As Christmas nears, millions of children around the world are using these two words to begin their letters to Santa , with the hope he will bring what they want.
These letters are often sent by obliging parents to Santa's home at the North Pole. However, back in time, it was popular to send "Dear Santa" letters to a local newspaper, which published them.
Our newspaper collection includes over 120 million pages dating back to 1609, and a quick search using the keywords "Dear Santa" brings really interesting results...
Looking for ways to get your family members - both young and old - more involved in your genealogy research?
Join Schelly Talalay Dardashti, MyHeritage US Genealogy Advisor, for a webinar on ways to inspire your family, spark their interest in genealogy, and how to encourage them to contribute to your MyHeritage family site.
Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Time: 2-3pm EST, 7-8pm GMT
Have you thought about the skills your grandparents had, but that are no longer common today? Here are the top five skills:
1. The ability to write long, handwritten letters:
Do you still write letters by hand and send them by mail? Nowadays, most of us write emails and text messages, but not long, handwritten letters.
Last week, we asked you to share your favorite Thanksgiving memories with us.
We received many touching stories about how you remember celebrating Thanksgiving in the past.
Congratulations to Randy De La O, winner of a new Kindle!
We loved what you wrote about your favorite Thanksgiving memory :
Years ago, sometime in the mid-late 1960s. My mother came home from grocery shopping. She had bought all the food needed for our Thanksgiving dinner which would be coming up in a few days. She mentioned to my father that she had bought a turkey, but it was too big for her to carry. It was paid for and they were holding it for her. It just needed to be picked up. My father agreed to go and off he went to pick up the turkey.
He pulled up into the Von’s Market, in Pico Rivera, on the corner of Passons Blvd. and Washington Blvd. (in Los Angeles, California) went back to the meat section and told the guy that he was here to pick up the turkey that his wife had bought.
American ex-pats will celebrate wherever they live. In some countries, it's hard to find the necessary foods, such as cranberry sauce, and even whole turkeys. But no matter where we live, we try our best to reproduce the menu and good feelings of this favorite holiday.
It is a family holiday and we like to involve family members who attend. It's a time when we create special family memories.
We invite you to share your favorite family Thanksgiving memories for the chance to win a Kindle for the holidays. Simply leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post, for a chance to enter. We will choose one winner, and in honor of thanksgiving, we'll post a selection of our favorite entries. The winning story will be announced on Sunday, December 1.
Ever faced an obstacle in your family research as you look for an ancestors’ name?
When viewing census records, for example, it’s not uncommon to find a relative listed with their formal birth name in one record, and then listed under a nickname in another.
Nicknames are usually familiar or humorous and used as an appropriate replacement or addition to a given name. They can be a form of endearment, refer to a personal character trait or just be a shortened version.
When you stumble upon these new listings, you might think your family research has hit a brick wall. Searching for records can be difficult if you don’t have all the information, but don’t despair, here are some tips below to help in your family history research.
Where were you when you heard about John F. Kennedy’s assassination?
It shocked the world and shook the very foundations of our liberty and freedom. Today marks 50 years since that devastating day, November 22, 1963, when President Kennedy was assassinated.
John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States, the youngest president elected. He was a man that the country identified with. He sent the first man to the moon.
This week our three genealogy experts, Laurence Harris, Schelly Talalay Dardashti, and Daniel Horowitz joined us as panelists for our webinar, Family History Q&A.
We assisted many users with their genealogy "brick walls," and provided numerous hints and tips for furthering genealogy research.
Didn't get a chance to join? Don't worry! Click on the video below to watch the full webinar.
Don’t forget to check our other webinars for even more genealogy tips to help make family history research easier.
Have more tips to advance genealogy research? Let us know in the comments below!
Do you know about the statistics section on our family sites? It is full of interesting tidbits about your family tree, offering such details as average life expectancy or number of children per family. We analyze all the data in your family tree to produce 45 enlightening statistics.
I learned some very interesting things about my family from this section. For example, I learned that the most common first names in my tree are David and Sara. I would probably not have noticed that the oldest person in my family was my great aunt, who lived to be 107!
Here is a map showing all places of birth of the people in my family tree:
Today we've extended the popular record extraction feature that lets you extract information from a historical record directly to a relevant family tree profile, to now extract to multiple profiles. Thus, when you've found a record with information on several relatives, you can easily extract the information into all relevant family tree profiles.