19    Nov 20126 comments

Holiday: Talking Turkey

Holidays“Gobble, gobble” to everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving!

This wonderful family holiday is celebrated by Americans around the world, no matter where they live. It's the time for families to get together and share a delicious feast. The day often includes watching football on TV and planning for “Black Friday” shopping deals!

It is a genuine family holiday and many of us have touching or hilarious stories about Thanksgivings past.

MyHeritage invites you to share your funny stories for the chance to win a one-year PremiumPlus membership. Simply comment on this post or post comments on our Facebook wall or, if you can fit it into 140 characters, tweet them @myheritage. The winning story will be announced on Friday.

Since I can’t participate in the competition as I'm part of the MyHeritage team, here’s my hilarious holiday story.

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16    Nov 20121 comment

Cousins Connect: Lithuania to the UK and US

We love bringing member success stories to our readers. They provide encouragement, offer tips, and show what can be accomplished. We especially like the stories of our younger members, which often spotlight social media.

Joe Tarsh of Manchester (UK) is only 21 and became interested in his family when he was 13.

I came to the realization that I wanted to know where I came from and a little voice at the back of my head told me that if I don’t ask now, then all the people who can answer may not be around to answer those questions much longer.

Born in London in 1991, his family moved to Hertfordshire, where he lived until 18. He then took a gap year, returned to the UK in 2010 and is now in his third year at university, studying for a degree in youth and community work.

He joined MyHeritage in March 2010 because he liked the site’s easy accessibility, found it simple to use and it had an incredible amount of data.

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7    Nov 20120 comments

Webinar: Genealogy 101

We're delighted to invite you to register now for our webinar: "Genealogy 101: Everything you need to know about researching your family history" which will be presented on Tuesday, November 13 at 2pm EST/7pm UK.

Join US genealogy adviser Schelly Talalay Dardashti for a Family History master class. This session, open to beginners and more advanced researchers alike, will cover everything from getting started in family history research to breaking down brick walls.

There will be a live Q&A session as well as a chat room to ask questions or comment during the webinar, so think about those things that challenge you and come prepared to challenge Schelly!

View recordings of past webinars on our webinar website.

We look forward to welcoming you online.

17    Sep 20120 comments

Family Food: Beat the heat!

Now that summer is almost a memory in many places around the globe, we’re wondering what your family ate to keep cool.

In the US, ice cream is a popular go-to choice, while some like nothing better than a well-chilled slice of juicy, sweet watermelon, or even an ice-cold beer.

Elsewhere, people prefer foods with their own heat - hot, hot peppers - and claim adding that heat makes them feel cooler!

A favorite Persian drink is sharbat, made with fruit syrup mixed with water and served in a tall glass filled with ice. My favorite is sour-cherry, although there are many others, including rose. And you will likely connect the word sharbat to today’s ice confection called sherbert.

So take a few minutes, think back to what you ate or drank to keep cool this summer. Did your parents or grandparents have other favorite beat-the-heat remedies?

Share your comments below.

24    Jul 20122 comments

Amelia Earhart: American aviation pioneer

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

American aviator Amelia Earhart, born 115 years ago today, disappeared on July 2, 193, over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.

Amelia was attempting to complete a round-the-world tour on a twin-engine Lockheed Electra with navigator Fred Noonan, when they lost radio contact. A dozen ships and 50 aircraft, from the US government, searched for them for several months. Nothing of significance has ever been discovered about their whereabouts and Amelia, then 41, was officially declared dead on January 5, 1939.

Amelia, a pioneer of American aviation, was born July 24, 1897, in Atchison, Kansas. In 1922, she broke the women's altitude record for flying above 14,000 feet. In 1928, she became the first woman to be flown across the Atlantic Ocean and in 1932 she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, and the first person to cross it twice. That same year, she received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Gold Medal of the National Geographic Society.

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3    Feb 20126 comments

WDYTYA: An interview with Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Kudrow in the episode on her own family (Season 1, Episode 3)

Lisa Kudrow, executive producer of the US version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” was the guest for a group phone interview on Friday, January 27.

I was honored to participate in the call which focused on the show’s new season, which begins at 8pm, Friday, February 3, on NBC.

This year"s celebs are Martin Sheen, Marisa Tomei, Blair Underwood, Reba McEntire, Rob Lowe, Helen Hunt, Rita Wilson, Edie Falco, Rashida Jones, Jerome Bettis, Jason Sudeikis and Paula Deen.

Unfortunately, due to a technical glitch, my own questions could not be answered. However, the others asked some great questions, and Lisa responded in kind (see below).

Other geneabloggers on the call were Thomas MacEntee, Lisa Louise Cooke, Angela Walton-Raji, Kathryn Lake Hogan and Diane Haddad, along with newspaper and entertainment industry magazine writers.

Here are some questions and Lisa’s responses.

Q: What advice do you have for people who become frustrated or stuck in their research?

Lisa: There doesn’t have to ever be an end. That's what makes it such a great hobby. I think there's always research you can do on different branches, different cousins and you go back. And then it's not just names and dates. Then you start looking at where they were living, what was happening there at that time, you start looking at historical documents. And you can maybe draw some conclusions or guesses about what was motivating some of their choices in life.

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10    Jan 20121 comment

Genealogy News: North America, 10 January 2012

Welcome to 2012! The genealogy conference schedule is just beginning and there is lots of news about the programs, presenters and events.

MyHeritage will be at both RootsTech (February 2-4, Salt Lake City) and at Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE! (February, London UK). Stay tuned for more information about both events.

TELEVISION

Of course, all of us interested in family history are looking forward to the new season of the US version of Who Do You Think You Are?, with the celebrity lineup just announced.

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6    Jan 20121 comment

Steven Tyler: A fascinating family tree past and present

On January 2, Steven Tyler - legendary front man of rock-and-roll band Aerosmith - announced his engagement to girlfriend, Erin Brady.

Tyler’s professional success is known to many. Aerosmith has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, while American Idol, on which he is a judge, is the top-rated American television show.

Not as well known are the details of his amazingly diverse heritage, the rich history of musicians among his ancestors or the complex structure of his current family including his partners (ex and current) and his children.

To kick things off, we’ve pulled together Tyler’s family tree.

Click on the image below (or HERE) to be taken to the actual family tree on MyHeritage.

Click to see the tree

As part of our research on Tyler’s family, we found some other fascinating information.

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27    Dec 20110 comments

Genealogy News: North America, 27 December 2011

For the last-of-2011 edition of the North American Genealogy News, here are some interesting items.

Included are the US Securities Exchange Commission’s definition of a family member (who would have thought the SEC was interested in family history?), the 2011 list of the 100 most popular boys’ and girls’ names, a Canadian “living” village, changes to the Social Security Death Index and more.

Defining the family

For those who think that governments are not interested in genealogy, note that the US Securities Exchange Commission has now defined family members, in connection with a new rule requiring hedge funds to register with the SEC if they manage other people’s money.

Read the definition here:

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30    Nov 201111 comments

Ellis Island: 57 years later

On November 29 - 57 years ago-  the greatest monument to a proud history of American immigration was closed. I am talking, of course, about Ellis Island.

The Great Hall

During a 2008 trip to New York, I visited Ellis Island (I’m from the UK) with my family.

Many visitors to New York take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty for that iconic photograph. Fortunately, we had the foresight to remain on the ferry and visit Ellis Island. It was worth it.

Although the architecture of the Main Building (now the Immigration Museum) does hint that Ellis Island comprises an important part of American history, it isn’t until one enters The Great Hall that you realise the sheer number of immigrants that Ellis Island handled. It is very substantial - to anyone’s eyes! Continue reading "Ellis Island: 57 years later" »

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