28    Dec 20120 comments

Poll: New Year family resolution?

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:

12    Dec 20120 comments

Poll: Have you discovered a family secret?

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:

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.


24    Aug 20123 comments

Poll: Does luck – good or bad – run in your family?

Can luck, or good fortune, be inherited?

Earlier this year we wrote about a lucky lottery story, from 2011, that focused on the McCauley family. Kimberly was delighted when she won $100,000 in North Carolina in a new scratcher game because she'd never imagined ever winning a prize.

She'd always assumed the odds were against her, as her mother had already won big prizes in two other lotteries!

Then there are those of us who have the opposite, tragic experiences that plague our families.

To return to our opening question, do you think luck - good or bad - runs in your family?

Share your answer in the poll below, and leave examples in the comments section.


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.

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.

5    Nov 20116 comments

Genealogy: Why family research?

What are your reasons for pursuing your ancestors across time and space? What motivates you to gather information and preserve it for the future?

Nearly 1,400 individuals responded to a study of genealogists and family historians as a sociology professor undertook a survey of the membership of the Ontario (Canada) Genealogy Society.

Although Professor Ronald D. Lambert - of the University of Waterloo - undertook this study in 1994, its results, I believe, are just as relevant today as they were then.

In addition to questions on age, sex, national origins, marital status, employment, income, religious affiliation and other details, he asked two questions about researchers’ reasons for doing genealogy and what value they found in that pursuit.

One question sought to rank 25 reasons we pursue genealogy. Respondents marked the statements as important, fairly important or personally irrelevant.

The three reasons considered most important by respondents:

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7    Aug 20111 comment

Links We Like: Humor, a survey and a TV show

It's time for another edition of Links We Like.

This week, we have humor and history, a Canadian genealogy survey (but open to all) and a new UK family history show which will bring together Brits and Anglo-Indian relatives.

Humor and history

For a light-hearted look at history as it may have been written, check out this new, slightly irreverant genealogy blog - Today in Heritage History.

Continue reading "Links We Like: Humor, a survey and a TV show" »

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