Contributing author Schelly Talalay Dardashti is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage.com
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.
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…”
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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!
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.
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.
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?