It’s easy to forget about those precious documents scattered around your home. Photo albums are collecting dust, birth certificates and records are stuffed in boxes. All of them may well be lost, if they are not properly stored and preserved.
We’ve written before about the importance of organizing family history research and scanning documents online, but it’s also important to make sure those documents are still intact as primary history resources. They are valuable family heirlooms that should be passed down through the generations, not destroyed.
My grandmother was recently searching for some old jewelry of her mother's that she had misplaced. She wanted to give it to me for my birthday to ensure it gets passed down to the next generation.
She opened all the closets, searched through kitchen pots, and even behind light switches! Where did she finally find it? In the pocket of a jacket she hadn’t worn in years.
Ever looked at an old family photo of your grandparent or parent next to your own photo and seen a striking resemblance?
It's not surprising that we share looks with our relatives. Yet, sometimes we do a double-take, as if we're looking at the same photo.
See these fascinating look-a-like photos shared by members of the Huffington Post Parents Community.
Triple-take: 3 Generations
Her series is based on the work of Romanian photographer Costica Acsinte, who was born in a small village called Perieți, Ialomița county, Romania, on July 4, 1897. He fought in WWI and, although he trained as a pilot, was an official war photographer until June 15, 1920. After the war, he opened a studio in the town of Slobozia.
MyHeritage is an excellent place to preserve and share your family memories by building your family tree and collaborating with others.
Join us for a free webinar: "Enriching your family tree: Photos, records and more!"
We’ll show you how to enhance your family tree and add more color to it. Learn how to upload your photos and videos, save records, enter notes and more.
Register for free here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/335784095.
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014.
10 AM Los Angeles
1 PM New York
6 PM London
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Have a question on how to enrich your family tree? Leave a comment below and we'll try to answer as many as we can during the webinar. Looking forward to see you online!
We're excited to let you know that we've made it quicker and easier to add photos and videos to MyHeritage family sites! Whether you wish to add a few photos or hundreds in one go, you can drag and drop photos from anywhere on your computer and bring more color to your family tree.
You'll encounter the following enhancements in your family site:
Uploading photos and videos to albums:
Wherever you are on your family site, you can use the drop down menu on the main toolbar to add photos and videos to your albums. Scroll over the Photos tab and select "Add photos & videos."'
We’re happy to announce a new version of the MyHeritage mobile app with great improvements for managing photos.
The MyHeritage mobile app is an easy way to build and edit your family tree on-the-go, and to research historical records, wherever you are.
With the new and improved version of the mobile app, it is now easier than ever to manage your family site photos directly from your mobile device. Now you can see all those photos, as well as tagged photos for any individual in your tree.
This blog post covers the new updates to the MyHeritage mobile app. To read about the app’s many existing features, please see the following blog posts from past releases.
There are two major additions to the new version:
1- The new Family Photos section on the home screen replaces the previous Photo Sharing section. Tap it to view all albums from your family site, and all photos in any album.
There’s nothing like that first family photo with a precious new family member. New parents are so excited to get that perfect shot, showcasing their new bundle of joy.
I remember taking our baby to the photo studio for our first family portrait. It took hours to find the right outfits to wear. After much effort to feed and dress the baby, we finally made it out the door. By the time we got to the studio, we had to start the whole feeding and changing process all over again!
This is why I have come to appreciate the effort involved in taking that first family photo.
Recently, the Royal Family released their first family photos of the Duke, Duchess, and Prince of Cambridge. They were taken by the Duchess' father, Michael Middleton, in their family garden earlier this month. There is one image of the Duke, Duchess and baby George together, and another that includes their two family pets, Tilly and Lupo.
Relaxed and natural, everyone can see their absolute happiness as a new family. This is a great example what a first family photo should look like.
We look forward to seeing more family photos of the Royal Family and Prince George at his upcoming christening at the end of October.
Do you have a first family photo? What is it like?
What better way to capture your favorite family moments than with an annual photo?
That’s what American photographer Nicholas Nixon has done since 1975 when he took a picture of his wife and her three sisters, beginning an annual tradition that lasted 36 years.
Each year, the Brown sisters – Heather, Mimi, Bebe and Laurie – all posed in the same order in for the photo.
Mimi, the youngest, was only 15 in the first picture, and the oldest, Bebe, was 61 in the last photo taken in 2010. Find the full photo collection here.
Photographs are an excellent way to bring family history to life over the years, and bring back precious memories. An annual photo documents your loved ones and becomes a timeless piece of history.
Don’t forget that preserving those family memories online is important as a way to share those images with future generations. They are an important way to capture family history and to help in your family research.
Join our global campaign to preserve your family heritage and upload your photos today.
What do you think of this idea? Would you do it with your siblings or other members of your families?
Let us know in the comments below.
Congratulations to James Colina, winner of last week’s competition for the photo with the largest number of family members. This week, we're holding another photo competition, and asking you to send in your fun family photos. Read more below.
Over 220 family members were photographed in the winning entry taken at a family reunion organized by James in August 2011. He won a photo consultation with Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, to learn more about his old family photos. Watch the consultation here.
Thanks to those who submitted their largest family photos. It was lovely to receive so many images from family reunions, gatherings, weddings and other celebrations, both old and new. View all the entries on our Pinterest board here.
The competition continues: