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:

Britain:
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.

Germany:
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" »

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" »

19    Feb 20157 comments

Our Ancestors: Romantic meetings

The best love stories are not those from films or storybooks, but those from our own families. These stories stay with us as lasting memories and are passed down through the generations.


Before Valentine’s Day, we asked readers to share romantic stories of how their ancestors met. Here are some of them: Continue reading "Our Ancestors: Romantic meetings" »

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" »

26    Jan 20150 comments

Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day to our members down under!

January 26 marks Australia Day, and is a celebration of everything “Australian.”

This is a fun day for families to come together and celebrate with barbecues and firework displays, but also an important day to look back at Australia’s history and its diverse society.

It celebrates the anniversary of the first settlement - Port Jackson - with the arrival of the First Fleet of convict ships from Great Britain, in 1788.

A nation made of immigrants, convicts and indigenous people, Australia’s different cultures reflect the nation’s history and its unique identity of what it means to be Australian.

Do you have Australian ancestry? Would you like to learn more about the lives of your Australian ancestors?

Search our Australian record collections and see what family discoveries you’ll make.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Australia Day! How will you celebrate?

24    Dec 20141 comment

Did You Know: 13 interesting Christmas facts

Last year, we wrote about many Christmas traditions still common today, and the history behind them.

This year, as the holidays approach, we had our researchers look into interesting Christmas facts we never knew, and we're sure you didn't, either!

(Image credit: dwellingsbydevore.com)

Check them out:

19    Dec 20146 comments

The MyHeritage Holiday Cookbook: Recipes and stories from around the globe

The holiday season is upon us, and that means lots of food, fun and family!

Just in time for the holidays, we’ve got a great gift to share - our First Holiday Cookbook

Continue reading "The MyHeritage Holiday Cookbook: Recipes and stories from around the globe" »

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