8    Jun 20137 comments

Anniversaries: Celebrating important occasions

Weddings are one of the most important family events. They provide great opportunities to celebrate together, and begin new chapters in family story.

This week, I'm celebrating my own wedding anniversary, and I began thinking about all the memories shared with my husband and our excitement about our future.

The origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Holy Roman Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their 25th anniversary. During the 20th century, other anniversaries began to be represented by materials such as “wood,” “pearl ” and “diamond.”

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3    May 20135 comments

Competition: Oldest wedding photo results

Thank you for the overwhelming and beautiful entries to our oldest wedding photo competition.

With your help, we've narrowed the vote down to the top winner, who will receive a one-year PremiumPlus and one-year data subscription to MyHeritage’s SuperSearch, our online database with access to billions of records.

With over 30% of the votes, photo 8 is the winner!

Antonie Peeters (1885-1968) and Pieternella Adriana François (1884-1966); Rotterdam, Netherlands; October 25, 1910.

Congratulations to Rob Hoogenbos who sent in the photo from his maternal grandparents from their wedding in Rotterdam in 1910.

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24    Apr 201315 comments

Competition: The oldest wedding photo, Part 2

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.

We've selected the top 10 photos and want you to vote for the final winner.  Below you can see the top 10 photos in no particular order: Continue reading "Competition: The oldest wedding photo, Part 2" »

15    Apr 20132 comments

Competition: The oldest wedding photo?

Springtime is here and the wedding season is near.

Wedding photos preserve your unique family legacy and document memories in your family history research.

We want to know the stories behind your ancestors' wedding photos.

In February, our colleague Justyna received a stunning 1932 wedding photograph via the MyHeritage Polish Facebook page, from a member.

Wedding Photo 1932

With that photo’s popularity, we wanted to see more of our members' family memories.

What's your oldest wedding photo of an ancestor?

Share your photos of your ancestors' weddings, a brief description of the people, and the date and place where they were married.

The oldest photos - with the most interesting stories - will be posted on our blog and our Facebook page. Readers will decide the winner.

One lucky winner will receive a one-year Premium subscription and a one-year data subscription.

Send photos by April 22 (with description, date and place) with the subject "Wedding Competition" to stories@myheritage.com.

Good luck!

Note: Do not send photos not your own or those for which you do not have permission to use. MyHeritage is not responsible for photos that may be transferred without the consent of the family. The competition is open to registered users at MyHeritage. Don’t have an account yet? Start your free digital family tree today at www.myheritage.com.

20    Aug 20121 comment

Family: Any ’shared’ weddings in your family?

On August 10, five siblings from the Waldie family (Arizona, US) "tied the knot" in one shared ceremony.

The ceremonies were held back-to-back with guests enjoying lunch between the services.

Their father, Doug Waldie, said "They think we're crazy or that it's the greatest thing on earth."

The reasons for such a shared event are rather simple: Close siblings wish to share their special day, the guest list for the siblings' family will be the same, people only have to make the trip once if coming from long distances, women need to buy only one new outfit (instead of five), among others!

As family history researchers, we'd raise an eyebrow or two when discovering same-date wedding certificates for siblings. Genealogy aside, I'm sure it was an emotional occasion for all family and friends.

When locating dates of family events - such as marriages - have you discovered any interesting coincidences?

Have you discovered - or even attended - shared weddings in your family?

28    Apr 20110 comments

Is Australia’s Gift to the Royal NewlyWeds a Sign of the Changing Times?

Australia has announced that it’s (i.e. the country’s) present to Will and Kate for their Royal Wedding will be a $25,000 donation, in their name, to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). (That's a picture of Will boarding a RFDS plane on the left)

Personally, I would have gotten the future boss something slightly bigger for his wedding but asking people to donate to charity in lieu of buying presents is a touching gesture by the soon to be newly-weds.

It should be said, this not something new and reflects a changing trend that I’ve noticed at Australian weddings, funerals and other poignant occasions.

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