31    Dec 201110 comments

MyHeritage Mobile App: 100,000 installs and counting!

The recently released MyHeritage mobile app is being embraced at an amazing pace, as people all over the world install it onto their iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

This holiday season, many families worldwide sat around the fireplace or at the dinner table and enjoyed exploring their family history using the new app - and it warms our heart.

Since the app was released on December 15, it has already been downloaded more than 100,000 times and been featured on a number of top-downloaded and best-app lists across the world.

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22    Dec 201122 comments

New Release: Family Tree Builder 6.0

Today we’re pleased to announce the release of a new version of our popular free genealogy software program, Family Tree Builder.

New features of Family Tree Builder 6.0 (click to enlarge)

Family Tree Builder is the software that millions of users around the world rely on for building their family trees and bringing them to life with photos and additional content. Version 6.0 - released today - is packed with new features and improvements, and we've been working hard to make the new version a joy for family history lovers. You can download the new version for free right now.

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19    Dec 20112 comments

New feature: Automatic record search results

MyHeritage users now receive automatic record search results when browsing profile pages of family tree individuals.

Family tree profile, now with automatic records (click on the image to view full size)

Everyone at MyHeritage was delighted to welcome WorldVitalRecords.com to our family. See our blog post about the acquisition here. This allows MyHeritage users to benefit from World Vital Records and its database containing billions of historical records.

We have started integrating the two sites and, as a start, we've made it easier and faster for our users to view and access historical records from within MyHeritage.com.

If a MyHeritage family tree individual profile has record matches, a green button will appear in the top right corner. Click it and you'll get a breakdown of the records found.

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17    Dec 20118 comments

MyHeritage celebrates our new mobile app! (bonus video inside)

At the MyHeritage headquarters yesterday, we celebrated the release of our new app for iPad, iPhone and Android. Read the news in full here.

MyHeritage mobile team: Raz, Roni, Dov, Addy, Oren, Omer, Danielle, Nimrod and Yehuda.

It was an important day for all of us, the big moment had finally arrived. The day ended with a big celebration, including a special cake!

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15    Dec 201135 comments

NEW! MyHeritage app for iPhone, iPad & Android released today!

The new MyHeritage mobile app has arrived: explore your family tree, capture family moments and much more.

We’re excited to announce the release of the new MyHeritage app for iPhone, iPad and Android (version 1.0). Now you can explore your family tree, capture family moments for future generations and stay in touch with your family anytime, anywhere.

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2    Dec 20110 comments

UK Schools Genealogy Project: MyHeritage plays key role

MyHeritage believes in the importance of passing down the pleasures of genealogy to the younger generations so that –one day - they will be able to take the reins of their unique family histories and make it their own.

We've previously posted encouraging younger children interested in genealogy. Our family sites have also proven very popular with children, thanks to the intuitive interface.

When we received a call from UK television actor Colin McFarlane about assisting in a National Schools Project, we knew we had to be part of it.

Student adds ancestors to her MyHeritage tree

The Making History project has just completed a six-month pilot program helping students at a number of UK schools reveal their family histories and trees. MyHeritage has played a key role in the project.

The project is supported by a number of actors including Jim Broadbent, Miriam Margolyes and Rudolph Walker. Nick Barratt - author, broadcaster, historian and genealogist - best known for his work on the "Who Do You Think You Are?" series, has also been taking part as the project's genealogy advisor.

The students have opened MyHeritage family sites to help grow their family trees, and MyHeritage has also provided hands-on support to a number of participating schools. Naturally inquisitive, many students have made use of the family site statistics, reports and timeline features to understand the demographics of their ancestors.

The students also enjoyed making their own family crests, playing the family game and using their iPads to upload images of documents and old photos to their MyHeritage family sites using Family Connect. They've also discovered a few Smart Matches along the way.

MyHeritage UK's head of genealogy Laurence Harris, who has been working on the project with me, said:

The surprised and delighted look on the students’ faces when Smart Matches uncovered new relatives and ancestors was just amazing. This proves that that family history can be made relevant, personal, and exciting for the younger generation, and makes this project so worthwhile.

The project's pilot stage ends on 14 December, at the British Film Institute, when video footage recorded during the students' research will be shown as a series of films chronicling their journey.

We MyHeritage are extremely proud to be part of this truly inspirational project. We look forward to working with the Making History team as the project expands to schools across the UK.

23    Nov 201113 comments

MyHeritage acquires FamilyLink.com and WorldVitalRecords.com!

It is with great pleasure that we announce our acquisition of FamilyLink.com, Inc., the Utah-based company that operates the Websites FamilyLink.com and WorldVitalRecords.com.

This is our seventh and largest acquisition so far and the two Websites are joining the MyHeritage family. The exciting news was released on Techcrunch and announced by us in a press release that you can read here. We will soon be sending a personal email to our users about it.

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13    Oct 20110 comments

Success Story: Meredith Sellers

Family chart display

Abraham's and Shifra's family chart display

When our MyHeritage team attended the recent Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conference in Springfield, Illinois, we met Meredith Sellers of Champaign, Illinois.

Meredith is married, in her 20s and is a genealogy and Family History Center consultant. She had a nice chat with our Chief Genealogist Daniel Horowitz about her personal research success story and the family reunion she organized. Here is her story:

Meredith's experience with MyHeritage and charts

Meredith had read about MyHeritage on various genealogy blogs long before her family reunion, and while she had quickly and easily uploaded a GEDCOM file of her family tree, she had not explored the printing functionality at MyHeritage.

"As I brainstormed the best way to display over 300 family members in an easily understandable graphic format, I discovered MyHeritage's descendant fan chart," says Meredith.

She discovered that the chart-making interface synched directly with her existing GEDCOM data which allowed her to directly import names and dates. She was also able to change various aspects, such as background color, graphics and ornamental frame.

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20    Sep 20110 comments

MyHeritage acquires BackupMyTree.com

We're pleased to announce the acquisition of the popular family tree backup service, BackupMyTree.com.

This is part of our continued efforts to expand the range of family history oriented services we offer to our customers worldwide.

With the acquisition of BackupMyTree, we add a comprehensive free backup service renowned for providing peace of mind to genealogists around the world. Already protecting over nine terabytes of precious family tree data, we are sure that BackupMyTree will continue to grow in popularity.

The BackupMyTree.com homepage (click to enlarge)

BackupMyTree’s software automatically finds family tree files on your computer and then creates an off-site backup of your data. Other features include wide compatibility with major genealogy applications, anywhere access and multiple revision history - extremely useful if you update your family tree often.

The service is used by some of the world’s most experienced genealogists to complement and secure years of painstaking research for posterity.

At MyHeritage, we know just how important protecting data contained within our family trees is, which is why we introduced our own backup service around a year ago. There is little overlap between these backup services, and they complement each other beautifully. For those interested in the differences between BackupMyTree and the MyHeritage backup service, here is a useful comparison:

* Both services, once started, provide genealogists with ongoing, automatic backup of their family tree data without having to take any special actions.
* Both provide high value and high reliability and allow restoration of the latest version, or prior versions, at any point in time.
* Both services provide extra security by encrypting the backups.
* BackupMyTree is free, whereas the MyHeritage backup service costs $3/month.
* The MyHeritage backup service also protects photos and all other files referenced within the family tree, but BackupMyTree currently does not.
* BackupMyTree is a desktop backup service, backing up family tree files on your computer, from any major genealogy software provider.
* The MyHeritage backup service is an online backup service, backing up family trees you have on MyHeritage.com itself.

BackupMyTree is a welcome addition to our range of products and we look forward to maintaining the service and keeping it completely free.

This is actually the second company that we've purchased from serial entrepreneur Cliff Shaw, having acquired Pearl Street Software, makers of GenCircles.com and Family Tree Legends, in 2007. Cliff and his team are now shifting their focus to their latest venture, genealogy search engine Mocavo.com .

If you're an existing BackupMyTree user and have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our friendly support team on our help center.

And for all our MyHeritage.com users - we'll be looking at ways for allowing BackupMyTree to benefit you in the near future.

15    Sep 20110 comments

MyHeritage at The National Family History Fair 2011

Laurence Harris (UK Head of Genealogy) and I recently returned from The National Family History Fair in Newcastle, UK. The Fair was a chance for family history experts and amateur genealogists to meet, exchange ideas and discuss the latest developments in the field.

Laurence speaking with a MyHeritage user.

With over 650 people attending and 35 exhibitors including MyHeritage, Laurence and I were kept busy introducing MyHeritage products and speaking with potential new users throughout the day. It was particularly enjoyable to speak with users at the Fair who’d used our Smart Matching system to find new relatives around the world. We’ll soon be featuring some of these stories on our blog. Continue reading "MyHeritage at The National Family History Fair 2011" »

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