Valentine’s Day: Love through family history


Millions of couples will celebrate the most romantic day of the year today, February 14. Love is in the air and love stories surround us.

Cupid at the Window Valentine Postcard Ca. Early 1900s

A few weeks ago, MyHeritage asked readers to share their ancestors’ love stories or photos that illustrate them. We received  touching stories and photos from around the world.  It was hard to pick three winners, all the stories are beautiful and special. So we decided to double the number of winners to six! Below you can read the lovely stories:

United States

Tiffany – On Valentine’s Day, 1940, my Clark Gable-esque, 19-year-old grandfather, Eugene Victor, took my beautiful grandmother, Eva, by the hand on a small bridge just outside Vernal, Utah. My grandma remembers that it was cold and a full moon was rising over Split Mountain Gorge. They sat down on the railing, and grandpa pulled out a gold heart locket with a tiny diamond chip in it. He clasped it around my grandma’s neck and asked her to marry him. She’s 91 and she still has that locket.

Gene was from Ohio, but had been assigned to Vernal as part of the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939. He had met Eva seven months earlier as their respective groups of friends passed each other on the street. At that time, my grandma told her friends that if she married this young man named Eugene Victor and had a daughter, she would name her Victoria Jeen. My mom was born seven years later.


MyHeritage user Inger Johansson submitted the story of how her grandparents met. It was a bit peculiar and very much ahead of their time. In 1918, Augusta Maria Nilsson sent a personal ad to a newspaper, looking for a man to marry. Evald Hilding Danielsson answered. After eight months of correspondence – and one meeting -they tied the knot and went on to live a long, happy life together.


Viola Zakrzewska submitted a beautiful and mysterious love story about her grandmother Anna Domagałówna and her beloved Sieroży. This photo was taken in June 1919 in Czeladź. Sieroży was there as part of the 2nd Legions’ Infantry Regiment. My grandmother was then 21 and also living in Czeladź, which was part of the Russian partition. However, Sieroży was certainly not a Russian.

I know just a few details about him; however I do not know either his full name or last name. Nor do I know what happened to him, because he had… disappeared from the life of my grandmother. And they loved each other very much, because I found lot of evidence in my family photo library and in my grandmother’s diary. We still keep a few photos with dedication on the back of photos, which he gave to my grandmother. Examples of the dedication: “most beloved Niuteńce,” “with lots of love for Niuteńka.” By the way, if I did not know that my grandmother’s name was Anna, it would be difficult to decipher this nickname: “Niuteńka.”


María Nicolasa’s father had to travel to Argentina from Italy in 1930 with two friends, looking for a better future. After a while, one of his friends brought his sister with him. The love story began, and resulted in marriage – after three months – for over 40 years.


Christine – My grandmother left NW Scotland 1902 age 18 Met future husband on ship Landed in Canada, had 2 work as nanny to pay her passage.


Kazza Dee – My Dad had a few hours leave on Valentines Day 1945,( he was in Northern Ireland) and proposed to my Mum in that rowboat. Mum worked as a seamstress although it was actually a bomb factory that was never discovered. Mum loved this picture, cried every time she pulled it out. Their love lasted almost 60 years until Dad’s passing in 2005. My first and most loving memory of my parents.

If you are one of the winners please contact us at to receive your prize: a coupon for USD$25 to be used with our poster printing service. The amount includes printing and shipping.

It is beautiful to see how love lasts through time. Amazing stories like these keep us believing in the incredible power of love.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  • Kathryn Brooke

    February 15, 2012

    My grandparents had a lovely story as well. A friend told my grandmother, living in Ohio, that she knew the perfect man for her–but he lived in NY! They began a correspondence, and about a year later he proposed to her in a letter, suggesting they meet to see if she would have him. He took a train out to Toledo and they went with her mother out to the family cabin on Lake Erie. There he proposed again in a boat on the moonlit lake, and she accepted. They were happily married for over 50 years.