14    Feb 20131 comment

Valentine’s Day: Your Stories

Millions around the world will send flowers, write love letters and say "I love you" to their families, significant others and spouses to mark Valentine's Day today.

We each have our own romantic stories. Whether a first love, a first kiss or discovering a secret admirer, these stories are memorable moments.

At MyHeritage, we know how important  family and love are in our lives. Last week, we asked you to send in romantic stories of proposals, marriage and love from your unique family history.

Here we share a few of our favorites on this special day:

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13    Feb 201310 comments

MyHeritage adds millions of historical records

We've recently added millions of new records to MyHeritage's data collections.

The international collections include headstones, military records, yearbooks and even wanted posters and mugshots!

The records are searchable on MyHeritage's SuperSearch engine and are integrated with MyHeritage's Record Matching technology. This means that MyHeritage users will automatically receive notifications about records from these collections that match individuals in their family trees.

Here's some more information and links to the main collections we've added:

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12    Feb 20130 comments

Mardi Gras: Happy Pancake Day!

Olney Pancake Day Race

Olney Pancake Day Race Image credit: Olneyonline

Today is a most delicious day of the year, Pancake Day.

Pancake Day is also known as  Shrove Tuesday. The meaning of shrove derives from “confess.” The day marks the last day of celebration before 40 days of “shriving” - or absolution for one’s sins - during the Christian festival of Lent.

It was common to host a family feast beginning with luxurious or “fatty” foods not eaten during the weeks of Lent. Sugar, milk and eggs were good ingredients and - combined - formed yummy pancakes.

Worldwide family traditions include:

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11    Feb 20130 comments

Poll: Have a family role model?

Our family and ancestors have helped form us to what we are today.

Whether it's a parent, sibling or other relative, there may be a special someone in our family who serves as an example of whom we wish to emulate.

Do you have a role model in your family - past or present - who has impacted you today? Who is that role model?

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7    Feb 20130 comments

MyHeritage offers major discounts on DNA tests for genealogy

In February 2012, MyHeritage introduced DNA testing for genealogy. And now, to celebrate the first anniversary, we're providing significant discounts to make DNA tests more affordable for all our users.

The discounts are available for a limited period, so now's your best chance to get a DNA test and take your family history research to the next level.

Order your DNA test now

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7    Feb 20133 comments

Valentine’s Day: Love stories to share?

Antique Valentine's Day Card

Antique Valentine's Card Image credit: Wikipedia

For thousands of years, lovers have expressed their admiration in a variety of mediums, but nothing compares to the classic love letter.

The greatest love story is not from the movies or a book, but our own lives! MyHeritage would like to hear your personal and family tales of romance.

Love stories are not necessarily a typical Cinderella tale or a Romeo-and-Juliet romantic tragedy. We hear words of endearment in movies, and read them in passionate stories in our favorite novels, yet our own stories are the ones that are timeless pieces of history. They are the ones that are closest to our hearts.

How did you or your ancestors meet? Is there a unique proposal story in your family, or a tale of finding a lost love? Share your story with us, and we will share some of the best in our Valentine’s Day special. Email us at stories@myheritage.com, or leave a comment below, via Facebook, Twitter or Google +.

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6    Feb 20130 comments

Games: Feeling ‘board’? Roll the dice

Monopoly Board Image Credit: AP Photo/Hasbro

Monopoly Board Image Credit: AP Photo/Hasbro

The famous board game Monopoly has received a makeover ahead of its 78th anniversary tomorrow with a revamp of its original 1935 design.

The game’s birthday milestone made me nostalgic for all the times my family and I played Monopoly and other board games.

With new technology and busy daily schedules, we often get distracted and forget the importance of spending time with our families.

Take a break with a traditional board game and bond with your family.  With just a roll of the dice, enjoy laughter, joy and amusement. All you need to worry about is whether your uncle or sister cheated in the last round.

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5    Feb 20132 comments

Black History Month: Resource roundup

Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron, Major League Baseball Star, image credit: biography.com

Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron, Major League Baseball Star. Image credit: biography.com

In honor of Black History Month, established in 1926 and celebrated in February, here’s a roundup of resources – websites, blogs, repositories and more – to help you learn more about your family. Each resource listed offers more links to additional information.

Today is also the birthday of African American baseball superstar Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron, born in 1934.  A major league baseball icon, Aaron is best known for breaking Babe Ruth's home run record. Read more on Aaron.

For many black families with roots in the Southern US states, research can be frustrating. Although African American genealogy research can get back to the 1880s and much earlier, it is difficult for most researchers. Researching their family trees has been almost impossible, as their ancestors' original names were literally erased. Slaves' African given names were replaced by English names and their surnames were those of their owners.

With the advent of new databases and technological tools, research has become much easier. A growing number of individuals are preparing their family stories and discovering images of their unique history. Continue reading "Black History Month: Resource roundup" »

4    Feb 20131 comment

Competition: Win tickets for WDYTYA Live!

Want to learn how to delve into your family history and learn from top genealogy experts how to trace your ancestors?

Come and join MyHeritage at “Who Do You Think You Are? Live,” at London's Olympia, booth 842, from February 22-24.

We'll soon be sharing some of the exciting activities we've planned for the event. Now, however, we have free tickets for five lucky readers to attend the family history fair.

All you have to do is answer this question:

What’s the name of MyHeritage’s family history search engine, that lets you browse billions of historical documents and millions of newspaper articles?

For your chance to win, e-mail your answer - by Friday, February 8 - to stories@myheritage.com. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email.

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1    Feb 20130 comments

Fathers: Parenting has changed!

Fathering styles have changed over time!

Today, we know that a father's participation impacts his children, and a close relationship is good for those maturing children.

Two generations ago, not too many fathers were found in the kitchen on a regular basis or taking on major child-raising chores. A generation ago, more fathers were more involved in their households and with their children. These days it isn't uncommon to see Mr. Mom at home and running the household, while mom has a career outside the home.

Mothers were and still are viewed as the nurturers and caregivers at the expense of fathers, although this is certainly changing in some cultures. In some countries, where months of maternity leave can be taken by mothers, a similar period of time can be taken by fathers, allowing for closer bonding.

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