14    Nov 20123 comments

Poll: How old is your oldest living relative?

We've written about Besse Cooper, the oldest person alive in the US at 116, and tweeted about the worlds longest married couple (87 years) and shared their longevity secrets.

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.

2    Nov 20120 comments

Poll: Ever forget a close relative’s birthday?

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.


21    Sep 20123 comments

Poll: Do you have family heirlooms?

Many families treasure one or more family heirlooms passed down through the generations from their ancestors.

Whether these cherished items are personal objects, letters or photos,  they hold great sentimental value and help preserve memories of previous generations.

In my family, we're fortunate to have artifacts and original documents from the older generations. We also love looking through the old family photo albums; it's interesting seeing the relatives, how they dressed and where they lived.

What about your family? Do you have family heirlooms?

Let us know in the poll below.


10    Aug 20121 comment

Poll: Is your family superstitious?

Never walk under a ladder or open an umbrella indoors. A broken mirror brings seven years of bad luck.

These are just some popular supersititions shared in many of our families.

What is a superstition?

The Wikipedia definition for Superstition is "a belief in supernatural causality: that one event leads to the cause of another without any physical process linking the two events".

The examples above are common superstitions. But we want to know whether superstition runs in your family?

Are you superstitious? Were yourancestors?

Let us know in the poll below.


If the answer is yes, share your family's superstition in the comments below.

10    Jul 20122 comments

Poll: Can your family get from A to B without GPS?

I've got a pretty good sense of direction - as does my Mom. My Dad would be the first to admit that without Sat Nav (GPS), he'd be more than a little lost.

People talk about a genetic sense of direction running in a family. While some scientists suggest that genes do play a part in your ability to get from A to B, we thought we'd create our own survey to see if there was a trend.

We'd like to hear from you: Does the sense of direction run in your family?


7    Jun 20120 comments

Poll: Do you still live in your family home?

I remember every part of my family home.

Even though I no longer live there, I can tell you which room has a draft, where my brother got a knock on his head, how we set up the room for my sisters engagement party and which cupboard in 'my' bedroom has a squeaky door.

I remember my home, street and neighborhood and it brings back very fond memories whenever I think about them.

However many people do stay near their childhood homes and places of birth. We want to know from you, do you still live in your family home or neighborhood? Please answer the poll below.


Do you have special memories from your family home? Please share with us below.

3    May 20125 comments

Poll: Largest family reunion

According to Guinness World Records, the largest family reunion attracted 2,585 members of the Lilly family from the USA. The record was set on August 9, 2009.

We’re interested to hear about the largest family reunion you’ve attended. Have you come close to breaking this record?


Do you have pictures from your family reunion? Please share them on our Facebook page.

28    Mar 20121 comment

Poll: Multilingual family tree?

People have been migrating around the world much more frequently over the past century or so, as international travel has became much easier (from steamships to rail to jets). All this movement impacts many of us as we now have branches located around the globe. It also means that in many family trees, various languages are represented in those branches.

In line with this, we’d love to hear from you as to how many different languages are spoken in your family tree. We look forward to your answers on our survey below:

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31    Jan 201211 comments

Poll: Have you discovered an ancestral home?

Census records are a fantastic tool.

However, the details in the records leave much to the imagination. That is - of course - until you investigate the address listed on the census entry.

It's the part of the puzzle that brings context to the lives of our ancestors. The type of house, the bedroom-to-inhabitant ratio, the local area and surrounding industry - these are all fascinating elements that help us visualise our ancestors'  lives.

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a not-too-distant home that was shared among a few generations on my maternal side. Lavish, it wasn't; however, the insight into their lifestyle was a humbling experience.

Let us know in the poll below if you've visited any ancestral homes. Alternatively, please leave a comment below.

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11    Jan 20121 comment

Poll: How do you plan to pass down your family research?

Part of the beauty associated with family history research is that the researcher can always share findings with loved ones. Wouldn't it be a shame for that research to be lost to the generations?

Regardless of your age, I believe that we should all make some attempt to inform others about our research or, indeed, provide some guidance as to the order and direction of your general research. Speaking as head researcher for my family, I have spoken in some depth with my siblings about where my research is stored and how they can access the Sanderson MyHeritage tree.

So, now that I've given you some insight into my preparations, how do you plan to pass down your family research.

Let us know in the poll below and the comments section.


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