23    Jan 20158 comments

Your family tree: Who’s the oldest living person?

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!

Misao Okawa, World's oldest living person (Image credit: AP/Kyodo News)

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. Continue reading "Your family tree: Who’s the oldest living person?" »

29    Dec 20140 comments

The Global Family Reunion: Holiday photo competition

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.

AJ Jacobs, creator of the World's Largest Family Reunion

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.

As family reunions and holidays go hand-in-hand, the Global Family Reunion is offering a chance for AJ's "cousins" to win some amazing prizes. Continue reading "The Global Family Reunion: Holiday photo competition" »

16    Aug 20149 comments

Secrets to Longevity: 111 years young

On June 8,  the world’s oldest man, Alexander Imich, died at the age of 111 years and 124 days, in Manhattan. He had held the honor of oldest man since April 24, 2014 when his predecessor died.

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.

16    Jul 20140 comments

MyHeritage sponsors NEHGS Family History Day

Join MyHeritage and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) for NEHGS Family History Day on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

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.

Continue reading "MyHeritage sponsors NEHGS Family History Day" »

3    Jul 20140 comments

July 4th: BBQ nation!

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. Continue reading "July 4th: BBQ nation!" »

25    Jun 20140 comments

Poll: Family sports

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!

19    Jun 20140 comments

Biggest Family Reunion: A TED talk by AJ Jacobs

Six months ago, author AJ Jacobs received an email from a man halfway across the world claiming to be his 12th cousin. It sparked his interest, and AJ began researching his family history.

Since then, AJ has looked into his family history and discovered scores of fascinating relatives. He's now planning the largest family reunion in history - and you're invited!

AJ recently gave a TED talk about his genealogical endeavors, and his plans for the largest family reunion ever. His talk is featured on the TED homepage. Watch the video below:

Each and every person is invited to go to globalfamilyreunion.com to see their relation to AJ and to sign up for the big reunion! We hope to see you all there!

17    Jun 20140 comments

Jamboree 2014: Conference report

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.

Chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz (far right) assists attendees.

Continue reading "Jamboree 2014: Conference report" »

10    Apr 20146 comments

National Siblings Day: Family memories

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.

Continue reading "National Siblings Day: Family memories" »

26    Feb 20149 comments

Join the World’s Largest Family Reunion!

Where will you be on June 6, 2015?

Author A.J. (“AJ”) Jacobs has plans and he wants you to join him -- at the largest family reunion in history!

(Image credit: United Purpose)

A.J. Jacobs is a journalist, an editor-at-large at Esquire magazine, and author of four New York Times bestsellers. He gave a TED talk about what he learned while writing his book, "The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible". Continue reading "Join the World’s Largest Family Reunion!" »

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