Today MyHeritage is pleased to announce the acquisition of the popular Polish genealogy website, Bliscy.pl, in a move that will open a new range of possibilities in Polish family research -- for those in Poland or part of the greater community of Polish descendants worldwide.
With the acquisition of Bliscy.pl, half a million new users have been added to MyHeritage -- expanding our international family network to over 56 million people and 760 million profiles! Combined with last year’s acquisition of the Polish website MoiKrewni.pl, MyHeritage.com is now an excellent resource for anyone researching their Polish family history.
Over its tumultuous history, Poland has had several distinct waves of emigration – for reasons ranging from economic, political to religious. One of the largest in the world, the Polish diaspora is estimated at around 15 to 20 million people, residing in over 90 countries around the globe, among them: USA, Germany, Brazil, France, Canada, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Australia, Argentina, UK, Russia, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, South Africa, Italy, Netherlands, and Denmark.
The painful separation of many Polish families scarred many generations and is still felt to this day. Many families have learned of the existence of a family member or distant relative living in another country. And increasingly, families in Poland and in communities abroad are searching for their Polish relatives. One success story we are proud to share comes from one of our users, Andrzej of Poland. While Andrzej's story is very inspiring, there remain many others still looking for missing family. Thanks to the number of technologies and resources available -- the Internet, digitized records, DNA testing, online family trees, and Smart Matching provided by MyHeritage.com, there's a whole new digital world that brings a fun and simple way to find and connect to long-lost relatives.
By empowering the larger Polish community with our Smart Matching technology and online networking tools – we hope to help Polish families connect all over the world, from Buffalo, New York to Warsaw, Poland. We look forward to seeing the network effect of MyHeritage.com's Smart Matching technology provide those researching their Polish family history a much greater likelihood of finding more and better leads. We send warm greetings to all the users from Bliscy.pl: welcome to the family!
You can see more details of the acquisition in our press release, here.