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.
Thank you to everyone who entered our competition to share their stories.
We received so many amazing entries - tales of intrigue, mystery and discovery - with exciting twists and turns.
In genealogy, discoveries are not an end, but rather a beginning. Each door opened may lead to many more discoveries over time.
We hope to showcase the stories individually, although we are sharing excerpts from the winners below:
Eggs are one of the most recognized symbols of Easter. Since ancient times, rabbits and eggs have been associated with rebirth and new life. In Germany, children would make nests for the egg-laying hare, Osterhase, to lay her eggs in.
In America, German immigrants brought their Osterhase tradition to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. The beloved Easter egg hunt tradition began soon after, and it spread throughout the country. Baskets replaced nests and the game evolved into a treasure hunt. Prizes included chocolate, candy, toys and coins.
American ex-pats will celebrate wherever they live. In some countries, it's hard to find the necessary foods, such as cranberry sauce, and even whole turkeys. But no matter where we live, we try our best to reproduce the menu and good feelings of this favorite holiday.
It is a family holiday and we like to involve family members who attend. It's a time when we create special family memories.
We invite you to share your favorite family Thanksgiving memories for the chance to win a Kindle for the holidays. Simply leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post, for a chance to enter. We will choose one winner, and in honor of thanksgiving, we'll post a selection of our favorite entries. The winning story will be announced on Sunday, December 1.
Congratulations to Sharon Black, winner of last week’s competition, who won a free data subscription for her and for her friend who helps with her research.
Today is our last competition in honor of Family History Month and we want to hear about your family history finds.
We all keep vintage treasures which carry exciting stories about our pasts. Regardless of whether it is a photo, a piece of jewelry, a family document or historical record, our family heirlooms are keys to our family history.
What are the most precious family heirlooms in your family? Do you have your grandmother’s antique hairbrush? How about a silly family photo?
Comment below - by October 31, 2013 - with the most unique heirloom you have, and we’ll choose one winner to receive a a free PremiumPlus and data subscription.
Remember, we’re looking for the most interesting, creative and original heirlooms.
We received many entries for last week’s Family History Month competition. Thank you to everyone that entered.
Congratulations to Sallie Shelton, winner of a PremiumPlus Family Site Subscription for her family site.
We loved what you wrote about the ancestor you'd like to meet:
My father's great grandfather, Francis Asbury Hammond. His life would make a blockbuster movie! Joined a whaling ship at a young age and during a storm a barrel rolled over him breaking his leg. The captain dumped him off on the "Sandwich Islands" to die. The natives nursed him back to health. His life includes multiple ocean voyages back and forth from America to the Sandwich Islands. He was in the CA gold rush, helped the Mormon Battalion build a road from from CA to UT, had many continuing adventures. Sadly, he died in Mancos, CO where he was drug to death by a horse leaving a large family. He was honored among many people as having ultimate honesty and integrity. He lead a life of service to others. Of course I would love to meet him, although I would be a little intimidated by this amazing man. I am honored to be his ancestor!
This week, we're holding another Family History Month competition to win a one-year free Data subscription to SuperSearch, our online search engine of billions of historical records.