17    Nov 20112 comments

Thanksgiving Day: Giving thanks

In our second special post for Thanksgiving Day we discuss what we’re thankful for at this holiday.

Our MyHeritage team wants to know what you – our readers – are thankful for at this time of year.

Families appreciate their mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Is there a special person who has made a difference in your life? Tell us about him or her in the comments below.

Genealogists appreciate all those resources that provide solid-gold nuggets of data that help to break through our brick wall problems. What new resources have provided you with interesting discoveries this year?

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?  Participate in our survey below:


More than 350 readers responded to last week's "What's on your Thanksgiving table?" survey. The top table choices were turkey (20%), stuffing/dressing (16%), sweet potatoes/yams (16%) and pumpkin pie (14.5%). Also interesting were results of the "other" category:  Corn pudding/casserole, string beans, cranberry sauce (of course!), tofurkey (turkey made from tofu), crescent rolls, apple pie, pecan pie, oyster dressing and collard greens. The best reply:

"It's not what's on the table, but my family around it...."

And, because Thanksgiving is one of the best times to learn more about family as everyone gathers around the holiday table, here are some questions for you, or for your children. Ask your relatives about what life was like when they were your age.

  • What was Thanksgiving like and what did you eat?
  • What were you most thankful for?
  • Did you have a pet?
  • What kind of music did you like?
  • What was your favorite television program?
  • What were your hobbies?
  • What was your favorite game or toy?
  • What chores did you have to do around the house?
  • What did you do to earn extra money after school?
  • What was your favorite story your grandparents told you?

Remember to take photos of your Thanksgiving holiday. Take one every year and send copies to everyone who was there.  What a great way to see families change over the years! Little babies grow up, become teenagers, young men and women, and finally appear in the photos as adults cuddling their own young children. Remember to post these photos on your MyHeritage family site and share them with your family. And do send them to us via Facebook and Twitter. Holiday time is family time.

Again, let us know what you are thankful for at this holiday via our survey above.

We look forward to reading your comments and your responses to the new poll. Share your holiday experiences.

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  1. So very many things. I am thankful for my family. They are my strength. My husband lost his sight in 91. Also his kidneys to diabetis. Had a transplant in 93. It lasted until he passed in 2008. I wish that I could of known the family that blessed our lives with so many more years together. It's so sad that someone has to lose their life, so someone else can live. In 2006, A eye Dr helped him to see again enought to see his beautiful grandchildren. We have had a lot of trials. But God has blessed our lives so very much. We pulled together and held on tight with each new trial.
    We got to know our Heavenly Father. He was always their each time and we knew it. He still helps our family when we miss our many loved ones. I am thankful for all of our many Hero's that protects us and our freedom.
  2. Я благодарна за свою семью. Моей маме сейчас 89 лет, я ее очень люблю и боготворю, как и она нас , своих детей. Папа умер рано, умер от военных ранений, полученных в Великой Отечественной Войне. Это был мудрый и умный человек.Нас в семье было 2 брата и есть сестра, с которой у нас много общего, нас объединяет наша мама. У меня есть муж , двое детей, внук Артем. Очень всех люблю и благодарю Бога, что и у нас и у них все хорошо.
    Еще благодарна за своих друзей, с одной подругой дружим уже 50 лет, видимся и общаемся каждый год, хотя расстояние между нами большое.
    Благодарна интернету, с которым познакомилась 1,5 года назад, это чудо света, он знает все. Благодаря ему я нашла этот замечательный сайт MyHeritage.

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