We have often discussed the importance of building family trees and how genealogy can be used to make exciting family discoveries.
Gilad Japhet, MyHeritage's Founder & CEO, read an article a few months ago concerning the compensation for Jewish-owned German property that had been confiscated by the Nazis during World War II.
The article linked to a list compiled by the Claims Conference of around 40,000 properties (homes, buildings, stores and factories) located in former East Germany. The descendants of these property owners are entitled to compensation.
On Wednesday morning, following the keynote address, the doors opened and thousands of people came through. All of our computers were in use in a matter of minutes.
Last night's FamilySearch.org annual blogger dinner was informative.
As far as attendance stats, we were told that - as of last evening - some 6,800 people had registered. Last year, a little over 4,000 had come through the exhibit halls. In addition, the group has made a concerted effort to bring in young people. An additional nearly 2,000 young people, ages 12-18, will be here on Saturday. And this isn't even counting the numbers around the world you will see live streaming of a number of great programs during the event.
For the first time, organizers said, viewing centers were set up in six countries as a pilot program which is expected to continue and expand in the future.
We video-recorded interviews with Cindy Howells of Cyndi's List, Dick Eastman, Randy Seaver and DearMyrtle, and hope to being them to you soon.
Stay tuned for our next RootsTech post!
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.
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.
The annual awards give credit to the best resources on the web for family historians and genealogists. Family Tree Magazine highlighted MyHeritage.com’s usefulness for storing and sharing information, and also said that:
"Recently updated with cool charting tools and an upgraded SmartMatching system, this site not only hosts your family tree, but constantly scours its 17 million trees for people who might match your ancestors."
Family Tree Magazine is America’s most popular genealogy publication, and you’ll be able to pick up a copy at any large newsstand nearby. In the meantime, you can view online the full list of Best Websites for 2011.
Speaking of Family Tree Magazine, check out our joint family reunion themed competition with them! It could be your family reunion of a lifetime!
It's that time of year again and ProGenealogists has published its "50 Most Popular" site rankings, a careful review of the top 50 genealogy websites as measured by web site analytics data and the top four metric services.
We are thrilled to have placed second in the rankings, after working many years to create the ideal place for families to connect to each other – mixing family history and social networking to provide a private place for families to build their family tree, share photos, celebrate and preserve special family moments.
We sincerely thank our members for their support over the years and look forward to an exciting year ahead!
The MyHeritage.com Team
The Family Tree Builder 4.0 has been out for a few months; plenty of time for you to try out the maps feature, play around with its family chat and explore the new photo options.
We've received a lot of good feedback about the new program (the bad we're taking onboard for newer versions) and so we wanted to draw your attention to some awards and reviews we've had of the program.
As you know we recently launched the fourth version of our free genealogy software, the Family Tree Builder. It had a lot of exciting new features, such as more photo options, family chat and a family toolbar and a feature to map your family's migration patterns.
The news about the new Family Tree Builder didn't go unnoticed; many of you wrote about the launch or reviewed the program. Therefore we would like to show our appreciation for the attention you've given to the news and share some of the best coverage here.
A big thank you to genealogists, journalists and bloggers:
Ayelet Noff - Blonde 2.0
|MyHeritage in "Essentials Of The Living World"|
There are many layers that make up the interesting world of genealogy. You can analyze your ancestry thoroughly by looking at the many levels that make up a person. The deepest level of all is biology, which uses its magnifying glasses to study the chemical code that is responsible for our biological heritage: the genes. They are the written instructions that dictate our internal and external features.
So we were happy when George Johnson, the author of a biology textbook called "Essentials of the living world" (Published by McGraw Hill) decided to use a picture of our Look-alike Meter widget, based on our face recognition technology, to give a visual example of the consequences of the action of the genes.