January 26 marks Australia Day, and is a celebration of everything “Australian.”
This is a fun day for families to come together and celebrate with barbecues and firework displays, but also an important day to look back at Australia’s history and its diverse society.
It celebrates the anniversary of the first settlement - Port Jackson - with the arrival of the First Fleet of convict ships from Great Britain, in 1788.
A nation made of immigrants, convicts and indigenous people, Australia’s different cultures reflect the nation’s history and its unique identity of what it means to be Australian.
Do you have Australian ancestry? Would you like to learn more about the lives of your Australian ancestors?
Search our Australian record collections and see what family discoveries you’ll make.
Wishing you and your family a Happy Australia Day! How will you celebrate?
How many people alive today can say they’ve lived through two centuries? Well, five women can put that on their checklist, as they’re the only people born in the 1800s still alive today.
From Japan to the U.S. to Italy, these women have lived through two World Wars, major historical events, and seen the development of technology first-hand.
Misao Okawa from Japan is currently the world’s oldest living person, born in 1898. Last March, she celebrated her 116th birthday! Her secret to a long life? Sushi and sleep!
Emma Morano, 115, from Italy holds the title for oldest person in Europe. She says her eating habits her doctor gave her in her 20s have helped her live so long.
In case you haven't heard about it, journalist and author AJ Jacobs is on a mission to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest family reunion.
AJ decided to embark on a family history journey. His quest is to see how everyone is related and, so far, he's made exciting discoveries of cousins and relatives from around the world.
To top it off, he's inviting the whole family to celebrate this summer at the largest family reunion - on June 6, 2015, in New York.
Family history is all about uncovering clues of your family's past and bringing people together who share a common heritage. The holiday season is the perfect time to get together with the family, preserve those moments and recount family memories.
Imich was a Polish-born American chemist and parapsychologist who emigrated to the United States in 1951. Throughout his life he had always enjoyed good health, which he believed was the reason he had lived so long.
Some of his tips to leading a long life include a healthy diet, regular exercise or sport, not smoking or drinking alcohol and his genes. Imich came from a family with ancestors who all lived to an old age.
The current oldest man is Japanese-born Sakari Momoi, born one day after Imich on February 5, 1903.
What is the current oldest living member of your family? What’s the longest your ancestors lived?
Let us know in the comments below.
Taking place at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, this exciting one-day workshop is a great way to learn how to make the most of your family history research.
July 4th is the most popular day for barbecuing in the US. As it's just around the corner, we're taking a look at this age-old tradition.
Here is a countdown of the top 10 facts that our researchers discovered about BBQ:
10. Prehistoric cavemen may have been the first barbecuers! Anthropologists say that roasting meat started 1.4 million years ago. Others argue that this method originated in the Caribbean, where native Indians used wood gratings to cook strips of meat over a slow fire.
The World Cup is now in full swing, and millions of families around the world are getting together to watch soccer games, and to root for their favorite team.
For some families, supporting a specific team is mandatory, and it's passed down through the generations, like DNA. Some fans root for their home team, based on where they live or have lived at one point, while others choose a team based on other criteria.
Do you and your family all root for the same sports teams? Let us know in the poll below!
This year was the 45th Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree, a great gathering of attendees and presenters covering the entire spectrum of genealogical pursuits, from DNA to specific countries.
We were happy to help attendees learn more about MyHeritage.
Today is Siblings Day. It was created to honor the special relationships that we have with our siblings. Often our oldest friends, siblings share our ties to our past, and special bonds that last forever.
I grew up as one of four sisters, each two years apart. My sisters are my best friends and my greatest confidantes. I’m number two, so number three and I used to joke that we were the double filling inside an Oreo.