The MyHeritage team returned from three intensive days at the Who Do You Think You Are Live 2012 show in London’s Olympia, attended by some 15,000 visitors.
The team included CEO and founder Gilad Japhet, chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz, head of genealogy (UK) Laurence Harris and US genealogy advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti, along with UK/US community manager Aaron Godfrey, former UK community manager James Sanderson, Netherlands community manager Denie Kasan and support representative Aviv Ben-Arie.
We enjoyed meeting with old friends and prospective members during the show. Many new users registered at the booth, while many existing members spent time with our team, shared their stories and sought assistance in advancing their family research.
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Following our successful RootsTech 2012 participation, the MyHeritage team now heads to London for the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE family history show. Some 17,000 attendees are anticipated over the three-day event, Friday-Sunday, February 24-26.
The event will be held in the National Hall at the Olympia Exhibition Halls on Olympia Way, and features many expert speakers on diverse topics, workshops, many genealogy related vendors and more.
MyHeritage’s Head of Genealogy (UK) Laurence Harris will give the Keynote Presentation - “Breaking Down the Barriers with Social Networking – Strategies and Tricks” – at 1pm Saturday, followed by a Q&A panel session, with genealogy experts D. Joshua Taylor, Lisa Louise Cooke, Peter Christian, Paul Howes and Daniel Lynch.
The WDYTYA team includes:
For those who don’t remember what happened over the past 12 months - there were many major announcements – we’ve prepared a summary of the events:
25 January: Improvement to Smart Matches:
In January, MyHeritage released many changes to our market-leading Smart Matches technology. This helped make the process of discovering new family members - past and present - easier than ever before.
9 February: MyHeritage in 100 seconds
In February, we released a 100-second video demonstrating how MyHeritage works. Although meant to be a quick intro for those new to MyHeritage.com, even long-time users wrote to say it helped them learn about new features.
While genealogy conferences bring together genealogists for learning, sharing, collaborating, RootsTech - February 2-4, in Salt Lake City, Utah - brings together technology developers and genealogy consumers.
It is a great opportunity for technologists and genealogists (of all skill levels) to share ideas, learn from each other and find solutions to family history challenges.
Genealogists and family historians learn firsthand about exciting new technologies and tools to improve their research experience, while developers learn skills to deliver new applications and systems. The program offers many choices; see it here.
MyHeritage.com will be there in force at our display booth 514. Our RootsTech contingent includes:
MyHeritage founder and CEO Gilad Japhet. He will speak at 1.30pm, on Thursday, February 2 and demonstrate new technology to be unveiled for the first time. Family history fans worldwide will be delighted with this presentation. To learn more, you’ll have to be there!
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.
Today we’re pleased to announce the release of a new version of our popular free genealogy software program, Family Tree Builder.
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.
MyHeritage users now receive automatic record search results when browsing profile pages of family tree individuals.
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.
At the MyHeritage headquarters yesterday, we celebrated the release of our new app for iPad, iPhone and Android. Read the news in full here.
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!