Music has always been an intrinsic part of our daily lives. When music was first broadcast over the radio in the early 1920s, popular singers and musicians reached a wide audience. Music has the power to elicit great emotions in a listener.

This is a guest post by Kimberley Fowler, a Canadian writer and editor dedicated to improving seniors’ lives through education, activism, volunteerism and community programs. She is an active volunteer in many local community organizations. Kimberley earned a Master of Arts in English Literature and Language (University of Windsor), an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Wilfrid Laurier University) and a Bachelor of Education (University of Toronto).

Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of women throughout history. We decided to survey our collection of more than 7 billion historical records to get a sense of what life was like for women in 1917, 100 years ago. Flappers: The slang word “flapper,” describing a young lady, first appeared in print in the UK in the early 1900s, and later in the United States.

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.

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