13    Nov 20144 comments

Holiday Cookbook Contest: Send us your recipes!

Did your grandmother make the best turkey stuffing? Was it your aunt’s minced pies that had you drooling at the Christmas table?

In honor of the upcoming holiday season, we’re bringing together two great traditions - food and family - for an exciting holiday competition!

We want you to send us your family's favorite holiday recipes and the stories behind them. Is it a dish passed down from an ancestor, or one made last year for the first time? A unique dish to your family or a traditional one? Why do you love that recipe and what's the story behind it?

One lucky winner - with the best recipe and family story - will have the chance to have a personal chef prepare a delicious meal for you and your family at your home. We'll collect a selection of our favorite submitted family recipes and prepare a special international holiday cookbook with recipes and stories from around the globe.

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11    Nov 201411 comments

Legacy of War Heroes: Honoring our ancestors

Today we remember those heroes who fought for their countries and sacrificed their lives to save many.

Whether a fighter on the battlefield, or part of the home-front movement, these heroic men and women fought to protect their families, country and friends - their memories will always remain with us.

Many of us may have a personal link to Remembrance Day, or Veterans Day, by honoring our own ancestors who fought and lost their lives in battle.

Last week, we asked readers to share memories of the war heroes in your family, and received many emotional stories. Let’s remember and honor some of those heroes and preserve their memories: Continue reading "Legacy of War Heroes: Honoring our ancestors" »

2    Nov 20140 comments

Halloween Caption Contest: The Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our Halloween caption contest. We received so many funny captions, it was hard to pick just three winners!

Congratulations to our winners, who each win a free one-year data subscription to MyHeritage:

  • Lois: "This gives a new meaning to the last man standing!"
  • John: "Although the cat had shown initial interest, it had reached a point where Tom suspected Margaret wasn't interested in listening to the 4th concerto for French Horn once again."
  • Matt: "Looks like curiousity didn't kill the cat this time."

Here are some of our favorite runner ups:

  • Allison: "Music to my ears dear!"
  • Judy: "I'll be happy when they invent a digital camera. We won't have to wait so long for the flash to go off."
  • Sandra: "I have a song just for you. I can feel it in my bones."
  • Maria: "In one ear and out the other."
  • Joan: "Hear today, gone tomorrow."
  • Philip: "Will you stop blowing your own trumpet about how well you are doing on your new diet."

Thanks to all those who entered. We hope you had a spooky, fun-filled Halloween. How did you celebrate?

31    Oct 20142 comments

Happy Halloween: Spooky Collections, Online Graveyards and more

Ditch the flashlight this Halloween and take a trip through MyHeritage’s online graveyards.

We've found over 100,000 Freddy Kruegers, 6,000 Munster families and 5,000 Frankensteins in our vast database of over 5.5 billion historical records!

If that hasn’t spooked you enough, we found over 2 million death records from people around the world who died last year on Halloween. Continue reading "Happy Halloween: Spooky Collections, Online Graveyards and more" »

27    Oct 201442 comments

Halloween: Caption competition!

Halloween is just around the corner and we're getting ready for lots of fun-filled family activities including spooky stories, skeletons, scary costumes and more!

To celebrate, we're hosting a caption competition and giving away three free MyHeritage Data Subscriptions to help you uncover the spooky skeletons in your family's past.

All you need to do to enter is to come up with a creative and original caption for this spooky Halloween photo for your chance to win.

We'll choose three lucky winners to receive a one-year MyHeritage data subscription, providing them with full access to over 5.5 billion historical records. Continue reading "Halloween: Caption competition!" »

1    Sep 2014291 comments

Labor Day: 10 jobs that are obsolete

Did your great-grandfather cut ice for a living? Perhaps your grandmother was a switchboard operator and connected calls from house to house?

There are so many professions that our ancestors once followed that are now extinct today.

Here are 10 examples of professions that no longer exist:

1) A scissors-grinder was a street merchant that sharpened the blades of knives and scissors. He would call out in the streets or knock at the doors to try and get business. He worked the stone grinding wheel with his foot using a treadle.

A scissors-grinder in 1909. Credit: Maryland Historical Society Library.

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3    Jul 20140 comments

July 4th: BBQ nation!

July 4th is the most popular day for barbecuing in the US. As it's just around the corner, we're taking a look at this age-old tradition.

Here is a countdown of the top 10 facts that our researchers discovered about BBQ:

10. Prehistoric cavemen may have been the first barbecuers! Anthropologists say that roasting meat started 1.4 million years ago. Others argue that this method originated in the Caribbean, where native Indians used wood gratings to cook strips of meat over a slow fire. Continue reading "July 4th: BBQ nation!" »

26    Jun 20140 comments

#DadTaughtMe: Competition Winner

For Father's Day, we asked you to share what your father taught you by finishing the sentence “Dad taught me. ...”

We received some great responses demonstrating how your fathers have impacted your lives, whether it was advice, a loving saying or a life lesson.

Here are some favorites: Continue reading "#DadTaughtMe: Competition Winner" »

12    Jun 201415 comments

Father’s Day Competition: Dad taught me…

One of my first memories of my dad was his teaching me how to dance by standing on top of his feet. We twirled, jumped and burst into fits of laughter as we glided across the room. At my wedding many years later, the father-daughter dance brought back these great childhood memories.

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.
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10    Jun 201427 comments

The Father Behind Father’s Day

Father's Day is coming up at the end of the week. It's a special day when we honor our fathers and grandfathers and celebrate our paternal bonds.

The idea for Father's Day originated in the United States with Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington. She was inspired by Mother's Day, the special day to honor our mothers, and felt it would be right to create a day to honor fathers. She wanted to honor her own father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran. William had single-handedly raised his motherless children on an eastern Washington farm.

Sonora described her father as “both mother and father to us for 21 years.” He had five children with his first wife who died, six with his second wife who also died, and raised three stepchildren from his second wife's children from a previous marriage. He was a real family man! Continue reading "The Father Behind Father’s Day" »

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