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.
If you’re a Waldo, Zelma or Sherwood, you have a name that’s one in a million! In 2013, only five or fewer babies were given these names in the US. Even the name Gary is becoming more rare, with only 28 in England and Wales, and 442 in the US in 2013.
As British Prime Minister David Cameron begins his re-election campaign, he's made an interesting revelation about his family history.
In a video interview with Heat, he's confirmed that he and Kim Kardashian, are 13th cousins!
This relationship was originally reported in two articles in the Daily Mail, following research by AJ Jacobs who's been using The World Family Tree on Geni.com (owned and operated by MyHeritage) for his Global Family Reunion project.
AJ will be hosting the world's largest family reunion in New York City on June 6th, 2015.
We’re excited to announce that the MyHeritage mobile app is a featured app on Google Play!
Every week, Google selects a handful of the best new or updated Android applications and features them on Google Play. We're honored that the MyHeritage mobile app for Android was chosen to be featured among the best apps in more than 30 countries this month.
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 email@example.com 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!
In honor of his memory, courtesy of Geni.com, we found out that Leonard and his co-star William Shatner are actually related!
Leonard Nimoy is William Shatner's second cousin once removed's wife's first cousin once removed's husband's great niece's husband's fourth cousin's ex-husband.
The Global Family Reunion is only a few months away and tickets are available now!
If you haven't yet heard, best-selling author A.J. Jacobs is planning the world’s largest family reunion this summer and all 7 billion of his cousins are invited.
What? The largest family reunion that will make history
When? June 6, 2015
Where? New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York
Watch the video below for more information on the Global Family Reunion and how to get involved:
All event proceeds will go toward Alzheimer’s research and education. Learn more about how to purchase tickets, donate or join the Global Family Tree at the Global Family Reunion Festival Page.
Hope to see you all there!
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.
Building a family tree is an activity which the whole family can enjoy together.
Children can ask questions to learn about their heritage, relatives can share stories and photos, while everyone can collaborate in adding information to the family tree.
With smartphones, it’s even easier to work on your family history anywhere. The MyHeritage mobile app allows you to edit, share and search for records on-the-go. It’s a great tool for adding new details to your tree whenever you are visiting family.
Using Family Tree Builder or an online family site, family members can edit information and be part of building their family tree. Those who assist in this way are called site managers. You can always add more site managers to help manage your tree and share in building your family's heritage.
Some people choose to work on their family tree alone, but this doesn’t mean you can’t share your hard work with the rest of the family! Easily invite all your relatives to become members of your family site on MyHeritage and share family memories, photos and ancestors’ stories.
Which family members are involved in building your family tree? Do you choose to work on your tree alone? Let us know in the poll below.