25    Dec 20132 comments

Happy Holidays from MyHeritage

Today only, share this link with your family and friends and have them sign up for a free MyHeritage account to build a family tree and discover new relatives and ancestors (you can as well, if you don't have an account already): http://bit.ly/GZrCjp

Anyone that starts a free account today using this link will be entered into a draw to win one of the following ten prizes: Continue reading "Happy Holidays from MyHeritage" »

24    Dec 2013121 comments

Holiday Contests: Win a MyHeritage Premium account!

Yesterday we asked you to caption a photo for a chance to win a digital camera.

Today, we're continuing our week of holiday giveaways!

For a chance to win today's contest, guess the year that this Christmas photo was taken. We'll give the first 10 correct answers a free MyHeritage Premium account! Enter by December 27. Continue reading "Holiday Contests: Win a MyHeritage Premium account!" »

16    Dec 20131 comment

Family Christmas Traditions: Through the Years

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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" »

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" »

2    Jan 20121 comment

Happy holidays competition: See the winners!

The rules were simple: Send us a short video incorporating the MyHeritage logo and letting us know where you are.

For more on the contest announcement, see the blog post here. Congratulations to our four winners for your great videos.

We received videos showing lots of happy MyHeritage multigenerational families - and even a family pet! The team thanks to everyone that participating, for their time and creativity. We enjoyed viewing your entries and hope you had fun making the videos.

View the other three winning entries below.

Continue reading "Happy holidays competition: See the winners!" »

23    Dec 20110 comments

Warmth, Joy: Our family holiday traditions

Holiday scenes are engraved, from early childhood, in our memories and in our hearts. Each of us, regardless of what holiday we celebrate, carries these indelible memories.

Continue reading "Warmth, Joy: Our family holiday traditions" »

28    Nov 20111 comment

Best gift for the holidays: Family history

Thinking about a good gift for that special family member? Don’t wait too long as the holidays are just around the corner.

December is a month of wonderful worldwide holidays. Christians celebrate Christmas (December 25), Jews celebrate Chanukah (December 21), and there is also the African-American festival of Kwanzaa (December 26).

Although there are many gift options out there, family history can be an unforgettable present.

At MyHeritage, you can create – for free - your own family tree design and then order a professional print delivered directly to your home or  to a relative anywhere on the globe. Surprise them! To learn more about this service, click here Continue reading "Best gift for the holidays: Family history" »

17    Dec 20092 comments

What Makes a good Genealogy Christmas Gift?

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Genealogists aren't the easiest bunch to buy Christmas gifts for. If your friend's a film buff, a DVD collection will do nicely; if your partner likes looking good, some clothes or some jewellery might keep them happy. But what if they're a genealogist? For a group of people whose passions are the intangible wonder of tracing connections back to a distant past, it can be rather more difficult to package the perfect present in a box under the Christmas tree.

Fortunately, MyHeritage is on hand to help. We've had a quick brainstorm, and come up with a few gift ideas for the festive genealogist. Here they are:
Continue reading "What Makes a good Genealogy Christmas Gift?" »

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