MyHeritage member Dayne Skolmen, 24, of South Africa, has been working on his family history since he was 14, when a family tree school assignment caught his interest. His ancestors come from Norway, Germany and the Netherlands.
Dayne lives in Port Elizabeth, and is currently completing his Master of Technology (MTech) in Information Technology Research at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
His grandfather, Thorbjorn Christian Synnestvedt Skolmen, died at 81 when Dayne was only 3.
Journals and diaries are where we write our memories, secrets and daily thoughts. As such, when we find an ancestor’s journal, it can provide a wealth of rich information about his or her personal life and is a great source for discovering even more.
I recently stumbled upon my great-grandmother’s journal while helping my grandmother organize her house. It was incredible to see how intact the journal was despite many years of being stored in a box filled with other family treasures such as photos and documents.
How much do you know about the lives that your ancestors lived?
Many of us know their names and, if we are lucky, we have dates, professions and stories about our distant ancestors. However, many questions still remain. There are some essential day-to-day activities of our ancestors that we may know little or nothing about.
Some say that the eyes are a mirror into soul, but many experts will argue that it's the feet that can tell you much about a person.
While family trees and historical records are the more common tools leading to family history discoveries, our own bodies can teach us about our family heritage.
Reflexologists often claim that they are able to interpret a lot about a person's personality just from their feet. In Imre Somogyi's book, "The Language of the Feet," he writes how ancestry can be determined just by the shape of our feet.
Other people have turned to interpreting their heritage through zodiac signs, and even palm reading, to provide clues about their past and future.
Have you found any unique ways to learn more about your heritage? Does the above picture reflect your ancestry? Let us know in the comments below.
At MyHeritage, we understand the importance of preserving your family history and documenting our family history discoveries.
We’re always eager to add new details, and sometimes forget to to look back at our previous entries and fill in the missing pieces of our research.
Here are a few tips to help “trim” and edit your family tree to make sure it’s up-to-date with the latest family information.
1. Merge Duplicates
Over time it’s possible that a person may be listed more than once in a family tree. With the Check for Duplicates feature in Family Tree Builder, it’s easy to run a duplicate check on your family tree. To use this feature, go to Tools and Check for Duplicates. You can then merge and edit those duplicates accordingly.
Raymond (Ray) Malenfant always thought of looking into his family history, but it remained at the back of his mind until after his mother died.
We know all too well stories of family history research that begin only after a death in the family - too late to ask questions. Although it makes research more difficult, it is a great motivator to delve into family history.
Ray, 66, is now a retired civil engineer. After receiving his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts, 1971), he moved to Dover, Delaware with his wife Ellen and their son, then 2. He now lives in Marydel, Delaware - retired since 2008. He has two sons, Mark, 45, and Jon, 42.
After trying to start a home inspection business in a slow real estate market, he discovered genealogy, and hasn't looked back since!
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.
Ever wanted to know more about where your ancestors came from and the generations of people who made who you are today? With the MyHeritage mobile app you can share family moments, discover and edit your family history and keep in touch with the people you love, anywhere and anytime.
Last week, we held a webinar on how to use the MyHeritage Mobile App. We reviewed how to edit family trees, easily add people, events and relationships, capture and share family photos, and search through billions of global historical records.
Don’t worry if you happened to miss out! Click the video below to watch the full webinar.
Want more genealogy tips? Check our other webinars for more ways to help make your family history research easier.
Start your journey of discovery today, and let us know what you find out!
Taking place at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, this exciting one-day workshop is a great way to learn how to make the most of your family history research.
Growing up in my house, we used a very old pop-up toaster to make our morning toast. When I say old, I mean very, very old. It was no longer shiny, but the metal and strong base shouted durability.
As a young child, I actually thought it was from ancient times. It turns out, it wasn't really medieval, but rather a present that my grandparents had received as a newly married couple in the 1950s.