19    Jun 20163 comments

Top 10 Pearls of Wisdom from the World’s Oldest Dad

Happy Father's Day!

This year for Father's Day, we hosted Israel Kristal, the world's oldest living man, who live-tweeted fatherly advice from the @MyHeritage Twitter account.

Israel, who will be 113 in September, currently holds the title of the world's oldest man, making him also the world's oldest father. We couldn't have chosen a more experienced person to dispense sage wisdom.

Here are the top 10 pearls of wisdom he shared with us:

1."Set aside special time for your kids weekly, with no distractions. You won't regret it! When I was younger, I would work very long days at my confectionary business. I always made sure to keep the weekends free for my children." Continue reading "Top 10 Pearls of Wisdom from the World’s Oldest Dad" »

9    May 20160 comments

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day is a designated time to pay tribute to all the incredible moms in your family. It is celebrated in many different ways. Some buy their mother a gift or send them flowers; others write cards — and let's not forget breakfast in bed for mom! It is an excellent opportunity to get the whole family together and to let your mother know just how much she means to you.

We recently asked you to nominate the special mothers in your family tree that made a difference in your life.

Here are some of our favorites that we've chosen to feature today: Continue reading "Happy Mother’s Day!" »

28    Apr 201611 comments

Nominate a Special Mom in Your Family!

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.

Continue reading "Nominate a Special Mom in Your Family!" »

27    Mar 20160 comments

Easter: New avenues of research

Happy Easter!

With Easter, we welcome Spring and the rebirth of new life. It’s a great time of year to do some spring cleaning and organize your genealogy research. It is also a great opportunity to try new things and venture down new avenues of genealogy research.

Here are some tips for taking your family history research in new directions: Continue reading "Easter: New avenues of research" »

16    Mar 20160 comments

Do You Have the Luck of the Irish?

Most of us are familiar with the popular expression, "the luck of the Irish." With St. Patrick's day approaching, we thought we'd do some research on what it is about the Irish that supposedly makes them so lucky.

As a people, the Irish have a history full of many ups and downs, with some instances of extreme "unluckiness," times of sadness, famine and war. Perhaps the term was used ironically, to poke fun at the troubles they have faced throughout history? Continue reading "Do You Have the Luck of the Irish?" »

14    Feb 20162 comments

Romance Through the Ages

Happy Valentine's Day!

The best love stories are those from our own families. Romantic photos showing our ancestors' love for each other offer lasting memories for future generations.

Photo submitted by Cynthia Tucker of her parents

Leading up to Valentine's Day, we asked you to send in romantic wedding photos from your family.  Thanks to all who participated in our competition - we received many beautiful photos.

Today, we are displaying some of our favorite entries and the touching love stories behind them. Continue reading "Romance Through the Ages" »

26    Jan 20165 comments

Valentine’s Day: Send in your ancestors’ wedding photos to win!

"For this was on seynt Volantynys day, Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make." — Geoffrey Chaucer

["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.

Continue reading "Valentine’s Day: Send in your ancestors’ wedding photos to win!" »

31    Dec 20154 comments

5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Genealogist Should Set

This is a guest post by Lorine McGinnis Schulze of Olive Tree Genealogy. Lorine is a Canadian genealogist who has been involved in genealogy and history for over 30 years. Find her on Twitter (@LorineMS), Pinterest (lorinems), and at her Olive Tree Genealogy YouTube channel. She is also the author of many published genealogical and historical articles and books here.

New Year's always seems like a good time to make resolutions for doing better in our personal or business lives, or for accomplishing goals in the year ahead. But how many resolutions should we make? How many are we going to realistically keep?

Enthusiasm for change runs high in January. We are full of renewed energy. It’s a new year with the opportunity for new beginnings, and it is easy to become caught up in the fervor. But February and March often bring different emotions and our enthusiasm for the work that lies ahead can wane or drop off completely.

We genealogists often get carried away with our resolutions. There are so many ancestors to find, and so many sources to cite! We need to find great-grandma’s maiden name. We need to organize our files. We desperately want to find the names of 2nd great-grandpa’s parents. And where or who did 3rd great-grandpa marry? The list of wants is endless. Continue reading "5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Genealogist Should Set" »

20    Dec 20156 comments

Family Mysteries: Revealed through holiday cards and letters

This is a guest post by genealogist James L. Tanner, a retired trial attorney from Arizona now living in Utah. He is the author of two popular genealogy blogs, Genealogy's Star and Rejoice, and be exceeding glad. With over 30 years of genealogy experience, he currently volunteers at the Brigham Young University Family History Library in Provo, Utah.

Many countries around the world have a tradition of sending greeting cards to friends and relatives during the holiday seasons. In the United States, there is also a strong tradition of sending family letters at the end of the year reviewing important events. In the last 100 years or so, these holiday cards and letters  have also contained photos and valuable information about family members. Sometimes the information contained in a card or on a photo may be priceless and could resolve long-standing family mysteries. A card from a distant relative may identify someone whose relationship you never knew about or even suspected.

"Burns Mont. Ayr Postcard 1899" (Credit: Tony Corsini at en.wikipedia. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons)

Continue reading "Family Mysteries: Revealed through holiday cards and letters" »

18    Dec 201519 comments

10 Spectacular Vintage Holiday Cards

We recently put out a call for your oldest Christmas cards. We received many amazing cards from years gone by.

Here are some beautiful and rare cards, never seen before:

c1905. Sent to us by Barbara Becker. "Christmas post card 2 would have been given to my grandmother when she lived in Edinburgh, Scotland (1904-1909). Teanie was a nickname my mother told me my grandmother did not particularly like. This card appears to have been hand delivered."

Continue reading "10 Spectacular Vintage Holiday Cards" »

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