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?
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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 examples above are common superstitions. But we want to know whether superstition runs in your family?
Are you superstitious? Were yourancestors?
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If the answer is yes, share your family's superstition in the comments below.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's that time again.
Just as we've finished with the excesses of a very recent celebration, it's on to celebrate a night which represents a new start - and promise for the New Year- or at least that's what we're meant to say.
Let us know below about your plans with family for New Year's Eve. We'd also love to hear some comments from those who aren't thrilled by the holiday!
For many researchers, citations are more than good practice.
Ensuring that facts and resources are properly cited is an essential part of their research, providing both piece of mind and allowing for future verification.
Essentially, citations prove exactly where we have obtained a certain piece of information (such as a document, story, birth record or photo). Serious researchers believe that the fact citation process legitimises a body of research.
For others though, it can often be seen as an unnecessary step. Personally, I try my best to ensure that my facts, stories and photos are cited. Given that my tree now exceeds 700 people, it can be quite the chore! Had I begun citing earlier on in my research, then I would have saved myself a lot of time spent in tedious backtracking to document the sources.
You live and learn.
Do you cite your sources? If so, how rigorous are you? Please let us know in today's poll. Next week, we'll post the results on our blog along with some handy tips for citing sources on both Family Tree Builder and Family Sites.