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" »

19    Apr 20122 comments

Dick Clark: An American icon passes

Dick Clark 1961

Dick Clark in 1961 (Source: Wikipedia)

Dick (Richard Wagstaff) Clark, American radio and television personality died yesterday.

Born November 30, 1929, in Bronxville, New York, he died of a massive heart attack in Santa Monica, California, on April 18, 2012.

Best known as the host of the long-running teen music show - American Bandstand - watched religiously every afternoon by millions of US teens when they came home from school. The show is credited by many as the forerunner of reality TV shows like "American Idol." Later, he also created "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" and even a game show - "Pyramid."

The release of the 1940 US Census (available on MyHeritage) earlier this month provides an inside view into the lives of those who lived at the time. Clark was 10 years old when the enumerator came to call.

Continue reading "Dick Clark: An American icon passes" »

16    Apr 20120 comments

The Big Question: Marriage in your family

There are many ways to "pop the question."

How Silas Popped the Question - Card game - 1915

This article lists a number of famous marriage proposals. It includes that of King Edward VIII, who abdicated the British throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, and performer Seal, who proposed to supermodel Heidi Klum in a custom-built igloo on top of a glacier!

Speaking of celebrity proposals, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently announced their engagement and are planning to wed in September. Watch this space for a Brangelina special!

Continue reading "The Big Question: Marriage in your family" »

5    Apr 20129 comments

1940 US Census: Celebrity records discovered on MyHeritage

Yesterday we completed the uploading of all 1940 Census images. Users around the world have been searching the census for free and have already found their ancestors’ records at www.MyHeritage.com/1940Census.

We couldn’t resist researching the records of celebrities who were alive in 1940. Thanks to our fantastic team of genealogists, we made some exciting discoveries and we invite you to see the  census images below:

Elvis Presley

His father was a carpenter, and his mother was a seamstress, and little did they or the enumerator know what lay ahead for this 5 year old boy – Elvis.

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Continue reading "1940 US Census: Celebrity records discovered on MyHeritage" »

21    Mar 20120 comments

Johann Sebastian Bach: Happy birthday!

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

This post is from the Dutch MyHeritage Blog,  originally written by Denie Kasan, MyHeritage’s Netherlands community manager.

Today, March 21, marks the birthday of one of the greatest musical composers, Johann Sebastian (J.S.) Bach (1685-1750). His famous works are still taught today to music students across the globe, ensuring that Bach’s music and style lives on.

Perhaps less known is Bach's musical family background and abundant progeny. Within seven generations, the Bach family produced no fewer than 120 musicians and, over two marriages, Bach fathered 20 children!

Born March 21, 1685, in the German town of Eisenach (Thuringia), he was the eighth child of German composer Johann Ambrosius Bach and Elisabeth Lämmerhirt. His musical legacy is attributed to his great-great-grandfather Veit Bach who, according to J.S. Bach’s diary, played the lute. Generation after generation of musicians were born to the Bach family, and many served as royal court musicians. Continue reading "Johann Sebastian Bach: Happy birthday!" »

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