30    Aug 201419 comments

Our Stories: Genetics leads to genealogy

Some people begin with traditional family history and turn to genetics to find more connections, but MyHeritage member Peggy Shackelford, 64, of Southern California began her geneajourney to understand the genetics in her family.

She has two grown daughters and three dogs. She holds a BS in computer and management sciences and works as a business intelligence developer. Although born just outside Chicago (in Hammond, Indiana), Peggy grew up in northern California. Her work involves analytical research and developing business intelligence software.

Peggy and her family at a recent family gathering. Peggy is center back in the peach color.

About 30 years ago she started the journey to discover her family roots. Armed only with some family stories she began her research. It was very hard going back then, she says. There was very little available online and most of her research involved sifting through microfilms of census records to find people and clues. Continue reading "Our Stories: Genetics leads to genealogy" »

28    Aug 20141 comment

WWI: Unknown animal heroes

When we speak of war heroes, we generally refer to the brave men and women who fought and died for their country. Yet, many animals were on the frontlines with the soldiers. These heroic animals transported equipment, sent secret notes and informed of enemy movements.

Horses carrying ammunition at the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Horses:
Horses were used for transporting food, artillery, equipment and to carry wounded soldiers. Eight million horses from all sides of the war died during WWI. Continue reading "WWI: Unknown animal heroes" »

26    Aug 20143 comments

An Unusual Family Reunion: Opening the family crypt

It was a family reunion unlike any other. When members of the Douse family met in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Canada) last month, one of the central events of the week-long event was excavating their ancestor's crypt. They gathered from all over the world, coming from Ohio, Michigan, and as far as Zimbabwe.

Their story was featured in the Toronto Star last week.

Their ancestor, William Douse, arrived at Prince Edward Island, from Wiltshire, England, in 1822. He was known for his strong wit and tenacity. He was a character, and became well-known on the island. He contributed to the early evolution of P.E.I., serving nearly three decades in the island Assembly, longer than any politician in history.

An oil portrait of William Douse (1800-1864). Image credit: Douse family.

Continue reading "An Unusual Family Reunion: Opening the family crypt" »

23    Aug 20141 comment

WWI Heroes: British women of the war

While many men went out to fight, it’s important to also remember the little known heroes who fought for their countries during the war.

Many brave women - doctors, nurses and soldiers - served on the battlefront, risking their lives to save others.

In honor of the WWI centenary, we highlight just a few of those heroic women: Continue reading "WWI Heroes: British women of the war" »

21    Aug 20141 comment

Golden Genealogy Rules: Webinar

What’s the best way to begin your family tree?  What should you look out for in historical records to learn more about your ancestors? These are just some of the questions Australian Geneablogger Shauna Hicks spoke about in last week’s webinar on the Golden Rules of Genealogy.

Shauna gave great tips and tricks to jumpstart your family history research and help discover more about your ancestors, build a family tree and how to uncover information from historical records.

Don’t worry if you happened to miss out!  Click on the video below for the whole webinar.

Want more genealogy tips? Check our other webinars for more ways to help make your family history research easier.

Start your journey of discovery today, build a free family tree, and let us know what you find out!

19    Aug 20144 comments

Childhood Homes: Fond memories

I remember the home that I grew up in with many fond memories. We moved into our suburban home, in Canada, when I was only 4 years old. We lived in the same house until after I left home for university.

I didn't realize that I still had an emotional attachment to that home, until I went back for a visit recently, with my own family.

On a recent visit, I took my family back to my old house. Some things had changed on the outside -- the garden wasn't as beautiful, the shutters were painted a different color, but above all, the house still looked the same.

My childhood home.

Continue reading "Childhood Homes: Fond memories" »

16    Aug 20149 comments

Secrets to Longevity: 111 years young

On June 8,  the world’s oldest man, Alexander Imich, died at the age of 111 years and 124 days, in Manhattan. He had held the honor of oldest man since April 24, 2014 when his predecessor died.

Imich was a Polish-born American chemist and parapsychologist who emigrated to the United States in 1951. Throughout his life he had always enjoyed good health, which he believed was the reason he had lived so long.

Some of his tips to leading a long life include a healthy diet, regular exercise or sport, not smoking or drinking alcohol and his genes. Imich came from a family with ancestors who all lived to an old age.

The current oldest man is Japanese-born Sakari Momoi, born one day after Imich on February 5, 1903.

What is the current oldest living member of your family? What’s the longest your ancestors lived?

Let us know in the comments below.

15    Aug 20141 comment

Free access to millions of Australian records

Do you have Australian ancestry? Would you like to learn more about the lives of your ancestors and uncover your family history?

In honor of Australian National Family History Month, we invite you to discover your Australian heritage with FREE access to many of our Australian record collections from August 15-22, 2014. Continue reading "Free access to millions of Australian records" »

11    Aug 20143 comments

Golden Genealogy Rules: Tips to uncover your family heritage

Join Australian family history expert and geneablogger Shauna Hicks for an interactive webinar for tips and tricks to jump start your family history research.

She’ll highlight the golden rules of genealogy for discovering more about your ancestors, building your family tree and learning more about your family heritage. Sign up now.

Continue reading "Golden Genealogy Rules: Tips to uncover your family heritage" »

9    Aug 20141 comment

Genealogy Tips: ‘Trim’ your Family Tree

At MyHeritage, we understand the importance of preserving your family history and documenting our family history discoveries.

We’re always eager to add new details, and sometimes forget to to look back at our previous entries and fill in the missing pieces of our research.

Here are a few tips to help “trim” and edit your family tree to make sure it’s up-to-date with the latest family information.

1. Merge Duplicates


Over time it’s possible that a person may be listed more than once in a family tree. With the Check for Duplicates feature in Family Tree Builder, it’s easy to run a duplicate check on your family tree. To use this feature, go to Tools and Check for Duplicates. You can then merge and edit those duplicates accordingly. Continue reading "Genealogy Tips: ‘Trim’ your Family Tree" »

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