In about three weeks, the 2012 Summer Olympics (officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad) will begin in London, UK.
The countdown to this summer's event began at the closing ceremony of the 2008 summer Olympics in China, as the Olympic flag was handed to the Mayor of London by the Mayor of Beijing.
This year, 197 countries will participate in 26 sports at the biggest international sporting event of the year.
The Olympics provide an opportunity to reminisce about great moments of the past, such as the 1936 Berlin games when Jesse Owens won four gold medals or when Michael Johnson smashed both the 400m and 200m sprints in the 1996 Atlanta event.
We couldn't resist searching records relating to "Olympic games" in our new family history search engine - SuperSearch - and discovered really interesting information, such as this Kansas State University yearbook entry, demonstrating one student's ambition to win a gold medal in 1988 and discussing his time trials for the 1984 Olympics.
You can also try it for free - searching "Olympic games" or another keyword - that could lead to information about your family history.
As the Games draw closer, we''re interested in learning your personal Olympic stories. Have you competed? Do you have any Olympians in your family tree? If you're not sure, try a quick SuperSearch and see what you discover.
Let us know in the comments section below, or email your stories to email@example.com.
I love my family because..... How would you finish this sentence?
There are many reasons why we love family, but we want to know yours. Complete the sentence - "I love my family because..." in the comments below or on our Facebook Page between now and May 20 and our favorite comment will win the subscription . The winner will be notified on May 21.
We're running this in advance of International Day of Families which takes place tomorrow, May 15.
We look forward to your comments!
Today we closed the voting for the Holidays Charts Contest - to see the voting list click here.
We noticed that around the world the tastes for designs were a little different. In France people preferred images of nature in the background; in the english speaking countries people preferred simple and clean designs.
Neverthless, the design that shows family images is the most popular around the world. Here we present the winners:
First place goes to Chart No. 7 that belongs to Aline Machado. She lives in Brazil, has a family tree with 1312 people and has in her family site 1578 photos. She will receive a voucher for $200 to be used with our printing service.
At the beginning of this month, we launched the Holidays Charts Contest. We want to give a big thanks to all the people around the world who sent in charts - we have seen amazing and beautiful designs. Now we want to invite all of our readers to vote for their favorite chart.
The votes will be open until Sunday 19th December and the winner will be announced on Monday 20th. The winner will receive a voucher of $200 to be used with our printing service. 2nd Place will receive a voucher of $50, to be used with our printing service. These amounts are to cover printing and shipping of your posters.
Here is the list for the voting, and below it you will find the charts:
LIST OF THE CHARTS
We appreciate your feedback on our Top 100 Genealogy Sites. The response has been overwhelming and far more intense than we would have expected. Thanks for everything you've sent!
In addition to the positive feedback, we are hearing the critical responses, including questions on how sites were picked and why some cornerstones of the online blogging community were not included.
Meet our winner, John Pardo Valencia from Colombia. He was selected by our panel as the winner of our Christmas carol competition and won a digital video camera.
MyHeritage: John how did you feel when you were announced as the winner of our Christmas carol competition?
John: I could not believe it! I felt like it came from the sky. I lost my last camera when I was travelling in India last year. I always wanted to buy another one and was saving towards that goal. Winning this competition has come at just the right time, the camera is brilliant. It is one of my best christmas presents!
MyHeritage: What have you been using it for?
The MyHeritage team is pleased to announce the winner of our "Jingle along to your family song" Christmas carol contest:
It is John - he will receive a prize of a digital video camera! Watch his Christmas greetings to his family here.
In the past two weeks, we have received many videos. We would like to thank everyone who participated in this - thank you very much for sharing your Christmas spirit with us. And we are sure that your loved ones are really happy to see your special Christmas message to them.
Congratulations to our winner!
Christmas is just around the corner, would you like a new digital video camera to record your special family moments? Last chance to join our 'Jingle along to your family song' Christmas carol contest this week: Sing your favorite Christmas song with your personal message for your family and loved ones, and share your Christmas spirit with all of us. The most original and funniest one will win our prize.
More and more people are sending in videos to our contest. We have had some really good entries so far, some serious and some very funny. If you are feeling brave enough then upload a video of yourself singing.
Have a look at our new entry that we think you may like:
It doesn't matter how good you sing, it will anyway be the most beautiful message to your family at Christmas and some fun for your friends!
Best wishes from MyHeritage team!
For those who aren't familiar with our contest, here is a quick catch-up: MyHeritage "Jingle along to your family song" contest offers you a great opportunity to sing your favorite Christmas song for your family, share your Christmas spirit with your loved ones, and you may win a digital video camera - all you need to do is upload your video here. See our full story click here
Here is our new short-listed one, have a look:
Have you uploaded yours? Christmas is all about your family and your loved ones, they are waiting for your christmas messages...
We've just launched the MyHeritage Christmas contest, but we have already received some entries!
Here is yesterday's entry:
Just to remind you what the contest is all about:
Join MyHeritage's 'Jingle along to your family song' contest by singing a Christmas carol for your family and even the world. The most original and funny performance wins a video camera.