Posted by Ancestry Team in Family Research

Interview Relatives to Discover Your Family History

17 May 2011


Interview Grandma

Interview Grandma and other family members

Do you want to discover your family history, but are not quite sure where to start? One of the best ways to learn about your family history is also the most often overlooked. Interview your relatives!

You’ll be amazed by the wealth of information you can discover about the colorful personalities in your family simply by asking the right questions. Take the list of questions below to your next family gathering and start interviewing your relatives.

You can go through the entire list in one sitting or break it up into many sessions. You might even consider audio or video taping the sessions. Such tapes make a priceless record of your family and their stories for future generations.

Family History Interview Questions:

  • What is your full name? Why did your parents choose this name for you? Did you have a nickname?
  • When and where were you born? Where you told any stories about your birth?
  • What is your earliest childhood memory?
  • What were your brothers and sisters like?
  • What was school like for you as a child? What were your best and worst subjects? What school activities and sports did you participate in?
  • Did your family have any particular beliefs or traditions, or did you celebrate any special holidays?
  • Do you remember any fads from your youth? Popular hairstyles? Clothes? Music? What were your favorite things to do for fun? ?
  • What would you consider the most important inventions that have been made during your lifetime?
  • What world events had the most impact on you while you were growing up? Did any of them personally affect your family?
  • How old were you when you left home and where did you live?
  • Did you receive any further education or training?
  • Did you do military service? How long did you serve? What units or regiments did you belong to? Did you ever serve abroad?
  • What occupations have you had and where have you worked?
  • How did you meet your spouse? When did you get married? Did you go on honeymoon?
  • When and where were your children born? Do you have any stories about their births?
  • When and where were your parents born? What where their occupations?
  • Did your parents tell you how they met?
  • Of all the things you learned from your parents, what do you feel was the most valuable?
  • Do you remember your grandparents? Do you recall any stories about them, or details about their lives?
  • Did you ever hear stories about your great-grandparents? Did you meet them? Do you know where they lived or died?
  • Are there any special heirlooms, photos, bibles or other memorabilia that have been passed down in your family?
  • What do you know about your family surname?
  • Did you know of anyone in the family who migrated? Why did they leave their native land?

In closing, it’s always a good idea to ask if there is anything you haven’t asked that they would like to comment on. You’ll often be pleasantly surprised by the answers!

The questions above are intended as a guide so be sure to personalize conversations with your own questions as well. Have fun and don’t forget to update your Mundia family tree with your new discoveries and family stories.

Posted by Ancestry Team in Miscellaneous

Does your family have British roots?

12 Apr 2011


Guess The RelativeDo you think your family tree might have British roots? Would you like to travel to Great Britain to discover your living relatives?

Dragonfly Film and TV in the UK is making an exciting new game show featuring families and long-lost relatives. And they’re searching for people from all over the world, who think they might have British ancestry who they’ve never made contact with.

Whether your Great Great Grandfather was born in England or your Great Aunt lived in Scotland… If you think you, or anyone you know, may have British relatives you’ve never yet met, they want to hear about it!

Click HERE to apply!

Posted by Ancestry Team in New features

Introducing the Family Tree Side Panel

6 Apr 2011


View and edit close family of people in your tree

View and edit close family of people in your tree

Good news! Building your family tree on Mundia is now easier than ever. We’ve consolidated all the tree editing features into a convenient side panel, so now you can easily edit and view profile information without ever leaving your family tree. Log into Mundia now and click on a profile in your family tree to try out the new side panel

The new family tree side panel allows you to easily:

  • View and edit the details of a person in your tree
  • View a list of a person’s immediate family
  • Add close family members to anyone in your tree
  • See all the photos of people in your tree
  • Ask a family member for more information about a relative
  • Change the profile photo of a person in your tree
  • Delete someone from your tree

We’ve also made improvements to the family tree pedigree view. So now you can easily edit your family tree in your preferred view – bottom to top or left to right.

We’re really grateful for all the helpful feedback we’ve received and hope you’ll enjoy these latest site improvements. Log into your Mundia account now to take the new side panel for a spin.

Happy tree building!

Posted by Web Operations in Website

Temporary Site Problems with Member Trees

13 Jan 2011


We are experiencing some temporary site problems. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. Our development and web operations teams are working on the problem and we will have it resolved as quickly as possible.  Thank you for your patience.

UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 13, 2011 AT 5:15 PM MT/7:15 PM ET/12:15 AM GMT

We are pleased to inform everyone that the temporary site problem we experienced earlier has now been resolved.  Again, we apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused and truly appreciate your patience through this situation.

Posted by Ancestry Team in Miscellaneous

Announcing: A Fun New Feature to Help Build Your Family Tree

20 Dec 2010


We’re excited to let you in on a new Mundia feature that makes building your family tree faster, easier and more fun! Now you can collect points, earn badges and unlock features as you build your family tree.

When you log into Mundia for the first time, you’ll see a welcome message guiding you through suggested family tree tasks. Below your tree you’ll find a “scoreboard” showing your tree building progress, the number of family members in your tree, and a link to your task list.

Tree Building Progress Bar

The tree building progress bar

How Many Family Tree Points do you Have?

Log in to Mundia now and click the “View tasks” button to see an overview of tasks you’ve completed, points you’ve earned and tasks awaiting completion.

Tree Building Task List

Login to Mundia to see your tree building Task List

Click the “Add now” Button to Complete Tasks

To complete a task simply click on the “Add now” button in your task list and you’ll see useful tips to help you complete the task. With each completed task you will earn points and we’ll guide you step-by-step from one task to the next.

Once you’ve worked your way through most of the task list, you would have made a great start to your family tree. In recognition of your tree building accomplishments, when you get 32 points you will get a Mundia Seedling badge that you can post to Facebook if you like.

In the future we’ll be adding more tasks to guide you through the tree building process and more rewards to recognize the work you do on your tree. Not only will you be able to earn more badges, you can expect to unlock new features and make interesting discoveries as you progress with your tree.

We hope you find this new feature helpful in growing your family tree and connecting with your relatives. Don’t forget to check it out now and let us know what you think.

Have fun!

Posted by Ancestry Team in Miscellaneous

Apology for Mundia Blog Downtime

21 Nov 2010


Last week the Mundia blog was temporarily unavailable for server maintenance. While we expected the blog to be down for a few hours, unfortunately, due to a human error during maintenance, the blog became unavailable for a number of days.

If you tried to access the Mundia blog during this time you would have received an error message. As you know, our goal is to provide a useful resource of tips and ideas to help you build and grow your family tree. I am very sorry that we were unable to fulfill our commitment to you during the time that the blog was down. I know how confusing and frustrating it can be, not being able to access the content you want so I hope you will accept my sincere apology.

The good news is that as you can see, the problem has been resolved so thanks once again for your patience!

Posted by Ancestry Team in Miscellaneous

How do you feel about friending family on Facebook?

29 Oct 2010


Like most people, I joined Facebook to keep in touch with friends and reconnect with people I’d lost touch with. Since then more and more of my family have connected with me on Facebook and I am now Facebook friends with siblings, cousins, uncles, aunts and even my father!

I reckon about 60% of my family is on Facebook now. At first I was hesitant about allowing my family access to my Facebook profile, but it has not turned out to be a problem. In fact it’s been kind of fun catching up with family in The States who I’d lost touch with.

I’d love to hear about your experience. How much of your family is on Facebook (take the poll below) and what do you feel about friending family on Facebook?

Posted by Ancestry Team in Miscellaneous

We all make mistakes

23 Sep 2010


The single most common question we receive from members is, “How do I correct errors I make in building my tree?”  Don’t worry!  We realize that sometimes your research can lead you astray, or you can simply make a typo, or another common error and we make it easy to correct your mistakes.

When you hover your cursor over a family member’s name on your family tree you will see a popup that contains links to edit or delete an individual from your tree.  (Along with links to simply view their profile, pedigree, and family tree). 

 edit delete profile pop up


If you have made several errors to your tree, or simply placed someone in the incorrect location on you tree. (i.e. your mother is listed as your grandmother, etc.) it might be simplest to delete the person from the tree and start again.  To do that click on the edit/delete person link and then the ‘delete person’ link in the new window that appears.

 delete node pop up

If you simply need to edit information such as the birth date, death date, etc you can fill in the correct information and then click ‘save’. 

You can repeat these steps for each change you need to make to correct errors in your tree as many times as necessary.  So, don’t worry about mistakes, get started building your family tree today.

Posted by Ancestry Team in Miscellaneous

Announcing the Winners of the Mundia Photo Upload and Tagging Lucky Draw

17 Sep 2010


ipod_nanoThanks to everyone who entered the Mundia photo upload and tagging lucky draw by uploading and tagging 5 photos to Mundia. We’ve randomly selected three lucky winners of an iPod Nano or a Kodak Zi8 pocket video camera from everyone who qualified to enter.

The winners are:

  • Diana Sanchez Wittke from Argentina
  • Lyudmila Koshetar from Russia
  • Carlos Napoli from Argentina

The 3 winners have been notified by email and their preferred prize will be sent out to them next week.

Thanks again to everyone who participated by sharing their family photos on Mundia. If you weren’t lucky enough to win a prize this time around, then keep your eyes peeled for upcoming Mundia promotions.

Have a great weekend with friends and family!

Posted by Ancestry Team in Miscellaneous

Project Idea: Family Heirlooms

9 Sep 2010


Recently my husband’s grandmother moved into an assisted living facility, so we were all gathered together helping to clear out her home of the sixty some odd years of collectables, knick-knacks and family heirlooms she had gathered during her life.  My husband’s grandfather passed away when my husband was in high school, and was a major influence on his life.  It’s because of his grandfather that my husband enjoys gardening and woodworking.   When everyone in the family was encouraged to choose items to keep from the home, my husband made a straight line to the woodshop to gather up some of his grandfather’s tools.  Using the tools that his grandfather had used is an emotional connection for my husband. 

This got me thinking about the family keepsakes that I have from my own family.  I have a crystal ring box that was my great-grandmothers; I have antique plates decorating my kitchen that were my grandmother’s.  But the real treasures, those are still held by my own mother.  She has quilts that my great-grandmother loomed the fabric, and pieced together to form a pattern.  They are beautiful, and in an era where things are mass-produced and copied they are a little awe inspiring for me.  They are an inspiration for my own mother, who is passionate about quilting and sewing.

While you’re building your own family tree and sharing family stories why not take photographs of some of your family heirloom pieces, and then write a little about them and their history and share them on your page?  Invite and encourage your other family members to join you and share their own photographs and stories as well!  Perhaps you can even find an old photo of someone in your family using, or holding, the treasured item!

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