Throughout October, we celebrated Family History Month, and brought you exciting competitions, webinars and tips to enhance your family history research.
We wrapped up our competitions last week by asking you to tell us about your family history finds to win a free PremiumPlus and data subscription.
We want to thank everyone who submitted meaningful stories and anecdotes about their precious family heirlooms.
Congratulations to our winner, Liz Zito, who wrote the following:
My Dad died when I was four, in 1965. In recent years I have become obsessed with trying to find out more about his life, his family in Italy and his loves. The youngest of nine, many of my siblings had told me that he loved to play the round-backed mandolin that had been passed down to my brother. I had seen it once but have no memories of my father playing it, holding it. In April last year, I asked my brother if I could visit and take photos of it and when I arrived, he handed it to me telling me I could keep it. I was so grateful. I've since found out that my father had sponsored an Italian friend to come to Australia from Italy and this gent had brought the mandolin for my father as a thank you gift. My plan is to get it restrung and to learn to play one of the songs he used to play on it. When I hold it now I wonder how it looked in his arms...whether he strummed it hard or plucked it gently and if it looked tiny against his hands. I often embrace it, closing my eyes and try to feel my father's presence. It's precious to me and the only thing of my father's that I have.
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.
Most genealogists have received help during their genea-journeys.
Perhaps that help came from a family member, another researcher of the same name or place, an archivist or a librarian with a family history interest. No matter the source, it is always good to receive assistance.
Family History Month is celebrated during October and, although it has just ended officially, here are some thoughts on how genealogists can provide help to others all year long.
As researchers, I believe we also have an obligation to pass that help along. Can we assist a genealogy society member with a sticky problem to which we may have a solution? Have we helped a young member of our family with a school project? Have we made an effort to appreciate those who have assisted us?
I was quite busy during October. My genealogy activities included writing posts for our MyHeritage Blog, genealogy society meetings, answering emailed questions about my areas of expertise (Spain and Belarus), and assisting others hoping for answers to questions about international archives and locating researchers to find records.
However, my most rewarding time last month was volunteering at a local rehabilitation center/nursing home.