2015 is here! Have you thought about what you'd like to accomplish this year in your family history research?
The New Year is almost here and it’s time to look back at the exciting year we’ve had at MyHeritage.
2014 has been filled with new features, the addition of billions of historical records and new ways to make discovering your family history even easier.
Family history is all about discovery and bringing people together. In 2014, we joined with AJ Jacobs on his quest to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest family reunion in history. Using MyHeritage and Geni, AJ has already made some incredible personal discoveries and will be writing a book about his genealogical journey. The mega-event will take place on June 6, 2015 and everyone’s invited to join.
MyHeritage's groundbreaking technologies make it easier to help users discover their family history. In January, we added a feature to search historical records by location, making it quicker to browse through billions of historical records on SuperSearch. Once you find an historical record, now you can add new profiles to your family tree directly from that record. For example, if you find a census record of a great-grandmother and also discover a sister previously unknown, add the sister directly to your family tree from the record itself.
In case you haven't heard about it, journalist and author AJ Jacobs is on a mission to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest family reunion.
AJ decided to embark on a family history journey. His quest is to see how everyone is related and, so far, he's made exciting discoveries of cousins and relatives from around the world.
To top it off, he's inviting the whole family to celebrate this summer at the largest family reunion - on June 6, 2015, in New York.
Family history is all about uncovering clues of your family's past and bringing people together who share a common heritage. The holiday season is the perfect time to get together with the family, preserve those moments and recount family memories.
As we get more involved in our family history research, we acquire more and more information, papers, notes and photos that clutter up our homes.
To avoid losing these valuable pieces of family history, it’s important to find ways to organize and keep track of your family history research discoveries.
Last year, we wrote about many Christmas traditions still common today, and the history behind them.
This year, as the holidays approach, we had our researchers look into interesting Christmas facts we never knew, and we're sure you didn't, either!
Check them out:
- If you received all the gifts from the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” you would have 364 presents, and according to a group that prices the gifts each year, the total price tag would be $116,273.
We're happy to announce that MyHeritage is adding millions of Danish historical records to SuperSearch, with some collections dating as far back as the 1600s.
MyHeritage has entered into an agreement with the Danish National Archives to index Census and Parish records from 1646 to 1930, content that was not previously digitized. This partnership will provide access to significant sources of family history information in Denmark and enable MyHeritage users to learn more about their Danish ancestors and the lives they led. The collections follow fascinating periods throughout history such as the Napoleonic wars, liberalism and nationalism of the 1800s, the Schleswig Wars and industrialization.
The records will also illuminate the lives and times of noted Danish historical figures such as Kierkegaard and Niels Bohr. Celebrity fans will be able to look into the family history of Danish Americans such as Scarlett Johansson and Viggo Mortensen for clues on their success. Many of the records will be made available on MyHeritage as early as April 2015 and the rest will be added during the year.
The holiday season is upon us, and that means lots of food, fun and family!
Just in time for the holidays, we’ve got a great gift to share - our First Holiday Cookbook
Every family has traditions passed down through generations. Some relate to holiday food traditions and using ancestors’ recipes, while others are more unique such as the tradition of all women in a family wearing the same wedding dress or veil.
Whether it’s every day, every year or for a specific event or milestone, family traditions create lasting memories and strengthen family bonds. It’s always nice to have memories of recurring childhood activities with the family, and it becomes even more special if you carry those traditions forward for your own family.
Last week, a friend told me she was celebrating her daughter’s half-birthday. Growing up, her whole family celebrated half-birthdays. Her parents would even make half of a birthday cake! It was nice to see that, years later, she was continuing this same tradition for her own daughter.
Storytelling is a great way to create a stronger family bond, share family moments and have our children and grandchildren feel part of a grander history. Children love listening to stories and looking at old photographs. Seeing a family tree filled with images of people they may or may not know will peak their curiousity to ask many questions and learn about their heritage.
This Christmas marks 100 years since the famous Christmas truce of WWI, in 1914.
During a stormy winter of fighting between the two sides, a widespread but unofficial truce emerged in the week leading up to - and on - the holiday. German and British soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and to sing songs between their trenches. There were even occasions where soldiers walked over to opposing sides to talk to their counterparts and exchange gifts.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the soldiers put aside their differences for a few hours. Many of them - from both sides - ventured into "no man's land," where they met and exchanged food and souvenirs, and sang carols together.
It is said that at the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines calling out "Merry Christmas." The Allied soldiers were wary at first, thinking it might be a trick, but when they saw the Germans approach them unarmed, they climbed out of their trenches as well, and shook hands with the enemy.