My name is Uri Gonen. I am a father of three and live with my family in Toronto, where I work for MyHeritage. I’ve been working at MyHeritage for over 12 years! I started working at the company in 2005 when it was just an idea. In the beginning, I worked on MyHeritage as a side project while still working in a day job.

A new trend has emerged — people are taking old black and white photos and meticulously adding color to them. In some cases, the colorized photos look so modern, you’d guess that they’re from our times, instead of being decades old. Artists take old photos in various directions, depending on the colorizations. Some may argue that by choosing colors, they are changing or rewriting history in a way that may not portray reality.

The MyHeritage delegation recently returned from a third Tribal Quest expedition — this time to Siberia — to continue our mission to preserve the family histories of remote tribes. Throughout their month-long journey, the team documented the stories of the Nenets people living in the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia, preserving the unique heritage of the nomadic herder tribe. The trip to Siberia faced particular challenges, because of extreme weather conditions and transportation difficulties, which made traveling to remote families near-impossible.

There is hardly a symbol or character more American than Yankee Doodle. The catchy song dates back to the Seven Years’ War and the American Revolution (1775–83). It has withstood the test of time, albeit with various modifications along the way. As a symbol of American patriotism, Yankee Doodle is often sung throughout the United States, and it is even the state anthem of Connecticut.

Sheila Trevett had the surprise of her life when her MyHeritage DNA results came back, and she uncovered the truth about her real biological father. For over 23 years, Sheila had been in contact with her birthmother. She was convinced that it was her mother’s long-term boyfriend who was her biological father. Wanting to learn more about her family history, Sheila took a MyHeritage DNA test.

Is there anything more Canadian than pure Canadian maple syrup? As an expat myself, I have found that it’s the one product from home that I can’t live without and that I’ll import at any cost. Canada’s early settlers learned to tap maple trees and boil sap down to make syrup. By experimenting with Indigenous methods and improving upon them, Canada became one of the forerunners in maple syrup production, making it an intrinsic part of Canadian history.

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