14    Feb 20110 comments

Join our search for the Greatest, Undiscovered Love Letter of all time!

To celebrate Valentine's Day this year - we've launched a search for the most romantic, undiscovered love letter of all time and created an online gallery featuring some significant love letters throughout the centuries.

With Wendy Holden, one of the UK's most popular contemporary writers judging the entries, take a chance and perhaps your love letter will join ranks with some of the greatest romantic correspondence throughout the years. To enter the competition - click here.

Do you know anything about the courtship of your parents of grandparents? How did they meet? Was it love at first sight?

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14    Feb 20112 comments

Oldest Love Letter in History

To mark our search for the most romantic, undiscovered love letter of all time we're excited to be able to show you the oldest documented love letter in English, dating back to 1477. On top of that, MyHeritage.com traced the current day direct descendants of the original writers of the letter, Mr Robert Edwards and his family, who had absolutely no idea about its existence. Read on to find out out more!

The Oldest Documented Love Letter (click to enlarge). Photo credit: Daisy Honeybunn

The letter was written between Margery Brews to her fiancé John Paston, who are the 15th great grandparents of Robert Edwards. Robert and his family travelled down to the British Library, where the letter is on display until April 3rd as part of the Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices exhibition exploring the English language from Anglo-Saxon runes to modern day rap.
19    Jan 20111 comment

Introducing Our New Competition: Free Family Tree Chart Fridays

Love Beautiful Family Tree Charts?

Love Free Stuff?

Then you're going to love our Free Family Chart Fridays competition.

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

Every Friday we’re going to be giving away one of MyHeritage.com’s fabulous new professionally printed Family Tree Charts worth up to US$100 (including shipping).

All it takes to be in the running is a few seconds, a Twitter account and a MyHeritage.com family tree

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6    Dec 20101 comment

MyHeritage.com Holiday Charts Contest

Create a family tree chart design, send it to us, and take part in our Charts Contest. The winner will receive $200 in printing and shipping costs to get a high quality poster delivered to their doorstep.Last week we launched our Family Tree Charts service. Thousands of you have already created family tree charts and prepared individual designs with individual colors, backgrounds, etc. Now we'd like to see what you've come up with. Send us your family tree design to participate in the contest, it doesn't matter if you have prepared. We'll draw up a shortlist for our readers to vote on. The following points explain how to enter.

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1    Dec 20106 comments

Photo of the Week: Can You Guess the Celebrity?

Last week we set you the challenge of identifying a celebrity from a childhood picture, and this week we're doing it again.

This one, we think, is a little easier than last week's pesky challenge. In fact, when you find out who this is you'll probably cup your face in your hands and weep an ocean of tears at the obviousness of it all, before learning the contents of Celebrity Childhood Photos: 2010 Edition by heart to avoid future embarrassment.

But we don't want that to happen. So here are a few clues:

- this person is a Hollywood star
- this person is best known by his middle name
- the first rule of these clues is that we do not talk about the clues

Do feel free to ask questions of us, which we'll answer in the comments. Although keep them to 'yes/no' questions - we can't give the game away too easily.

Good luck!

11    Nov 20100 comments

UK Census Competition: Sharing Our Family Stories

We’ve just come across an interesting competition for UK users, and thought we’d share it with you.

On 27th March next year the UK will be conducting its national census, and to celebrate this a competition has been set up for UK residents to share their family stories.

Called ‘Then and now: family stories’, the competition gives people the chance to represent the changing face of Britain over the past several decades by showcasing the part their own families played in it.
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30    May 20100 comments

NGS Raffle Winners!

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet some of you at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was a well organized event, with many great speakers, product release announcements, with interesting companies furthering genealogical research, developing data protection and transforming family trees into works of art.  It was also a good chance to meet some of our users and those who are part of the international genealogy market. I staffed the MyHeritage booth with Daniel Horowitz, our Genealogy and Translations Manager, and we were happy with the enthusiasm shown towards our products. Together, we answered some of your questions, chatted about your family discoveries, and noted your thoughts about the strengths of our site and what users want to see as MyHeritage.com goes forward.

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12    May 20105 comments

MyHeritage.com Announces Its Top 100 Genealogy Sites

As mentioned previously, here at MyHeritage.com we’ve spent the past few weeks searching for some of the best genealogy sites on the Internet. Here is what we came up with.

As mentioned previously, here at MyHeritage.com we’ve spent the past few weeks scanning the web and evaluating content to find some of the best genealogy sites on the internet. Here is what we came up with.

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10    May 20104 comments

Mother’s Day Poetry Contest Winner!


First of all, we would like to wish you, once again, a post-dated happy Mother's Day, and to send our wishes that your week and year afford you happiness and well being. MyHeritage.com would also like to thank you for all of the responses to our Mother's Day Poetry Competition. We had a lot of wonderful entries, and as promised, we will be sending out a batch of fresh flowers to the mother of this years winner!

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4    May 201026 comments

Happy Mother’s Day: The Poetry Contest

Once a year we pay attention to the moms of this world, motherhood and maternal bonds and this time we want to mark the day with something special; A poetry contest! It is a special day that has been celebrated for hundreds of years, illustrating how many people feel that motherhood is something to honored.  As a child I once asked my mother why we didn't have a children's day and she replied 'every day is children's day', and so it is.

Happy Mother's Day!

Even if the Mother's day isn't celebrated on the same day everywhere, the idea is the same across the world: mothers deserve special attention once in a while. As expected practices of mother day differ around the world. In Mexico, for example, the mother is treated to a song sung by her family, or a serenade by a hired band,  in Ethiopia, mothers day is a three day festival where everyone returns to their villages for family meal, while in Sweden attention is paid to poor mothers and their children through way of the the Swedish Red Cross sells selling small plastic flowers and  the United Kingdom. It is customary to serve Simnel Cake, a glazed fruitcake inspired by a folk tale.

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