What was the most significant holiday gift you have ever received? Are there special family memories associated with it?
This is a guest post by Karen, MyHeritage's country manager for Germany.
Everyone knows that feeling of really wanting something with all your heart. For some, it may have been a first bike, a soccer ball, or maybe a special book. The gift that I dreamed of and wished for was a puppy. I remember the many months trying to convince my parents that I would be responsible and take care of a dog with love and affection. My parents kept trying to dissuade me of the idea. They told me the dog would mess up the house, eat our shoes, scratch the door, shed hair everywhere and that we would never again be able to take a vacation.
Looking deeper into your roots and learning more about your family's past can help strengthen family connections and uncover previously unknown relatives. Many of our users have shared what they've uncovered and learned about their families, using MyHeritage.
Take a look at our featured stories to see some incredible discoveries. Barbara followed a MyHeritage SmartMatch to uncover her mother’s side of the family and, as a result, received priceless family correspondence. Brian was able to use MyHeritage to trace his family tree back to 690 AD and he discovered that his ninth great-grandfather was, in fact, The Duke of Argyll!
Share your story for a chance to win one of three Kindles, and to have your story featured on our blog! To enter, send us an email with your story, to email@example.com by November 7.
We look forward to hearing about your discoveries!
There are times when it seems we are looking into a mirror when we look at an ancestor’s photo. Remember hearing from your family that you look like your grandfather?
Take two photos side-by-side. They were taken 60 years apart, one is in color the other an old black-and-white photo. Yet, the two photos are eerily similar as if it's the same person.
Do you have any photos that make you do a double take? We want to see the uncanny resemblances you and your ancestors have, and we're offering one lucky winner the chance to win a family photo shoot.
Send in your family photos, and details about who are in the photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 15, 2015 for a chance to win. We'll post our favorite photos on the blog.
Looking forward to see your photos.
Please note that entering this competition means you agree to the terms and conditions.
There are pearls of wisdom or sayings that you have heard all the time growing up. It is likely that you say the same things to your own children!
With Mother's Day just around the corner, we want to hear those special messages - and motherly advice - that have stuck with you over the years. Our mothers teach us many things, including life lessons, but often their funny sayings will always be remembered.
We're excited to be heading to “Who Do You Think You Are? Live” in Birmingham, UK, from April 16-18, and we're offering 8 lucky winners the chance to join us!
Want to win a free pair of tickets to WDYTYA?Live 2015? 8 lucky readers will have the chance to win free entry to the event and a genealogy session with our experts at our booth.
To enter, share with us the ancestor you'd most like to meet and why.
Send your entry by Tuesday, April 14 to email@example.com with your full name and postal address. The lucky winners will be chosen and notified by email.
We'll also be presenting many exciting talks and workshops, and will soon post what we have planned for the event.
Although Easter is celebrated around the world, traditions vary in each country and with each family. These include Easter egg hunts, family meals, religious festivities and more.
To get into the holiday spirit, we’re offering one lucky member the chance to win PremiumPlus and Data subscriptions for one year.
Just email a fun family photo from an Easter celebration or an Easter memory sharing your family traditions or memories to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 5.
We’ll choose our favorite to win and also share some of the other stories in our blog.
Looking forward to reading your memories!
In case you haven't heard about it, journalist and author AJ Jacobs is on a mission to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest family reunion.
AJ decided to embark on a family history journey. His quest is to see how everyone is related and, so far, he's made exciting discoveries of cousins and relatives from around the world.
To top it off, he's inviting the whole family to celebrate this summer at the largest family reunion - on June 6, 2015, in New York.
Family history is all about uncovering clues of your family's past and bringing people together who share a common heritage. The holiday season is the perfect time to get together with the family, preserve those moments and recount family memories.
Thank you to everyone who entered our Halloween caption contest. We received so many funny captions, it was hard to pick just three winners!
Congratulations to our winners, who each win a free one-year data subscription to MyHeritage:
- Lois: "This gives a new meaning to the last man standing!"
- John: "Although the cat had shown initial interest, it had reached a point where Tom suspected Margaret wasn't interested in listening to the 4th concerto for French Horn once again."
- Matt: "Looks like curiousity didn't kill the cat this time."
Here are some of our favorite runner ups:
- Allison: "Music to my ears dear!"
- Judy: "I'll be happy when they invent a digital camera. We won't have to wait so long for the flash to go off."
- Sandra: "I have a song just for you. I can feel it in my bones."
- Maria: "In one ear and out the other."
- Joan: "Hear today, gone tomorrow."
- Philip: "Will you stop blowing your own trumpet about how well you are doing on your new diet."
Thanks to all those who entered. We hope you had a spooky, fun-filled Halloween. How did you celebrate?
For Father's Day, we asked you to share what your father taught you by finishing the sentence “Dad taught me. ...”
We received some great responses demonstrating how your fathers have impacted your lives, whether it was advice, a loving saying or a life lesson.
One of my first memories of my dad was his teaching me how to dance by standing on top of his feet. We twirled, jumped and burst into fits of laughter as we glided across the room. At my wedding many years later, the father-daughter dance brought back these great childhood memories.