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Free CDs, Prize Draws and Presentations with the Top Tips for Genealogy Research

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Thanks to all of you who came by our stall last weekend. It was great to meet so many genealogists and family tree enthusiasts in person. For those of you who didn't make it, though, we thought we'd say a bit about what we were doing.

As you might have read here, myheritage.com were in Kensington Olympia, London, for the Who do you think you are? Live three-day conference. Some of our staff came from our London office, and some even flew out from our office in Israel.

The conference was an opportunity for people throughout the UK to meet the country's leading genealogy experts and organizations. This year's event featured more than a hundred separate stands, and speakers including Rory Bremner, Tony Robinson, and Esther Rantzen.

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Laurence Harris talks about Jewish genealogy

Despite a touch of rain, the event was bustling with people, and turned out to be a great success. MyHeritage.com were there for the full three days, where we met and spoke to everyone from family tree amateurs to genealogy professionals, and gave away hundreds of CDs with Family Tree Builder 4.

We even had a couple of speakers of our own. Laurence Harris, MyHeritage.com's UK genealogy consultant, held a packed discussion on how to trace Jewish ancestors. As a professional genealogist he really knows his stuff and his top 10 tips about how to get started researching any Jewish ancestors you might have were a good proof of that. Laurence didn't only talk about MyHeritage.com, but features like the automatic Hebrew-English translation of names in Family Tree Builder obviously featured in his talk.

Daniel Horowitz, our Genealogy and Translation Manager, gave a talk on the use of facial recognition technology in family history research. You know the problem: large photos with lots of faces and you just don’t know who is who. Photo tagging solutions help you naming the people in photos and documents and state-of-the-art face recognition technology can even help identifying people that have been tagged elsewhere automatically.

By the end of the weekend we'd given away stacks of chocolates, highlighters, and discs, and we came away much lighter than when we started. We also held a prize draw for six free premium subscription - if you were one of the winners, you'll be hearing from us soon. Overall it was a fantastic event, and we hope to see you there again next year!

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myheritage.com's Daniel Horowitz discussing facial recognition technology in genealogy

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