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?
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:
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."
Is there a long direct line of one gender in your family? How many men versus women are in your family tree?
The statistics section on your MyHeritage family site will provide the answer. Among other interesting facts, see which gender is more prevalent in your family. In my family tree, it's split pretty evenly. Of 304 people, 156 are male.
If the Underdahl family of Idaho would check their family tree statistics, they would probably see that the men in their tree reigned and are the majority. In their family, there hadn't been a baby girl born in the direct line for over 100 years. That just changed.
Happy Mother's Day!
Mother's Day is a designated time to pay tribute to all the incredible moms in your family. It is celebrated in many different ways. Some buy their mother a gift or send them flowers; others write cards — and let's not forget breakfast in bed for mom! It is an excellent opportunity to get the whole family together and to let your mother know just how much she means to you.
We recently asked you to nominate the special mothers in your family tree that made a difference in your life.
"I can't tell you what it means to finally meet my brother after 65 years."
At MyHeritage, we regularly hear from our users about life-changing discoveries they have made about their families using our website. Today we share with you a truly exceptional story, and one that we had the privilege of taking part in as it unfolded. This is the story of two brothers separated as young children in post-World War II Europe. They hadn’t seen one another in 65 years — until MyHeritage reunited them.
What does the word "mother" mean? Many adjectives come to mind for various people. According to dictionaries, the traditional definition describes a mother as a woman who has given birth. There is also another definition of someone who speaks to the everyday actions of providing care and affection. A mother is someone who loves unconditionally and who places the needs of her children above her own.
Is there a mother in your family's history who stands out? A mom who has made an enormous contribution to your family heritage?
Leading up to Mother's Day, we're asking you to nominate an outstanding mother from your family tree. It doesn't have to be your own mother; it could be another mother in the family who has had a huge impact on your life. Let us know what she has done for the family and how she influenced and inspired others.
Oral interviews are vital in family history research. Our relatives are a treasure trove of precious family information, and we want to make sure that their stories are preserved forever. Audio Recordings lets you interview your relatives directly from their profile in your family tree, and store the interview for future generations on your MyHeritage family site.
Thousands of MyHeritage users have already taken advantage of this new feature. Today we've chosen to showcase the feedback and recordings of some users who have already enjoyed using Audio Recordings.
A friend recently shared the story of how her great-grandfather Leon emigrated to America from Europe in the early 1900s. His brother had previously arrived, in search of a better life. When Leon followed his brother, he worked as a tailor and struggled to make ends meet to support his growing family.
After a few years, he reached a point in his career where he had become comfortable and had some expendable income. He searched to invest some money in a new opportunity. Leon's brother suggested that he try investing with him in real estate — and purchase some rural farmland in New York City.
Taking photos at family events used to be a huge production. Today, however, it is just so easy to use your smartphone to capture those wonderful family gatherings.
Uncle Sam was the designated photographer in my family when we were growing up. He loved to take photos, and he always had the latest cameras available. Sammy would bring his camera to each event, making sure to charge it in advance or to bring fresh batteries. He would take candid shots, and we usually tried to have a large group photo with as many people as possible. At the end of the day, if you wanted to be in the photo, you had to be where the camera was located.
Although we still have power issues with modern smartphones, today just about everyone has a phone to capture special moments. It's never been easier for every family member to record family experiences and preserve them for future generations.
As easy as it has become to “snap” photos or, more correctly, press the picture icon on your phone, not every captured image has the same quality.