What does it feel like to have someone look like you? If one gets hurt, does the other feel it? Do twins share their own language?
When I was younger and met a set of twins, I often thought about those things.
Biologically, of course, twins share a uterus in pregnancy, and share an egg (if identical) or are two separate eggs (if fraternal or non-identical). Brazil has the highest rate of twins worldwide.
My family contains many sets of twins, and although only 2% of pregnancies result in twins, it's not out of the realm of possibility that I could have twins, or my children could.
There were several sets of twins at my school, and MyHeritage also has twin brothers working here together (see photo above).
We've all heard stories of how twins can take advantage of their looks, either by taking exams or driving tests for each other or tricking their girlfriend or boyfriend. But I wonder what it must be like growing up as a twin.
We're delighted to welcome Karen Hägele to our German team. She replaces Silvia da Silva, who recently went on maternity leave. We wish Silvia much health and happiness and look forward to her return next year. Karen now shares her family story, to which many of us can relate.
Back to my roots: from Brazil to Germany
As a small child, I remember using certain words that my friends didn’t know. For example I called my grandmother Oma and my grandfather Opa. I could count from eins to zehn and my favorite nursery rhyme was Backe, backe Kuchen. At night, I wished my parents Gute Nacht, and at Christmas we ate Stollen (a kind of fruit cake), baked, of course, by my grandmother.
We were the only ones in our neighborhood to have a real Christmas tree with real candles instead of "blinking stuff," as my Granddaddy used to say.
All of that would have been quite normal had I not been born in Brazil.
This is a rough translation of 'MyHeritage no XXV Simpósio de História do Vale do Paraíba' written and attended by our Brazilian country manager, Walter.
We recently attended the XXV Symposium on the History of Paraíba Valley, São Paulo, Brazil.
The focus of the conference was the importance of archives for research and teaching from a twenty-first century perspective. Topics included genealogy, technology and research in the area of communications in the Valley of Paraíba, the eastern part of the state of São Paulo, located between Rio De Janeiro and São Paulo.