This year's RootsTech was only the third edition, and it has grown exponentially every year. Some 7,000 attendees - plus nearly 2,000 young people (ages 12-18) on Saturday - flocked to the Salt Palace Convention Center. It is now the largest such event in the US.
While the weather ranged from near-blizzard conditions to rain to sunshine, the halls - with some 100 exhibitors - and classrooms housing some 250 programs, drew excited crowds. According to organizer FamilySearch, attendees came from 49 states and 17 countries.
Additionally, FamilySearch announced that some 10,000 people viewed programs and keynotes via live streaming video online, while remote satellite broadcasts took place at 17 Family History centers in seven countries, attended by another 4,000 participated by remote satellite broadcast at Family History centers in 17 locations in seven countries.
Mark your calenders for RootsTech 2014 (February 6-8, 2014). FamilySearch said that they plan to export the event to some 600 locations worldwide (16 US locations and several other countries).
We’re delighted to welcome two new executives to MyHeritage: Russ Wilding and Roger Bell.
Russ and Roger are the former founders of Footnote.com, which was acquired by Ancestry.com in 2010. Russ has been appointed Chief Content Officer for MyHeritage and Roger is VP Product. They will be based in the MyHeritage Utah office.
We recently celebrated the annual Purim Party for MyHeritage workers and their families - and couldn't wait to share with you what a fun night it was!
Purim is a festive holiday similar to Halloween. The employees began preparing some very impressive costumes, many of which were hand-made, several weeks in advance of the party.
The night was full of surprises, games and dancing - and the judging panel had a hard time deciding which was the best costume. Which costume would you choose as your favorite? Share with us your pick, leave a comment!
We're excited to unveil the all-new MyHeritage.com in 100 seconds video, a glimpse into the many features we provide for families to connect, build their family tree, and preserve special moments.
To learn more about the new features, please take a look at the recent guides for creating beautiful charts, adding source citations and profile enhancements, collaborative Smart Matching, and the December post on new releases.
We hope you enjoy the video and share it with your friends and family!
Since launching the latest incarnation of our blog, we’ve added quite a few sharing options for posts. You might not have noticed the range of these, since, to be honest, they’re quite small. Very small in fact.
But they are there, and this is how they look. If you scroll to the bottom of this post, for instance, you should immediately see sharing options for Facebook, Digg, Twitter, and Google Buzz. Hover your mouse a little to the left and you’ll see there’s more: MySpace, Delicious, StumbleUpon, and probably every other sharing facility you can think of.
They aren’t going to set the world alight. But they do offer you a little more choice if you want to share what’s happening.
Due to the recent holidays, we organized a Cooking Contest at the head office of the company. We were very impressed by the cooking skills that the team showed and the food didn't only look great, but was also delicious.
This is how it worked: everyone had to bring either a first course or dessert, the heads of each department made up the jury and had to try a bit from each dish and assign a score to ultimately select the winner of each category. The winners got a prize and of course everybody enjoyed the food and we had a great time, as you can see in the pictures!
A group from the Educational Program MEET came last week for a tour of MyHeritage offices.
MEET is a special three year program in cooperation with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It brings together Palestinian and Israeli students (15-17 years old) in a project-based learning environment in which they learn practical technological skills and business leadership skills. Most importantly, the program is designed to help them create positive social change within their communities.
At the end of every year the MEET staff and instructors choose four excelling students to receive a special award for their social and educational involvement in MEET. The award is a “field trip” tour of a successful technology company. In the past students have toured the campuses of IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and other large companies. This year eight students from East and West Jerusalem, Mevasseret and Bethlehem were chosen to participate in a tour of MyHeritage.com.
We’ve reached a true milestone. MyHeritage.com now hosts more than 50 million users. Since our inception in 2005, we’ve strived to offer our users and satisfying family social networking experience by offering tools to help research and organize your family history and collaborate with family. It is through your interaction and feedback that we are able to forge our current suite of products. It is through your dedication and continued use that 2010 has been such a great success.
It makes us proud: Red Herring has selected the investors of MyHeritage.com -- Accel Partners and Index Ventures -- as the #1 and #3 best investment firms worldwide! The Red Herring Top 100 Global Venture Capitalists ranking is renowned in the industry, so coming first and third there speaks volumes about the professionalism, expertise and track record of our investors.
Sincere congratulations to Accel Partners and Index Ventures from the whole team at MyHeritage.com. A special thank you to Simon Levene from Accel and Saul Klein from Index who are working closely with us since 2006 and 2008 respectively.