21    Dec 20121 comment

Poll: Favorite holiday family game?

For many of us, the holidays are about family time.

Presents, food, jokes, games, are all part of the traditional celebrations and experiences that we look forward to sharing with our families each and every year.

We want to know whether you have a special family game you play during the holidays. Let us know in the poll below.

(P.S.: Don't forget our holiday competition for your chance to win a digital camera!)


Happy Holidays!

12    Dec 20120 comments

Poll: Have you discovered a family secret?

George Bernard Shaw once said, "If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance."

Family secret - two words that together to form an explosive combination. Most families have them and  - when they are revealed - they either disrupt the family balance or, more positively, put years of misunderstanding to rest.

In today's poll, we're asking whether you've uncovered a family secret during your genealogy research.

Let us know in the poll below:

5    Dec 20121 comment

Poll: Largest number of grandchildren in your family tree?

At this time last year, a Canadian couple celebrated the birth of their 100th grandchild.

Grandparents Viktor and Aneta Urich have so many grandchildren that they find it difficult to remember all their names. Half of them have Canadian names, half have Russian names.

The couple has 16 children. The 100th grandchild was born to their eldest son Heinrich and his wife, Tatjana. Heinrich and Tatjana have nine children, the eldest is 12.

Is there someone in your family tree with a large number of grandchildren? What's the largest number of grandchildren you've found in your family history research?

Let us know in the poll below.


14    Nov 20123 comments

Poll: How old is your oldest living relative?

We've written about Besse Cooper, the oldest person alive in the US at 116, and tweeted about the worlds longest married couple (87 years) and shared their longevity secrets.

Now, we'd like to ask who is the oldest living relative in your tree?


Who's the oldest ancestor you've discovered? What were their longevity secrets? Let us know in the comments section below.

2    Nov 20120 comments

Poll: Ever forget a close relative’s birthday?

We all have many things on our plates and sometimes important dates and events just get lost in the commotion.

It's not that we're unaware of the birthday date, it's just that often we don't know what today's date is...

Forgetting a birthday is, in some families, a cardinal sin. That's why lots of people enjoy MyHeritage's birthday reminders via email as well as site notifications.

Has it ever happened to you? If so, how did you rectify it? Let us know in the poll and comments section below.


1    Oct 20126 comments

Poll: Larger families in days gone by?

In times gone by, were families so much bigger than today?

My grandmother was one of eight and my grandfather one of seven. Many of my ancestors also came from large families. I used to wonder whether people tended to have bigger families.

According to UK statistics, the 1900 birth rate was 3.5 children per family;  by the end of the century (1997), the rate fell to 1.7 children.

Why do you think people had larger families back then?

What about your family? How many siblings did your grandparents have?

Let us know in the poll below.


21    Sep 20123 comments

Poll: Do you have family heirlooms?

Many families treasure one or more family heirlooms passed down through the generations from their ancestors.

Whether these cherished items are personal objects, letters or photos,  they hold great sentimental value and help preserve memories of previous generations.

In my family, we're fortunate to have artifacts and original documents from the older generations. We also love looking through the old family photo albums; it's interesting seeing the relatives, how they dressed and where they lived.

What about your family? Do you have family heirlooms?

Let us know in the poll below.


4    Sep 20123 comments

Poll: Did you go on a ‘genea-journey’ this summer?

Our very own US genealogy adviser, Schelly Talalay Dardashti, coined a wonderful term: genea-journey.

What is a genea-journey?

A genea-journey could describe a journey to research your family history and discover new relatives and information about them, or it could be an actual physical trip to the places your ancestors lived.

Whether it is a journey confined to books, archives, online websites or family interviews, or a journey "home," the goal is the same: Learning more about your family.

The summer months are prime time for pursuing such hobbies, or going on vacations. Have you taken a genea-journey this summer? Or, are you now planning one for the future? Where has your genea-journey taken you in the past?

Let us know by answering the poll below.


24    Aug 20123 comments

Poll: Does luck – good or bad – run in your family?

Can luck, or good fortune, be inherited?

Earlier this year we wrote about a lucky lottery story, from 2011, that focused on the McCauley family. Kimberly was delighted when she won $100,000 in North Carolina in a new scratcher game because she'd never imagined ever winning a prize.

She'd always assumed the odds were against her, as her mother had already won big prizes in two other lotteries!

Then there are those of us who have the opposite, tragic experiences that plague our families.

To return to our opening question, do you think luck - good or bad - runs in your family?

Share your answer in the poll below, and leave examples in the comments section.


10    Aug 20121 comment

Poll: Is your family superstitious?

Never walk under a ladder or open an umbrella indoors. A broken mirror brings seven years of bad luck.

These are just some popular supersititions shared in many of our families.

What is a superstition?

The Wikipedia definition for Superstition is "a belief in supernatural causality: that one event leads to the cause of another without any physical process linking the two events".

The examples above are common superstitions. But we want to know whether superstition runs in your family?

Are you superstitious? Were yourancestors?

Let us know in the poll below.


If the answer is yes, share your family's superstition in the comments below.

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