MyHeritage Complete on Sale for 50% Off – thru Thursday, Nov 23

As my readers all know, I am a great fan of MyHeritage. Sure – I have other database subscriptions, but my MyHeritage subscription is my go-to site for finding more relatives.

To celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday, I have arranged a great offer I think you should check out: FULL ACCESS to everything on MyHeritage for HALF THE PRICE!

MyHeritage is an award-winning genealogy website that helps millions of users around the world discover their family history — and it can help you, too, achieve a breakthrough in your research.

With this offer, you can access all MyHeritage features and collections for half of the normal MyHeritage Complete subscription price! Hurry, this offer is good for 7 days only! Offer expires Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Take advantage of this offer now for 50% off MyHeritage
*Offer valid for NEW MyHeritage subscribers only

“I was amazed at the results. Within minutes MyHeritage.com showed me more information about a number of my ancestors than I had found in 35 years of searching on my own!”
Dick Eastman, Author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

MyHeritage offers billions of records and the industry’s most powerful automatic matching technologies, which “research while you sleep”.

Following are a just few of the things I personally love about MyHeritage – and the reasons why…

MyHeritage Matches by source: Clicking on Discoveries at the top of the Home page, I get a listing of 92 sources which contain 6,336 matches to folks in my family tree that I have loaded on MyHeritage. I can’t list all 92 sources here, but a few are: Compilation of Published Sources – 467 matches; U.S. Social Security Death Index – 228 matches; 1930 U.S. Federal Census – 203 matches; 1860 Federal Census – 94 matches; U.S. WWI Draft Registrations – 60 matches; Kentucky Births – 57 matches; California Births – 44 matches; Germany Births and Baptisms 1858-1898 – 38 matches; Indiana Marriages 1811-1959 – 24 matches; 1881 England & Wales Census – 15 matches; Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1960 – 5 matches. And so forth…

Although almost every one of the 6,336 matches is useful, I have enjoyed the Compilation of Published Sources (with 467 matches) the most, as many of these matches just wouldn’t ever be easily found elsewhere. Just recently I found a note in an obscure Indiana local history found in the database that my great-grandfather Arnold Feller’s second wife, Evangeline, remarried after his death on September 22, 1907. On March 3, 1909 she married Willis S. Eavens (b Feb 19 1849) and they resided in Greeley, Weld, County, Colorado. New information to me… and info that will lead to further research.

Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 database: This new and unique database has been invaluable to me in my quest to identify each of the Meitzler immigrants to the USA. Most of them came through the Port of New York. In 1897, immigration officials began asking the arrivals for the name and address of the relative or friend whom they were joining in the USA and in 1907, they began asking for the name and address of their closest relative or friend in their home country. The written responses to these supplemental manifest questions are now been indexed by MyHeritage for the first time, adding an additional 26.6 million indexed names! The pages where these names are found are often on a second page – a page that was most often missed by researchers. MyHeritage stitched the pages together – so now they can quickly be found. As an example, Earnst Meitzler, age 20, from Darmstadt, arrived in 1925. According to the manifest, his father was Jacob Meitzler, of Heidelbergstr. 25, Darmstadt. Earnst’s final destination was to be West Orange, New Jersey. On the (stitched) second page, we find that he was joining his friend, George Merck, of Llewellyn Park, West Orange, N.J. Earnst had but $7.50 on him at arrival. He planned to stay in the U.S.A., and become a citizen. He was 5 ft. 10 in., fair complexion,  with blonde hair and green eyes. He was born in Darmstadt, Germany – and had obtained his visa #20597 at Frankfurt on December 24, 1924. All that information was on page two!

Another wahoo! find in these records was that of a cousin, Anna L. Meitzler, who was living with the Charles Meitzler family in Brighton, New York in 1892. All I knew about her was that there was a family story that she’d had an affair with my married grandfather, George. Well… searching the MyHeritage database again – this time specifically for A. Meitzler, I found her arriving in 1888 on the Noordland from Kriegsfield (where my Meitzlers were from in the Pfalz). Not only that, she was traveling with two other folks from Kriegsfeld – one of whom I suspect is a close relative (based on the name).

DNA: I’ve done a MyHeritage DNA test which has resulted in finding hundreds of cousins scattered all over the world. However, another little-known DNA-related service at MyHeritage is their “Upload DNA data.” If you or your family members have already taken a DNA test, you can upload the DNA data to MyHeritage to reveal your ancestry and ethnicity for at no cost to you at all! By the way, the MyHeritage Thanksgiving DNA sale is on right now, with kits available for only $59 (40% off – buy 3 and get free shipping).

Instant Discoveries: This feature locates families that match yours throughout the Internet, and allows you to instantly add folks to your database. Personally, I don’t instantly add anything, but I use the data to grow and broaden my family tree – once I’ve sourced and satisfied myself that the data is correct. This is a great tool to find ancestors as well as cousins.

Matches by People: This feature compares people in your database with data found from many sources. Picking one for Karl (Charles) Meitzler – I found several pending matches. One for an 1880 Federal Census record, two for his christening in Kriegsfeld, Pfalz; and a couple matching to databases online. I could spend weeks just matching all the hits I get in this feature.

Join 91 million users who have built trees with 2 billion tree profiles.

The MyHeritage Complete Plan includes:
• Private family site with unlimited capacity
• Automatic Record Matches
• Vital records from 48 countries
• Smart Matches™ with 38 million trees
• Record Detective™ II
• Book Matching
• PedigreeMap™
• Sun Charts™
• Consistency Checker
• NEW Photo Discoveries™
• Over 8.2 billion historical records
• Start a new tree or import GEDCOM
• Unlimited photo storage
• Apps for iOS/Android smartphones and tablets
• Military and immigration records
• 1790-1940 US census
• 1841-1911 England & Wales census
• Compilation of Published Sources collection with over 450,000 books and 91 million pages
• Family Tree Builder premium software

For a limited time, GenealogyBlog and Genealogy Newsline readers can join for only $125.29 for a one-year MyHeritage Complete subscription, which includes everything on MyHeritage. To get this low price, join before Thursday, November 23, 2017. That’s a savings of 50 percent!

Click here to join MyHeritage today for only $125.29!
*Offer valid for NEW MyHeritage subscribers only

Thank you,
Leland K. Meitzler

MyHeritage Acquires the Legacy Family Tree Software and Webinar Platform

MyHeritage has acquired Millenia Corporation. Based on my experience with both companies, I think this will be a good deal for the users of both companies.

The following news release is from my friend, Daniel Horowitz, at MyHeritage.com:

TEL AVIV, Israel & SURPRISE, Arizona, August 3, 2017 — MyHeritage, the leading global destination for family history and DNA testing, announced today its acquisition of Millennia Corporation, makers of the popular genealogy desktop software Legacy Family Tree and genealogy webinar platform, Legacy Family Tree Webinars. This is MyHeritage’s ninth acquisition to date.

With hundreds of thousands of devoted users since 1997, Legacy Family Tree consistently ranks among the top three most popular and highly rated genealogy software products in the industry. The Legacy Family Tree Webinar platform — which has amassed a large and dedicated fan base since 2010 — draws speakers who are leaders in their field and covers a wide variety of topics, including genealogical research methodology, DNA, and historical records, representing a full array of educational genealogy content.

MyHeritage, which has developed a world-class, global mobile and Web platform for family trees, historical records and DNA testing, used by more than 90 million users worldwide, will now offer its services to Legacy’s users.

Legacy Family Tree will retain its full staff and continue developing its software and webinar platform, backed by MyHeritage’s resources. Millennia Corporation and MyHeritage have started joint work on a new version of the Legacy Family Tree software — version 10 — which will include the optional capability to sync family trees to MyHeritage’s website and use the free MyHeritage mobile app to make remote updates to their family trees on the Legacy software. Legacy Family Tree version 9 has already integrated matching to MyHeritage’s 40 million family trees and to its historical records collection — which surpassed 8 billion records this week.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will continue to feature diverse and informative content, and will be promoted to the millions of MyHeritage users, to increase the webinars’ audience. The webinar platform will also enjoy infrastructure upgrades to support increased concurrent viewership.

“We are very happy with the Legacy Family Tree acquisition as it gives us valuable assets that are highly complementary to our own, and a solid team.” said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “We look forward to providing Legacy’s software and webinar platform with useful upgrades, and to welcoming Legacy’s huge user base of experienced genealogists to enhance their genealogical explorations through MyHeritage’s services.”

“The more I’ve learned about and experimented with MyHeritage, the more I have felt we need to partner together,” said Geoff Rasmussen, founder of Legacy Family Tree Webinars. “The technology behind their online trees and historical records is incredible — second to none. MyHeritage has positioned itself to become the leader of the future of the genealogy industry and we can be a part of it. It’s the perfect match: our software and webinars combined with their resources, technologies, and international reach will help both of us accomplish our mission — to help the world find their ancestors.”

“I’m excited for us to join forces with MyHeritage,” said Dave Berdan, President of Millennia Corporation. “MyHeritage clearly cares for genealogists and continues to invest in desktop genealogy software, in contrast to one of its major rivals that has done the opposite, shutting down its desktop genealogy software and then selling it off. As we’re passionate about genealogy, our team is happy to have found in MyHeritage kindred spirits and we’re excited about the value that we can create together to benefit millions of genealogists worldwide.”

For more information about this announcement and for answers to frequently asked questions, visit:
http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2017/08/legacy-family-tree-has-a-new-home-with-myheritage.html

Genealogy Giants: Comparing the Four Major Websites

“Which genealogy website should I use?” It’s one of the most-asked questions in genealogy — and this quick reference guide answers it!

Use this jammed-packed cheat sheet to quickly and easily compare all of the most important features of the four biggest international genealogy websites: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com and MyHeritage.com. Then consult it every time your research budget, needs or goals change. Tables, bulleted lists and graphics make this guide as easy to use as it is informative.

Family Roots Publishing purchased a large quantity of these guides, and is making them available at 10% off thru the NGS Conference this week – plus a couple days. The sale runs through May 15. Click on this link to order.

This comprehensive quick reference guide explains:

  • How knowing about all four websites can improve your family history research
  • How the sites stack up when it comes to the numbers of historical records, names in trees, DNA profiles, site users, site languages and subscription costs
  • Unique strengths of each website and cautions for using each
  • What to keep in mind as you evaluate record content between sites
  • Geographic record strengths: A unique table has an at-a-glance comparison for 30+ countries
  • How to see what kinds of records are on each site without subscribing
  • How family trees are structured differently at these websites — and why it matters
  • Privacy, collaboration and security options at each site
  • How DNA testing features differ at the two websites that offer it
  • What you can do with free guest accounts at each website
  • Subscription and free access options

Click on the following link to order:
Genealogy Giants: Comparing the 4 Major Websites QuickGuide, by Sunny Morton; Editor: Lisa Louise Cooke; 8.5×11; 4 pp, 10 mil, tear resistant, water resistant synthetic – folded; April 27 2017; QuickGuide; Item #: Lu27

Sunny Morton is a genealogy writer whose work is read by thousands in magazines and online. As a Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems, she frequently posts on the news, but also loves to share quick research tips, reveal little-known resources or take genealogists for an exhilarating dive into deeper research topics and techniques. She’s also the author of My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories.

Complete MyHeritage Subscription & DNA Test – $199 (Reg. $349) Now Thru Tuesday, Feb 21

As far as I can tell, the following is the best offer ever made for a MyHeritage Complete Subscription plus a MyHeritage DNA Test. 

I just returned from RootsTech, where I was again most impressed with the latest technological advances made by MyHeritage.com. While at the conference, they made two major announcements – one about their new “Photo Discoveries” feature, and another about the new Consistency Checker for online family trees at MyHeritage. Of course, Photo Discoveries was the most exciting new feature, as we can now count on getting far more photos in our trees than we’ve ever had before. NOTE: Since sending this out in the Genealogy Newsline last Monday, I’ve added the discount link to the above Photo Discoveries and Consistency Checker news releases – as I’ve had at least one reader attempt to get the discount directly from the MyHeritage Blog. WRONG PLACE! Thus the added paragraph and links in those blogs.

As I blogged last November, MyHeritage is now a major player in the DNA testing business. While at RootsTech, I worked out an exclusive offer for my readers. Subscribe to MyHeritage, and get their Complete Subscription, PLUS a MyHeritage DNA Test (with FREE shipping!) – all for just $199 (Reg. $349). This is the lowest price that I’ve ever seen offered! This offer was only good through February 20, but I got it extended for an additional day – through the 21st.  Click on this link to take advantage of the offer.

Since sending this offer out earlier, staff at MyHeritage have clarified that the offer is for new MyHeritage subscribers or those who have had subscription in the past and it is expired for at least 3 months. Anyone having a current subscription will not be able to see the offer when they click on the links… Sorry!

As my readers know, I’ve been a big fan of MyHeritage for a long time. Traditionally, I have considered the company and their website to be the European competitor to Ancestry.com, while FindMyPast filled the same niche for British research. Both MyHeritage and FindMyPast have expanded into the United States and Canada markets in recent years, with hundreds of millions of records of specific interest to Americans and their northern cousins.

Led by their founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet, MyHeritage has consistently pushed the technology envelope. The technology that Gilad and his team have produced has allowed millions of genealogists worldwide to find more ancestors. New search technologies have kept MyHeritage at the forefront of the online database business for several years. And that technology continues to make huge advances.

MyHeritage is far more than just a place to build online family trees. While their trees continue to grow dramatically, they continue to collect data in many forms worldwide. Many of their users are our European and British cousins whose data may often be accessed at the site. Using the MyHeritage technologies, users are prompted to check out new MyHeritage Discoveries, Smart Matches and Record Matches. 

Based on my personal experience with MyHeritage, I highly recommend the site, as well as their DNA test. As I mentioned early in this article, I’ve worked out a promotion for my readers offering a Complete Subscription, plus the DNA test for only $199. What’s a Complete Subscription? It’s a MyHeritage membership which includes all the MyHeritage Data, as well as the Trees. Click Here to take advantage of this amazing offer.

This offer will give you the following:
• Your Personal Private site with unlimited capacity
• Start a new tree or import by GEDCOM
• Unlimited photo storage
• Apps for the iOs/Android smart phones and tablets
• Family Tree Builder premium software for the PC and MAC
• Smart Matches with 35 Million trees
• Automatic Record Matches
• Full Privacy Control
• Global Name Translation
• Record Detective II
• Over 7 billion historical records
• More than 100 Million newspapers
• Vital records from 48 countries
• 1790-1940 USA census records
• 1841-1911 England and Wales census records
• Over 5 million Dutch records
 NEW Compilation of Published Sources collection with over 450,000 books and 91 million pages
• Book Matching
NEW PedigreeMap
• NEW Sun Charts
 Join 87 million users who have built trees with 2 billion people.

Don’t just take my word for it. The following comment was made by my friend, Dick Eastman:
“I was amazed at the results. Within minutes MyHeritage.com showed me more information about a number of my ancestors than I had found in 35 years of searching on my own”
Dick Eastman – Author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Here’s the deal: $199 for a full year of a Complete Subscription to  MyHeritage – that’s their PremiumPlus Family Site, their Data Plan, and a DNA Testing Kit. Everything!!! Again – This is the lowest price I’ve ever seen for these products, So Click here to order yours today. Did I mention that the DNA Test Kit ships FREE! Order now, as this price will only be offered through Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

Note that the offer is for Genealogy Newsline Readers. However, since I author and own Genealogy Newsline, I can also offer it to my GenealogyBlog.com readers and folks that read me through social media. The landing screen from the above link says “Genealogy NewslineReaders” but all my readers and friends are included. Note that I do get a portion of the subscription fee when folks use my links during the promotion period – and I thank you for that support.

Kind regards,
Leland K Meitzler
Genealogy Newsline & GenealogyBlog.com

The New Consistency Checker for Online Family Trees at MyHeritage

NOTE: If you wish to order the bundle of the Full Subscription to MyHeritage & a DNA test for $199, Click on this link. The links below, as well as the link within the illustration just go to MyHeritage, and DO NOT include the special offer. I say this, because I’ve found that one of my readers was very confused, attempting to order the special offer directly from the MyHeritage blog, which these links go to. The offer is good through February 21, 2017.

I got a full demonstration of the new MyHeritage Family Tree Consistency Checker at RootsTech. This feature will make what could be a difficult project very simple. The following is from the MyHeritage Blog. To read more details, with examples, click on the illustration.

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., a person was born before their parent, or when the parent was too young to be a parent) to the subtle and hard to find (e.g., a person was tagged in a photo and the photo is dated before the person’s birth; or two full siblings were born 5 months apart, which is impossible). Some of the issues it finds are factual mistakes (e.g. wrong birth date entered), some are bad practices (e.g. birth year entered as 22 instead of 1922, or prefix entered as part of the first name instead of in the prefix field), some are warnings about possible data entry errors (e.g. a woman’s married surname was apparently entered as her maiden surname, or a place was entered that looks suspiciously like a date) and some are inconsistencies you may want to fix, such as references to the same place name with two different spellings. Any issue you feel is fine and should intentionally not be addressed can easily be marked to be ignored and will not be reported again.

A similar Consistency Checker tool has long been available in our Family Tree Builder software and has been very much appreciated by the many users who have taken advantage of it. We are now providing it for the 37.1 million family trees managed by our users on the MyHeritage website. Genealogists who care about the accuracy of their information, as all genealogists should be, will be delighted with the opportunity to catch mistakes in their data and fix them. Take the challenge and run the Consistency Checker on your tree! Will your tree come out clean, with flying colors, or is it in need of serious cleanup? Most of the issues are easy to fix and we are sure that you will enjoy the process.

Read the full blog post.

New Discoveries Pages at MyHeritage

Well, MyHeritage has done it again. My favorite genealogy database website just got even better. They have combined their Smart Matches and Record Matches into one unified interface. I love it… The following is from Daniel Horowitz at MyHeritage.

The Discoveries pages provide a unified experience for all matches, organizing them into two main pages: Matches by People and Matches by Source. Now you can look at all matches that were found for a particular individual in your family tree, or all matches found in a particular collection of historical records or matching family tree. Whatever you choose to use, the new pages combine Smart Matches (matches with trees) and Record Matches (matches with records) into the same unified and consistent interface.

We also now display the new information that each match provides, and matches are arranged by the value that they add to your family tree, so that those matches that add the most value are listed first. This saves you time and allows you to focus on the most valuable matches. You can easily save all new and improved information to your family tree.

MyHeritage is known throughout the industry for it’s matching technologies, and they have just gotten even better with a great new user interface. The new pages are easier to use, more intuitive and much faster than the previous layout.

Please learn more about the Discoveries page at the MyHeritage official blog post dealing with the new technology.

Announcing new Pro Bono initiative: Tribal Quest

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MyHeritage Launches Global Pro Bono Initiative to Document the Family Histories of Remote Tribes

Tribal Quest team members visit indigenous communities to create their family trees and record their family stories online, preserving them for future generations

TEL AVIV, Israel & WINDHOEK, Namibia & PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea, May 10, 2016MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, unveiled today a new initiative — Tribal Quest — to record the family histories of communities that lack access to modern technology.

MyHeritage has completed its first two Tribal Quest expeditions to Namibia and Papua New Guinea, meeting elders and families of the Himba people in Namibia, and different tribal groups in Papua New Guinea. Collaborating with local guides, MyHeritage teams spent three weeks in each destination, interviewing hundreds of community members, taking thousands of family photos, gathering information at cemeteries, and attending local community events and rituals. The teams then processed all the data they gathered, cross-correlated and tagged it, and organized the family history information of over 6,000 members of tribal communities in 55 richly-detailed family trees. This information is now saved online on MyHeritage, preserving cultural heritage and personal family histories of tribal people forever.

At one of the villages deep in the rural Kunene region of Namibia, Tribal Quest team members met Mbunguha, a village elder who recounted family stories going back many generations. Mbunguha’s parents told him that he had been born during a particularly intense drought, marking a tough period for his family. He now worries about the effects that recent repetitive droughts, and the resulting economic instability, will have on his community. With the traditional Himba way of life now in decline and globalization and urbanization on the rise, Mbunguha is concerned that many family traditions will be lost. Mbunguha was eager to participate in the project and have his family history recorded to ensure that it is not lost for the next generations of the village. Mbunguha’s family tree — and those of his clan — are now preserved online on MyHeritage.

Further expeditions to other remote destinations are currently being planned.

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“Across a wide range of diverse cultures and traditions, we all have family in common; we all learn from and honor our ancestors,” said Golan Levi, User Experience Expert at MyHeritage and founder of the Tribal Quest project. “This project aims to allow people around the world — no matter where or how they live — to save their ancestors’ legacies forever, for the benefit of their descendants, and our descendants.”

“We are privileged to be the global destination of choice for millions of people interested in discovering and preserving their family history,” said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “We love combining our work with pro bono projects, utilizing our technologies and our enthusiastic staff to bring the benefits of genealogy to more people. With Tribal Quest we are preserving diverse cultural heritage that is at risk, and doing it uniquely at the level of individuals and families. If we don’t do this, nobody else will, and therefore we must do it.”

The Namibia expedition is showcased online at www.tribalquest.org; Papua New Guinea expedition materials will be added soon. Visit the website to learn more about the project, view photos and read stories of the Himba people, and to get involved.
View the Tribal Quest introduction video.

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About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is the world’s fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees, and ground­breaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. www.myheritage.com

MyHeritage Releases Exclusive Book Matching Technology for Family History

This is it, folks! This announcement is the one I’ve been waiting for! I’ve been writing that some new technology was coming from MyHeritage for the last two weeks – and it’s arrived. Pretty amazing stuff!

To find your ancestors in the books, go to the MyHeritage website. Bs sure and have a family tree posted at the site. Then:

1. Click on the Discoveries Tab on the top of the Home page.

2. Click on Record Matches

3. Click on Compilation of Published Sources.

Enjoy!

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, April 7, 2016 — MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, has launched today a revolutionary addition to its suite of technologies: Book Matching. This innovation automatically researches users’ family trees in historical books with high precision.

In April 2012 MyHeritage launched SuperSearch™, a search engine for historical records, which has since then grown to include 6.6 billion historical records, including birth, marriage, death and census records. By implementing its vision of enhancing genealogy with technology, MyHeritage then developed a line of unique and sophisticated technologies that automatically match the records from the search engine to the 32 million family trees uploaded by its users.

In December 2015, MyHeritage expanded its data collections to include digitized historical books, with an initial corpus of 150,000 books of high genealogical value. This collection was tripled last week to 450,000 books with 91 million pages. With a team of more than 50 dedicated curators, MyHeritage aims to add hundreds of millions of pages of digitized books to the collection each year.

As of today, MyHeritage users will receive matches between profiles in their family trees and the books from this collection. The Book Matching technology analyzes the book texts semantically, understanding complex narrative that describes people, and matches it to the 2 billion individuals in MyHeritage family trees with extremely high accuracy. This breakthrough technology is the first of its kind, and is exclusive to MyHeritage.

Book Matching has produced more than 80 million matches, and this number will continue to grow as the collection grows and as the family trees on MyHeritage continue to expand. Book Matching is currently available for English books, and the technology is being enhanced to cover additional languages. In addition, de-duplication technology is being added in the next few weeks to remove duplicate books that have been scanned and OCRed more than once by different sources.

“No one has ever done this before,” said MyHeritage Chief Technology Officer, Sagi Bashari. “Our Book Matching technology reads hundreds of thousands of books for you, every hour, comparing them to your family tree and pointing you to relevant excerpts about your ancestors with almost no false positives. MyHeritage is the first to offer full semantic text analysis in this way, and the genealogical breakthroughs speak for themselves. You will be amazed at the value of books for your research.”

“I’ve personally seen what this new technology can do, using my own family tree,” said blogger and lifelong genealogist Leland Meitzler. “It found well over 500 books with information on my family, most of which I’d never seen before. All kinds of ancestors and relatives can now be added to my tree! To say that this new search technology changes everything would be an overstatement, but not by much.”

Genealogist James Tanner said: “This advanced technology from MyHeritage opens up a whole new world of research possibilities that were almost completely unavailable in the past. I have always valued the content of the older genealogy books because the people who wrote them were contemporaries with my ancestors. Being able to search these books on a large scale will change the way most of us have been doing genealogy and our attitude towards the books that have been there all along but were not searchable.”

Dick Eastman, of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, summed up MyHeritage’s latest innovation: “MyHeritage Book Matching is like having a huge library at your fingertips, with a twist; there is a magical librarian who tells you exactly which books have information about your ancestors.”

Book Matches are available at www.myheritage.com and are generated automatically for any family tree built on the website or imported into it. A Data subscription is required to view Book Matches.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the world’s fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground­breaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. www.myheritage.com

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MyHeritage Adds Audio Recordings For Interviewing Your Relatives

Now this is cool… And just in time for RootsTech 2016! Check out the following note from MyHeritage, and then go read their blog full blogpost about the new feature.

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We’ve just released a new feature in the MyHeritage mobile app: Audio Recordings. You can now interview your relatives directly from their profile in the family tree, and store your family’s stories for future generations in your MyHeritage family site.

The MyHeritage mobile app is free. It’s available for iPhone, iPad and Android, and it lets you access and enhance your family tree on the go. The Audio Recordings feature is now available in both the iOS and Android versions of the mobile app.

Read the full blogpost at MyHeritage.com.

MyHeritage Adds Cool New Collaboration Technology to its Search Engine – I Love This!

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It looks like MyHeritage has done it again. This time they’ve used their search engine technology to help connect people who may be searching the same names. Using the new Search Connect™, I went looking for anyone searching on the name Meitzler. I checked that I wanted “exact spelling” to clear out the hundreds of Metzler searches I was sure to find. Sure enough – I found four, three searches made by USA residents and one by someone in Poland. The first item was a search for my brother, Neil Meitzler, who passed away in February of 2009. I just sent off a message to Shannon a few minutes ago. See the screen print for my search at the bottom of this blog.

The following was received from my friend, Daniel Horowitz:

MyHeritage Adds New Collaboration Technology to its Search Engine for Family History Breakthroughs

Search Connect™ converts users’ searches into results for other users, connecting people who are looking for the same ancestors and fostering collaboration

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, November 04, 2015 – MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, unveiled today an innovation that fosters collaboration in family history research. Search Connect™ enables users to easily find others who are looking for the same ancestors or relatives, and get in touch with them.

Search Connect™ includes millions of searches made by MyHeritage members. Each search is indexed along with the full metadata (dates, places, relatives and more) included in the user’s query. When another user searches for similar information, previous searches are included within the results, along with the means to get in touch with the users who conducted them.

MyHeritage conceived the Search Connect™ innovation in April 2012 when it launched SuperSearch™ its search engine for historical records. SuperSearch™ has since grown at a phenomenal pace to include 6.2 billion historical records, and Search Connect™ has amassed more than 30 million entries from searches for rare names. The size of the collection will continue to increase as users conduct new searches. Users can easily opt out and turn off the feature if they do not want MyHeritage to record their searches.

Search Connect™ is complemented by MyHeritage’s new Global Name Translation™ technology, which allows users to find other people who searched for the same name in another language. For example, a user from the USA whose last name is Mogilevsky who queries Search Connect™ to find potential relatives, will successfully find people who searched for the same last name in English, Russian, Hebrew or other languages and see who they were searching for. This maximizes the chances of locating previously unknown family members anywhere in the world.

View an example of SearchConnect™ with translation.

“MyHeritage specializes in developing innovative technologies for family history discoveries”, said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “We are particularly excited about Search Connect™ because it enables users to benefit from the knowledge of others. When searching for an elusive ancestor who had left no trace behind, Search Connect™ reveals other people who are searching for the same person, which is the next best thing. We anticipate that many of our users will discover long-lost family members thanks to this unique addition.”

Viewing Search Connect™ results is free. A MyHeritage subscription is required to contact other users.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the world’s fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and groundbreaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. www.myheritage.com

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Revealed to be Distant Cousins

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This story probably shouldn’t even have made the papers, as most all of us are as related these these two guys. But – it is interested. Click on the illustration or the links for the full article that shows the relationship – ancestor by ancestor.

  • Trump, through his mother, and Clinton, through her father are related
  • Pair of presidential front-runners share 18th great-grandparents
  • Ancestor John of Gaunt was son of King Edward III at beginning of what became War of Roses secession debacle

Presidential candidate Donald Trump may criticize rival Hillary Clinton regularly, but the Republican and Democratic front-runners are actually distant relatives. Both the real estate tycoon and former Secretary of State are the direct descendants of 14th century 1st Duke of Lancaster John of Gaunt and his third wife Katherine Swynford, according to the ancestry site MyHeritage.com.

The above excerpt is from the August 25, 2015 edition of DailyMail.co.uk.

MyHeritage.com Cheat Sheet

MyHeritage.com Cheat SheetThere is a new entry in the world of ever popular laminated quick guides for genealogists. This latest entry is for anyone who has, or has been considering, signing up with MyHeritage.com. The guide: MyHeritage.com Cheat Sheet by Sunny Jane Morton.

The guide gets going with an easy to follow check list for getting started on MyHeritage.com. The first page also offers a quick description of the six main tabs or sections on the site (Home, Family Tree, Discoveries, Photos, Apps, and Research). The page ends with six easy steps to customizing your welcome page.

Page 2 shows a copy of the family tree page with bubble descriptions for each primary element on the page. There is also a descriptions about what each individual’s box contains and what the various symbols mean, as well as details about personal profiles.

The third page covers the process of researching records and trees, along with automated search tools and the process for syncing your family tree with your home computer.

The guide ends with two charts on the final page. The first chart will offers a list of navigational options and how to get there on the MyHeritage site. For example, where to upload a tree, or where to create and print custom family tree charts as PDFs. The second chart clearly explains membership options on the site. This will allow new users to easily choose what level of subscription may interest them, and allow existing users to see the advantage of upgrading their subscription.

Like virtually all quick guides, this guide is a four-page, full-color laminated brochure, meant to be easily stored, easily referenced while working, and sized to take with you on the road.

You can order MyHeritage.com Cheat Sheet from Family Roots Publishing.

MyHeritage Launches Breakthrough Global Name Translation™ Technology to Power Family History Discoveries

The following is from Daniel Horowitz, at MyHeritage.com:

New technology eliminates language barriers to enhance family history research and preservation

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah – July 8, 2015: MyHeritage, the leading destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, today announced the launch of Global Name Translation™, a new technology to help families break through language barriers in the quest to uncover their past. The technology automatically translates names found in historical records and family trees from one language into another, in very high accuracy, generating all the plausible translations, to facilitate matches between names in different languages. In addition, a manual search in one language will also provide results in other languages, translated back to the user’s language for convenience. This is a unique innovation not offered elsewhere, useful for anyone interested in discovering their global roots.

There are many immediate benefits for users. For example, people living in the USA with Russian roots previously had to search for their ancestors in Russian to maximize their chances of finding pertinent information. The new technology will now accept searches in English, automatically increase their scope to cover Russian and Ukrainian as well, and conveniently translate all results back to English.

The new technology also enhances the acclaimed MyHeritage matching technologies to bridge across language gaps. For example, If a user from Greece with a family tree in Greek, is related to a user from Israel with a family tree entered in Hebrew, MyHeritage will be able to connect them, automatically matching between names in the ancient languages of Greek and Hebrew, and show the two users how their family trees overlap, leading to exciting family reunions like never before.

“Global Name Translation™ helps overcome the Tower of Babel syndrome”, said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “The world is getting smaller and more connected, yet information from other countries is still mostly hidden from those who don’t speak the language. It’s our mission to develop the best technologies for facilitating family history discoveries for everyone, everywhere. Therefore we set an ambitious goal of taking down one of the most formidable walls that hampers research and discovery – the difficulty of translating names from one language to another. We’re proud to have pioneered this solution and thrilled with the value that it will provide to users around the world.”

MyHeritage has developed this technology using original research, advanced algorithms and based on its massive multilingual and international database of 6 billion family tree profiles and historical records. The technology covers first names and last names and is able to tackle not only names encountered in the past but also new names it has never encountered before. The technology is generic but also utilizes extensive dictionaries built by MyHeritage to cover synonyms and nicknames. Therefore a search for Alessandro (Alexander in Italian) will also find “Саша” which is the Russian form of Sasha, a popular nickname of Alexander in Russia.

The first version successfully translates names in between English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Greek, Hebrew, Polish, Czech, Russian and Ukrainian. The next version currently in development will add Chinese and Japanese, and additional languages will follow.

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To take advantage of Global Name Translation™ technology, create a new family tree for free on MyHeritage and enjoy the automatic matches or use MyHeritage’s SuperSearch search engine for historical records.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the leading destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground-breaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. www.myheritage.com

Reactions to Instant Discoveries Made by Folks on the Streets of Oslo, Norway

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A few months ago, I posted a blog with video capturing the reactions of people on the streets of New York City as they successfully made Instant Discoveries™ on MyHeritage. Now MyHeritage has done a similar video, this time on the streets of Oslo, Norway. The video has English subtitles. See their reactions by clicking here or on the illustration.

The video shows how genealogy can inspire anyone, and portrays the emotional experience of making family history discoveries. It also proves the extent of MyHeritage’s reach in Norway, and Scandinavia as a whole.

Enjoy…

MyHeritage Unveils Their “Stories” Website

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A few days ago, MyHeritage unveiled their MyHeritage stories website, showcasing some videos and stories capturing amazing discoveries made by users around the world.

The site shows the emotional power of family history – and how life-changing it can be.

Following are several examples: