Yesterday, the team set up our booth in the large exhibit hall at RootsTech 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
From an empty space on a concrete floor grew green grass, white cabinets, great graphics and a large circular MyHeritage logo hanging from the ceiling. Computers and cords were retrieved from sturdy travel containers and within a few hours, the screens and keyboards were set up and connected.
We did it again! We've just added 815 million US Public Records of people living in the USA to MyHeritage SuperSearch. This massive compilation of records was assembled from telephone directories, property tax assessments, credit applications, voter registration lists and other records available to the public. It includes information about hundreds of millions of people from the USA spanning the last five decades, making it one of the most powerful collections on SuperSearch for finding information about living relatives.
We’re excited to announce that we've added more than 160 million new US and UK historical records to SuperSearch, MyHeritage’s powerful search engine for historical records.
These records come from hundreds of collections, including such vital records as births, baptisms, marriages and deaths, military records, censuses and many more.
RootsTech, the largest family history event in North America, is a unique family history conference for both new and experienced genealogists. It is a place where new technologies are showcased that help discover family history and bring families together.
We're especially proud to be Platinum Sponsors for this year’s event.
Friday, February 7 will be MyHeritage Day at RootsTech. The morning will open with remarks from our Chief Marketing Officer Ori Soen. There will also be a MyHeritage-sponsored lunch where Chief Product Officer Mike Mallin will speak on New Products at MyHeritage: The Next Frontier.
The MyHeritage Team will be speaking during the conference. Here is a list of the great talks that we have lined up:
We're happy to announce that as of this week, you can search 138 million Geni profiles on MyHeritage's SuperSearch.
Soon after acquiring Geni in November 2012, MyHeritage provided Geni's users with Record Matches and Smart Matches powered by MyHeritage. We added this to enable Geni users to benefit from historical records - something that hadn't been available on Geni before - and discover new relatives and ancestors through matches between their tree and the 25 million trees on MyHeritage.
This week we completed reciprocating this benefit for MyHeritage users, and now they are able to search Geni profiles on MyHeritage, and receive automatic matches between their family trees and Geni. It took us some time to add this, because we implemented a robust, real-time "bridge" that constantly updates MyHeritage SuperSearch as changes are made in the tree on Geni. The updates stream to MyHeritage every second but SuperSearch is updated in bulk once a day with all the changes. This prevents information on MyHeritage that originates from Geni from ever becoming out of date.
Now that the Geni profiles are available on SuperSearch, MyHeritage users will start receiving matches with Geni trees. This is a great benefit for users of either service, as both will now be able to expand their trees, find new information, discover new cousins and learn more from each other.
Today, we launched an exciting new feature that allows you to add new profiles to your family tree directly from a historical record.
Previously, you could view a historical record and extract information from that record into multiple profiles in your family tree. Now you can go one step further, and add new profiles to your family tree from that very record!
For example, if you find a census record for your great-grandmother and you discover she had a sister previously unknown to you, you can now add the sister to your tree directly from the record, and extract the information about her from the record at the same time.
MyHeritage is happy to announce substantial discounts on DNA tests. As the technology for DNA analysis has matured and now reaches the mainstream, prices of DNA tests for genealogy have become much more affordable and so we are passing on these savings directly to our users.
Our simple cheek-swab DNA tests allow you to make exciting discoveries.
- Discover your origins and find new relatives: DNA matching can locate relatives based on your DNA, including relatives you never knew you had.
- Extend your family tree deep into the past: DNA can help you go further back in time than the paper trail of historical records typically allows.
- Solve lifelong mysteries: DNA can help you overcome "brick walls" in your genealogical research that have eluded you for years.
- and much more.
MyHeritage is a close partner of the global leader in genetic genealogy, Family Tree DNA, which lets us bring you the best DNA tests and services for genealogical DNA matching. Family Tree DNA has pioneered genetic genealogy and it now enjoys the world's largest DNA database (more than 665,000 DNA records). This means you'll have the best chances for successful DNA matching when you test with MyHeritage and Family Tree DNA.
MyHeritage's Founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet, was interviewed by journalist Elliott Gotkine live on Bloomberg Television.
The interview was recorded at the network's studio at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and aired live on Bloomberg Television, reaching over 310 million homes worldwide.
2014 has just begun, and I’m ready to start my travels to genealogy conferences and give lectures around the world.
This year will see a new set of lectures regarding MyHeritage products and new features. The previous ones are, of course, still available. I’ve also developed some lectures about genealogy in general like cemetery research and roots travel, or more specific ones related to Jewish genealogy and Israel.
SuperSearch contains billions of global historical records and tree profiles from different data collections. The records come from various countries and various regions within those countries.
Searching for your ancestors is now even easier, as you search for data by geographic locations. This provides results relevant to only that specific location, helpful when you are looking for a person from a specific place.