19    Aug 20142 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 20149 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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14    Jul 20142 comments

A Daughter’s Legacy: A letter discovered

Not long after Athena Orchard, then 13, lost her short battle with cancer, her family uncovered a hidden message of over 3,000 words written on the back of her bedroom mirror. The Orchard family's story was featured in the Daily Mail.

“Happiness depends upon ourselves. Maybe it's not about the happy ending, maybe it's about the story.” she wrote. “The purpose of life is a life of purpose. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” Continue reading "A Daughter’s Legacy: A letter discovered" »

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!" »

29    Jun 20142 comments

Fathers: More quality time

Spending time with family is vital for maintaining a happy family with strong relationships. The more time you spend together, the better chance you have of bonding over quality experiences.

Today’s fathers are spending more time with their children than ever, and are becoming more and more involved in family childcare.

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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!

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