23    Aug 20160 comments

How Do You Preserve Your Family Memories?

It isn't a secret, or even something new. It's something you've probably heard before, but just never followed. There is a little-known trick that can make all the difference in preventing your family memories from being lost forever.

Family history feeds on family memories, but if we don't make sure that those memories are properly recorded - with as much data as possible (including sources) - then the memories may "change" over time and eventually fade away.

Shadow box (Credit: beards.com)

Oral transmission of family history is an excellent way to pass on memories. Continue reading "How Do You Preserve Your Family Memories?" »

19    Aug 20160 comments

A Proposal to Remember

Do you know how your grandparents proposed? What about your parents? I don't know how any of my ancestors proposed, but I'm sure that if there was an interesting proposal story in my family's past, then I would have heard about it. Exciting wedding proposals become family lore told for generations.

At the Rio Olympics this week there was one such story that will surely be told over and over. Chinese Olympic diver He Zi stood on the podium after winning a silver medal in the women's 3-meter springboard diving final on Sunday in Rio. She was triumphant, and she was excited, but she was also surprised with an unexpected but not unwelcome incident.

(Credit: www.news.cn)

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11    Aug 20161 comment

10 Ways to Get Creative with the Kids This Summer

Old family photos encourage young people to become interested in their heritage and also bring precious family memories to life. Add photos to your family site on MyHeritage to add color to your family tree and to preserve those photos for future generations.

Summer vacation presents the perfect opportunity to dig out your stash of old family photos and do something meaningful with the kids. What family history activities do you have planned for the summer?

For new ideas, check out these fun ways to get creative with family photos. They'll help fill time during the school break and may make beautiful additions to your home that showcase your family legacy.

  1. Turn old family photos into elaborate coloring pages

    (Credit: www.reallycolor.com)

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4    Aug 20166 comments

Long-Lost Sisters: A dream come true for a MyHeritage employee

When Linoy Maidvanikov Simon began working at MyHeritage 18 months ago, she never dreamed that her life would change forever.

Within days of using MyHeritage, Linoy discovered a previously unknown sister. Watch the emotional reunion of Linoy and her sister Kamilla in this video (in Hebrew with English subtitles) as they meet in person for the first time.

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31    Jul 20165 comments

Tribal Quest: Back from Papua New Guinea

We've completed our Tribal Quest expedition to Papua New Guinea, where we had an incredible experience documenting the family histories of people in remote tribes whose stories are at risk of being lost forever.

We traveled to five different tribes in various regions of rural Papua New Guinea where we lived and worked with local families to preserve their unique histories for future generations.

This trip was the second expedition in our Tribal Quest project. Learn more about our global initiative at the Tribal Quest website.

Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse places on the planet. With 7 million people spread out over an area of 460,000 square kilometers, tribes live isolated from one another, separated by forests, rivers, and mountains. Continue reading "Tribal Quest: Back from Papua New Guinea" »

24    Jul 20166 comments

How Did Our Ancestors Beat the Heat?

While cooling off in my comfortable air-conditioned home, I wonder what summer was like for my ancestors. How did they attempt to keep cool during intense heat waves without the modern advancements we enjoy? How did they make the most of their summers?

Farm boys eating ice-cream cones, July 1941 (Credit: Library of Congress)

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10    Jul 20165 comments

On the Trail of a French Prisoner of War in Germany

This post was written by Elisabeth Zetland, researcher at MyHeritage. It was originally posted on our French blog.

I have long hoped to reconnect with the German family that had such a great impact on my grandfather’s life. I never met my maternal grandfather, Roger Dubuc. He passed away when I was only four months old. I don’t remember when I first heard his story but it quickly became a mystery that intrigued me, and I decided that I had to solve it.

Roger’s story began like that of many other French soldiers, but it suddenly took an abrupt turn. At the age of 20, on June 22, 1940, he was captured in Vannes without ever having fought in the war. When he left French soil, he didn't imagine that it would be five long years before he would return home again. His father Léon had also been a prisoner of war in Germany at the end of WWI, but had returned home after seven months.

My grandfather on the left, with the German family (which I finally discovered) in Sandstedt

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4    Jul 20161 comment

MyHeritage Reunites 93-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor with Her Relatives

Nata Gattegno, a Holocaust survivor from Corfu, Greece could never have children of her own as a result of what she endured in Auschwitz during WWII. Although she thought she was alone in the world, research done by the MyHeritage team uncovered cousins, that Nata either never knew existed, or with whom she had lost touch many years ago.

Watch the emotional reunion that took place recently when we introduced Nata to her new-found relatives in this video, in Hebrew with English subtitles:

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23    Jun 20163 comments

25 Family History Questions You’ll Really Want to Ask

Today, it's easier than ever to conduct family history interviews with family. The Audio Recordings feature in the MyHeritage mobile app makes it quick and painless to have a relative sit down and document their story, allowing it to be preserved for the future.

How do you make sure that you're documenting the complete story? How do you get those juicy bits of family history that you're looking for?

We've collected 25 unusual family history questions that are sure to get your family members talking about the stories probably never heard before: Continue reading "25 Family History Questions You’ll Really Want to Ask" »

19    Jun 201615 comments

Top 10 Pearls of Wisdom from the World’s Oldest Dad

(Image credit: Haaretz)

Happy Father's Day!

This year for Father's Day, we hosted Israel Kristal, the world's oldest living man, who live-tweeted fatherly advice from the @MyHeritage Twitter account.

Israel, who will be 113 in September, currently holds the title of the world's oldest man, making him also the world's oldest father. We couldn't have chosen a more experienced person to dispense sage wisdom.

Here are the top 10 pearls of wisdom he shared with us:

1."Set aside special time for your kids weekly, with no distractions. You won't regret it! When I was younger, I would work very long days at my confectionary business. I always made sure to keep the weekends free for my children." Continue reading "Top 10 Pearls of Wisdom from the World’s Oldest Dad" »

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