It is often quite difficult to come up with great questions on the spot. So here we offer a collection of 117 questions to take with you when you’re interviewing relatives. These are sure to get your relatives talking!Do you share a name with someone else in the family?Did you have a nickname growing up? If so, what was it and why?Have you had a nickname as an adult?When and where were you born?What was your parents’ and grandparents’ religion?Do you follow a religion?Where was your first house?What other houses did you live in?What are your earliest memories of your home?Can you tell me a story or memory about your brothers and sisters?What are your brothers and sisters’ full names?What did your family do for leisure when you were a child?Were there tasks you hated doing when you were a child?What types of books do you like to read?Do you remember a favorite lullaby or song?When times were tough, do you remember having enough food?What were your favorite toys?What were your favorite games?Was there any fashion that you liked the most?What school did you go to and where was it?How did you feel about going to school?What was your favorite subject at school and why?Which subject was the most difficult?Who was your favorite teacher and why?What is your favorite school memory?What were your grades like?What did you wear to school?What sports did you participate in at school?Was there a meeting place where you liked to spend time?Did you receive any special awards for studies or activities at school?How many years of education have you completed?Describe what you were like as a young adult.
During the past 5 months, MyHeritage has been engaged in a special project in partnership with Israeli Member of Parliament Nurit Koren, to help family members who were separated in the 1940’s and 1950’s in Israel, to find each other and reconnect through the use of DNA. The project is one of MyHeritage’s pro bono initiatives and is being carried out at no cost to the participants, with the goal of reuniting families.
Gerald (Gerry) Dixon van Eeden, 68, is an Afrikaans translator for MyHeritage. He was born in Cradock, South Africa; grew up in Oudtshoorn, and has lived for the past three decades in Port Elizabeth.Gerald (Gerry) Dixon van EedenFollowing Technical High School (Oudtshoorn), he qualified as a teacher at the Teachers College.
This is a guest post by Richard Hill, author of two books on DNA testing. “Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA” is an award-winning personal memoir that follows his decades-long search for his birth parents.
This year at RootsTech, we hosted our second annual After-Party on Friday, February 10. The party was hopping, with delicious food, drinks, magicians, fun games, prizes and a returning favorite from last year, entertaining karaoke throughout the night. We proved that genealogists sure know how to party!
Here’s a video summarizing what a fantastic night it was:
The annual RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah has just come to a close. Some 30,000 people visited the conference, while live-streamed sessions reached 100,000 viewers around the world.
Thousands of people came by the MyHeritage booth for live demos and to meet our team. We really enjoyed seeing old friends and getting to know new faces.
Here are some highlights.
We’re excited to introduce the new Consistency Checker for online family trees at MyHeritage. This new tool scans your family tree and identifies mistakes and inconsistencies in your data so that you could make the necessary changes in your tree, improving its overall quality and accuracy.
The Consistency Checker employs 36 different checks on the family tree data, ranging from the obvious (e.g.