8    May 201414 comments

Mother’s Day: Then and Now

As Mother's Day approaches, our research team took a look at what life was like for mothers a century ago and compared our findings to what life is like for mothers today.

Times were very different 100 years ago. In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, the first US bus line began and, on May 7, 1914, Mother's Day was officially recognized as a national holiday in the United States!

Here are some interesting facts:

  • In 1914, pacifiers, wooden carriages and baby bottles were around, but mothers didn't have the conveniences of disposable diapers or wipes.
  • One hundred years ago, over 95% of all US births took place at home. Today, home births account for less than 1% of all births. Continue reading "Mother’s Day: Then and Now" »
2    May 20140 comments

Mother’s Day 2014: Send us your selfies!

There's a famous saying -- “A woman becomes a mother when she gets pregnant, a man becomes a father when he sees his baby.”

Even from the first signs of pregnancy, a woman begins to hope, dream, and worry about her future offspring, and what the future will hold for them.

Mothers never stop thinking about their children. They shower their children with kindness, show off their talents and achievements to anyone who will listen, and always have the best hopes and dreams for their kids.

My mother is a remarkable woman. She is the most positive person I know, always bringing sunshine to every room that she enters.

My mother and me, posing for a selfie

Continue reading "Mother’s Day 2014: Send us your selfies!" »

14    Apr 20141 comment

Easter: Fun for the whole family

Easter is just around the corner and - with this holiday - we welcome Spring and the rebirth of new life.

It’s a great time of year to celebrate your family lineage with the younger generations.

Try some of these do-it-yourself crafts to celebrate both the holiday and your heritage. They are sure to be fun for kids and adults alike:

  • Create a family tree centerpiece out of eggs:

(Image credit: Shelterness)

Continue reading "Easter: Fun for the whole family" »

10    Apr 20146 comments

National Siblings Day: Family memories

Today is Siblings Day. It was created to honor the special relationships that we have with our siblings. Often our oldest friends, siblings share our ties to our past, and special bonds that last forever.

I grew up as one of four sisters, each two years apart. My sisters are my best friends and my greatest confidantes. I’m number two, so number three and I used to joke that we were the double filling inside an Oreo.

Continue reading "National Siblings Day: Family memories" »

27    Mar 20142 comments

Family History: What we leave for our children

We often think of family history in one direction- what we are learning or "taking from" our ancestors. We rarely take the time to think about give and take in the other direction.

What's the legacy that you would like to leave for your children and for future generations? How are you making sure that it will be passed on?

There are many practices for ensuring that your family history survives into future generations. Perhaps the most crucial is including your children and descendants in your family history research.

By encouraging interest in the family tree from your children, grandchildren and other relatives, they will want to preserve the records for generations to come. Continue reading "Family History: What we leave for our children" »

3    Mar 20141 comment

Family history: Why are you researching?

Many of us are familiar with the phrase "To know where you are going, you must know where you have been." This age-old idea stresses the importance of learning about our past to help us succeed in the future.

Here are some variations of that same phrase: Continue reading "Family history: Why are you researching?" »

26    Feb 20148 comments

Join the World’s Largest Family Reunion!

Where will you be on June 6, 2015?

Author A.J. (“AJ”) Jacobs has plans and he wants you to join him -- at the largest family reunion in history!

(Image credit: United Purpose)

A.J. Jacobs is a journalist, an editor-at-large at Esquire magazine, and author of four New York Times bestsellers. He gave a TED talk about what he learned while writing his book, "The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible". Continue reading "Join the World’s Largest Family Reunion!" »

14    Feb 20142 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day: Your stories and photos

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today is a special day, filled with love and happiness. Millions of people around the world will send tokens of their appreciation to friends and family, and say "I love you" to their loved ones.

The best love stories are not ones from the movies or storybooks, but the ones that come from our own families. These stories stay with us as lasting memories and are passed down from generation to generation.

At MyHeritage, we know how important  family and love are in our lives. Last week, we asked you to send in your family's love stories.

Here are a few of our favorites that we want to share with you on this special day: Continue reading "Happy Valentine’s Day: Your stories and photos" »

10    Feb 20140 comments

Valentine’s Day: Your Stories and Photos

Love is in the air!

Valentine's Day, the day where couples express their love for one another, is only 4 days away. All around the world, romantics traditionally exchange candy, flowers and gifts and reminisce about how they first met.

How did your grandparents fall in love?

As Valentine's Day approaches, we invite you to share the amazing love stories or photos from your family's history for a chance to win a 1 year MyHeritage subscription.

Every family has love stories in their history. These are the stories that bring our families together.
Perhaps you have a sentimental photo of your ancestors together, from their wedding day, engagement or just out having fun?

Continue reading "Valentine’s Day: Your Stories and Photos" »

20    Jan 20140 comments

Baby naming: Trends from 2013

Choosing a name for your child is one of the hardest tasks for new soon-to-be parents.

You approach this with trepidation and fear. How will the name be received by friends and family? How will it serve your child as they journey through life? The decision can be overwhelming.

As 2014 begins, we look back at 2013 and discover how parents chose baby names.

Many notable events effected how parents named their children. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge named the Royal baby George, bumping that name and other British names up on the list of popular boys names for the year.

Today’s Parent reveals how this year’s pop culture has influenced baby naming. The name Aria, from "Game of Thrones" got a spot on many top baby name lists for the first time. The name Finn (made popular by "Glee" character Cory Monteith), appeared on the charts after the actor's untimely death. Continue reading "Baby naming: Trends from 2013" »

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