29    Jun 20142 comments

Fathers: More quality time

Spending time with family is vital for maintaining a happy family with strong relationships. The more time you spend together, the better chance you have of bonding over quality experiences.

Today’s fathers are spending more time with their children than ever, and are becoming more and more involved in family childcare.

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26    Jun 20140 comments

#DadTaughtMe: Competition Winner

For Father's Day, we asked you to share what your father taught you by finishing the sentence “Dad taught me. ...”

We received some great responses demonstrating how your fathers have impacted your lives, whether it was advice, a loving saying or a life lesson.

Here are some favorites: Continue reading "#DadTaughtMe: Competition Winner" »

25    Jun 20140 comments

Poll: Family sports

The World Cup is now in full swing, and millions of families around the world are getting together to watch soccer games, and to root for their favorite team.

For some families, supporting a specific team is mandatory, and it's passed down through the generations, like DNA. Some fans root for their home team, based on where they live or have lived at one point, while others choose a team based on other criteria.

Do you and your family all root for the same sports teams? Let us know in the poll below!

20    Jun 20143 comments

Nostalgia: Sounds of technologies from the past

We recently wrote about smells that evoke nostalgic memories. Many claim that smell is the most powerful sense, as it brings up memories from the past. Sound is also powerful in that it helps us remember our childhood, and times gone by.

According to a recent article, Ryan Dube explains that for generations of early technology users, sounds of technologies from an earlier time can evoke powerful memories of childhood games, long nights of online chats, and new email messages.

Dube lists five top sounds from a time when technology was simpler and these sounds along with the technology that they accompanied was just being introduced into our daily lives.

1) The whir of the floppy drive:

Do you remember waiting as our computers tried hard to read data from floppy disks?  We would wait patiently as the floppy driver whirred away and we hoped that our disks were not too damaged to be read. Continue reading "Nostalgia: Sounds of technologies from the past" »

19    Jun 20140 comments

Biggest Family Reunion: A TED talk by AJ Jacobs

Six months ago, author AJ Jacobs received an email from a man halfway across the world claiming to be his 12th cousin. It sparked his interest, and AJ began researching his family history.

Since then, AJ has looked into his family history and discovered scores of fascinating relatives. He's now planning the largest family reunion in history - and you're invited!

AJ recently gave a TED talk about his genealogical endeavors, and his plans for the largest family reunion ever. His talk is featured on the TED homepage. Watch the video below:

Each and every person is invited to go to globalfamilyreunion.com to see their relation to AJ and to sign up for the big reunion! We hope to see you all there!

17    Jun 20140 comments

Jamboree 2014: Conference report

This year was the 45th Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree, a great gathering of attendees and presenters covering the entire spectrum of genealogical pursuits, from DNA to specific countries.

We were happy to help attendees learn more about MyHeritage.

Chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz (far right) assists attendees.

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14    Jun 20142 comments

FIFA World Cup: A global game

Fuleco the Armadillo is the official mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

This year's FIFA World Cup is just starting in Brazil. Soccer is one of the top sports in the world, and the number one sport in most countries outside of the U.S. It's an international sport, and one of the most exciting games to watch.

Brazil is hosting the World Cup for the second time, after hosting the 1950 World Cup. Games will be held in 12 different stadiums across the country. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930 (except for 1942 and 1946).

Thirty-two different teams will compete toe-to-toe in a total of 64 games, played over the next month, from June 12 through July 13, 2014.

The World Cup is one of the world's most widely viewed sporting events. It is estimated that over 715 million people watched the final match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany.

No matter whom you root for, the World Cup is a unique opportunity for people of all backgrounds to get together and to celebrate camaraderie, patriotism and World Cup soccer on big screen TVs.

Where will you watch games? What team are you cheering for?

12    Jun 201415 comments

Father’s Day Competition: Dad taught me…

One of my first memories of my dad was his teaching me how to dance by standing on top of his feet. We twirled, jumped and burst into fits of laughter as we glided across the room. At my wedding many years later, the father-daughter dance brought back these great childhood memories.

Fathers, grandfathers and step-fathers teach us many things. Whether it’s an important life lesson, how to dance, ride a bike or being a source of wisdom, they are essential to our upbringing.
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10    Jun 201427 comments

The Father Behind Father’s Day

Father's Day is coming up at the end of the week. It's a special day when we honor our fathers and grandfathers and celebrate our paternal bonds.

The idea for Father's Day originated in the United States with Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington. She was inspired by Mother's Day, the special day to honor our mothers, and felt it would be right to create a day to honor fathers. She wanted to honor her own father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran. William had single-handedly raised his motherless children on an eastern Washington farm.

Sonora described her father as “both mother and father to us for 21 years.” He had five children with his first wife who died, six with his second wife who also died, and raised three stepchildren from his second wife's children from a previous marriage. He was a real family man! Continue reading "The Father Behind Father’s Day" »

5    Jun 20142 comments

We Are Family: Sibling bands

Today we spotlight some families that got along well with each other, and also shared the same musical talents and worked together on a daily basis. These family bands toured and performed together over the years.

Here are some of our favorite sibling bands:

Jackson 5
The Jackson siblings are possibly the best-known sibling act in history. Founded in 1964, the five brothers  -Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael - began singing in talent shows before they entered the professional scene. The Jackson 5 showcased the then tiny Michael Jackson's talents as a solo artist. Continue reading "We Are Family: Sibling bands" »

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