22    Jul 20140 comments

A Happy Royal Birthday: Prince George turns 1

Can you believe it’s been one year since Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born?

The royal prince will be celebrating in style with his family with a Peter-Rabbit themed birthday party and spend his birthday at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

In honor of Prince George’s birthday, here are some fun facts you may not have known: Continue reading "A Happy Royal Birthday: Prince George turns 1" »

17    Dec 20131 comment

New Partnership: MyHeritage and ‘August: Osage County’ movie

We’re excited to tell you that we’ve partnered with American film studio, The Weinstein Company, for their new Facebook application, Discover Your Roots, created for the upcoming film "August: Osage County."

The movie, August: Osage County, starring a first-rate cast: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Dermot Mulroney, Margo Martindale, Juliette Lewis and others, will be released nationwide on January 10, 2014! The movie was adapted from the original script of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "August: Osage County," written by Tracy Letts. Continue reading "New Partnership: MyHeritage and ‘August: Osage County’ movie" »

22    Nov 20131 comment

John F. Kennedy: His life and his legacy

Where were you when you heard about John F. Kennedy’s assassination?

It shocked the world and shook the very foundations of our liberty and freedom. Today marks 50 years since that devastating day, November 22, 1963, when President Kennedy was assassinated.

John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States, the youngest president elected. He was a man that the country identified with. He sent the first man to the moon.

On this 50th anniversary of his death, we celebrate his life and his legacy. Continue reading "John F. Kennedy: His life and his legacy" »

24    Jul 20137 comments

Welcoming Royalty: 10 facts about the Royal Baby

Welcome to the world Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge!

Want to know more facts about the royal baby, including to whom he's related?
Learn more in our infographic below and in our Royal Family Tree:

22    Jul 20136 comments

Congratulations: A new Royal is born

Congratulations to Will and Kate on the arrival of their prince, a new addition to the Royal family tree.

The royal baby was born today at Lindo wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London, where his father Prince William and his uncle, Prince Harry were also born.

The baby will be known officially as the Prince of Cambridge. Although not the only Prince in the royal family tree, he is now third in line to the throne. It is also the first time in more than a century when the next three generations of monarchy will be alive at the same time.

Amid all the excitement of the new royal arrival, people are anxiously waiting to find out what the little royal Prince will be named. Continue reading "Congratulations: A new Royal is born" »

4    Mar 201377 comments

Photo of the Week: Guess who?

Are you recognizable in your childhood photos?

At MyHeritage, we want to challenge you. Can you guess the identity of famous celebrities from their childhood photos?

On a weekly basis, we'll share a celebrity photo, offer a few clues, and see if you can identify the person.

Can you guess who this is?

Here are a few clues:

  • This person has been an actor, businessman and politician.
  • This person chose bodybuilding as a career at age 14.
  • This person made their American TV debut alongside Lucille Ball.

Think you know the answer? Leave a comment below. You can also ask for more clues that have yes or no answers.

Good luck!

4    Dec 20123 comments

British Royal Family: The Next Generation

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Image credit: www.princeofwales.gov.uk

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Image credit: www.princeofwales.gov.uk

One of the world's highest profile couples - William and Kate (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) - have announced that they are expecting a child.

Due to Britain's constitutional changes, the child will become an heir to the crown, regardless of gender. The baby will be third in line to the throne, after its grandfather (Prince Charles) and father, moving Prince Harry to fourth in line.

Already buzzing are possible names for the child.

The most common names used by the British Royal Family are George and John for boys and Elizabeth, Sophie and Victoria for girls. There's a copy of the British Royal Family Tree available on MyHeritage.

What do you think the newborn's name might be?

14    Sep 20122 comments

Grace Kelly: Actress, Princess

Actress Grace Kelly died 30 years ago today. The Hollywood beauty -who demonstrated glamour, elegance and class - became a real-life princess with her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco.

Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, to a family of Irish and German origin, on November 12, 1929. She was named after her father's sister who died as a child.

Her father - John Brendan "Jack" Kelly - was a successful businessman and triple Olympic rowing champion. He won two gold medals at the 1920 Olympics and another at the 1924 games.

Jack's parents - John Henry Kelly and Mary Anne Costello - emigrated from Ireland in 1869 and 1867, to the US, where they met and married. Continue reading "Grace Kelly: Actress, Princess" »

3    Aug 20123 comments

Marilyn Monroe: Model, actress, singer and legend

Marilyn Monroe as a child. Taken from http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/marilyn-monroe-early-life.htm

Marilyn Monroe as a child. (Credit: www.howstuffworks.com)

Marilyn Monroe died 50 years ago on Sunday, August 5. In her short 36-year life, she achieved international stardom both on and off the big screen.

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson in Los Angeles on June 1, 1926, her surname was later changed to Baker, the family name of her mother's first husband.

Marilyn's birth certificate (below) lists Martin Edward Mortensen as her father.

Marilyn did not believe Martin was her father. She was once shown a photo of her father, whom she thought resembled Clark Gable. As a child, she pretended that Gable was her father.

Marilyn Monroe's birth certificate. Source: Wikipedia (click to zoom).

Marilyn Monroe's birth certificate. (Source: Wikipedia.org) (click to zoom).

She adopted the stage name of Marilyn Monroe - Monroe was her mother's maiden name.

Continue reading "Marilyn Monroe: Model, actress, singer and legend" »

9    Jul 20121 comment

What is in Michelle Obama’s past? The eclectic, multi-racial ancestry of the First Lady

Rachel L. Swarns

Rachel L. Swarns © 2011 Scott Robinson

This is a guest post from Rachel L. Swarns, a correspondent who has written for the New York Times since 1995. Rachel has published a book called: “American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama” in which she describes the many multicolored strands that make up the first lady’s family tree. In this guest post Rachel shares with us some of her discoveries about Michelle Obama’s lineage.

When Michelle Obama first moved into the White House in 2009, people knew her as a Harvard-educated lawyer, a mother of two and the nation’s first African-American first lady. But very little was known about her family origins. No one – not even Mrs. Obama -- had any idea how fascinating her family story was.

Continue reading "What is in Michelle Obama’s past? The eclectic, multi-racial ancestry of the First Lady" »

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