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“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.
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Leland K. Meitzler