29    Aug 20150 comments

Then and Now: Seven ways summer vacation has changed

During summer vacations, many parents scramble to find fun and enjoyable things for their children to do and keep them occupied. For many children, the beginning of September means the sad end to their summers.

While it's still summer, we wanted to travel back in time tand take a look at some summer activities, then and now. Continue reading "Then and Now: Seven ways summer vacation has changed" »

4    Jul 20151 comment

July 4th: 9 things you never knew

Happy 239th birthday, America!

Also known as Independence Day, Americans come together on July 4 to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the country’s birthday.

A great time to celebrate American heritage, it is also fun to share the holiday with families at  barbecues, picnics, parades, fairs, firework displays and other family activities.

In honor of July 4, here are some fun facts for the day: Continue reading "July 4th: 9 things you never knew" »

21    Jun 20152 comments

7 Ways Dads Have Changed in 100 Years

Happy Father’s Day! Today we honor the men in our lives who helped shape us to be who we are.

Fathers, grandfathers and step-fathers teach us many things. Whether it’s an important life lesson, how to dance, ride a bike or being a source of wisdom, they are essential to our upbringing.

In honor of Father’s Day, our research team took a look at how the role of fatherhood has changed throughout the years and compared what life was like for fathers in the past century.

With more women working, fathers are taking more time from their working lives to enjoy their children and playing a larger part in family care. We recently wrote about how fathers are spending seven times more with their children than in the 1970s.

But how is 2015 compared to life in 1915? Here are some interesting “fatherly” facts from the past 100 years: Continue reading "7 Ways Dads Have Changed in 100 Years" »

18    Jun 20156 comments

Family: Planning a roots trip?

Contributing author Schelly Talalay Dardashti is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage.com

Are you planning a family roots trip in the future? If so, it's time to make plans.

Whether you stay at home or plan an international trip, the basics are the same: Decide where you are going and what information you would like to find. Contact local historic or genealogical societies in the area for more information, and see below for even more suggestions.

Make a list of your names of interest and the towns your ancestors lived in. Try to group the towns regionally, by a particular geographic area. If this is an ambitious trip, you may want to make several groupings of towns.

A good way to put everything into perspective is to get a big map of the region you are planning to explore. Go to your local office supply store and pick up a few packages of colored transparent removable adhesive dots - they come in all sizes. Using the transparent ones mean you won't cover up important information.

Color-code your map. For example, put a red dot for the town, a blue dot for the cemetery, a yellow dot for archives, courthouses or libraries, and a green dot for possible accommodations. Use other colors for restaurants or other landmarks.

And, if your family is coming with you, mark sites they would like to visit with you or on their own, while you are digging through archives and cemeteries. Pay attention to fun places like water parks, amusement parks, a beach, music festivals or childrens' museums. Remember that cemeteries are not high on other people's must-see lists. Continue reading "Family: Planning a roots trip?" »

10    May 20150 comments

Happy Mother’s Day!

For Mother’s Day, we asked you to share advice, sayings or quotes your mother told you when growing up by finishing the sentence “Mom says…”

We received great responses and wanted to share some of our favorites: Continue reading "Happy Mother’s Day!" »

5    May 201532 comments

Mother’s Day competition: Mom says…

Remember your mother telling you that "mom knows best," or offering such advice as "Don't go out without a jacket!"?

There are pearls of wisdom or sayings that you have heard all the time growing up. It is likely that you say the same things to your own children!

With Mother's Day just around the corner, we want to hear those special messages - and motherly advice - that have stuck with you over the years. Our mothers teach us many things, including life lessons, but often their funny sayings will always be remembered. Continue reading "Mother’s Day competition: Mom says…" »

25    Apr 20151 comment

ANZAC Day: 100 Years

ANZAC Day is one of Australia and New Zealand’s most important commemorative occasions marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), during World War 1, at Gallipoli, Turkey.

In 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers set out as part of an Allies expedition to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula and open the way to the Black Sea. Continue reading "ANZAC Day: 100 Years" »

5    Apr 20150 comments

Happy Easter! Traditions around the globe

Around the world, Easter is observed in a number of ways with festivals, egg hunts, traditional foods, chocolate bunnies and other customs.

Here’s a look at some traditions from around the world:

Traditional Morris folk dancing takes place and in the North of England people play the game "egg tapping" where players try to break other player's eggs by "tapping" them. The winner is the one whose egg breaks last. Traditional foods include hot cross buns (served on Good Friday) and Simnel cake, which was served on Easter Sunday to mark the end of Lent.

In Germany, the Easter bunny is known as Osterhase. While the Easter bunny's exact origin is unknown, rabbits were frequently used as a symbol of fertility and new life around the holiday. In the 1700s, German immigrants to Pennsylvania brought this tradition. Other customs include decorating eggs and fountains with colors and eggs. Some also participate in the "egg dance" - eggs are laid on the floor for people to dance around. Continue reading "Happy Easter! Traditions around the globe" »

29    Mar 20154 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!

17    Mar 20152 comments

St. Patrick’s Day: Fun facts you never knew

With a huge migrant history, millions of people living around the world have Irish roots. Holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day often spur an interest in family heritage and learning more about those ancestors.

In the U.S. alone, there are over 36 million people with Irish ancestry, more than eight times the population of Ireland! Millions in Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada also have Irish roots, and there are significant Irish diaspora communities in Mexico, Argentina and the Caribbean!

In the past, we’ve provided tips for getting started in Irish family history research. This St. Patrick’s Day, we share some fun facts about the day. Enjoy! Continue reading "St. Patrick’s Day: Fun facts you never knew" »

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