In light of the holiday season, we wanted to add a fun feature to your family tree! Now when you log in to see your family tree it will be holiday themed. Falling snowflakes, colorful wrapped presents, hanging Santa hats, and fully stuffed stockings will be scattered around your tree.

This is a guest post by Carolyn Tolman, a project manager at Legacy Tree Genealogists, the recommended research partner of MyHeritage. Legacy Tree Genealogists has been providing full-service genealogical research for clients worldwide for over 13 years. Their team of genealogists help clients discover their roots and personal history through records, narratives, and DNA.

Christmas took on a whole new meaning this year for Margie Lee and her family. From the age of 6, Margie knew that she was adopted. Her adoptive mother always encouraged her to find her biological family. When I was little, I used to walk around saying, I don’t look like you guys, I don’t look the same. Margie always wondered where she came from.

Scents can trigger memories from years ago and instantly pull you back into another time. For me, the scent of chicken soup reminds me of my childhood kitchen and my mom. After moving many miles away from home, I often cook chicken soup using her recipe whenever I’m feeling homesick, because the scent automatically makes me feel as though she is right there next to me.

This is a guest post by Janet Hovorka, author of the Zap the Grandma Gap book and workbooks about engaging youth with family history. Janet writes The Chart Chick and the Zap The Grandma Gap blogs and has written widely and lectured about family history.

The world is excited about the news of the engagement between Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle, who will be marrying the fifth in line to the throne this Spring. To celebrate the news, we researched Markle’s family tree and discovered that she shares some well-known British relatives. According to our researchers, Meghan Markle has shared ancestors with both Winston Churchill and William Shakespeare!William Shakespeare (left) and Winston Churchill (right)

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