29    Jan 20133 comments

Technology: Staying in touch through the years

There are many ways to stay connected with our family, no matter the distance.

We write e-mails, send letters or speak on the phone. Even with Skype on our computers, many of us still have a land line phone at home to connect with our families locally and worldwide.

Hearing our families’ voices brings us closer together, but how were we able to keep in touch before all these technological advances showed up in our homes?

Construction of the first regular phone line was completed in 1877. By the end of 1880, there were 47,900 telephones in the US. Since the first Bell telephone company was established in 1878, phones have evolved from the “candlestick” telephone to rotary-dial and to today’s cordless handsets.

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9    Jan 201328 comments

MyHeritage mobile app version 2.0 released today!

We're delighted to announce the release of MyHeritage app version 2.0, our free mobile application, packed with exciting new features. Now you can build and edit your family tree, add more information to it, and take your heritage with you anywhere you go.

MyHeritage App 2.0 - Edit your tree on the go!

Our mobile app is available for iPad, iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets, in 32 languages, and has been optimized for each platform using cutting-edge HTML5 and SVG technologies. Download the new app now, for free, from Apple's App Store or Google Play.

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31    Dec 20120 comments

2012: A MyHeritage year in review

Now's the time when we look at what we've accomplished over the past 12 months, and plan for the year ahead. It's time for reflection, introspection and preparation.

2012 has been an incredibly exciting year at MyHeritage and, as we stand on the cusp of 2013, here's a quick look at some of the highlights.

We kicked off the year by partnering with Family Tree DNA to introduce DNA testing for genealogy. DNA genetic genealogy testing can help you discover more relatives by comparing your results to a growing database of hundreds of thousands of people.

The results may match you to a living relative with whom you share a common ancestor who may have lived hundreds of years ago.

The results can also reveal ethnic backgrounds, providing more insight into where your ancestors may have lived and thus more clues as to where to search. Continue reading "2012: A MyHeritage year in review" »

14    Dec 20121 comment

Family History Discoveries: Your stories


Many MyHeritage members have made remarkable discoveries through their family history research.

For example, David thought that an entire branch of his family had died in WWII. Through a MyHeritage Smart Match, he discovered that they had survived. Read about how the families were reunited.

Read about Howard who found a long-lost cousin living in his own hometown!

We also helped to reunite half-siblings Ronald and Anneliese.

We publish these stories because we think they're a great way to inspire all of us in our family history research. Who knows what story we'll uncover with the next relative we add to our family tree.

If you're interested in sharing your inspiring story or breakthrough, and having it published in this blog, send it to stories@myheritage.com.

The MyHeritage team

7    Nov 20120 comments

Webinar: Genealogy 101

We're delighted to invite you to register now for our webinar: "Genealogy 101: Everything you need to know about researching your family history" which will be presented on Tuesday, November 13 at 2pm EST/7pm UK.

Join US genealogy adviser Schelly Talalay Dardashti for a Family History master class. This session, open to beginners and more advanced researchers alike, will cover everything from getting started in family history research to breaking down brick walls.

There will be a live Q&A session as well as a chat room to ask questions or comment during the webinar, so think about those things that challenge you and come prepared to challenge Schelly!

View recordings of past webinars on our webinar website.

We look forward to welcoming you online.

30    Oct 20122 comments

MyHeritage: Technology conference for developers

When we launched SuperSearch - MyHeritage's family history search engine - in June, it created quite a stir in the developer community.

So much, in fact, that we decided to organize a technology conference in our offices where we recently welcomed some 60+ software developers from leading technology companies.

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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 2012197 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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