16    Nov 20142 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" »

14    Nov 20140 comments

MyHeritage strengthens position in the Netherlands with two strategic partnerships

We are pleased to announce two strategic partnerships with Dutch genealogy services, Aldfaer and Coret Genealogy. These partnerships will help advance family history research for anyone with Dutch ancestry and relatives.

Aldfaer, founded in 1998, is a popular free genealogy program produced by the Aldfaer Foundation. As part of the agreement, MyHeritage will support the Aldfaer Foundation to allow its continued operation. Aldfaer users will have access to MyHeritage's unique matching technologies, Smart Matching and Record Matching, receiving automatic discoveries from SuperSearch, MyHeritage's database containing 5.6 billion historical records. Continue reading "MyHeritage strengthens position in the Netherlands with two strategic partnerships" »

13    Nov 20143 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.

Continue reading "Holiday Cookbook Contest: Send us your recipes!" »

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" »

9    Nov 20142 comments

Webinar: Discover your military ancestors

Do you have ancestors who fought and died in service? Would you like to learn more about their military history?

In honor of Remembrance Day and Veterans Day on November 11, we’re offering a special free webinar about digging deeper into military records to uncover the stories of your ancestors' pasts.

Continue reading "Webinar: Discover your military ancestors" »

6    Nov 20146 comments

Remembrance Day: Honoring war heroes

In 1918, at the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice was declared between the Allies and Germany, marking the end to the “Great War.”

Benjamin Disraeli once said, “The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” Remembrance Day is just one way to honor the memory of our historic ancestors who fought for their lives in service.

Also known as Veteran's Day or Armistice Day, it is a day to commemorate those war heroes, share stories and and learn about the role they played during the war. Continue reading "Remembrance Day: Honoring war heroes" »

30    Oct 201411 comments

Baby Names: Rules around the world

Did you know that the name Harriet is banned in Iceland or, that in Denmark and Hungary, parents have to choose from a pre-approved list of childrens' names? In the past, we have written about baby names banned in New Zealand.

Around the world there are rules and customs for allowed names for children.

Here are some of the most interesting baby-naming laws from 10 countries: Continue reading "Baby Names: Rules around the world" »

23    Oct 20147 comments

Millions of historical records added to MyHeritage!

We're happy to announce that we've just added millions of new records to SuperSearch.

The new collections include birth and death records, church records, electoral rolls and more from around the globe to help families everywhere explore their past.

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The new records come from the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, Germany, Russia and other countries to help discover more about your ancestors from around the globe.

The collections include: Continue reading "Millions of historical records added to MyHeritage!" »

18    Oct 201410 comments

Our Stories: Reunite family, create stronger bonds

MyHeritage member Dayne Skolmen, 24, of South Africa, has been working on his family history since he was 14, when a family tree school assignment caught his interest. His ancestors come from Norway, Germany and the Netherlands.

Dayne's ancestor, Kristian Skolmen, working on one of his Norwegian landscape paintings

Dayne lives in Port Elizabeth, and is currently completing his Master of Technology (MTech) in Information Technology Research at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

His grandfather, Thorbjorn Christian Synnestvedt Skolmen, died at 81 when Dayne was only 3.

I was the last grandchild born and the youngest of my generation. Therefore I had the least knowledge about the family and grew up not knowing much of my heritage or surname origins. Continue reading "Our Stories: Reunite family, create stronger bonds" »

2    Oct 20148 comments

Surname Secrets: What’s in a name?

A surname passes through many generations connecting family members with that common surname. Many people are also named after deceased relatives to honor those who came before.

Surnames first appeared in the Middle Ages as a way to record and document people and for tax purposes. Details included given names, nicknames, parents’ names, occupation and residence. This personal information later became an important part of the history of surnames.

Women brewsters in the early 1900s in Seattle. Image credit: THE SEATTLE TIMES ARCHIVE

We recently wrote about jobs that no longer exist, and it was common for our ancestors to have surnames based on their occupation such as Cook, Carpenter or Smith. By looking at their surnames, it often leads us to learn more about our relatives’ lives. Yet there are many occupational surnames with hidden meanings. Here are a few of our favorites: Continue reading "Surname Secrets: What’s in a name?" »

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