Today marks 450 years since the birthday of English poet, playwright and actor, William Shakespeare.
Possibly born April 23 1564, Shakespeare is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in English literature and someone who revolutionized theater. The third of eight children, his father, John Shakespeare, was a glover, trader and local politician, and his mother was Mary Arden. His parents were first cousins, not uncommon in those times.
Although William's exact date of birth is unknown, we do know that he was baptized on April 26. In those times, baptism took place no more than a few days after birth, and therefore April 23, 1564 is widely recognized as his date of birth.
Eggs are one of the most recognized symbols of Easter. Since ancient times, rabbits and eggs have been associated with rebirth and new life. In Germany, children would make nests for the egg-laying hare, Osterhase, to lay her eggs in.
In America, German immigrants brought their Osterhase tradition to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. The beloved Easter egg hunt tradition began soon after, and it spread throughout the country. Baskets replaced nests and the game evolved into a treasure hunt. Prizes included chocolate, candy, toys and coins.
MyHeritage members come from around the world and they are some of the most interesting people we know. Today we’ll explore Susan Soyinka’s journey that took her back 200 years, more than eight generations and across four continents.
Easter is just around the corner and - with this holiday - we welcome Spring and the rebirth of new life.
It’s a great time of year to celebrate your family lineage with the younger generations.
Try some of these do-it-yourself crafts to celebrate both the holiday and your heritage. They are sure to be fun for kids and adults alike:
- Create a family tree centerpiece out of eggs:
Today is Siblings Day. It was created to honor the special relationships that we have with our siblings. Often our oldest friends, siblings share our ties to our past, and special bonds that last forever.
I grew up as one of four sisters, each two years apart. My sisters are my best friends and my greatest confidantes. I’m number two, so number three and I used to joke that we were the double filling inside an Oreo.
We recently hosted an online webinar on how to discover family history through gravestones. We were joined by two of our experts - US genealogy advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti and chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz.
Schelly talked about the information that can be revealed about family via gravestones. Daniel discussed our recent partnership with BillionGraves and how to get involved in preserving cemeteries for future generations.
Did you miss it? Don't worry! Click on the video below to watch the full webinar.
Don’t forget to check our other webinars for even more genealogy tips to help make family history research easier.
Have ideas for other webinars? Let us know in the comments below.
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In two of the wonderful user stories we've recently published on our blog, Mike uncovered his friend's ties to Queen Elizabeth II and Janice finally discovered what happened to her Irish great-grandfather who went missing in 1885.
When author Yvette Corporon wrote her recently released novel, When the Cypress Whispers, she delved deep into her family history. She uncovered the tale of her grandparents, who lived on a small Greek island -- and how they, along with their neighbors, hid a Jewish family on the island during the Second World War.
MyHeritage helped Yvette connect with people who know the family that was hidden and she hopes to reunite with them soon.
Yesterday, Yvette was on Fox News Channel's weekday morning show, Fox and Friends, to discuss her new book.
Watch Yvette talk about using MyHeritage for her family research:
We have added the world's oldest continuously-published Jewish newspaper to our online search engine, SuperSearch, with billions of historical records.
The Jewish Chronicle, popularly known as The JC, is the oldest and most influential Jewish newspaper in England. The collection dates back to the newspaper's founding, in 1841, and contains over 200,000 newspaper pages.
The newspaper has played a central part in the development of modern Anglo-Jewry, capturing the lives and times of the Jewish community around the globe for almost two centuries. It has interviewed high-profile, leading figures through the years. The JC collection is a valuable resource for historians and genealogists alike. Anyone with Jewish roots in the United Kingdom is bound to find this collection extremely interesting, and is sure to learn more about their ancestors and the times they lived in.
Earlier this month, the employees of MyHeritage's Israel headquarters visited a cemetery to digitize gravestones using the BillionGraves app.
We documented over 70% of the entire cemetery, over 50,000 images of gravestones, and it was the single largest event of its kind ever held in Israel. Read more about the event here.
We're now releasing a video about this project with footage from our trip to the cemetery. It includes an explanation from MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet, who participated in the trip and who personally digitized some 1,000 gravestones.
He explains the tremendous importance of this global initiative and the value of gravestones for genealogy. Our generation has the necessary tools, and it's our responsibility to get the world's gravestones online before their inscriptions erode. It's a race against time. You can see how easy it is for anyone to get involved and help to preserve these important pieces of family history for future generations.
Watch the video below: