Those of us fortunate enough to grow up with grandparents understand how important they were (and are) in our lives. I grew up knowing my mother's parents and maternal great-grandmother; my paternal grandparents had died when I was quite young, although I do remember some holiday celebrations
My great-grandmother took care of my mother when she was little, so her parents (my grandparents) could work without worry. Today, this model is still common in many cultures around the world. Both parents are often working and grandmothers (and grandfathers) are helping to raise their grandchildren.
I remember my grandmother’s visits very well, and saw my great-grandmother, quite elderly by that time, during the summer vacations. Grandma would arrive for visits laden with boxes and jars of wonderful delicacies that our mother didn’t have time to prepare. When we were little, she kept us busy and happy with painting, making pasta necklaces and pasta artwork, trying to teach us how to sew dresses for our dolls. Her legendary attempts to teach me to crochet, unfortunately, fell on hands that just didn't catch on.
We recently wrote about the fascinating Secret of Ereikoussa, where the residents of a small Greek island risked their lives to save a Jewish tailor’s family from the Nazis during WWII.
In November 2013, Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and author Yvette Manessis Corporon contacted MyHeritage to ask for help in finding the descendants of the Jewish tailor - Savvas from Corfu, Greece - who had been hidden on Ereikoussa during the war. She had written a book inspired by her grandmother’s memories of the island, and the story of Savvas was an important part. For Yvette, the story was incomplete and she wanted to discover what happened to the family after the war.
MyHeritage accepted the challenge and embarked on a genealogical journey to uncover the mysteries of this long-kept secret. Starting with just five first names (Savvas, his three daughters Spera, Julia and Nina, and another child - Rosa) we were successful in locating descendants of the family in the U.S. and in Israel. Last month - at an official island ceremony - the families reunited to honor the island's residents for their courageous efforts.
We had a great time at the Global Family Reunion last week!
Hosted by best-selling author A.J. Jacobs, this epic event brought thousands of “cousins” from around the world to the New York Hall of Science for a family fun day of activities, while raising money to benefit Alzheimer’s research.
We’re excited to be at NGS 2015, taking place May 13-16 in St. Charles, Missouri.
The National Genealogical Society (NGS) was established in 1903 in Washington, DC to serve and grow the genealogical community through education, training, promoting access to and preserving genealogical records.
ANZAC Day is one of Australia and New Zealand’s most important commemorative occasions marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), during World War 1, at Gallipoli, Turkey.
The MyHeritage team had a fantastic time last week at the Who Do You Think You Are Live? 2015 show in Birmingham, UK.
Thousands interested in exploring their family history flocked to the show this year. We enjoyed meeting new friends and catching up with old ones who visited our booth to say hello.
We're excited to be heading to “Who Do You Think You Are? Live” in Birmingham, UK, from April 16-18, and we're offering 8 lucky winners the chance to join us!
Want to win a free pair of tickets to WDYTYA?Live 2015? 8 lucky readers will have the chance to win free entry to the event and a genealogy session with our experts at our booth.
To enter, share with us the ancestor you'd most like to meet and why.
Send your entry by Tuesday, April 14 to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and postal address. The lucky winners will be chosen and notified by email.
We'll also be presenting many exciting talks and workshops, and will soon post what we have planned for the event.
The Global Family Reunion is only a few months away and tickets are available now!
If you haven't yet heard, best-selling author A.J. Jacobs is planning the world’s largest family reunion this summer and all 7 billion of his cousins are invited.
What? The largest family reunion that will make history
When? June 6, 2015
Where? New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York
Watch the video below for more information on the Global Family Reunion and how to get involved:
All event proceeds will go toward Alzheimer’s research and education. Learn more about how to purchase tickets, donate or join the Global Family Tree at the Global Family Reunion Festival Page.
Hope to see you all there!
And so another RootsTech conference comes to an end. But what an incredible few days it's been!
Today saw RootsTech's largest crowd ever. The exhibit hall was filled to capacity with people of all ages, interested in family history.
Today was also family day, so 2000 extra young people and families attended.
All our demos were well attended and people flooded our team with questions.
This year's RootsTech is set to be the biggest yet, with more attendees and online participants than ever before.
One of today's highlights was MyHeritage's participation in the first ever Innovator Showdown.
Over 50 software developers from around the world entered a challenge to create the best new innovations in family history for an opportunity to win $25,000 in awards provided by sponsors (including MyHeritage, a platinum sponsor). The entrants were narrowed down over a course of rounds, and finalists were invited to present their ideas in the keynote hall. Prizes were determined by a panel of renowned judges and live audience voting. MyHeritage's VP of Business Development, Dan Mano, was a judge, alongside our good friend AJ Jacobs and other leaders from the business world.