It was a family reunion unlike any other. When members of the Douse family met in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Canada) last month, one of the central events of the week-long event was excavating their ancestor's crypt. They gathered from all over the world, coming from Ohio, Michigan, and as far as Zimbabwe.
Their story was featured in the Toronto Star last week.
Their ancestor, William Douse, arrived at Prince Edward Island, from Wiltshire, England, in 1822. He was known for his strong wit and tenacity. He was a character, and became well-known on the island. He contributed to the early evolution of P.E.I., serving nearly three decades in the island Assembly, longer than any politician in history.
Long summer days are the perfect time for family gatherings and a great opportunity to ask questions of relatives to discover more about your family heritage.
Here are some hints and tips for furthering your family history research this summer:
1. Visit close family members. Encourage the younger generation to record relatives' stories and anecdotes to learn about earlier generations and preserve those memories for future generations.
2. Plan a vacation to meet distant family members. Come prepared with questions about their branch of the family and use the MyHeritage Mobile App to fill in gaps in your family tree and to add photos while you're on-the-go.
Not long after Athena Orchard, then 13, lost her short battle with cancer, her family uncovered a hidden message of over 3,000 words written on the back of her bedroom mirror. The Orchard family's story was featured in the Daily Mail.
“Happiness depends upon ourselves. Maybe it's not about the happy ending, maybe it's about the story.” she wrote. “The purpose of life is a life of purpose. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”
Spending time with family is vital for maintaining a happy family with strong relationships. The more time you spend together, the better chance you have of bonding over quality experiences.
Today we spotlight some families that got along well with each other, and also shared the same musical talents and worked together on a daily basis. These family bands toured and performed together over the years.
Here are some of our favorite sibling bands:
The Jackson siblings are possibly the best-known sibling act in history. Founded in 1964, the five brothers -Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael - began singing in talent shows before they entered the professional scene. The Jackson 5 showcased the then tiny Michael Jackson's talents as a solo artist.
Spending time with family helps strengthen our bonds with our relatives. We all have so many daily commitments that it is difficult to find ways to spend quality time with those we love. It is important to make the most of the time that we do have together.
Today is International Family Day, created 20 years ago by the United Nations. It recognizes that families are a vital institution, necessary for every society. The day stresses the importance of having healthy and happy relationships within your family.
Easter is just around the corner and - with this holiday - we welcome Spring and the rebirth of new life.
It’s a great time of year to celebrate your family lineage with the younger generations.
Try some of these do-it-yourself crafts to celebrate both the holiday and your heritage. They are sure to be fun for kids and adults alike:
- Create a family tree centerpiece out of eggs:
The MyHeritage team had an amazing time at the Who Do You Think You Are Live 2014 show in London this past week. We enjoyed meeting new friends at the event and catching up with members who dropped by our booth to say hello.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Today is a special day, filled with love and happiness. Millions of people around the world will send tokens of their appreciation to friends and family, and say "I love you" to their loved ones.
The best love stories are not ones from the movies or storybooks, but the ones that come from our own families. These stories stay with us as lasting memories and are passed down from generation to generation.
At MyHeritage, we know how important family and love are in our lives. Last week, we asked you to send in your family's love stories.