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2013: A MyHeritage year in review

What a year 2013 has been! As we come to the end of the year, we want to look back at some of 2013's highlights at MyHeritage.

This year, we launched many new exciting features and cutting-edge technologies. We added billions of historical records, adding even more global historical content and made it easier for you to research your family history.

In January, we released MyHeritage app version 2.0, with many new features. The app version 2.0 lets you create and edit your family tree, add relatives and photos, edit profiles, info and events - wherever you are - on the go. Search billions of records on MyHeritage and sync your tree with your family site on MyHeritage.com. The entire family can now stay connected and contribute to the family site via mobile devices.

In early February, we added millions of new records to MyHeritage's data collections. The international collections included headstones, military records, yearbooks, posters and mugshots. These important documents are great sources of information for learning more about your ancestors.

We headed to London in February to be a part of the Who Do You Think You Are Live 2013 show. We enjoyed meeting new friends at the event and catching up with existing members who dropped by to say hello. Our expert genealogy team gave presentations and workshops to assist users with their family research.

In March, MyHeritage went to the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ori Soen, MyHeritage Chief Marketing Officer, delivered the MyHeritage keynote presentation along with major geneablogger James Tanner. We offered mini-demos of features at our booth, and hosted many well-attended conference programs and demonstrations.

In April, we released MyHeritage Family Tree Builder 7.0 - the latest version of the world’s most popular free genealogy software. With the ability to sync your entire family history in all directions between your computer, your family site on MyHeritage, as well as smart phones and tablets, you can now grow your tree and add more information and photos to it, anytime and anywhere. We also added new channels for discovering relatives and billions of historical records with our advanced matching technologies.

In May, we added the entire collection of U.S. Federal Censuses, spanning 1790-1930, to SuperSearch. The collection is the largest and most important set of records for the United States. It includes a huge searchable index and all scanned images of the original census documents, covering 520 million names.

Also in May, another highlight was the launch of a significant new feature to extract information from historical records and save it directly into the family tree. Extract Info helps make the powerful Record Matches on MyHeritage even more useful, by letting you easily take new and improved information from any historical record directly into your tree. It conveniently displays the information found in the historical record and compares it to the information in your tree, side-by-side.

We then introduced Record Detective™the first technology of its kind to automatically include a summary of additional historical records and individuals in family trees relating to it, bringing you new information and clues to take further your research.

In August, we launched a global initiative - “Treasure Family Photos” - to help you uncover new information about your family history through photos and preserve them online. We offered a series of exciting activities and competitions throughout the month. Here’s a short video with The Photo Detective, Maureen Taylor, a world-class expert in photo analysis, about why family photos are so important, and what you can learn from them:

In October, we entered into a strategic partnership with leading genealogy organization FamilySearch. This brought billions of global historical records and family tree profiles spanning hundreds of years to MyHeritage. The records include vital records such as censuses, birth, marriage, and death records and hundreds of other collections from dozens of countries. This was a very exciting step towards helping families everywhere explore and share their legacy online.

Once a year the Deloitte Fast 500  program honors the 500 private and public technology companies in Europe, Middle East, and Asia with the highest growth in revenues over a five-year period. In December, we were proud to be named one of the top 10 fastest growing companies on Deloitte’s EMEA Fast 500 for 2013!

To close the year, we added millions of digitized Nordic records from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland from as early as the 1600s, so you can discover your Nordic roots and learn more about how your ancestors lived. These records are extremely useful for people living today in these countries and for everyone whose families originated in that region.

We had an exciting year and brought our users many new resources for their family history research.

We have many more wonderful plans for 2014, and can't wait to demonstrate what we have lined up. We're committed to developing new technologies to make family history easier, more exciting and rewarding, and to digitizing more global historical content. All this will make it even easier to research your family history.

From all of us at MyHeritage, we wish you and your family a Happy New Year filled with new family history discoveries! See you in 2014!

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