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Families Around the World – Feb 14, 2011

In this series we look at some of the more interesting family stories from around the world over the past 7 days.

Included in this week's list are stories from England, Malaysia, the USA, Thailand and  France

Enjoy!

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14    Feb 20110 comments

Join our search for the Greatest, Undiscovered Love Letter of all time!

To celebrate Valentine's Day this year - we've launched a search for the most romantic, undiscovered love letter of all time and created an online gallery featuring some significant love letters throughout the centuries.

With Wendy Holden, one of the UK's most popular contemporary writers judging the entries, take a chance and perhaps your love letter will join ranks with some of the greatest romantic correspondence throughout the years. To enter the competition - click here.

Do you know anything about the courtship of your parents of grandparents? How did they meet? Was it love at first sight?

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Oldest Love Letter in History

To mark our search for the most romantic, undiscovered love letter of all time we're excited to be able to show you the oldest documented love letter in English, dating back to 1477. On top of that, MyHeritage.com traced the current day direct descendants of the original writers of the letter, Mr Robert Edwards and his family, who had absolutely no idea about its existence. Read on to find out out more!

The Oldest Documented Love Letter (click to enlarge). Photo credit: Daisy Honeybunn

The letter was written between Margery Brews to her fiancé John Paston, who are the 15th great grandparents of Robert Edwards. Robert and his family travelled down to the British Library, where the letter is on display until April 3rd as part of the Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices exhibition exploring the English language from Anglo-Saxon runes to modern day rap.
10    Feb 20112 comments

Who Do You Think You Are? Conference: Competition Winners

Last week we launched a competition to find the best ideas for celebrities to appear on Who Do You Think You Are? We are going to be at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live event later this month, and wanted to get everyone's creative juices flowing before we got there - as well as giving away a few tickets!

We received a high volume of entrants, and some fantastic and very innovative ideas. In the end we selected the following three ideas as winners, and those who came up with them have been awarded the free tickets.
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9    Feb 20110 comments

Welcome to your family: MyHeritage.com in 100 seconds

We're excited to unveil the all-new MyHeritage.com in 100 seconds video, a glimpse into the many features we provide for families to connect, build their family tree, and preserve special moments.

To learn more about the new features, please take a look at the recent guides for creating beautiful charts, adding source citations and profile enhancements, collaborative Smart Matching, and the December post on new releases.

We hope you enjoy the video and share it with your friends and family!

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Video of the Week: Danny & Annie

With Valentine's less than a week away, we thought we'd share this fantastic video from Storycorps. It features an American couple talking about their marriage and life-long relationship, and is accompanied by an animated video.

Be warned: it's a rather sad story (but in a good way!)

Danny & Annie from StoryCorps on Vimeo.

8    Feb 20110 comments

Families Around the World – Feb 8, 2011

In this series we look at some of the more interesting family stories from around the world over the past 7 days.

Included in this week's list are stories from China, the USA, Easter Island, South Africa and Spain.

Enjoy!

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4    Feb 20113 comments

Win Tickets to the Who Do You Think You Are? Family History Event

We’re going to be attending the Who Do You Think You Are? Live exhibition later this month…and you have the chance to go there for free!

We’re giving away three pairs of day tickets to the event. These are one-day tickets, and can be used on whichever of the days of the event suits you best (25-27 February).

To win a pair of tickets, all you need to do is answer a simple question for us. If you were to pick a celebrity to go on the Who Do You Think You Are? television show, who would you select, and why? Entries should be emailed in to robert@myheritage.com, and the most interesting and imaginative will win the tickets. The deadline for entries is 5pm GMT, Wednesday 9th February. The winners will be notified via email by the end of next week.

The Who Do You Think You Are? Live event runs from Friday, 25th February until Sunday 27th at Kensington Olympia, London. It is one of the largest genealogy events in the world, and features exhibition stands from leading family history groups, talks from expert speakers, and appearances from celebrities interested in genealogy. The event website can be reached here. If you're attending, make sure you drop by our stand to say hi.

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Poll: How Long Have You Been Doing Genealogy For?

This week's poll asks how long you've been doing this hobby for. Are you a relative newcomer, or a seasoned veteran of the genealogy world? Let us know below.

4    Feb 20112 comments

Celebrating Black History Month: Historical Hotspots in Boston

February is Black History Month, so here on the MyHeritage.com blog we're spotlighting historical hotspots in Boston – a city rich in African American History. Visiting these sites and tracing the steps of your distant relatives is a fun and meaningful way to connect to your family's heritage.

The Museum of African American History is the perfect place to embark on a journey back to colonial times to trace African American history in New England. On exhibit through December 2011 is Treasures from the Collections – a retrospective of African American life in Boston. Documents on display include a 1834 city record for Boston's "African Schoolhouse," a 1848 bill of sale for an enslaved man, Edward Home, as well as narratives published by Frederick Douglas.

African Americans have a long and rich history in Massachusetts. In 1638 (only eight years after Boston was founded) the first Africans – purchased in Providence Isle, a Puritan colony off the coast of Central America – were brought to the town. By 1705, with 400 slaves living in the city, a free community started to form in the North End. And it wasn't long before this all-free black community began to tackle the major issues – housing, institution building, education, and above all, abolishing slavery in the rest of the nation. The Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston is the place where these crucial issues were deliberated and realized.
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