Genealogy Data Helps Researchers Track Rare Disease

A Canadian team of researchers used genealogical data from Quebec to retrace the history of a rare recessive disease using a computational approach for inferring rare allele transmission history. The disease is called chronic atrial and intestinal dysrhythmia (CAID). It was traced back to Quebec founder families. The researchers were from McGill University and elsewhere. […]

Are You Related To Taylor Swift?

Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania, and grew up in the suburban Philadelphia area. Her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, was a financial advisor, and her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), was a homemaker who worked previously as a mutual fund marketing executive. She has a younger brother named […]

Profile of the Day: Frank Sinatra

Happy birthday to Ol’ Blue Eyes! Today we remember iconic singer Frank Sinatra on what would have been his 103rd birthday. Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. A big baby at 13.5 pounds, Sinatra had to be delivered with the aid of forceps. As a result, he was left with severe scars on his left cheek, neck, and ear and lasting damage to his eardrum. He got his start singing… Read the full story

Family History Vignettes

A ‘vignette’ is a short story, description, account, or episode. It is generally between 800 and 1,000 words in length. The word ‘vignette’ comes from the French word “vigne”, which means “little vine”. In a vignette, one would express a certain moment, mood, aspect, setting, character, or object. Most of all, it should be short, […]

Profile of the Day: Edward VIII

On this day in 1936, history was made when Edward VIII became the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. He ascended to the throne after the death of his father, George V. However, his reign had caused unease in government circles. Only months into his reign, the King announced his engagement to Wallis Simpson, an American socialite and divorcée. Their relationship was controversial from the start and news of their engagement would lead to a constitutional crisis. The government, the public and… Read the full story

MyHeritage Introduces the Family Discovery Kit

MyHeritage has introduced the MyHeritage Family Discovery Kit. It is brought to MyHeritage in partnership with Project Life by Becky Higgins. Use the MyHeritage Family Discovery Kit to capture your family’s unique story. The MyHeritage Family Discovery Kit involves more than DNA. It is aimed at family historians who want to record their family’s history […]

Are You Related To Hailee Steinfeld?

Steinfeld was born on December 11, 1996, in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Cheri (née Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She has an older brother, Griffin. Her paternal uncle is fitness trainer Jake Steinfeld, and her maternal grand-uncle is former child actor Larry Domasin. […]