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" »

13    Dec 201422 comments

Christmas 1914: A holiday truce

This Christmas marks 100 years since the famous Christmas truce of WWI, in 1914.

During a stormy winter of fighting between the two sides, a widespread but unofficial truce emerged in the week leading up to - and on - the holiday. German and British soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and to sing songs between their trenches. There were even occasions where soldiers walked over to opposing sides to talk to their counterparts and exchange gifts.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the soldiers put aside their differences for a few hours. Many of them - from both sides - ventured into "no man's land," where they met and exchanged food and souvenirs, and sang carols together.

German and British soldiers meeting in no man's land, December 26, 1914

It is said that at the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines calling out "Merry Christmas." The Allied soldiers were wary at first, thinking it might be a trick, but when they saw the Germans approach them unarmed, they climbed out of their trenches as well, and shook hands with the enemy. Continue reading "Christmas 1914: A holiday truce" »

6    Dec 20141 comment

Family historians: Perfect holiday gifts

The holidays are fast approaching, and they will be here before we know it.

Do you know what you are getting your friends and family for the holidays this year? What about for the genealogists in your family?

It can be relatively easy to find a present for your family's family historians since they appreciate practical gifts.

  • Genealogists spend a lot of time researching and collecting information. In their line of "work," it is important to stay neat and organized. They may like a new pencil case with office supplies such as pencils, paper clips, a stapler, Post-it stickers and labels. Continue reading "Family historians: Perfect holiday gifts" »
29    Nov 20142 comments

Historical Masterpieces: ‘Downton Abbey’ and more

Recently, many historical television series have become very popular. What is it about this genre that appeals to us? What draws us to them?

Perhaps it's about getting a glimpse of what life was like in times gone by. We feel more connected to our ancestors when we learn more about their lives and times. It's the same feeling that draws many of us to genealogy and family history research. The achievements and struggles faced by our ancestors serve as lessons for our own future. After all, history is known to repeat itself.

One such show is the British series, "Downton Abbey," which has swept a nation and also has become popular in other countries, as well. It is now  into its fifth season.

Downton Abbey (Image credit: ITV)

"Downton Abbey" follows the Crawley family through major events in history, showing the effects on their lives. The series opened with news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, followed by the outbreak of the WWI, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Marconi scandal in the second season. It dealt with the interwar period and the formation of the Irish Free State in the third season, the Teapot Dome scandal in the fourth, and the general election of 1923 in the UK in the current season. Continue reading "Historical Masterpieces: ‘Downton Abbey’ and more" »

27    Nov 20141 comment

Thanksgiving: What are you thankful for?

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ― John F. Kennedy

How do your family and friends make a difference in your life? What do they do to make you feel special and loved?

Every year, when Thanksgving comes around, we think about what we are grateful for. We take time to remember the blessings that we take for granted in our daily lives. It's not always easy to translate what we feel into words.

Family and friends are often at the top of our lists. They are our treasured people. Our rocks. They stand by us through thick and thin, giving us the gift of unconditional love.

It is heartwarming to hear how much you are appreciated and valued by family and friends.

Thanksgiving is also a nice time to get together with the family, and share in your favorite Thanksgiving traditions. We recently wrote about our favorite traditions and the stories behind them.

This year, as the holidays approach, and you spend time with your nearest and dearest, take the opportunity to tell your loved ones how you feel about them, and what you are grateful for.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Let us know below.

16    Nov 20143 comments

Thanksgiving Traditions: Old and new

Thanksgiving is almost here and it’s time for family, food and football!

For decades, Americans have been celebrating Thanksgiving with its fun traditions, from watching the Macy’s Day Parade to eating turkey.

Here are some of our favorite traditions and the stories behind them: Continue reading "Thanksgiving Traditions: Old and new" »

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