MyHeritage was recently featured on Israel’s leading prime time TV news show which covered the story of how the inhabitants of Erikoussa, a small Greek island, had risked their lives in WWII to save a Jewish tailor's family from the Nazis.
The video below (with English subtitles) shows the remarkable story of the island, the genealogical discoveries made by MyHeritage and an emotional interview with Abraham, whose mother was among those saved on Erikoussa.
When the Nazis invaded Corfu, most of the Jewish citizens were sent to Auschwitz, but a tailor named Savvas managed to escape with his three daughters and another girl named Rosa, to the nearby island of Erikoussa. Savvas had customers and acquaintances there, but what was incredible was that the entire island joined forces - at risk of death - and gave refuge to Savvas and his girls, and kept their presence secret from the Nazis for the duration of the war.
The MyHeritage team had a fantastic time last week at the Who Do You Think You Are Live? 2015 show in Birmingham, UK.
Thousands interested in exploring their family history flocked to the show this year. We enjoyed meeting new friends and catching up with old ones who visited our booth to say hello.
We're delighted to announce that Instant Discoveries™ are now available for all MyHeritage users. Launched in December 2014, Instant Discoveries™ is a unique experience for discovering family history information and applying it to one's tree on MyHeritage with ease. Initially we released this experience only for new users - newcomers to family history - to make it easier for them to embark on their family history journey. By signing up at MyHeritage and entering some basic information about immediate family members, new users discovered ancestors, relatives and never-seen-before photos in just a few seconds. Following the successful launch we took Instant Discoveries™ to the streets of New York and demonstrated it to passers-by. It was incredible to see their emotional reactions.
As of this week, we've taken this breakthrough technology to the next level, by providing the Instant Discoveries™ experience to all users of MyHeritage, enabling multiple individuals and photos to be added to existing family trees in just a few clicks.
How does it work?
An Instant Discovery™ is a "package" of family history information that you can apply in one click. If an individual in your family tree connects to a branch in another family tree, you'll be alerted about this and can then choose to add everyone in that branch (up to 40-50 people) to your tree, who is not already there, in one go, rather than manually add people one by one, and amend the data piece by piece.
Every Instant Discovery™ is based on a match, which is found by our Smart Matching™ technology, and we filter out incorrect matches automatically. Instant Discoveries™ complement Smart Matches™ in how the information is applied to the user's tree. With Smart Matches™, information is added to the tree one fact at a time, one person at a time, manually. With Instant Discoveries™ an entire branch can be copied in a single click, along with all facts, events and photos, and source citations are automatically created in the target tree to document exactly where the data came from. To protect the privacy of other users, Instant Discoveries™ never bring information on living people.
We've already processed millions of family trees on MyHeritage for Discoveries out of the 28 million existing trees added by our users, and found that more than 50% of the trees will enjoy one or more Discoveries! The success rate increases as your tree grows (for example, a tree with 100 individuals will enjoy at least one Discovery almost always, and often many more). Even if your tree isn't growing, the success rate will still increase each day as MyHeritage adds millions of records and profiles every day, collecting more data to compare against your tree.
World map of Discoveries
MyHeritage users around the world have already begun enjoying Discoveries and adding them to their trees. To get a feel for the great things people are discovering, we've created a fun interactive map, showing the users making Discoveries on MyHeritage around the world, almost in real-time. Click the image below to view the interactive map.
We recently hosted a webinar - "Uncover your Scandinavian Roots" - featuring two of MyHeritage's experts: Director of Content Production Mike Mansfield and Senior Program Manager Jason Oler.
Mike and Jason demonstrated how to navigate through the Scandinavian records and provided other research tips to help explore your Scandinavian heritage and family history.
Did you miss it? Don't worry! Click on the video below to watch the full webinar.
Don’t forget to check our other webinars for many more genealogy tips to help make family history research easier.
Have ideas for other webinars? Let us know in the comments below.
Born in Eastern Finland, with Finnish and Russian roots, Annikka began her family history journey in spring 2009 when she found a rough draft of a family tree her sister had written several decades earlier.
Excited to get started in family history research, she began searching for a way to digitally preserve her family tree, and came across MyHeritage’s Family Tree Builder, where she entered all the information from her sister’s tree.
As a genealogist, I like the ease, clarity and layout of Family Tree Builder.
After years of working on her family history, today, her family tree now has over 14,000 people!
When Annikka wanted to share her tree with other relatives, she noticed that there were some discrepancies in the Finnish translation. She contacted MyHeritage to offer to correct them herself and make the language more adaptable to the Finnish market. Five and a half years later, Annikka is still one of our dedicated Finnish volunteer translators.
Do you have Scandinavian roots? Interested to learn how to find out about those ancestors?
Join Mike Mansfield, MyHeritage Director of Content Production and Jason Oler, MyHeritage Senior Program Manager, as they provide research tips and tools to help navigate these new records to help you explore your family history and make new discoveries.
We’re excited to announce that the MyHeritage mobile app is a featured app on Google Play!
Every week, Google selects a handful of the best new or updated Android applications and features them on Google Play. We're honored that the MyHeritage mobile app for Android was chosen to be featured among the best apps in more than 30 countries this month.
MyHeritage is dedicated to helping families around the world discover their histories. This is made possible by a team of engaged volunteers who help translate our tools and features into 40 languages.
We will be sharing some of their own stories and family discoveries so you can get to know these amazing people who make MyHeritage tools and features available in your native languages.
In the first of a series of posts on our volunteers, we'd like to introduce one of our Spanish-speaking volunteers, Antonio Perez.
We’re happy to announce millions of historical records have been added to SuperSearch. The new collections include military records, birth records and prison registrars.
The new records come from the United States and Scotland and help families uncover the stories of the lives their ancestors led.
We’re delighted to announce that we have started making good on our promise to digitize and bring online millions of exclusive historical records from Scandinavia. The majority of these records have never been indexed online before.
The records are searchable on MyHeritage SuperSearch and MyHeritage users will now automatically receive matches to those records relevant to their family tree.
Anyone with Scandinavian roots will be able to explore their family history and learn more about the lives of their ancestors with this robust searchable index of records published online for the first time.