MyHeritage launches new initiative to connect the world’s family trees!

MyHeritage launches new initiative to connect the world’s family trees!

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MyHeritage is pleased to announce an ambitious new project to connect all individuals on the planet via family ties. We call it the Smart Matching Initiative, and it’s based on our Smart Matching™ technology. It’s free, and its goal is to benefit our users.

What is it good for?
Smart Matching™ can help you grow your family tree, find other people related to you and improve your genealogy research.We all know that we are all connected through blood and marriage relations, and Smart Matching™ helps us see that we are closer than we think. We believe that this project will improve ties between individuals and families all other world and are very excited to provide this contribution to society. Now, if you happen to be a cynic who does not buy into these grand ideals, then at minimum, Smart Matching™ will help you discover how you are related to famous or rich people…

How does it work?
Smart Matching™ technology rapidly compares each family tree to hundreds of thousands of other family trees on MyHeritage and determines, using heuristic comparisons backed by genealogical and phonetic research, if there is a correlation between individuals in both trees. Connected family trees eventually form a mesh showing how almost every individual on the planet is related by blood or marriage to almost anyone else.
This technology was pioneered by Pearl Street Software, a genealogy company that MyHeritage has recently merged with. Since the merger, MyHeritage has been further advancing this technology to new peaks in its R&D labs, and has successfully applied it to almost 180 million names in some 150,000 family trees posted on by its 17 million registered members. With your help and with the huge numbers of new family trees posted to MyHeritage every day, we hope to map and connect the family trees of the majority of the human population on the planet in the next few years.

Is it really smart?
Smart Matching™ compares dozens of factors, including names, dates and relationships; it handles spelling and phonetic variations, nicknames, ethnic differences, variations in dates, different languages and character sets, and more. As an example, given sufficient additional evidence, it can connect an Alexander in your tree to an Alexandre in a French tree, to an Alex or even Sasha (a common nickname for Alexander) in other trees, and you can configure its settings to manage the balance between the number of matches, and their accuracy. It is powerful enough to do this blindingly fast on many millions of names.

How can I access my Smart Matches?
Smart Matching™ is supported on and on Family Tree Builder.
It runs in real time as you add more names to your family tree, and it also runs offline on entire trees from time to time. Results are available on the Smart Matching page in every family site on MyHeritage, and in Family Tree Builder.

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PHOTO: Smart Matches displayed on (click to enlarge)

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PHOTO: Smart Matches displayed side-by-side by Family Tree Builder (click to enlarge)

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  • Lavene Copeland

    August 29, 2007

    Please delete Web Page, I do not wish to have a Web Site.

  • Maxine

    December 17, 2007

    i cant seem to get this search engine to work ?
    I cant seem to get the tree’s to work ?
    I am look for my grandfather :william Wallace Seaton b.1808 abt died 1847 fayette co IL.
    wife Elender Williams Seaton b. abt 1815 died 1869 fayette co IL.
    can anyone help me to find FREE trees out there to see ?
    can anyone help me to give me any information on them ?

  • Norbert Biczok

    March 30, 2008

    Can we somehow merge family trees at some junction-point? Does not make any sense to have multiple people type in the same ancestors. I can see that smart matching can find these, but how can we merge without exporting and re-importing the already uploaded ancestors?


  • Noah

    April 1, 2008

    Very nice, but when I do find new relatives – how can I import them from the matches?

  • Alejandra F Gallina

    May 6, 2008

    Iam searching my family tree with surnames: Gallina, Magno, Dagnino and Martelli

  • Gram

    June 2, 2008

    Your site is wonderful it is easy to use ienjoy it very much

  • Paul

    October 17, 2008

    Your product is fantastic!

    So this has discovered 2 matches for me, to people I never would have found. They are accurate matches.
    What do I do about them though? Obviously I want to connect our respective trees so we’re collaborating on the same people in our respective families but I don’t see how.

    Thank you!

  • Beatrice Flood Dunham

    November 8, 2008

    My Site has several matches and I was able ro join one but want to join the rest

  • John Livingstone

    December 19, 2008

    Since being matched with another family tree, my family history has been removed from my tree, without permission, and now appears on the other family tree. How is this possible as my family tree is only open to invitation, and that has not been granted to anyone yet ?
    An explanation would be appreciated.

  • Mario

    December 19, 2008

    Hi John,

    that does sound a bit strange indeed and should not have happened. Please do put details (URL or site ID) of your site, the other site and what content you are referring to in an email to support @ I’ll make sure that Jaiel, our head of support, will personally have a look at your issue and try to solve it as soon as possible.

    Merry Christmas and best regards