2    Jan 200924 comments

Family Tree Builder 3 released with new research, matching and publishing features

We've just released the new version of our popular genealogy software "Family Tree Builder" (it has been downloaded more than 4 Million times so far). It now includes amazing new features, like "Smart Match Merge": the merging from data between trees with Smart Matches. Or the automatic research of all the people in your tree.

And the publishing features are greatly extended: You can now also upload all your family videos and documents and publish them on your MyHeritage family site.
The newly released advanced features now require a Premium family site, but everything else in Family Tree Builder continues to be completely free.

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Enhanced Publishing: Bring your family tree to life with photos, videos, audio files and your family research documents! (click to enlarge)

The expert users among you can read a more detailed account of what's new from Schelly on our genealogy blog.

This is the full text of the press release (you can also find it on PR Web):


New software makes it easier to automatically find long lost relatives, publish content to MyHeritage.com, and print your family tree on one page

Tel Aviv, Israel - January 2, 2009 - MyHeritage, one of the world's most popular family Web sites, today announced the launch of Family Tree Builder 3, a powerful software program that MyHeritage members can download and use to build family trees, research family history and add content like photos and videos.

Family Tree Builder 3 includes new functionality to make it an even more powerful tool for researching family history:

  • Smart Match Merge: MyHeritage's Smart Matching technology constantly compares new family trees to the database of more than 300 million profiles on MyHeritage.com, to find matches and discover long lost family connections. Now, members can work together to easily merge the information in their overlapping trees
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    Smart Match Merge: Merge information from matching profiles (click to enlarge)

  • Smart Research: Automatically plugs the names from any member's family tree into MyHeritage's powerful search engine, researches these names in more than 100 of the most important databases on the Internet and provides results, saving months of manual research
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    Smart Research: Family Tree Builder can automatically research all people from your tree in more than 100 online genealogy databases (click to enlarge)

  • All-in-One Chart: With intelligent organization, members can quickly and easily print family trees on one easy-to-read page or poster - even huge trees with many branches and people
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    All-in-One-Chart: See your whole family tree on one page (click to enlarge)

  • New languages: Family Tree Builder now supports even more languages: 34 in total. And you can easily change between them while working.
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    New Languages: You can now choose from 34 languages and even build your tree in 2 languages (click to enlarge)

  • Online Publishing: Members can publish their family tree plus any related media - photos, videos, audio files and documents from Family Tree Builder to the MyHeritage.com family Web site, for sharing with family members
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    Publishing Documents: Share lots of different file formats like videos, audios or pdfs (click to enlarge)

"Since its introduction in 2005, Family Tree Builder has become one of the most successful family history tools in the world. More than one million people are now using it in 34 languages to build their family trees and share the experience with their family members all over the world. The launch of Family Tree Builder 3 puts even more powerful technology into the hands of our users, while keeping it simple and fun to use," said Gilad Japhet, founder and CEO of MyHeritage. "Family Tree Builder 3 also makes it possible to upload videos and documents to family websites on MyHeritage.com, giving people new ways to preserve their heritage and stay connected with relatives worldwide."

Using the MyHeritage Family Tree Builder will continue to be free and members can add an unlimited amount of profiles to family trees using the software. For access to the new functionality and to publish content on MyHeritage.com, the following price plans apply:

Basic PLAN
Price: Free
Online tree: Up to 500 people
Online storage: Up to 100 MB
Additional features: None

Premium PLAN
Price: $3.95/month (EUR3.45, GBP2.95)
Holiday offer (until 15 January, 2009): $1.95/month (EUR1.70, GBP1.50)
Online tree: Up to 2500 people
Online storage: Up to 500 MB
Additional features: Smart Match Merge, Smart Research, All in One Chart, Publishing, Videos and Documents, Priority support

PremiumPlus PLAN
Price: $9.95/month (EUR8.95, GBP7.95)
Online tree: Unlimited
Online storage: Unlimited
Additional features: Smart Match Merge, Smart Research, All in One Chart, Publishing, Videos and Documents, Priority support

MyHeritage.com is a leading online destination for families. On the site, people can find relatives, research family history, and stay connected to family members across the globe. In addition, MyHeritage offers automatic photo tagging technology that makes it easier to label, organize and search for digital photos, giving families another fun way to stay in touch.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage was founded by a team of people who combine a passion for family history with the development of innovative technology. It is now one of the world's leading online networks for families, and the second largest family history website. MyHeritage is available in 34 languages and home to more than 28 million family members and 300 million profiles. The company recently acquired Kindo, a family social network, and is based in Bnei Atarot, near Tel Aviv, Israel. For more information, visit www.myheritage.com.

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Comments (24) Trackbacks (0)
  1. I love the new features, but can't for the life of me understand why the 'Select Display language' screen appears everytime I start Family Tree builder.

  2. Why did you decide not to use middle names and suffixes in your database?
  3. Hi Paul,

    it shouldnt appear every time. Please drop a line to support@myheritage.com, and they will figure out with you what the problem is and how to solve it.

    Thanks and best
  4. This is my first time with a blog. I am interested in locating my family members in Canada, i.e Charlottetown, PEI. Would appreciate any thing or anyone who can help me. TA
  5. just getting into the ancestry research.ive invested weeks of countless hours
    staring it this screen.i ran acrossed your family search site and joinedthe few extra dollars it costs to get the smart search is money well spent.your search is so so much simpler then the others i was using,i love it ive made more headway in 2 days using it than i have in weeks with other sites
    thanks im hooked, Mike Starling
  6. Hi,

    First of all thank you so much for your amazing website. I really enjoy uploading pictures and all.

    But I live in Morocco and there is no way for me to pay in order to get the premium version. I really badly would like to add videos, but this option is not available in the basic version.
    Is there hope that you can make the video option free please?

    Thank you.

  7. I have not yet downloaded the newest version of My Heritage, because while visiting family over the recent holidays, I showed some relatives how to download and start to build their own Family Trees based on my initial version of our family's tree, and I then realized that the newer version was so much different than the original version which I had used to start my family tree. For example, I really liked many of the features of the original version, including being able to add "nicknames", "aliases", "facts" (such as occupations & military service, etc.), "notations", etc. When I tried to figure out the newer version at my relatives' house, I could not find how to incorporate many of the previous options that I really liked. Why was the original My Heritage Family Tree builder changed to eliminate some of the original features?
  8. I want to thank Gilad Japhet for sending a FIX for the problem I had with the "Select Display Language" screen coming up on activation of Family Tree Builder.
    It worked great and it opens a lot faster now also. I guess it was a Windows Vista thing!

    Another suggestion I have is to put a 'guest book' menu selection in the header of MyHeritage Family web sites. Just a thought!

    Cheers for the great work.

  9. Oh, joy, even MORE Obama promotion! Here's a thought: Maybe, just maybe, people come here to work on their family tree, not to see the grown-up version of Hannah Montanna fan mania.
  10. I am very interested in trying your system, but I am a MAC user. :(
  11. Dear Susan,

    Our Family Tree Builder software does not have a Mac version yet.

    If you are a Mac user and would like to build your family tree, we recommend doing this online on MyHeritage.com. Our online tools do support the Mac, using the Firefox or Safari browsers.

    Hope that helps!
  12. Do you have an approximate date when you will have the MAC version of Family Tree Builder?

  13. Thank you for continuing to support MyHeritage

    After all the blogposts and articles that you have written about MyHeritage over the last few months, we would just like to say, "Thank You." We were very happy to see that after the news of the new bonds between...
  14. Hello team of My Heritage!

    I hope you will concider to make a Mac-version of your program Family Tree Builder. There are millions of Mac-users out there...

    Greetings from Amsterdam, Henrik Holm
  15. I am so happy to have found your Family Tree Builder software. The SmartMatch and Merge are wonderful! Just one "feature" I would like... I would like the colors used for direct decendants to be different. So, one might be in a distant branch we can easily find the connections to our branch. Would make navigating so much better and following a branch back "home" a snap.
  16. Randy,

    Thanks for your comments. I have passed on your suggestions to the development team. Do keep sending us your ideas!

  17. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  18. I recently started using this software and really like what it offers. Today, however, whenever I launch it it returns an error..."(software) has stopped working...Windows is checking for a solution" and you must close program. I see that the MyHeritage website is down for maintenance. Does this have any connection? I have Vista 64-bit system. Thanks!
  19. Dear K,

    It sounds like it may be a problem with your computer rather than with the site, but I will pass on your query to the support team so they can look into it!

    Hope that helps!
  20. nice post , thank you for your efforts.
  21. How can I merge 3 family trees into one?
  22. Some information on how to merge trees here: http://www.myheritage.com/help/2009/10/how-do-i-merge-two-family-trees/en/
  23. Aw, this was a very nice post. In thought I want to put in writing like this additionally – taking time and precise effort to make a very good article… however what can I say… I procrastinate alot and certainly not appear to get one thing done.
  24. I recenty downloaded Family Tree Builder and am doing the family tree on both sides for my children. I noticed that my aunt who we recently lost, had all her research records on here.
    To merge files I realize you have to go upgrade to Premium but what I need to know using that feature do you have to get permission for the person who's site it is on in order to merge?
    Or will I be able to get my aunts records with just merging the files?
    Thank you

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