MyHeritage is excited to announce the launch of Record Detective™. It is the first technology of its kind to automatically extend the paper trail from a single historical record to other related records and family tree connections.
Here’s a short video which explains how it works:
Record Detective™ generates new leads and discoveries by turning a single record into a door to more. For example, a record discovered in MyHeritage’s digital archive, SuperSearch, will now automatically include a summary of additional records and individuals in family trees relating to it, providing new information and clues to take your research to new directions.
Record Detective™ essentially turns historical records into smart objects that determine which people they are about, and it automatically conducts additional research about those people. Historical records are invaluable to everyone interested in their family history. With over 4 billion records available, MyHeritage provides a wealth of documents enabling you to make exciting discoveries.
Here’s an example of how Record Detective™ starts from a California Deaths record about Frederick Thomas Blanchard, and is able to locate a newspaper article that is more than 100 years old, describing how he met and married his sweetheart:
Discovered someone in MyHeritage’s U.S. Census collection? MyHeritage will provide census entries of that same person in earlier or later years of the census and go further to do it for the entire household!
For example, gravestones of the person’s spouse, newspaper articles about the person’s son or a parent’s immigration papers, will be displayed right on the census page. This is all done using highly accurate technology with almost no false positives.
As you can see in the above screenshot, records about any one individual may also refer to other people, such as a marriage or census document which often lists household members. If the people connected to the record are in family trees on MyHeritage, Record Detective™ will display links to the profiles of these people.
“Related people” are MyHeritage family tree profiles that are connected to the person or people in the record being viewed.
You can learn more about any record or profile provided by the Record Detective™ by hovering over its thumbnail. The summary will show a confidence score, ranging from a half star to five stars, indicating the likelihood that the historical record correctly belongs to the associated individual. Click the name of the record or person, which are links, to view them in more detail.
A Record Match is a document considered relevant to your family’s history, such as a birth record of your ancestors, a relative’s gravestone photo or a newspaper article. Record Matches are calculated automatically for all MyHeritage family trees.
1) When logged into your family site, visit the Record Matches page in the Family Tree menu. You can view Record Matches by people or by historical record collections.
2) If you are viewing matches by collection, click on the View Matches button next to any collection to view the Record Matches found in it.
3) Click the blue button labeled “Review match” to view any match in detail, through the record page. The census document shown above lists other household members when the census was conducted. Here, the head of the household was Charles Yutze, married to Alice, and their children, Charles, Dorothy and William.
In this example, we started with a Record Match of Alice Yutze in the census, and the Record Detective™ located 7 more records for Alice and her family, including census records from 1930, a tombstone record, and more.
Record Detective™ is also very useful when you find a relevant historical record by searching SuperSearch, the search engine of historical records on MyHeritage which is your gateway to billions of historical records.
1) Go to SuperSearch on www.myheritage.com/research and search for any individual you are interested in.
3) In every record page, Record Detective™ will try to find more records about the people in the record you found, and family tree profiles of these people.
Finding new relatives is exciting! If you found a family tree profile that is relevant to your search, please note that you can contact the MyHeritage user who submitted that profile. That user is usually related to that person, and therefore potentially related to you too.
At the moment, if you’ve found a good record or profile through Record Detective™ – and the likelihood is that almost every record or profile it shows will be correct and relevant – there is no way to automatically associate that record with your tree. But we will be adding this soon. So for now, view the record or profile and extract relevant information manually into your family tree.
Record Detective™ is a new game-changing technology from MyHeritage, which will provide you with many records, other records and tree profiles about the very same people. It is highly accurate and will not waste your time with false positives. It is original and there is nothing quite like it in the industry. It doesn’t replace manual research, but it can often help you save time and find relevant information you may never have found on your own. A summary of any record may be viewed for free. For full access to all historical records, choose between affordable pay-as-you-go credits or a Data subscription.
At MyHeritage, we are committed to continue to innovate and develop new technologies that will make family history more exciting and rewarding for you.
We invite you to try out Record Detective™, at the bottom of every record page, to see what you may discover!
The MyHeritage Team