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 Record matching saves you time by bringing your family’s historical documents directly to you.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 201237 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 2012256 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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23    Jul 20120 comments

Technology: Now meets then

We often hear people say that kids "get" technology easier than adults.

I remember the old computers we had at home, the tapes we used to load programs, the floppy disks that were really floppy. I'm sure my grandparents were probably amazed at the speed with which I could load and play Frogger.

Kids today are described as super-advanced when it comes to understanding new gadgets, so it's interesting to see how they relate to the gadgets that were around before they were born.

In this video, young people were challenged to see if they could figure out how to use some classic gadgets from the 80s.

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16    Feb 20121 comment

RootsTech 2012: A MyHeritage success!

RootsTech has quickly become the biggest genealogy conference in the United States. This year, more than 4,300 people attended.

For MyHeritage it was a very successful, as people happily welcomed us, the booth was constantly crowded, and we had a lot of fun. Also, our founder and CEO and Gilad Japhet's presentation on the soon-to-be-released SuperSearch was one of the most attended and anticipated. See our slideshow below:

We thank Banai Feldstein for sharing her photos with us.

Genealogy conferences are about content, of course, but more so about the people! We love to see our old friends and meet new ones.
People came from afar, and the MyHeritage team always enjoys meeting face-to-face with people with whom our only contact during the year is email or Skype. It is also an opportunity to hear from happy MyHeritage users.

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4    Feb 20120 comments

RootsTech 2012: Day two highlights

It was another exciting day at RootsTech. The MyHeritage booth was very busy all day, as the team told those who stopped by how MyHeritage and World Vital Records can help advance their research. Visitors were a mix of those new to MyHeritage, along with those who were already members.

Schelly, Steve Morse and Mark

A large audience heard Dave Barney of Google present the many uses of Google for genealogy. He demonstrated various features, ranging from Google Maps and  how to pinpoint your ancestors on a street level view map and how to zoom in to their historic homes, churches and more to show your family’s living history. He shared a photo of the Swedish church – still standing - where his ancestors were married more than two centuries ago. The building was shown in Google street view.

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3    Feb 20120 comments

RootsTech 2012: Day one highlights

MyHeritage’s experience at RootsTech has been a success, from setup to live hangouts and a very busy booth on the first day.

MyHeritage booth at RootsTech, before the conference began

The team began setting up Wednesday afternoon. Our booth is a real standout with double arches of balloons in the MyHeritage logo colors. Everyone knows where our booth is located as the colorful balloons fly high above the exhibit floor.

MyHeritage Super Search

Today, the opening day, our CEO/founder Gilad Japhet demonstrated the new MyHeritage Super Search technology. The new online research system greatly expands search functionality and takes into account user errors, common name variations, and other important details which, in the past, have not been included in most ancestral searches. There are many options to filter results by collections, via additional refining, advanced search and filtering capabilities as demonstrated in his presentation. This exciting new research system is still under development.

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19    Jan 20122 comments

RootsTech 2012: MyHeritage is on its way!

While genealogy conferences bring together genealogists for learning, sharing, collaborating, RootsTech - February 2-4, in Salt Lake City, Utah - brings together technology developers and genealogy consumers.

It is a great opportunity for technologists and genealogists (of all skill levels) to share ideas, learn from each other and find solutions to family history challenges.

Genealogists and family historians learn firsthand about exciting new technologies and tools to improve their research experience, while developers learn skills to deliver new applications and systems. The program offers many choices; see it here.

MyHeritage.com will be there in force at our display booth 514. Our RootsTech contingent includes:

MyHeritage founder and CEO Gilad Japhet. He will speak at 1.30pm, on Thursday, February 2 and demonstrate new technology to be unveiled for the first time. Family history fans worldwide will be delighted with this presentation. To learn more, you’ll have to be there!

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7    Dec 20112 comments

Santa Claus: How does he do it?

Ever wonder how Santa Claus (or Kris Kringle or St. Nicholas) manages to deliver all those gifts to children around the world in just one night?

Well, a new science and technology research study from North Carolina State University provides some hints.

Mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Dr. Larry Silverberg explains the principles that allow that red-suited white-bearded fellow to manage this amazing feat every year.

Where did Silverberg learn these secrets?

He was team leader on the first-of-its kind visiting scholars program at Santa’s Workshop/North Pole Labs (NPL) last year:

Children shouldn’t put too much credence in the opinions of those who say it’s not possible to deliver presents all over the world in one night,” Silverberg says.

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23    Oct 20110 comments

Genealogy News: North America – 23 October 2011

This edition offers news on how genealogy societies plan to provide programming for long-distance members, nominations for the National Genealogical Society Hall of Fame, a book on today's obsession with genealogy, an Irish DNA project and new online database, as well as a new conference focusing on story telling, blogging and family history.

Technology includes podcasts and webinars, much in use these days and offering benefits for researchers around the world.

One Canadian society - the Ontario Genealogy Society's Niagara Peninsula branch - will now reach far-away members by streaming guest speakers on the Internet.

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