time!

Irakli lives in Tbilisi, Georgia and is CEO of TBC TV, a leading television studio in Georgia. Situated at the juncture of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Georgia is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, Turkey and Armenia to the south and Azerbaijan to the East.

Georgia has a population of approximately 5 million people, with 1.2 million living in Tbilisi, the capital. Although Irakli was born and lives in Tbilisi, his family name comes from the Western part of Georgia – Lechkhumi.

Irakli said that it was thanks to MyHeritage.com that he discovered that one of his friends and colleagues was a relative! Continue reading "User Story: Irakli Murtskhvaladze uncovers a plethora of family members" »

13    Aug 20100 comments

The Interview Series: Polish Genealogist Rafał T. Prinke

(This is a translation. The original Polish version can be found here.)

Rafał T. Prinke

Rafal T. Prinke was born on the 18 January, 1955, in Poznań, Poland.  His parents are Erasmus and Krystyna Prinke (born Piątkowska).  His wife Katarzyna Prinke (born Wejchan) is a chemist; they have two children, Michał and Stanisław. Rafal T. Prinke has studied English philology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, where he graduated in 1977. In 2000 he received his doctorate in history at the History Institute of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

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12    Aug 20105 comments

Tracing Your Irish Ancestry

From 1800 to 1922 the UK was the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.  So, for a great deal of the period of interest to genealogists, the two islands were part of the same country.

The consequence of this is that there are no official records of migration, because the Irish in Britain during that time were not technically immigrants.  As a result, the British archives contain much more material of Irish interest.

There are a lot of similarities between the record systems of Britain and Ireland, particularly:

  • The formats of the various civil registration records
  • Census-taking practice
  • Probate for wills
  • Before census and civil registration, parish records are the only direct sources of family information for the majority of the population.

There are four categories of Irish records that are relevant to almost everyone researching their Irish ancestors: civil records, census records, church records and property records.

There are also fascinating tales of family history, passed down orally through the generations, which can be found in most families.  Irish Family History is full of myths and legends.  These stories may be curious, but always interesting and sometimes historically valuable, perhaps grounded in fact and providing a peek into the past that might not be available through other means.

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11    Aug 20101 comment

What’s in a Name?

We all know that names matter in the extreme. If you’re called Moon Unit Zappa, or Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (pronounced ‘Albin’), it will almost certainly have a major impact on how you’re treated as you grow up.

But what about at the more everyday level? Can certain ‘normal’ names have an impact on a person’s life in a way that others don’t?
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10    Aug 20101 comment

Family Proverbs (Part 1)

A number of famous and historical individuals have dispensed their wisdom on family and genealogy over the years. We’ve compiled a collection of some of the best of these quotations and proverbs here. Some are positive, some are funny, and some are downright quirky. Enjoy this first part, and we’ll be back with the remainder next week.
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9    Aug 20100 comments

Planning the Perfect Reunion

National Family History Week, an initiative of  the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO), has just concluded.  A number of events were held during the week (30 July - 8 August), focusing on genealogy, family history and heraldry.  It was also a great opportunity to attend seminars, open days, history walks, book launches, film evenings and expos.  There were, of course, also family reunions!

So, what are the steps to a successful family reunion?
With lots of careful planning and a dash of creativity, you can create a memorable family reunion that will have everyone talking for years.

Some or All? One of the key things you need to decide is which family are you inviting? Do you want to include close family (immediate, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, etc) or all descendants of Great Great Grandpa George?

Just be aware when deciding on who to include that every extra branch on the ancestral tree will add many more potential attendees to the reunion, so choose wisely.

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5    Aug 20100 comments

The Name Game

According to legends, China first initiated the custom of using surnames during the reign of Emperor Fu Xi (2852BC).

Emperor Fu Xi is said to have invented 100 Chinese family names and declared that marriages could only take place between persons bearing different family names.

The use of surnames didn't begin in the European world until about the eleventh century, with some patronymic surnames in Scandinavia bestowed as late as the nineteenth century. Surnames, for the most part, evolved during the past eight hundred years to help distinguish one person from another as the world's population grew.

The search for ancestors can be quite an adventure and very addictive!  With all the resources now available via the Internet, millions of people spend all hours of the day and night in hot pursuit, following the smallest leads.  One thing that can drive us all crazy though are the challenges associated with name changes.  These can range from variations in spelling, mispronunciation, additions, deletions, modifications, translations, nicknames, shortforms and just basic legal name changes!

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4    Aug 20101 comment

Together at Last: Organizing Family Events with MyHeritage.com

A family celebration is one of the best opportunities to gather information about your relations. Sometimes you can have as much as five generations under one roof! Young and old alike get the opportunity to learn from their relatives.

To organize your gatherings and celebrations even easier, we’ve built a small feature on MyHeritage.com so that the work almost does itself.
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3    Aug 20100 comments

Poll: In Which Continents do you Have Relatives or Ancestors?

Some of us have ancestors only from nearby, and others have family roots further afield. How many continents does your tree encompass?

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