30    Oct 20140 comments

Baby Names: Rules around the world

Did you know that the name Harriet is banned in Iceland or, that in Denmark and Hungary, parents have to choose from a pre-approved list of childrens' names? In the past, we have written about baby names banned in New Zealand.

Around the world there are rules and customs for allowed names for children.

Here are some of the most interesting baby-naming laws from 10 countries: Continue reading "Baby Names: Rules around the world" »

16    Oct 20145 comments

Just like our ancestors: Shared personalities

Has anyone ever said that you speak exactly like your grandfather?

We often talk about resemblances and physical similarities between ourselves and our ancestors - perhaps it's the same smile as a cousin, or the identical eyes of a grandparent.

However, our physical appearance may not be the only connection passed through generations. Not only can we look like our ancestors, but we can act like them as well.

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5    Sep 20142 comments

Daddy’s Girl: 50 rules for dads of daughters

Michael Mitchell took “Daddy’s girl” to a new level with 50 rules for dads of daughters.

The 30-year-old dad writes daily tips and life lessons at Life to Her Years including many things to enhance the father-daughter relationship.

Image credit: vintageantiqueclassics.com

We loved the list, and wanted to highlight some of his great “rules” for dads with daughters. See the full list here. Continue reading "Daddy’s Girl: 50 rules for dads of daughters" »

26    Aug 20143 comments

An Unusual Family Reunion: Opening the family crypt

It was a family reunion unlike any other. When members of the Douse family met in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Canada) last month, one of the central events of the week-long event was excavating their ancestor's crypt. They gathered from all over the world, coming from Ohio, Michigan, and as far as Zimbabwe.

Their story was featured in the Toronto Star last week.

Their ancestor, William Douse, arrived at Prince Edward Island, from Wiltshire, England, in 1822. He was known for his strong wit and tenacity. He was a character, and became well-known on the island. He contributed to the early evolution of P.E.I., serving nearly three decades in the island Assembly, longer than any politician in history.

An oil portrait of William Douse (1800-1864). Image credit: Douse family.

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19    Aug 20144 comments

Childhood Homes: Fond memories

I remember the home that I grew up in with many fond memories. We moved into our suburban home, in Canada, when I was only 4 years old. We lived in the same house until after I left home for university.

I didn't realize that I still had an emotional attachment to that home, until I went back for a visit recently, with my own family.

On a recent visit, I took my family back to my old house. Some things had changed on the outside -- the garden wasn't as beautiful, the shutters were painted a different color, but above all, the house still looked the same.

My childhood home.

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2    Aug 201411 comments

Summertime Research: Hints and tips

Long summer days are the perfect time for family gatherings and a great opportunity to ask questions of relatives to discover more about your family heritage.

Here are some hints and tips for furthering your family history research this summer:

1. Visit close family members. Encourage the younger generation to record relatives' stories and anecdotes to learn about earlier generations and preserve those memories for future generations.

2. Plan a vacation to meet distant family members. Come prepared with questions about their branch of the family and use the MyHeritage Mobile App to fill in gaps in your family tree and to add photos while you're on-the-go.

3. Take a family trip to ancestral towns. Visit important places from your ancestors' stories, such as where they lived, where they went to school and more. Continue reading "Summertime Research: Hints and tips" »

31    Jul 20141 comment

Australia Celebrates National Family History Month

August is National Family History Month in Australia, and we’re celebrating with giveaways, competitions, webinars and more!

The month is an initiative of AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations), and relevant family history events will take place during August.

At MyHeritage, we understand the importance of family and encouraging everyone to get involved and interested in their own family stories. Whether it’s learning about generations past, looking through old photos or searching historical records, it’s important to discover and preserve these family memories. Continue reading "Australia Celebrates National Family History Month" »

26    Jul 20142 comments

A Family Tribute: Honoring A Father’s Dream

Jay Kwon Yang had a dream to travel and explore the world. So he did, but as a life-sized cutout.

After a battle with stomach cancer, Yang died at 52, in 2012, but his daughter wanted to fulfill the dream her father had been unable to accomplish.

For nearly two years, Jinna had struggled to deal with her father’s death.  “What people didn’t see was the toll the combination of life events took on every inch of my body, heart, mind and soul,” she wrote on her blog.

Jinna posing with her father at The Leaning Tower of Pisa (image credit: Grease and Glamour)

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24    Jul 20143 comments

Avuncles and Niblings: Unusual words for the family

Have you spoken to your avuncle lately? How are your niblings doing?

Depending on age and gender, some languages have specific words to describe a family member. While the English language is more limited and sticks to known words such as dad, mom, brother and sister, in the past other words were used to describe those in our family tree.

Image credit: Burlington Iowa Public Library

Here are five unusual words used to describe family members. To see the full list, check out the article on Mental Floss Continue reading "Avuncles and Niblings: Unusual words for the family" »

19    Jul 20141 comment

A Work of Art: Family photos

An Australian 5-year-old has started her modelling career early - as a work of art for her father’s photography project.

Australian photographer Bill Gekas has taken the typical family portrait to another level by recreating famous paintings using his daughter as the  model.

Even the family cat makes an appearance in Bill Gekas' photography (Credit: Bill Gekas)

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