19    Feb 20137 comments

WDYTYA Live!: MyHeritage heads to London

MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet demonstrating the MyHeritage iPhone app at WDYTYA 2012

MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet demonstrating the MyHeritage app at WDYTYA 2012

MyHeritage heads to London this week for the leading family history show, Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE, from February 22-24.

The event, at the Olympia Exhibition Halls, features genealogy workshops, expert speakers, vendors and more to help with your family history research.

Come visit the MyHeritage team at booth #842 and participate in some of our exciting activities: Continue reading "WDYTYA Live!: MyHeritage heads to London" »

12    Feb 20130 comments

Mardi Gras: Happy Pancake Day!

Olney Pancake Day Race

Olney Pancake Day Race Image credit: Olneyonline

Today is a most delicious day of the year, Pancake Day.

Pancake Day is also known as  Shrove Tuesday. The meaning of shrove derives from “confess.” The day marks the last day of celebration before 40 days of “shriving” - or absolution for one’s sins - during the Christian festival of Lent.

It was common to host a family feast beginning with luxurious or “fatty” foods not eaten during the weeks of Lent. Sugar, milk and eggs were good ingredients and - combined - formed yummy pancakes.

Worldwide family traditions include:

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5    Feb 20132 comments

Black History Month: Resource roundup

Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron, Major League Baseball Star, image credit: biography.com

Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron, Major League Baseball Star. Image credit: biography.com

In honor of Black History Month, established in 1926 and celebrated in February, here’s a roundup of resources – websites, blogs, repositories and more – to help you learn more about your family. Each resource listed offers more links to additional information.

Today is also the birthday of African American baseball superstar Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron, born in 1934.  A major league baseball icon, Aaron is best known for breaking Babe Ruth's home run record. Read more on Aaron.

For many black families with roots in the Southern US states, research can be frustrating. Although African American genealogy research can get back to the 1880s and much earlier, it is difficult for most researchers. Researching their family trees has been almost impossible, as their ancestors' original names were literally erased. Slaves' African given names were replaced by English names and their surnames were those of their owners.

With the advent of new databases and technological tools, research has become much easier. A growing number of individuals are preparing their family stories and discovering images of their unique history. Continue reading "Black History Month: Resource roundup" »

4    Feb 20131 comment

Competition: Win tickets for WDYTYA Live!

Want to learn how to delve into your family history and learn from top genealogy experts how to trace your ancestors?

Come and join MyHeritage at “Who Do You Think You Are? Live,” at London's Olympia, booth 842, from February 22-24.

We'll soon be sharing some of the exciting activities we've planned for the event. Now, however, we have free tickets for five lucky readers to attend the family history fair.

All you have to do is answer this question:

What’s the name of MyHeritage’s family history search engine, that lets you browse billions of historical documents and millions of newspaper articles?

For your chance to win, e-mail your answer - by Friday, February 8 - to stories@myheritage.com. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email.

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31    Jan 20130 comments

Super Bowl: Family parties, rivalry

I remember my family’s Super Bowl parties.

I can still taste the delicious chicken wings my dad would make and I have fond memories of our family coming together to watch the game.

This Sunday - the 47th Super Bowl - sees the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans.

Whether we're watching the game for the Super Bowl commercials or rooting for our favorite team, it’s a great opportunity for family to enjoy the game together.

Families are often divided in their loyalties to different teams; my family was the same. My cousin would root for one team and my uncle would support the other. Friendly rivalry, of course, although I do remember my team winning quite often!

This Sunday’s Super Bowl is making history with its own sibling rivalry.

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6    Nov 20121 comment

Elections: Voting memories

Although voting for the 2012 election is still ongoing - and we won't know the results until tomorrow - we're wondering about your voting memories.

I remember going with my mother to vote at our local elementary school in the Bronx (New York) when I was a very young child. Many of my classmates also went with their parents.

What are your election day memories? Did you accompany your parents? Or was your first voting experience as an adult?

Let us know in the comments below.

No matter the results, some people will be happy while others will be angry or depressed. It is natural. How does one get over these emotional reactions?

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9    Oct 20121 comment

MyHeritage: National Hispanic Heritage Month

Credit: Hispanic Heritage Month website -www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

National Hispanic Heritage Month, in the US, celebrates the culture and traditions of Americans with roots in Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. It is observed from September 15 through October 15.

First observed as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, it was expanded in 1988 to cover the 30-day period.

Some 14% of the US population – more than 42.7 million Americans – have an Hispanic origin, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It is considered the largest ethnic minority in the country.

Tens of millions of Hispanics emigrated from Spain. Some came directly to the US and countries south, some first went to the Philippines or the Caribbean Islands and then arrived here. Spain was in the Caribbean and Mexico long before the English were in what would become the US. The state of New Mexico was settled by the Spanish in 1598, and they were in Saint Augustine, Florida, in 1565.

Tracing your Hispanic heritage may not lead directly back to Spain, but may go from the US to many other places, including Europe, Africa and even Eastern Europe. There may be many surprises along the way.

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2    Oct 20123 comments

Banned Books Week: ‘Freedom to read’ anniversary

The 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, from September 29-October 6, will be celebrated in the US as groups - some on college campuses - read passages from the American Library Association’s top banned and challenged books.

Lafayette College (Easton, Pennsylvania) will hold a literary flash mob read-out at 1pm on Monday, October 1, near the library.

Among the books on the list: To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, Harry Potter, Beloved, The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Gatsby, 1984, Brave New World, Animal Farm and many others.

Many of them illustrate relationships between families (conventional or not) and among family or group members. Today, most seem rather tame and quite ordinary but, when first published, the topics, characters and story lines were considered controversial.

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9    Sep 20120 comments

Family: Happy Grandparents Day!

Today, September 9, is Grandparents Day in the US.

Although celebrated in various countries on different days, it is always commemorated in the US on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

Grandparents Day was established in 1978, following Marian McQuade's vision that youth should understand the importance of the contributions to society made by senior citizens.

After much lobbying by Marian, President Jimmy Carter signed the day into law on August 3, 1978,  proclaiming that it should be used "...to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer."

Those of us fortunate enough to have grandparents should take the opportunity to make them feel special and loved today. It's a perfect opportunity to ask about their families, their own grandparents and their experiences growing up. It's a great way  to learn more about your own family history.

Those of us who are grandparents should explain to our grandchildren about the family's origins, and share stories and information about previous generations.

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28    Aug 20122 comments

MyHeritage: Our 2012 Family Day

MyHeritage held its annual Family Day last week.

For the first time, it was held in our new offices, and our families could see where we work - and have fun!

We often say that MyHeritage is like one big family. When we bring our own families to the office, it feels like a family reunion! We played games, enjoyed a lot of laughs and it was really nice to see the interaction between parents and children.

Here are some photos from the event. Enjoy your virtual visit to our Family Day!

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