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!
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.
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.
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.
Following the recent launch of our Family Graph API developers' competition for the creation of the best web or mobile app for families, we're proud to introduce our distinguished panel of judges.
Judging the competition are some well-known names in tech, investment and family arenas. So, without further ado, let us introduce the judges...
With a particular interest in startups, apps and the constant evolution of digital media, Martin Bryant is the European Editor at The Next Web, one of the world's leading technology blogs. Based in Manchester, UK, he co-founded the city's Social Media Cafe events that helped kickstart a lively cross-discipline digital community in the city.
Creator of GeneaBloggers, Thomas MacEntee is an authority on all things family history. He's one of our favorite genealogy bloggers and writes and lectures on the many ways that tech and social media can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience.
Jessica Fisher, aka FishMama, is the voice behind leading mommy blog LifeasMom. A mom of six, Jessica also writes about juggling home and family duties for parenting publications.
Experienced entrepreneur, operator and seed investor, Saul Klein is a Partner at leading VC firm Index Ventures.
Dad of 5 and passionate about pioneering new technology solutions for our customers, Yuval Ben-Galim is Executive VP R&D at MyHeritage.com
So far more than 50 companies and developers who've submitted applications have been approved to use the Family Graph API. Want the chance to win $10,000? Enter our Family Graph API app creation competition today. We'd like to wish all entrants the very best of luck... watch this space for competition updates.
The Family Graph API - making the web a better place for families.
We're very excited to release our Family Graph API in beta - a major new addition that evolves MyHeritage.com from a website into a platform, and allows more developers to create useful services for the users of MyHeritage.com.
Read on to find out more about how this can benefit you if you're a family history fan, a developer or simply someone who enjoys spending time online with their family. Not to mention our $10K prize for the best family app......
Another language was added to MyHeritage.com this week. Your family site can now be displayed in 37 languages. As you’ll see in your language options, Latvian is now available.
It should prove useful for users in both Latvia and Lithuania, making it a little bit easier to connect on MyHeritage.com.
Since our previous UK Community Manager, Robert, has now flown from the MyHeritage nest, now is probably an excellent time to introduce our new, shiny and eager UK Community Manager, James.
I like to think of this blog as your opportunity to interact with us, so if you have any comments, a great family story or would just like to say hello then you can do so in the comments or on our twitter page (@myheritage) or even at facebook.com/myheritage.
I have spent most of the last few years working in Journalism and Marketing, but I also consider myself to be an amateur genealogist. I started researching my family history around 7 years ago using some (very) basic methods. Recently I placed my tree on MyHeritage.com and it quickly grew to 640 people from 400 using Smart Matches™. The next logical step was, of course, to join the team.
We're pleased to introduce Family Goals, enabling you and your family to split the bill on Premium and PremiumPlus subscriptions at MyHeritage.com. By allowing other family members to chip in to help meet the costs of a subscription - family history becomes more affordable and this also encourages the wider family to become more engaged in exploring its past.
If you're not already a member of MyHeritage.com, sign up for free and start your Family Goal today. Visit MyHeritage.com and start a new family tree, or import an existing tree by uploading a GEDCOM file.
Now let's take a look at how Family Goals work.
With that in mind, I was delighted to find a website called We Are Multicolored (WAM) which allows you to create your own personal flag. I'm not talking about traditional heraldry or a coat of arms. Rather, you get to create a new flag that has both personal and historical meaning to you!
WAM provides you with very easy to use tools that allows you to create a custom flag based by combining flags from countries that:
- You live in
- Has affected you
- You’ve dreamed of going to
Today MyHeritage is pleased to announce the acquisition of the popular Polish genealogy website, Bliscy.pl, in a move that will open a new range of possibilities in Polish family research -- for those in Poland or part of the greater community of Polish descendants worldwide.
With the acquisition of Bliscy.pl, half a million new users have been added to MyHeritage -- expanding our international family network to over 56 million people and 760 million profiles! Combined with last year’s acquisition of the Polish website MoiKrewni.pl, MyHeritage.com is now an excellent resource for anyone researching their Polish family history.