23    Dec 201380 comments

Holiday Contests: Win a digital camera!

To celebrate the holidays, we're having some great contests and giving away wonderful prizes for you and your family.

Every day until December 26, we'll hold a new contest to enter. Continue reading "Holiday Contests: Win a digital camera!" »

19    Dec 20132 comments

Family History at the Holidays: Get your family involved

This week our US Genealogy Advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti joined us for a webinar, Family History at the Holidays.

With the holidays fast approaching, Schelly gave us great ideas for getting family more involved in family history. Remember that these ideas are useful for all family gatherings during the year.

Didn't get a chance to join? Don't worry! Click on the video below to watch the full webinar.

Check our other webinars for genealogy hint and tips to help make family history research easier.

Don't forget to sign up for our next webinar - "Creative ways to showcase your family tree" - on February 18, 2014. After learning about your roots and discovering your past, there's nothing better than sharing your family history with others!

Join us for this new webinar on creative, fun ways to uniquely share your genealogy with your family.

Click here to register.
17    Dec 20131 comment

New Partnership: MyHeritage and ‘August: Osage County’ movie

We’re excited to tell you that we’ve partnered with American film studio, The Weinstein Company, for their new Facebook application, Discover Your Roots, created for the upcoming film "August: Osage County."

The movie, August: Osage County, starring a first-rate cast: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Dermot Mulroney, Margo Martindale, Juliette Lewis and others, will be released nationwide on January 10, 2014! The movie was adapted from the original script of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "August: Osage County," written by Tracy Letts. Continue reading "New Partnership: MyHeritage and ‘August: Osage County’ movie" »

16    Dec 20131 comment

Family Christmas Traditions: Through the Years

(Credit: Dwellingsbydevore)

Did you know that Christmas trees were originally hung upside down from ceilings in some countries? Or that up until 100 years ago, it was illegal to celebrate Christmas in parts of the United States?

Many Christmas traditions still common today date back thousands of years in some form or another. Some customs, such as the 12 days of Christmas, gift-giving, and caroling, have been traced back to as early as Mesopotamian times.

When did we start celebrating Christmas as we know it today?

In 1647, the English Parliament passed a law making it illegal to celebrate Christmas. The ban was lifted in 1660. During Queen Victoria's reign, Christmas was a time for gift giving, and became a special season for children. In Colonial America, Christmas was not celebrated as we know it today. Even in the US, it was illegal to celebrate Christmas until about 100 years ago.

As customs developed in different countries, we celebrate many of the same holiday traditions.

Where do some of our favorite Christmas traditions come from? Continue reading "Family Christmas Traditions: Through the Years" »

13    Dec 201321 comments

Surnames: Different countries, different traditions

Surnames or family names are the part of a person’s name that is passed down through families, or given according to law or custom. Many cultures have different customs for how names are passed from generation to generation.

Surnames originate from the relatively "recent" medieval custom of bynames, or names given to differentiate people.

Continue reading "Surnames: Different countries, different traditions" »

11    Dec 20135 comments

New: MyHeritage adds millions of Nordic records

We’re delighted to announce that you can now search millions of digitized Nordic records from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland from as early as the 1600s so you can discover your Nordic roots and learn more about how your ancestors lived.

Search now

The collections contain over 90 million names and include birth, death, marriage and baptism records, as well as census and many more records. This is in addition to 70 million profiles in 730,000 family trees already created by MyHeritage users with ancestors in this region. This is a treasure trove of records, not only for people living today in these countries but for all whose families originated in the region.

Continue reading "New: MyHeritage adds millions of Nordic records" »

8    Dec 20138 comments

Dear Santa: Then and now

"Dear Santa..."

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... Continue reading "Dear Santa: Then and now" »

5    Dec 20130 comments

Webinar: Family history and the holidays

The holidays are coming!

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.

Register for free

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Time: 2-3pm EST, 7-8pm GMT

2    Dec 201327 comments

Five skills: Our grandparents had them – we don’t

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.


Old letters sent to family and friends

Continue reading "Five skills: Our grandparents had them – we don’t" »

1    Dec 20132 comments

Thanksgiving Competition: And the winner is…

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. Continue reading "Thanksgiving Competition: And the winner is…" »

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