15    Apr 20112 comments

Poll: How Often Does Your Extended Family Meet Up?

Most of us see our immediate family pretty regularly - the parents, siblings, spouses, children, and grandparents we spend much of our time with. But the frequency of get-togethers among the wider family tends to vary a lot from culture to culture and family to family.

For some of us, we only see the extended family on the most special of occasions. For others, get-togethers are just a regular feature of the monthly calendar.

What about your own relatives? Do you see the extended family very often, or hardly at all?

Let us know in the poll below!

14    Apr 20114 comments

Fun & Celebrations at MyHeritage

We recently celebrated the annual Purim Party for MyHeritage workers and their families -  and couldn't wait to share with you what a fun night it was!

Purim is a festive holiday similar to Halloween. The employees began preparing some very impressive costumes,  many of which were hand-made, several weeks in advance of the party.

The night was full of surprises, games and dancing - and the judging panel had a hard time deciding which was the best costume. Which costume would you choose as your favorite? Share with us your pick, leave a comment!

12    Apr 20110 comments

New England Regional Genealogical Conference 2011: Coverage Roundup

Now that we're a few days past the 11th New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC), we thought we'd highlight some event happenings and post-coverage and post it here for anyone who couldn't make it to Springfield, Massachusetts this year.

NERGC's theme, Exploring New Paths to your Roots focused on methodologies, strategies, online and offline resources for tracing settlement and migration patterns to New England as well as ethnic genealogy from British Isles, Irish, Italian, French-Canadian, African American and Native American. The conference was divided up into sessions and workshops, each of which provided an in-depth look into specific areas of genealogical interest.
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12    Apr 20110 comments

Families Around The World – Apr 12, 2011

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

This week we're we have some amazing stories from Malaysia, USA, Germany, Ethiopia and South Korea


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12    Apr 20110 comments

Interview Series: MyHeritage Talks to Mark Pearsall from The National Archives, UK

This week we spoke to Mark Pearsall, Principal Records Specialist for Family History at the UK’s National Archives, and author of The Family History Companion, as well as several family history articles.

The National Archives store historical documents for the UK going back 1,000 years, and have a lot to offer the family historian with roots in the UK. Mark talked to us about the archives, as well as about family history more broadly.

MH: A lot of people talk about the growing popularity of family history over recent years. Is that something you’ve noticed at The National Archives?

MP: Oh yes, very much so. I’ve worked at The National Archives for over 20 years, and family history has always played a large part in our work, but the number of family historians coming in has steadily gone up.

The numbers rose in the 1990s, and went sky high in the early years of the 20th Century, mainly because more and more records are accessible now than there were 20 years ago. More and more records have been indexed, digitized and made available online, and it’s much easier now for people to start for that reason. Years ago you sometimes had to take time off work, you had to be prepared to go into records offices and spend days ploughing through records trying to find information. It’s now much quicker to actually get the basics and get started, so it’s much more popular, and much easier to do.
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8    Apr 20113 comments

Poll: What Would YOU Ask an Expert Genealogist?

So picture the scene.

You're sitting in your local archive, thumbing your way through some of your favourite parish records, when all of a sudden a genealogy expert bursts through the doors. This isn't just some parochial specialist on the subject, but the absolute whizz-kid maestro for all things family tree. In short, a bona fide genealogy genius.

Except he has a problem. He's just been hired by the National Archives of Burkina Faso, and is going to be shipped out there to lead the family history team forthwith. He only has a short period of time before he departs, and gives you five minutes in which to ask him any one question you might have about genealogy. He guarantees that he'll be able to give you the answer to it.
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6    Apr 20110 comments

Historical Maps from the National Library of Scotland

If, like us, you're a fan of historical maps, the National Library of Scotland website may have a lot you're interested in.

The NLS have uploaded a set of historical maps which overlay on Google Maps, making them easy to use and navigate. While there's a focus on Scotland, there are maps for the whole of the UK also - and even beyond.

You can view some of the NLS's maps here. Or check out our favourite UK map - in very high detail - here.

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6    Apr 20110 comments

Families Around the World – Apr 6, 2011

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

This week we're going to do something a little different and look at what's happening in the lives, and families, of well-known people from around the world


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5    Apr 20110 comments

Video of the Week: Family Photos in Panama

This week's video combines three things we like: family, internationalism, and photos.

It's from Ryan at the HalfThrottle Youtube channel.

While travelling in Panama, he wanted to take some photos of the locals, but wanted to share the photos with them as well - many of them, after all, did not have any family snaps of their own.

He took along some equipment to develop the photos on the day, and shared copies with those individuals he photographed.
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4    Apr 20112 comments

Global Research: Pink or blue – does a baby’s gender matter?

Family Research - Mothers long for a daughter

''Hoping for a girl this time?''. This is the question that expectant mothers are often asked if they already have a brood of boys.

Our team at MyHeritage.com thought they'd look into this theory and the resulting research, outlined below, indicates not only that parents do keep trying for a girl but that the desire to have children of both genders is a major driver of large families around the world.

Read on to find out more about these unique findings!

The most profound statistic was that families with 2 boys were almost 23% more likely to have more children than families with a boy and a girl, indicating a strong will amongst parents to produce a girl.

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