Names - surname and given - are essential to family history research.
A surname passes through many generations connecting family members with that common surname. Many people are also named after deceased relatives to honor those individuals.
Generally, names are given to us, but people are beginning to adopt new names, both given and surnames.
What does this mean for family history?
Will it be more difficult to trace name changes and links to ancestors, or will it make research more exciting?
What do you think? If you could change your name easily, would you?
Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s oldest wedding photo competition. All the entries were fantastic and captured the beauty and significance of the person’s special day. The oldest entry was from 1846!
With over 40 photos received, participation was above our expectations. It was great to see the lives of your families and the rich history brought to life with the stories that accompanied them.
Genealogical research today is very different from that of a few years ago.
Sites like MyHeritage enable us to communicate with more people, faster and more easily, while reaching out to others worldwide.
Tools - such as Smart Matches - help you discover new ancestors and possible relatives with similarities in their family trees and who may have a direct relationship with you.
Today we'd like to know what you discovered when researching your family heritage. Where do your ancestors come from?
Our family and ancestors have helped form us to what we are today.
Whether it's a parent, sibling or other relative, there may be a special someone in our family who serves as an example of whom we wish to emulate.
Do you have a role model in your family - past or present - who has impacted you today? Who is that role model?
Family history is important to us and, as a reader of this blog, it's probably important to you, too!
While family history is a fascinating subject, with more and more people getting involved than ever before, sometimes the desire to research our family history also runs in the family!
Some of us have family trees that have been passed down through the generations. Others are inspired to find out more via the stories our relatives share with us.
We want to know if researching family history runs in your family? Did your parents and grandparents research their family history? Were you inspired by their research? Alternatively, are you the first of your relatives to catch the genea-bug?
Let us know in the poll (or comments) below:
As we approach the end of 2012, we reflect on the past and look forward to the future.
Many people use the new beginning to make a New Year resolution. Whether it's about achieving a goal, or becoming a better person, people like to start the year with an objective - something they want to accomplish during the 12 months ahead.
We're interested to know whether this happens in your family. Do you make family New Year resolutions? Perhaps you'll resolve to spend more time together, or research more of your family history?
Let us know in the poll below:
For many of us, the holidays are about family time.
Presents, food, jokes, games, are all part of the traditional celebrations and experiences that we look forward to sharing with our families each and every year.
We want to know whether you have a special family game you play during the holidays. Let us know in the poll below.
(P.S.: Don't forget our holiday competition for your chance to win a digital camera!)
George Bernard Shaw once said, "If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance."
Family secret - two words that together to form an explosive combination. Most families have them and - when they are revealed - they either disrupt the family balance or, more positively, put years of misunderstanding to rest.
In today's poll, we're asking whether you've uncovered a family secret during your genealogy research.
Let us know in the poll below:
Now, we'd like to ask who is the oldest living relative in your tree?
Who's the oldest ancestor you've discovered? What were their longevity secrets? Let us know in the comments section below.
We all have many things on our plates and sometimes important dates and events just get lost in the commotion.
It's not that we're unaware of the birthday date, it's just that often we don't know what today's date is...
Forgetting a birthday is, in some families, a cardinal sin. That's why lots of people enjoy MyHeritage's birthday reminders via email as well as site notifications.
Has it ever happened to you? If so, how did you rectify it? Let us know in the poll and comments section below.