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.
MyHeritage is dedicated to helping families around the world discover their histories. This is made possible by a team of engaged volunteers who help translate our tools and features into 40 languages.
We will be sharing some of their own stories and family discoveries so you can get to know these amazing people who make MyHeritage tools and features available in your native languages.
In the first of a series of posts on our volunteers, we'd like to introduce one of our Spanish-speaking volunteers, Antonio Perez.
How much do you know about the women who made you who are today?
Today is International Women’s Day - celebrating all women, past and present, for their economic, social and political achievements.
We all have heroines in our own family. They are our mothers, grandmothers, aunts and cousins. They are the women who survived all life's challenges against all odds to provide for the family or the role models who showed us that family and hard work go hand in hand.
My paternal great-grandmother’s line has a long history as founders of the town where she was born. Her parents were born there, my grandmother was born there, and my father grew up in the same place, before emigrating to the U.S.
My grandmother, who still lives there, lives minutes away from the house where she grew up. Each time we visit her, it’s like going back in time to see the places where she spent her childhood as we relive my ancestors’ history.
Weddings are only one part of our family's love stories. There are the stories of how people met, and the stories behind these relationships connect us to our family and their lives (and loves).
Christina Mellgren from Sweden shared the heartwarming story of her aunt Sigrid and uncle Malcolm, who finally got together after meeting 30 years previously. It is a truly inspiring love story of how love endures.
We’re happy to announce millions of historical records have been added to SuperSearch. The new collections include military records, birth records and prison registrars.
The new records come from the United States and Scotland and help families uncover the stories of the lives their ancestors led.
It's always exciting when we find heirlooms or photos providing more detail into the lives of our ancestors, but this can also happen to historical events.
After some 70 years, 31 rolls of film taken by an American soldier during WWII were found. Last year, the photos were developed as part of a project entitled The Rescued Film Project.
This was the first time the public had access to this incredible historical material depicting the lives of soldiers during the war, as they offer a glimpse into our ancestors' past.
Watch the video below to learn more about the project and the photos.
Have you found any previously unknown photos revealing more detail about your ancestors' lives? Let us know in the comments below.
The best love stories are not those from films or storybooks, but those from our own families. These stories stay with us as lasting memories and are passed down through the generations.