Our post on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking produced a breakthrough for a South African member of MyHeritage.
Christopher Brian Jennings (known as Brian), 44, of Johannesburg, South Africa became interested in family history as his elders aged. He realized that their wealth of information would disappear if he did not document the family.
Brian lives with his wife Adri, 44, and children Natasha, 19, and Michael, 15. He is an insurance industry director.
MyHeritage's US genealogy advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti and business development manager and genealogist Mark Olsen are heading off to the Colorado Springs (Colorado) Family History Expo 2012 this weekend, Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2.
In-demand speakers, each will present several programs, in addition to staffing the booth (#9,10). Here's a preview of their sessions:
This is a guest post by Ava Cohn - known as Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist - who writes The Photo Genealogist blog*
Sometimes it takes more than the proverbial village to solve a mystery.
This is the tale of three cities, of a mystery photograph and of how an intricate web of relationships helped a family researcher learn more about a lost branch. Perhaps it can serve as an example of how similar mysteries can be solved in your family.
This story starts in Hampshire, Illinois, where I met Michele Halt after one of my talks on old photographs. She showed me a photo of a proud and distinguished soldier in full regalia. Who was he? The photo came from a family album passed down to the females in Michele’s Radley family for over 100 years. Each time the album changed owners, new photos were added.
Michele’s grandmother’s great-aunt, Maggie Radley Mole, started the meticulous family photo album. There was only one problem - Maggie knew everyone in the photos so she never labeled or identified them - nor did any of the album inheritors label their photos. Only one person was identified and he wasn’t the soldier.
Today is Memorial Day in the US.
Over the weekend, flags fly at half-mast, graves are decorated with flowers and family members pay their respects at national cemeteries. Ceremonies honoring fallen soldiers - of all wars and conflicts - take place across the country.
In many places, Boy Scout Troops - as part of their commitment to community service - place flags on each soldier’s grave.
See below two newspaper articles on the holiday, from the New York Sun (May 31, 1872) and the Hawaiian Gazette (May 30, 1911). Click on each article image to see the original page from the Library of Congress' Chronicling America site, and learn more.
The day was first observed in 1865 to remember fallen Civil War soldiers; it was then called Decoration Day.
So many films are being released for the summer season, and there may well be lines we’ll be quoting for years to come.
We’ve all been going to see films – and eating lots of popcorn - since we were little kids.
Can you remember the first film or feature-length cartoon you saw with your parents? What was the first film you went to with your friends – no parents?
All of us have our favorite cinema lines. They range from “I’ll be baaack!” (The Terminator) to "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" (Gone With the Wind). Perhaps you prefer “There’s no place like home” (The Wizard of Oz), or “May the Force be with you,” a Star Wars favorite.
It must be fate that encouraged us to publish this post on the 35th anniversary of that space epic's opening!
Now a Melbourne, Australia resident, Nghia (Neil) Huynh was born in Saigon, Vietnam.
The youngest of eight children, he is 54. His parents – from Bien Hoa and Di An – had lived in Saigon since the early 1940s. His father was a civil servant in the old South Vietnam government, and his mother took care of their large family.
Sports are a traditional part of family entertainment.
Allegiance to specific teams - which team you cheer for - is something generally passed down through the generations.
Baseball, basketball, football, soccer, rugby, cricket - so many teams with associations to certain cities. To New Yorkers, it will always be the "Brooklyn" Dodgers, even though they left for other parts long ago, while Chicagoans will always love "Da Bears."
We go with our families to sporting events. We support the same team, we console each other when they lose and celebrate when they win. Our family team is part of our shared family experience.
I remember going with my family to watch football games, and I imagine taking my own children, when they're old enough to appreciate it.
We're interested in learning if you have a family team. Does your family cheer on the same team? Or, do you support rival teams? Let us know via the poll below.
This post was co-authored by MyHeritage US genealogy adviser, Schelly Talalay Dardashti and MyHeritage business development manager and genealogist, Mark Olsen.
One of the most recognized names in the genealogy world, Dick Eastman is synonymous with geneablogging and using technology to improve your family history experience.
At the recent National Genealogical Society conference in Cincinnati, the MyHeritage team saw a chance to spend some personal time with Dick - and tour his recreational vehicle (RV) - we jumped at the opportunity.