18    Jul 20162 comments

New: SuperSearch Alerts

We're delighted to introduce a new feature, SuperSearch™ Alerts.

A SuperSearch Alert is a notification letting you know that new results are available for your previous search on SuperSearch, that did not exist when you conducted the search.

MyHeritage's SuperSearch contains a wealth of useful content to explore. Currently home to 6.85 billion historical records, SuperSearch includes MyHeritage family trees, public photos, census records, birth, marriage and death records, family history books and a lot more. Continue reading "New: SuperSearch Alerts" »

7    Apr 201657 comments

MyHeritage Launches Book Matching

We're excited to announce the release of a revolutionary new technology — Book Matching — perhaps our best technology yet. Book Matching automatically researches individuals found in family trees on MyHeritage in our vast collection of digitized historical books. Unique to MyHeritage, the innovative new technology uses semantic analysis to understand every sentence in every page in the digitized books, in order to find matches with very high accuracy. Book Matching has already produced over 80 million new matches for our users! Every match is a paragraph from a book specifically about the person in the family tree, providing direct access to that paragraph and the ability to browse through the rest of the book.

With Book Matching, you'll discover fascinating family information that you would not find otherwise. You may even discover new relatives and ancestors. Use this information to expand your family tree and add color to it.

By way of background, we first launched SuperSearch™, our search engine for historical records, in 2012. In December 2015, the collection of digitized historical books was added to SuperSearch™. Very recently, we've tripled the books in the Compilation of Published Sources from 150,000 to 450,000 books, with a total of 91 million pages. We've assembled a team of hard-working curators and plan to add hundreds of millions of additional pages of digitized books to the collection each year.

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25    Feb 201613 comments

Introducing Record Detective™ II

We're thrilled to announce that we've released Record Detective™ II, a powerful technology that advances your family history research further than ever before.

It was almost three years ago, when we announced the launch of Record Detective, a technology that generates new leads and discoveries. With the Record Detective™, records found in MyHeritage SuperSearch™ automatically point to additional records and family tree profiles relating to the same person.

The power of transitivity, and its limitation

Previously, Record Detective™ used transitivity: if record A was matched by person B in a family tree, and person B matched person C in another family tree, and person C matched record D, then records A and D were considered matches and the Record Detective™ pointed from each one of them to the other. This allowed magical discoveries, for example, a birth record could point at a newspaper article about the wedding of the same person! This simulates advanced deductions that previously only a human genealogist could make, as the birth record doesn't even name the person that our protagonist would eventually marry. However, this power came with a limitation: the Record Detective™ was only able to find information when there was at least one family tree profile on MyHeritage matching the record, and the existence of such a profile on MyHeritage isn't guaranteed: about half the historical records on MyHeritage do not have a matching family tree profile yet.

Challenging the Detective

This limitation bothered our engineering team, and they set out to improve the technology. The next generation of this technology was supposed to be so good, that it would "seriously challenge the greatest Detective of all time", and thus the project was fondly nicknamed "Professor Moriarty" by our team.

The new generation of the technology released now, Record Detective™ II, overcomes the transitivity limitation and on top of all the matches it was able to provide before, it adds also direct record-to-record matches, even for records that have no matching family tree profiles on MyHeritage.

More matches

The result is Sherlock Holmes on steroids: a much greater number of matching documents for each record. This powerful new technology has yielded a staggering number of 2.2 additional billion matches. Record Detective™ II provides new information and clues to take your family history research to newer heights. It does all this without sacrificing accuracy.

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29    Dec 20157 comments

Goodbye 2015… Hello 2016!

The year has come and gone in a flash, and what a year it has been! Here at MyHeritage, we had a busy 2015 full of exciting new features, useful historical content and much more.

We started off the year with a bang, launching the Family Tree Builder Mac Extension. We believe that people should be able to discover and preserve their family history on whatever platform they are comfortable with, and that there is value in the ability to work offline. The new Mac version joins our veteran Windows version available since 2005.

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15    Oct 20150 comments

46 Million Swedish Household Records Now Available

We are happy to announce that we've added over 46 million Swedish records to MyHeritage SuperSearch. The high quality parish register records, spanning 1880 to 1920, are now available, indexed and searchable online for the first time. These records include information about births, deaths, marriages, addresses and changes in household composition. They provide a unique view into the lives of Swedish people living at that time, making this collection a fantastic family history resource for anyone with Swedish heritage.

Search Sweden Household Examination Books Now

Swedish Household Examination Books are the primary source for researching the lives of individuals and families throughout the Parishes of Sweden, from the late 1600s to modern times. The books were created and kept by the Swedish Lutheran Church, which was tasked with keeping the official records of the Swedish population until 1991. Continue reading "46 Million Swedish Household Records Now Available" »

27    Feb 20150 comments

New Collections Spotlight: Millions of records added

We’re happy to announce millions of historical records have been added to SuperSearch. The new collections include military records, birth records and prison registrars.

Search now.

The new records come from the United States and Scotland and help families uncover the stories of the lives their ancestors led.

The collections include: Continue reading "New Collections Spotlight: Millions of records added" »

17    Feb 201513 comments

MyHeritage puts exclusive Scandinavian records online

We’re delighted to announce that we have started making good on our promise to digitize and bring online millions of exclusive historical records from Scandinavia. The majority of these records have never been indexed online before.

The records are searchable on MyHeritage SuperSearch and MyHeritage users will now automatically receive matches to those records relevant to their family tree.

Anyone with Scandinavian roots will be able to explore their family history and learn more about the lives of their ancestors with this robust searchable index of records published online for the first time. Continue reading "MyHeritage puts exclusive Scandinavian records online" »

2    Feb 20150 comments

MyHeritage adds 900 million global historical records

We’re happy to announce that we’ve added 900 million global historical records to SuperSearch bringing the total number of records on MyHeritage to over 6 billion.

The new content has been made available thanks to MyHeritage's partnership with FamilySearch and consists primarily of family tree profiles that have been submitted by more than 22 million FamilySearch users. Integration ensures that this data is refreshed on MyHeritage on a daily basis as it is updated on FamilySearch.

Adding this data to MyHeritage alongside the 27 million global family trees submitted by MyHeritage users, brings together for the very first time 2 of the world’s 3 largest family tree collections.

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MyHeritage matching technologies are currently comparing the huge FamilySearch and MyHeritage trees and generating matches between them that will be sent to MyHeritage users during the next month or two. Comparing about 900 million profiles (FamilySearch tree) to about 1.6 billion profiles (MyHeritage trees) is a substantial undertaking. Millions of users stand to gain a lot of new information from the matches.

As of today, users of MyHeritage partners such as RootsMagic and Family Historian - these are desktop programs that use the MyHeritage matching APIs - will receive matches with the FamilySearch tree via MyHeritage (the copy that is on MyHeritage that is) without having to have an account on FamilySearch. That's another benefit of the FamilySearch tree being on MyHeritage.

Geni.com users will also enjoy matches with the FamilySearch tree too, via MyHeritage.

This significant addition is part of MyHeritage's goal to continually add global historical records and family tree profiles, and by combining advanced technology with massive amounts of data, we’re making it easier for people to unravel their family history.

31    Dec 20143 comments

2014: MyHeritage’s year in review

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.

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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. Continue reading "2014: MyHeritage’s year in review" »

22    Dec 20141 comment

MyHeritage to digitize and add more than 120 million historical records from Denmark

We're happy to announce that MyHeritage is adding millions of Danish historical records to SuperSearch, with some collections dating as far back as the 1600s.

MyHeritage has entered into an agreement with the Danish National Archives to index Census and Parish records from 1646 to 1930, content that was not previously digitized. This partnership will provide access to significant sources of family history information in Denmark and enable MyHeritage users to learn more about their Danish ancestors and the lives they led. The collections follow fascinating periods throughout history such as the Napoleonic wars, liberalism and nationalism of the 1800s, the Schleswig Wars and industrialization.

The records will also illuminate the lives and times of noted Danish historical figures such as Kierkegaard and Niels Bohr. Celebrity fans will be able to look into the family history of Danish Americans such as Scarlett Johansson and Viggo Mortensen for clues on their success. Many of the records will be made available on MyHeritage as early as April 2015 and the rest will be added during the year.

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