10    Jul 20154 comments

Recreating Childhood Photos: 8 tips

Nothing brings back great memories than childhood photos. What better way to preserve those moments than by recreating some of them?

Recreating family photos doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s a great way to bring family together and reminisce about the past.

Image credit: Parentdish.ca

Here are some tips for recreating family photos: Continue reading "Recreating Childhood Photos: 8 tips" »

11    Feb 20150 comments

Time Capsules: Historical treasures

Historical treasures are  sometimes only discovered years after they have been stashed away or hidden. Once found, they may reveal a wealth of information.

This was the case when the oldest-known time capsule in the US was recently opened in Massachusetts. In 1795, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams buried it at the Massachusetts State House.

Boston Time Capsule Revealed. Image Credit: History.Com

During repairs to the building in 1855, the time capsule was removed and contents cleaned, but put back - with added objects - for almost 160 years. This time, historians went through the contents and saw history unfold. Inside, they discovered five folded newspapers, coins, a silver engraved plate, a Massachusetts Commonwealth seal and a title page from Massachusetts colony records.

Opening the time capsule provided a treasure trove of historical information and documents to learn about the past. It’s easy to create your own family time capsule, filled with memories and documents. to preserve for future generations to remember us. Continue reading "Time Capsules: Historical treasures" »

31    Jan 20151 comment

Our Stories: What’s in the box?

Duncan Barrett

London resident Duncan Barrett is a writer and editor, specializing in biography and memoir.

He grew up in London and studied English at Jesus College, Cambridge. He is the author or co-author of several Sunday Times top-10 bestsellers, such as “The Sugar Girls,” and “GI Brides.” His most recent book (August 2014) is “Men of Letters: The Post Office Heroes Who Fought the Great War.”

After his grandmother, Helen Hudson, died in 2006, Duncan’s mother Michèle received a box containing documents and artifacts relating to his family history.

I had been familiar with the box all my life, but it was only then that I began exploring its contents. As well as objects – and associated stories – that related to ancestors I had never known, there was all the research work that my grandmother and my aunt had done into the family history, putting together family trees and organizing the material in the box. Looking through it made me feel closer to the grandmother I had lost.

A lock of Gerald’s hair is preserved in a black brooch in the box

Growing up, Duncan never felt that interested in the lives of his ancestors who lived before he was born – they seemed very remote, anonymous faces in photo albums. But he was able to get to know them quite intimately as he read through the materials in box, particularly through the letters exchanged among the relatives. Continue reading "Our Stories: What’s in the box?" »

6    Nov 20146 comments

Remembrance Day: Honoring war heroes

In 1918, at the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice was declared between the Allies and Germany, marking the end to the “Great War.”

Benjamin Disraeli once said, “The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” Remembrance Day is just one way to honor the memory of our historic ancestors who fought for their lives in service.

Also known as Veteran's Day or Armistice Day, it is a day to commemorate those war heroes, share stories and and learn about the role they played during the war. Continue reading "Remembrance Day: Honoring war heroes" »

31    Jul 20141 comment

Australia Celebrates National Family History Month

August is National Family History Month in Australia, and we’re celebrating with giveaways, competitions, webinars and more!

The month is an initiative of AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations), and relevant family history events will take place during August.

At MyHeritage, we understand the importance of family and encouraging everyone to get involved and interested in their own family stories. Whether it’s learning about generations past, looking through old photos or searching historical records, it’s important to discover and preserve these family memories. Continue reading "Australia Celebrates National Family History Month" »

26    Nov 201324 comments

Thanksgiving: Holiday tips and competition!

On Thursday, Americans around the world will celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a holiday that we take seriously, and not only in the US.

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.

Here are some tips for working family history into your turkey festival this year. Continue reading "Thanksgiving: Holiday tips and competition!" »

28    Oct 20132 comments

Living together: Several generations under one roof

In the past, it was often common for several generations of a family to live together in one house.

For some it was a financial decision, while for others it was to enjoy the pleasure of having a large family together under one roof.

Today there are strong indications that multigenerational living is on the rise. According to a 2009 Pew Research Center study, 51.4 million Americans lived in a house with at least one other generation under the same roof.

A decline in employment and postponement in marriage has forced more adults to move back into their parent’s homes post-college. Known as “boomerangs,” 61 per cent of Americans aged 25 to 34 know of friends or family who have moved back with parents or relatives. Continue reading "Living together: Several generations under one roof" »

21    Feb 20134 comments

Childhood: Your first memory?

In my Florida childhood days

Recently someone asked about my first childhood memory. I began to think about some of my “first” moments. My first steps, the first taste of candy, or my first word.

But were these really my own memories or just stories about these events told to me by my parents?

We all have memories of growing up, but it's difficult to distinguish between those we really remember and those our families repeated throughout our childhoods.

Scientists believe that, from age 3, a child begins to retain images and events from his or her life. These often relate to our family - especially our parents - and animals.

One of my first memories was of water.

Continue reading "Childhood: Your first memory?" »

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