This year's RootsTech is set to be the biggest yet, with more attendees and online participants than ever before.
One of today's highlights was MyHeritage's participation in the first ever Innovator Showdown.
Over 50 software developers from around the world entered a challenge to create the best new innovations in family history for an opportunity to win $25,000 in awards provided by sponsors (including MyHeritage, a platinum sponsor). The entrants were narrowed down over a course of rounds, and finalists were invited to present their ideas in the keynote hall. Prizes were determined by a panel of renowned judges and live audience voting. MyHeritage's VP of Business Development, Dan Mano, was a judge, alongside our good friend AJ Jacobs and other leaders from the business world.
The MyHeritage team is in Utah for RootsTech, the largest family history event in North America.
Here are some highlights from day 1.
The New Year is almost here and it’s time to look back at the exciting year we’ve had at MyHeritage.
2014 has been filled with new features, the addition of billions of historical records and new ways to make discovering your family history even easier.
Family history is all about discovery and bringing people together. In 2014, we joined with AJ Jacobs on his quest to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest family reunion in history. Using MyHeritage and Geni, AJ has already made some incredible personal discoveries and will be writing a book about his genealogical journey. The mega-event will take place on June 6, 2015 and everyone’s invited to join.
MyHeritage's groundbreaking technologies make it easier to help users discover their family history. In January, we added a feature to search historical records by location, making it quicker to browse through billions of historical records on SuperSearch. Once you find an historical record, now you can add new profiles to your family tree directly from that record. For example, if you find a census record of a great-grandmother and also discover a sister previously unknown, add the sister directly to your family tree from the record itself.
We're excited to introduce our new and enhanced online family tree editor!
The old online family tree editor on MyHeritage was loved by our users, but it was based on Adobe Flash technology which has, over time, become obsolete. We aim to constantly provide our users with the best tools for building their family trees, so the tree editor had to be reinvented, and developed from scratch using newer technologies such as HTML5 and Angular JS. The new family tree editor is faster and easier to use. It runs smoothly on smartphones and tablets. Another important benefit is that Record Matches can now be accessed directly from the family tree. Most importantly, the new editor provides better performance, especially for large trees.
We've been releasing the new version of the online tree editor gradually, while receiving and addressing feedback from our users. This week, we're delighted to complete the introduction of the enhanced family tree editor to all MyHeritage users.
The look and feel of the new family tree editor is very similar to the previous editor, but it includes many enhancements and subtle changes described below. The post below is very detailed, it's probably the longest we've ever written for the blog We encourage you to read it in detail in order to learn all about the enhanced family tree editor, and how you can make the most of it.
We're happy to announce that we've just added millions of new records to SuperSearch.
The new collections include birth and death records, church records, electoral rolls and more from around the globe to help families everywhere explore their past.
The new records come from the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, Germany, Russia and other countries to help discover more about your ancestors from around the globe.
Since our first day, we have been committed to providing our tools and features in the native languages of our users. This effort has been made possible thanks to our many volunteers.
This dedicated group of users are always willing to donate their time and we are so very thankful to them.
However, some of our language translations are still incomplete. More volunteers are always needed and welcome.
We encourage others to volunteer and help with this important task. If you would like to volunteer, send an email to email@example.com.
This weekend, MyHeritage Founder & CEO Gilad Japhet was interviewed on Israel's leading prime time TV news show to discuss MyHeritage and some of its pro bono projects. These include discovering heirs for unclaimed assets confiscated in WWII, returning looted art to its rightful owners and our global crowdsourcing project with BillionGraves to digitally preserve the world's cemeteries.
Our technologies are helping millions of families around the world discover more about their history. We're happy to take our mission several steps further by proactively initiating and executing important projects that have the potential to make the world a better place. Watch the video clip with English subtitles below:
We're proud of our motto to not only do well, but also do good, and we will strive to continue in this direction in the years ahead.
We work hard to provide greater access to family history information and so were thrilled to be awarded the Presidential Citation at the FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) conference this past weekend, along with BillionGraves, for our partnership in promoting the preservation of international burial locations.
The Federation of Genealogical Societies was established in 1976 and represents more than 500 member genealogy and history societies, including over a half-million individual members. You can learn more about FGS in our genealogy society spotlight blog post.
Gravestones are a great resource for family history investigation and a useful tool to learn more about your ancestors. They provide detailed information such as names, dates of birth and death and often describe personality. However, natural wear and tear means that these important family history sources need to be preserved before it’s too late. Together, MyHeritage and BillionGraves launched a global initiative to digitize cemeteries and gravestones to preserve these gravestones by making them accessible for free online to millions to aid in their family history research.
Watch the video below to hear MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet explain the tremendous importance of this project and the value of gravestones for genealogy.
Eggs are one of the most recognized symbols of Easter. Since ancient times, rabbits and eggs have been associated with rebirth and new life. In Germany, children would make nests for the egg-laying hare, Osterhase, to lay her eggs in.
In America, German immigrants brought their Osterhase tradition to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. The beloved Easter egg hunt tradition began soon after, and it spread throughout the country. Baskets replaced nests and the game evolved into a treasure hunt. Prizes included chocolate, candy, toys and coins.
The MyHeritage team had an amazing time at the Who Do You Think You Are Live 2014 show in London this past week. We enjoyed meeting new friends at the event and catching up with members who dropped by our booth to say hello.