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.
October marks Family History Month - an excellent time for you and your family to learn about your family heritage. We’ll be celebrating throughout this month with exciting competitions, webinars and tips to enhance your family history research.
See this week's contest and read about our other activities.
Congratulations to James Colina, winner of last week’s competition for the photo with the largest number of family members. This week, we're holding another photo competition, and asking you to send in your fun family photos. Read more below.
Over 220 family members were photographed in the winning entry taken at a family reunion organized by James in August 2011. He won a photo consultation with Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, to learn more about his old family photos. Watch the consultation here.
Thanks to those who submitted their largest family photos. It was lovely to receive so many images from family reunions, gatherings, weddings and other celebrations, both old and new. View all the entries on our Pinterest board here.
The competition continues:
Last week we asked you to send in your oldest family photos as part of a weekly competition to win a free photo consultation with Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective. This week, we would like to see your photos with the largest number of family members.
We also want to thank everyone who submitted beautiful images showcasing their family history. We received hundreds of photos from around the world, dating back to the 1850s!
Congratulations to Janice Moerschel who sent in this photo of her relative Eunice Baldwin Whedon from Branford, New Haven, Connecticut. You can see her photo consultation with Maureen Taylor here.
It was difficult to choose a winner from the photos submitted. View all the entries on our Pinterest board here.
Want to know more about that old family photograph? Unsure who those people are next to your grandparents?
In honor of our global “Treasure Family Photos” initiative, we're excited to offer weekly competitions to help discover the history behind your old photos.
Each week, one lucky winner will have the chance to join Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective and world-class expert in photo analysis, for a free photo consultation session.
The winner will be able to show Maureen their photos and learn more about them. A photo curator, genealogist and preservation expert, she’ll help you uncover the history behind your pictures and discover more about your ancestors.
We’re delighted to announce the launch of our global “Treasure Family Photos” initiative to help you uncover new information about your family history through photos and preserve them online.
August marks the start of our ongoing campaign, which will offer exciting activities and competitions. Read on for details.