29    Jun 20110 comments

The Royal Wedding of Monaco’s Prince Albert, Charlene Wittstock

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On July 2 Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock will tie the knot – in the first marriage of a reigning prince since Albert's father, Prince Rainer III married American actress Grace Kelly in 1956.

Here is some fun data about the royal family – from the family's longest marriage (65 years!) to the average age of marriage. (Click on the image below to see the Royal Family Stats!)

Did you know? On your MyHeritage.com family site, you can find a number of interesting family stats, presented in colorful graphs. Visit your family site to see your family stats.

If you're not already a member of MyHeritage.com, sign up for free. Go to MyHeritage.com and start a new family tree, or import an existing tree by uploading a GEDCOM file.

28    Jun 20111 comment

William Shakespeare To Be Raised From The Grave?

The Daily Mail is reporting that a team of scientists have applied to have William Shakespeare’s remains exhumed to establish how he died.

Mystery has shrouded the Great Bard’s death since he passed away in 1616, something the team of palaentologists believe they can solve with the use of modern technology.

Interestingly though, the team risks invoking a curse which Shakespeare himself said would befall anyone who moved his bones.

Carved into the stone slab covering his grave is the following

And cvrst be he yt moves my bones.

Bleste be ye man yt spares thes stones,

To digg the dvst encloased heare.

Good frend for Iesvs sake forbeare,

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28    Jun 20111 comment

Genealogy conferences: Learning for all!

There’s nothing quite like a genealogy conference.

Family and friends may not understand why you are so interested in family history and why you spend so much time researching your ancestors.

No one at a genealogy  event will question your motives because every attendee is passionate about his or her unique family history. No one will think you are wasting your time as you reconstruct your family history. Everyone shares your interests.

Famed geneabloggers Dick Eastman (left) and Randy Seaver were among some 70 bloggers attending Jamboree 2011

Tell anyone about your brick wall problem. Not only will someone provide suggestions to follow, but may well point you to other experts who deal with just that problem.

Someone once asked why family historians and genealogists are so friendly to newcomers.  I believe it is because we are hoping that each new person we meet may have the answer to our own family puzzles.

Such was the case at the recently-concluded Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) Jamboree 2011, attended by chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz and myself.

We attended various talks and social events, lectured and staffed the MyHeritage booth.

The MyHeritage booth at Jamboree 2011

Among the highlights of this annual event were meeting happy MyHeritage users and introducing newcomers to all the features and tools to help in their research.

There were technology innovations - a first-ever gen conference app - as well as social events and excellent presentations. In addition to the presence of some 70 geneabloggers, events included a full-day family history writers conference, a free Kids Camp, a world round table event and much more.

We met many happy experienced MyHeritage users who dropped by to say hello, and assisted newcomers to register their family site and find Smart Matches.

For more details on the highlights and events at Jamboree 2011, click here for the MyHeritage Genealogy Blog post on our experiences.

24    Jun 20110 comments

Flashback Friday: The Hat

Jackie Kennedy started a trend with her pillbox-shaped hat

Jackie Kennedy wearing a pillbox hat

The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Princess Kate revived an old trend: the hat.

So this Friday, we're looking back -- at the hats our parents or grandparents (or perhaps even great-great grandparents) might have worn back in the day.

Here we have gathered a few of our favorite hat trends from the 1920s to the 1960s. Enjoy and share your own hat photos on our Facebook page, facebook.com/myheritage

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23    Jun 20110 comments

Video of the Week: Canneto Family Memories

This week's video is Canneto Family Memories. It shows a beautiful example of a family photo montage of special memories, from when the parents just met to the family they made together.

Canneto Family Memories from D'Amore Productions on Vimeo.

21    Jun 20110 comments

5 Post-Father’s Day Clips From Around the Web

With Father's Day only a few days past, we thought it would be fun to round up a couple of stories. Who says that fathers are to be celebrated only one day of the year? Here are 5 inspiring post-Father's Day clips.

1) Six-Word Memoir Project - Visitors to the site are invited to share six words about their dad, or about being a dad.

2) Stephen Whitty's NJ.com article, "Father's Day: Finding fatherhood at the movies," a look at father figures in Hollywood classics from "It's a Wonderful Life" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" to recent releases such as "The Tree of Life," a philosophical family drama starring Brad Pitt and "Super 8," a thriller about a mysterious train crash.

3) From parenting blog, Motherlode, "Father's Day," in which Amanda Knickerbocker writes of her husband Peter's adventures in fatherhood and the joy of watching the two males in her life develop "a relationship full of laughter, tickles, dirt and trains."

4) Helen O'Neill's "Accidental father takes care of nephew" the story of a foster child who overnight became a father, taking on the responsibility of caring for his 2 and 4 year old niece and nephew.

5) And finally, we leave you with Sarah Schulte's article "'Real Men Cook' brings out families on Father's Day" a report on a multi-generational charity event that brings together fathers and sons to cook, and of course, eat!

Photo credit: BCantrall at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], from Wikimedia Commons

• How did your family celebrate Father's Day? Please comment below or on our Facebook page: facebook.com/myheritage.

21    Jun 20111 comment

The Changing Face of Australia

New information from Sensis, the publisher of the White Pages in Australia, has highlighted the increasing popularity of non-Anglo Saxon surnames in New South Wales (NSW), the most populous state of Australia.

And the change is not a small one.

The Daily Telegraph, one of the major daily newspapers in NSW, has reported that 7 of the top 20 surnames in NSW have Asian roots – a sign of the changing face of Australia.

Those surnames, Lee, Nguyen, Chen, Kim, Wang, Zhang and Li, will finally help the rest of the world understand what many Australians already know and love – the fact that Australia is no longer a white, Anglo-Saxon colony in the middle of the South Pacific.

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19    Jun 20112 comments

Celebrating Father’s Day

Photo credit: Mike DelGaudio

On this Father's Day we're celebrating by sharing our favorite memories and photos of dad. Yesterday we asked our Facebook friends to share and so far we've seen some very special photos.

Here we've gathered a few. We hope you enjoy and share your old photos of dad with us on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/myheritage

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17    Jun 20113 comments

How I Came to Know Kernow…A Father’s Day Tribute to ‘Gramps’ Phillips

This story was written by MyHeritage user, Scott Phillips, founder of the Onward To Our Past genealogy blog and Facebook page.  Here he shares with us the Cornish family history of his beloved paternal grandfather, 'Gramps' Phillips.

Gramps Phillips and Nana during their courtship

As is so often the case in families, I had a favorite relative. While I had wonderful folks, great sisters, cool cousins, and a bunch of fun aunts and uncles, my ‘Gramps’ Phillips holds a very special place in my heart and in my life.

I was blessed that my granddad had two things going for him. One, he loved to tell a good story; and two, he loved his town, Cornwall, located in the United Kingdom.

How I loved to hear stories of his hometown of Wadebride, of his aunts who lived in Sladesbridge, and of how he spent his days as a youth, which always sounded like a slice of heaven to me.

His stories were always funny, poignant, and incredibly vivid – and full of the love he had for Cornwall. Many times he would include even the smallest details of where he was raised, down to the color of the house and its shutters!  At the time I was hearing these stories, I certainly did not realize they would be the defining moment in the development of my love of genealogy.

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16    Jun 20110 comments

American men are more ready for diaper duty than European men. True or false?…

With Father's day coming up this weekend we thought it would be interesting to learn more about the incredible moment in a man's life - when he becomes a dad for the first time. Here we share with all our readers our interesting findings:

Perhaps men in the U.S. are simply more broody? or are European men too attached to their Saturday morning lie-ins!? Whilst we don't know the reasons why, according to our new research, European men wait longer to become dads than their U.S. counterparts. However on the whole - more men around the world are waiting longer before taking the plunge into fatherhood....

Our findings, based on worldwide family tree data of over 2.73 million families over the last decade, show an overall aging generation of first-time dads and a difference in trends between the U.S. and Western Europe. In addition, there appears to be a steep rise in the percentage of first-time dads older than age 40. Perhaps 40 is the new 30 after all...read on to find out more!

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