Ethnic holidays, such as St. Patrick's Day for those of Irish ancestry, often spur an interest in family history.
According to the New York Times, the Irish diaspora in the United States alone numbers more than 36 million people, more than eight times Ireland's population. And this isn't even counting the descendants of Irish immigrants in countries around the world.
In large cities with many Irish descendants, such as New York and Boston to name just two, the day is celebrated by great parades. Traffic lane lines are painted green and green beer is served in bars. Parade-goers and others celebrating often wear green hats, ties or other items indicating their ancestry, such as pins or T-shirts reading "Kiss me. I'm Irish."
Many bars and restaurants will feature corned beef and cabbage or other Irish delicacies, along with that once-a-year green beer.
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, MyHeritage is offering free access to its Irish collection of some 600,000 Irish immigration records to the Port of New York, covering the years 1846-1851, which includes the Irish Potato Famine period. Immigration records and passenger manifests offer a wealth of family information. Read more here.
St. Patrick's Day, commemorating the life and work of Ireland's patron saint, is a day full of wonderful and joyous celebrations. This year it is celebrated on Monday, March 17.
In honor of the day, we are happy to give you free access - through March 17 - to a special collection of passengers arriving in New York from Ireland from 1846-1851.
Today is International Women’s Day. The global day celebrates the achievements of women: past, present and future.
In honor of the day, we're showcasing and celebrating some remarkable women. There are so many that fit into this category but we'll start with just a few:
Marie Curie (1867-1934)
Polish-born physicist and chemist Marie Curie, who researched radioactivity, moved to France. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. Her work served as a foundation for modern day physics. She broke barriers and paved the way for women in her fields.
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?
Australia's National Day is celebrated on January 26. It has its beginnings in the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, originally called Landing Day or Foundation Day.
Captain Arthur Phillip, the first governor of New South Wales, raised the Union Jack flag at Sydney Cove in 1788, which commemorated the British occupation of the continent's eastern half claimed by Captain James Cook on August 22, 1770.
Today only, share this link with your family and friends and have them sign up for a free MyHeritage account to build a family tree and discover new relatives and ancestors (you can as well, if you don't have an account already): http://bit.ly/GZrCjp
Yesterday we asked you to caption a photo for a chance to win a digital camera.
Today, we're continuing our week of holiday giveaways!
Did you know that Christmas trees were originally hung upside down from ceilings in some countries? Or that up until 100 years ago, it was illegal to celebrate Christmas in parts of the United States?
Many Christmas traditions still common today date back thousands of years in some form or another. Some customs, such as the 12 days of Christmas, gift-giving, and caroling, have been traced back to as early as Mesopotamian times.
When did we start celebrating Christmas as we know it today?
In 1647, the English Parliament passed a law making it illegal to celebrate Christmas. The ban was lifted in 1660. During Queen Victoria's reign, Christmas was a time for gift giving, and became a special season for children. In Colonial America, Christmas was not celebrated as we know it today. Even in the US, it was illegal to celebrate Christmas until about 100 years ago.
As customs developed in different countries, we celebrate many of the same holiday traditions.
As Christmas nears, millions of children around the world are using these two words to begin their letters to Santa , with the hope he will bring what they want.
These letters are often sent by obliging parents to Santa's home at the North Pole. However, back in time, it was popular to send "Dear Santa" letters to a local newspaper, which published them.
Our newspaper collection includes over 120 million pages dating back to 1609, and a quick search using the keywords "Dear Santa" brings really interesting results...