3    Apr 20130 comments

Monumental milestones: Remember important moments

We recently experienced a milestone on the MyHeritage Facebook page, and reached over 100,000 fans.

Thank you to all our readers and users for their support. This event  got me thinking about monumental milestones, which come in various forms.

These can be an action or event marking a significant change such our first steps, our first memory and the first words we spoke.

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15    Mar 20130 comments

Photos: Family images then and now

Photographs are a great inspiration to see family similarities from past and present.

Argentine photographer Irina Werning's photography series - "Back to the Future" - shows us a new way to explore and preserve photographic memories.

A trip back in time, photographer Irina Werning

A trip back in time, photographer Irina Werning

Like many of us, Irina loves old photographs and preserving family memories. In a way to document the present family,  she take an older photograph from childhood or from the past, and replicates it with the same people years later.

Together, the two photos show family history coming alive in the present, and is a great way to link memories from our childhood to adulthood.

Have you ever tried to give a recent photo a vintage look or emulate an old family photograph? If so, share the photograph or link to your photo in the comments section below, or share on our Facebook pageTwitter or Google +.

7    Feb 20133 comments

Valentine’s Day: Love stories to share?

Antique Valentine's Day Card

Antique Valentine's Card Image credit: Wikipedia

For thousands of years, lovers have expressed their admiration in a variety of mediums, but nothing compares to the classic love letter.

The greatest love story is not from the movies or a book, but our own lives! MyHeritage would like to hear your personal and family tales of romance.

Love stories are not necessarily a typical Cinderella tale or a Romeo-and-Juliet romantic tragedy. We hear words of endearment in movies, and read them in passionate stories in our favorite novels, yet our own stories are the ones that are timeless pieces of history. They are the ones that are closest to our hearts.

How did you or your ancestors meet? Is there a unique proposal story in your family, or a tale of finding a lost love? Share your story with us, and we will share some of the best in our Valentine’s Day special. Email us at stories@myheritage.com, or leave a comment below, via Facebook, Twitter or Google +.

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8    Jan 20132 comments

Diaries: A family history source

Take it from a writer: The more you write, the easier it becomes. Why not keep a journal or diary?

Journals and diaries are excellent resources for family history research.

Don't you wish your ancestors had recorded their daily lives and thoughts in a format that has come down to you as a treasured keepsake through the centuries?

I know someone whose ancestor left a journal written several hundred years ago. The writer describes the family's everyday life in difficult new surroundings, how they celebrated holidays, the writer's wishes for her descendants far in the future and much more. It is as if the writer knew it would be treasured and passed down through the generations, as it has been. It is a priceless heirloom.

Put yourself in the shoes of a great-grandchild who finds your journal. What do you think will interest him or her? What is happening in your life now that you want future generations to know about? Do you want to include advice for future generations?

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19    Dec 201210 comments

MyHeritage: Holiday competition!

Many of our most special memories come from spending time with our families over the holidays.

We remember the dinners, gifts, songs and jokes we shared. Wonderful testimonials to these unique moments are the photos we will treasure for ever.

For this year's holiday competition, we're asking readers to share their holiday memories for a chance to win a brand new digital camera!

All you need to do is share your favorite holiday memory either in a comment below or - if a photo - email it to stories@myheritage.com by January 2, 2013. We'll announce the lucky winner on January 3.

Happy Holidays!

The MyHeritage team

5    Aug 20127 comments

Bringing memories to life

Do you have a photo of your grandfather playing with a toy car, or your great-grandmother wearing a brooch that has now been lost? What if you could recreate those items?

As genealogists, we're always fascinated when we discover artifacts that belonged to our ancestors, whether it is the actual heirloom, or an image of it.

Sometimes the artifacts have been passed down through the generations; sometimes, we see them only in photographs.

Until now, this concept has been something in the realm of science fiction. However, industrial designer Tanya Damm Bokobza, the founder of morphe.us.com, is developing a web platform that will allow the use of 3D modeling and printing processes to help people put the pieces of family history back together - literally.

She shared with us an example of what can be done.

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1    Dec 20112 comments

Holidays: Making, sharing memories

Why is sharing family history at the holidays so important?

Gifts come in many forms, so think of sharing family history as a gift to your family.

Wake Forest University professor of counseling Samuel Gladding and his family have "halls of remembrance" in their home. Every year since they were married, he and his wife, Claire, have created picture collages highlighting that year with snapshots of trips, sports, plays and family outings.

He shared his views here.

Author of several family counseling books, the professor says that sharing family history

... strengthens individuals and it strengthens families. If you know the past, you are much more likely to benefit from it and be inspired or determined to make the future better or at least as good as the past.

When families gather for the holidays, Gladding says it can be the perfect opportunity to share family stories that will benefit younger and older generations.

There are benefits for both younger and older generations.

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29    Nov 20110 comments

TV Families: Power to create, evoke memories

Television programming has always been replete with shows about family.

Whether it was "Leave It To Beaver," "The Cosby Show," "The Brady Bunch" or one of many other sitcoms, past or present, that revolve around family life,  the wonderful thing about those shows is how they represented the society and culture of the time.

When I was growing up, a favourite TV family were the Keatons of Family Ties.

I'm not sure why I liked them more than the others - perhaps they fit in better with my middle class understanding of the world in which I grew up - but watching that show was a weekly pleasure for many years.

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