29    Mar 20150 comments

Contest: Easter memories

Although Easter is celebrated around the world, traditions vary in each country and with each family. These include Easter egg hunts, family meals, religious festivities and more.

To get into the holiday spirit, we’re offering one lucky member the chance to win PremiumPlus and Data subscriptions for one year.

Just email a fun family photo from an Easter celebration or an Easter memory sharing your family traditions or memories to stories@myheritage.com by April 5.

We’ll choose our favorite to win and also share some of the other stories in our blog.

Looking forward to reading your memories!

15    Mar 20150 comments

Mothering Sunday: Honoring our mothers

Happy Mother's Day to our UK members!

Mother's Day, no matter when and how it is celebrated, is a time to honor and remember the important women in our family and all they've done for us.

The origins of the modern Mother's Day comes from the U.S., but the British date is believed to be associated with Mothering Sunday. During the 16th century, it became practice to visit "the mother church" on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Traditionally,  it was also a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants, were given a day off to visit their mother and family. Continue reading "Mothering Sunday: Honoring our mothers" »

13    Mar 20151 comment

Family Tree: Who works on yours?

Building a family tree is an activity which the whole family can enjoy together.

Children can ask questions to learn about their heritage, relatives can share stories and photos, while everyone can collaborate in adding information to the family tree.

With smartphones, it’s even easier to work on your family history anywhere. The MyHeritage mobile app allows you to edit, share and search for records on-the-go. It’s a great tool for adding new details to your tree whenever you are visiting family.

Using Family Tree Builder or an online family site, family members can edit information and be part of building their family tree. Those who assist in this way are called site managers. You can always add more site managers to help manage your tree and share in building your family's heritage.

Some people choose to work on their family tree alone, but this doesn’t mean you can’t share your hard work with the rest of the family! Easily invite all your relatives to become members of your family site on MyHeritage and share family memories, photos and ancestors’ stories.

Which family members are involved in building your family tree? Do you choose to work on your tree alone? Let us know in the poll below.

4    Feb 20158 comments

Valentine’s Day Competition: Family romances

On February 14, we will celebrate Valentine's Day, the festival of romance.

Do you know of interesting marriage proposals in your family? Or, stories of long-lost loves or wedding celebrations?

Continue reading "Valentine’s Day Competition: Family romances" »

28    Jan 20150 comments

Seeing Double: Family photos

Ever looked at an old family photo of your grandparent or parent  next to your own photo and seen a striking resemblance?

It's not surprising that we share looks with our relatives. Yet, sometimes we do a double-take, as if we're looking at the same photo.

See these fascinating look-a-like photos shared by members of the Huffington Post Parents Community.

Triple-take: 3 Generations

 

3 generations (grandmother, daughter and granddaughter). Credit: HuffPostParents

Continue reading "Seeing Double: Family photos" »

17    Dec 20141 comment

It’s in the family: Unique family traditions

Every family has traditions passed down through generations. Some relate to holiday food traditions and using ancestors’ recipes, while others are more unique such as the tradition of all women in a family wearing the same wedding dress or veil.

Image credit: Betty Crocker

Whether it’s every day, every year or for a specific event or milestone, family traditions create lasting memories and strengthen family bonds. It’s always nice to have memories of recurring childhood activities with the family, and it becomes even more special if you carry those traditions forward for your own family.

Last week, a friend told me she was celebrating her daughter’s half-birthday. Growing up, her whole family celebrated half-birthdays. Her parents would even make half of a birthday cake! It was nice to see that, years later, she was continuing this same tradition for her own daughter.
Continue reading "It’s in the family: Unique family traditions" »

6    Dec 20141 comment

Family historians: Perfect holiday gifts

The holidays are fast approaching, and they will be here before we know it.

Do you know what you are getting your friends and family for the holidays this year? What about for the genealogists in your family?

It can be relatively easy to find a present for your family's family historians since they appreciate practical gifts.

  • Genealogists spend a lot of time researching and collecting information. In their line of "work," it is important to stay neat and organized. They may like a new pencil case with office supplies such as pencils, paper clips, a stapler, Post-it stickers and labels. Continue reading "Family historians: Perfect holiday gifts" »
1    Dec 20143 comments

Genealogy and Family History Success: How MyHeritage made it happen for us!

This guest post was written by expert genealogist Scott Phillips, owner of Onward to Our Past genealogy services, and specializing in immigrant ancestry. He is a regular genealogy contributor for Huffington Post and also blogs weekly for the e-publications of GenealogyBank.com. Follow Scott on his Facebook page and on his website/blog.

Not all that long ago (in genealogy time) my wife and I received the wonderful news that our son and his wife were expecting our second grandson and would be named William in honor of my dad, who had died a year previously.

I began thinking how well I knew my dad and how well our son knew his grandfather, but his namesake would not personally know him at all. Since no one in our family had ever done any family history research, I made the fateful decision to write a paragraph or two about my father so my grandson would know him.

Now, years later, I still find myself laughing when I think back to my desire to write “a paragraph or two”! Our family tree now includes over 11,100 individuals representing 3,685 families, and contains over 6,900 images and documents.

The family tree was not always this robust. However, thanks to MyHeritage, it is now – and it keeps on growing. Continue reading "Genealogy and Family History Success: How MyHeritage made it happen for us!" »

27    Nov 20141 comment

Thanksgiving: What are you thankful for?

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ― John F. Kennedy

How do your family and friends make a difference in your life? What do they do to make you feel special and loved?

Every year, when Thanksgving comes around, we think about what we are grateful for. We take time to remember the blessings that we take for granted in our daily lives. It's not always easy to translate what we feel into words.

Family and friends are often at the top of our lists. They are our treasured people. Our rocks. They stand by us through thick and thin, giving us the gift of unconditional love.

It is heartwarming to hear how much you are appreciated and valued by family and friends.

Thanksgiving is also a nice time to get together with the family, and share in your favorite Thanksgiving traditions. We recently wrote about our favorite traditions and the stories behind them.

This year, as the holidays approach, and you spend time with your nearest and dearest, take the opportunity to tell your loved ones how you feel about them, and what you are grateful for.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Let us know below.

30    Oct 201411 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" »

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