8    Apr 20131 comment

Heritage Hunt: The results

MyHeritage got into the Spring spirit last week with our own “Heritage Hunt,” an online scavenger hunt through our record collections.

We asked you to identify three people - using our online digital archive, SuperSearch - and find their records and details.

Here are the answers: Continue reading "Heritage Hunt: The results" »

13    Feb 201310 comments

MyHeritage adds millions of historical records

We've recently added millions of new records to MyHeritage's data collections.

The international collections include headstones, military records, yearbooks and even wanted posters and mugshots!

The records are searchable on MyHeritage's SuperSearch engine and are integrated with MyHeritage's Record Matching technology. This means that MyHeritage users will automatically receive notifications about records from these collections that match individuals in their family trees.

Here's some more information and links to the main collections we've added:

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24    Oct 20120 comments

Webinar: Tomorrow with Randy Seaver

We're delighted to invite you to register for our Online Record Matching Masterclass, tomorrow, Thursday, October 25.

MyHeritage's Mark Olsen will be joined by expert genealogist Randy Seaver, author of the geneablog Genea-Musings, who will discuss the surprises he's received from record matching for his personal family tree.

The webinar takes place at 1pm Pacific US (4pm Eastern US, or 9pm UK).

Visit your family site now to check your Record Matches. Learn more about Record Matching in this blog post.

View past webinars and register for future events on our new webinar website.

We look forward to welcoming you online.

12    Oct 20121 comment

Webinar: Record Matching with James Tanner

Following the success of our previous webinar, "An Introduction to Record Matching," we're delighted to invite you to register for our next online event: "Record Matching with special guest James Tanner".

Join MyHeritage chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz and expert genealogist James Tanner, author of the Genealogy's Star blog, who will discuss examples and surprises from James' own family tree.

The webinar takes place on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012, at 2pm MDT (which corresponds to 4pm Eastern US time or 9pm in the UK).

Record Matching is a brand new technology from MyHeritage, designed to automatically find and match historical records (from our growing collection of 4+ billion records) to the 23 million family trees on MyHeritage...but with a twist!

It's the first and only technology to automatically search newspaper articles, books and other free-text documents. Record matching saves you time by bringing your family’s historical documents directly to you. Visit your family site now to check your Record Matches. You can learn more about Record Matching on the blog post.

View past webinars and register for future events on our new webinar website.

We look forward to welcoming you online.

27    Sep 201236 comments

Expert reviews of Record Matching

Our Record Matching technology, launched last week, has made a big splash in the genealogy industry.

Check out what some of the most influential genealogists on the Web have had to say about it:

Randy Seaver, Genea-Musings post 1, post 2:

"I like the MyHeritage Record Matching technology - it is a step forward in helping researchers with online family trees find online records that can add content to their database in the quest for finding our elusive ancestors."

"This system of Record Matches is excellent - especially when there are too many matches to consume in one sitting."

"No other provider of record searches provides a similar service for newspaper articles - this one is unique to date."


James Tanner
, Genealogy's Star post 1, post 2:

"On my very first tries, I was impressed and that isn't very common. I don't usually do software reviews because I like all of the programs and I don't want to appear to hold favorites, but this turns out to be different. MyHeritage.com has come up with a new service that should impact many genealogical researchers in a way that hasn't happened previously."

"This is really significant -- MyHeritage.com Record Matches."

"In my opinion, this is a significant step forward for the online genealogical community."

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19    Sep 2012193 comments

Introducing Record Matching

We're pleased to introduce today a new technology - Record Matching - that automatically finds relevant historical records for every family tree on MyHeritage!

This is an add-on feature for SuperSearch, our global search engine for historical records, that was successfully launched in June. We're very excited about Record Matching, and believe it is a breakthrough that can bring value to almost every user of MyHeritage and to people not using MyHeritage who are curious about their family history. Read the details below and we hope you'll share our excitement.

Introducing Record Matching Technology

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19    Sep 20115 comments

Frank Winkler and D-Day: Researching military records

This is a guest post by Jennifer Holik-Urban*

Pvt. Frank Winkler

Pvt. Frank Winkler

My grandmother told me a story about my cousin Frankie Winkler. She said Frankie came ashore on Omaha Beach on D-Day with the 29th Infantry Division. He died on 24 June 1944 of head wounds received on D-Day. When his remains were returned to Chicago, his uncle and father viewed the remains and did not think it was Frankie. I listened to this story, took notes and left it at that. It wasn’t until many years later in my research did I seek out Frankie’s story.

When my parents traveled to Europe in late 2009 they visited a U.S. cemetery in Ardennes. They met a Marine named Michael who worked for the American Battle Monuments Commission. Being the only visitors to the cemetery that day, Michael gave them a two hour guided tour. My mom told Michael about Frankie and he told her about a military file called the Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). An IDPF was created for each service man or woman who died during service. It provides information on their death, personal effects, interment overseas, some files contain letters from the family, disinterment information and reburial information.

Michael also gave her the name of the historian, Joe Balkoski, for the 29th Infantry Division in Maryland. Armed with this information she emailed me as soon as she could so I could start the process of tracking down the IDPF and contacting this historian. We both wanted to know what happened to Frankie.

I had very little information on Frankie’s military service. From his grave and the Honor Roll of Cook County I obtained his unit information. His sister provided a copy of his Purple Heart certificate and a photograph. I had his obituary and the cemetery record that indicated his burial was in 1948. He was buried in Chicago four years after he died. Why?

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