History

Halloween 100 Years Ago

Happy Halloween! Do you remember trick-or-treating as a child on Halloween? Did you dress up in costumes? Halloween is a holiday full of long-standing traditions. We decided to take a look through our collection of over 7 billion historical records to see what Halloween...

 

Extinct Professions: Barber-Surgeon

Would you ask your hairdresser or barber to pull a painful tooth? We wouldn’t, but that’s exactly what they did do in medieval times. Your friendly neighborhood barber-surgeon provided...

 

50 Years of ‘Star Trek’

Fifty years ago, on September 8, 1966, the first Star Trek episode was broadcast in the US, on NBC. Has it really been a half-century? We feel that time...

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Life Before the Internet

What was life like before the internet? I think that people had more free time before the internet. Days were longer, more time was spent with family. Well, perhaps...

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Corfu and Me

In early 2015, MyHeritage accepted a challenge by Yvette Manessis Corporon, an Emmy Award winning producer and author, to help her research the Secret of Ereikoussa, a tiny island...

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How Did Our Ancestors Beat the Heat?

While cooling off in my comfortable air-conditioned home, I wonder what summer was like for my ancestors. How did they attempt to keep cool during intense heat waves without the...

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Do You Have the Luck of the Irish?

Most of us are familiar with the popular expression, “the luck of the Irish.” With St. Patrick’s day approaching, we thought we’d do some research on what it is...

 

Guest Post: Place your ancestors in context

This is a guest post by George G. Morgan, president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally-recognized genealogy lecturer. He is the prolific award-winning author of hundreds of articles...

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Most Popular Girls’ Names of the Past Century

Do you have an Isabella in your family tree? What about Ashley? According to a recent article in the Huffington Post these are two of the top 10 popular...

 

A Space Oddity: David Bowie, the Legend

We were shocked to learn of music legend David Bowie’s untimely death Sunday. He died yesterday at 69, after an 18-month battle with cancer. Bowie’s music spanned four decades,...

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What Was Life Like 100 Years Ago?

No matter how much we learn about our ancestors as individuals, it’s hard to picture what their lives were like back then. What were their struggles and challenges? What...

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The Woman Who Made Thanksgiving Happen

Year after year, Americans gather around the table on the fourth Thursday of November to celebrate Thanksgiving. Many recognize its origins as connected to the 1621 Pilgrim feast and...

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Lost Letters: A rare glimpse into the past

What if you could travel back to a specific time and place and get a real look at what life was like then? For 17th-century Europe, thousands of pieces...