"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.
Genealogists take family history research very seriously. However, we all still love good genealogy humor.
We hope you can take a break — from searching for your great-great-great-grandmother — to check out our favorite genealogy jokes. They're sure to make genealogists and non-genealogists alike chuckle.
Growing up, I remember watching in awe and admiration as my grandmother went through her daily beauty regiment. She never left the house without "putting her face on," as she liked to call it. I learned many tips and tricks from watching her well-oiled routine that had been perfected over the years.
The truth is that I'm not the only one to claim that grandmothers have the best beauty advice. Many women say that their mothers and grandmothers have better skin than they do. Modern methods and products aren't necessarily better than the old-fashioned creations our grandmothers whipped up.
Women used to have simple and effective ways to achieve beauty using mostly natural ingredients.
Here are some classic examples of the beauty secrets of generations past:
This is a guest post by George G. Morgan, president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally-recognized genealogy lecturer. He is the prolific award-winning author of hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites internationally. His 12th book, the fourth edition "How to Do Everything: Genealogy," was released in 2015. He is also co-host of "The Genealogy Guys" podcast, the longest-running genealogical podcast, with thousands of listeners around the globe.
Placing your ancestors into geographical, historical, and social context is one of the most important means of understanding them better. Like you, your ancestors and their families did not live in a vacuum. They were attentive to the news and events of their times. Information they received influenced their opinions and attitudes and helped them make important decisions.
The announcement about a new tax was liable to cause them to worry about how they would make financial ends meet. News of political or religious unrest or about the approach of a foreign army might cause tremendous stress and fear. Economic downturns, drought, famine, and disease all meant potential disaster for the people. Such news could also cause your ancestors to make the crucial decision to migrate elsewhere or immigrate to another country.
["For this was on St. Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."]
Scholars believe that the poem Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer is the first recorded association of romantic love with Valentine's Day.
So many families have a great love story at the start: Two people who fell in love and the romance that changed their lives forever.
Growing up, we've all heard the love stories of our grandparents, great-grandparents or other ancestors, and perhaps we were lucky enough to see their photos as well.
For generations, parents have been bronzing their children's first pair of shoes as a family keepsake. Parents often wish to recall the sweet, tender memories of their toddler's first steps, which only happen once. The bronzed shoes can be mounted and displayed for generations.
What is it about baby shoes that elicit such sentimental emotions? Are a baby's first steps more monumental than their first bite of solid food? What about preserving a lock of hair from a child's very first haircut? There are so many firsts in a child's life, but it seems as if choosing their first pair of shoes to preserve for the future is arbitrary.