Instant Discoveries™ now available for all MyHeritage users!

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We’re delighted to announce that Instant Discoveries™ are now available for all MyHeritage users. Launched in December 2014, Instant Discoveries™ is a unique experience for discovering family history information and applying it to one’s tree on MyHeritage with ease. Initially we released this experience only for new users – newcomers to family history – to make it easier for them to embark on their family history journey. By signing up at MyHeritage and entering some basic information about immediate family members, new users discovered ancestors, relatives and never-seen-before photos in just a few seconds. Following the successful launch we took Instant Discoveries™ to the streets of New York and demonstrated it to passers-by. It was incredible to see their emotional reactions.

As of this week, we’ve taken this breakthrough technology to the next level, by providing the Instant Discoveries™ experience to all users of MyHeritage, enabling multiple individuals and photos to be added to existing family trees in just a few clicks.

How does it work?

An Instant Discovery™ is a “package” of family history information that you can apply in one click. If an individual in your family tree connects to a branch in another family tree, you’ll be alerted about this and can then choose to add everyone in that branch (up to 40-50 people) to your tree, who is not already there, in one go, rather than manually add people one by one, and amend the data piece by piece.

Every Instant Discovery™ is based on a match, which is found by our Smart Matching™ technology, and we filter out incorrect matches automatically. Instant Discoveries™ complement Smart Matches™ in how the information is applied to the user’s tree. With Smart Matches™, information is added to the tree one fact at a time, one person at a time, manually. With Instant Discoveries™ an entire branch can be copied in a single click, along with all facts, events and photos, and source citations are automatically created in the target tree to document exactly where the data came from. To protect the privacy of other users, Instant Discoveries™ never bring information on living people.

We’ve already processed millions of family trees on MyHeritage for Discoveries out of the 28 million existing trees added by our users, and found that more than 50% of the trees will enjoy one or more Discoveries! The success rate increases as your tree grows (for example, a tree with 100 individuals will enjoy at least one Discovery almost always, and often many more). Even if your tree isn’t growing, the success rate will still increase each day as MyHeritage adds millions of records and profiles every day, collecting more data to compare against your tree.

World map of Discoveries

MyHeritage users around the world have already begun enjoying Discoveries and adding them to their trees. To get a feel for the great things people are discovering, we’ve created a fun interactive map, showing the users making Discoveries on MyHeritage around the world, almost in real-time. Click the image below to view the interactive map.

World map of Discoveries
World map of Discoveries - click to view the interactive map now!

Notifications and the Discovery Hub™

MyHeritage users will soon receive email notifications about Instant Discoveries™. About once a week, users will be informed about the best Discovery we’ve found for them. Additionally, all Discoveries are accessible as of this week through our newly released Discovery Hub™. This new and easy-to-use section in family sites on MyHeritage, which is as innovative as the technology behind it, allows beginners and advanced genealogists alike to automate long manual processes and add new information in a few simple steps, using a beautiful and animated set of screens.

The new Discovery Hub™

In the coming few months, the Discovery Hub™ will evolve and pool all Instant Discoveries, Smart Matches and Record Matches in one place with easy-to-use functionality and new features, that are more than a year in the making, providing a full, rich platform for users to discover their family history using our technologies.

Getting Started with Instant Discoveries™

All pages on MyHeritage family sites now have a new menu for easier navigation. The menu now sports larger fonts that are easier to follow. A new “Discoveries” tab contains all areas related to family history discoveries such as Smart Matches, Record Matches, and the new Instant Discoveries™ through the Discovery Hub.

To access Instant Discoveries™ click the new “Discoveries” tab on your family site and select “Discovery Hub”.

The new family site navigation

If a Discovery was found for you, click “View Discovery” to view its details. If not, add some more people to your tree so that a new Discovery will be found.

The Discoveries Hub™ page where you can view your best Discoveries

Note that the Discovery Hub shows you the best Discoveries found for you, and you can flip through the top ones if more than one is available, using the arrows provided.

The page also tells you where the Discovery was found. If it was found in another tree, it will tell you who manages it, and their country of residence.

Viewing a Discovery will display the match on which it is based, and you will be asked to confirm whether MyHeritage got it right. Click “Yes” if the person in your tree does seem to you to be the same person in the other tree or record.

Confirming the match upon which the Discovery is based

If you confirmed, you will then see the additional people that can be added to your tree, along with their names, relationship to your match, and their profile photos. Click “Add to my tree” to automatically add all this information directly to your family tree! We call this “Applying” an Instant Discovery™.

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Click "Add to my Tree" to apply the Discovery

Alternatively, click “Reject Discovery” if you are not interested in applying it, or you now think that the match on which the Discovery is based, is incorrect.

When a Discovery is applied, your tree gains all available information about every individual: all names, events, dates, places, etc, and any photos tagged to that individual (including the profile photo).

Growing your tree

After applying a Discovery, you will be taken to your family tree where a message will summarize what has just taken place:

Confirmation of a Discovery applied to family tree

Your tree will be updated, showing you with “NEW” labels all the new people just added to your tree:

Family tree enriched with new information

The convenient “NEW” markers will remain for 15 minutes and will then go away.

You can now explore your tree and click on the new entries to view their profiles and see what info you’ve just gained about each individual. You will also begin receiving Smart Matches and Record Matches for those new entries, as well as additional Instant Discoveries™, so your tree will now expand even faster.

New family tree profile added, now has its own Smart Matches and Record Matches, which lead to additional info

How much does it cost?

All MyHeritage users now have the opportunity to enjoy this feature to make instant family history discoveries. All first Discoveries will be free, with subsequent Discoveries requiring a PremiumPlus subscription. Discoveries will always be found and shown to you for free, but applying them to your tree in one click (after the first few ones given free) is what requires the subscription.

If you already have a PremiumPlus subscription, you’ll be able to apply any number of Instant Discoveries you wish with no limits. Well, almost no limits… Due to technical reasons, Instant Discoveries will initially be available only for family trees having 25,000 or fewer individuals. After applying a Discovery, your tree will change, and hence new Discoveries will need to be recalculated. Once the re-calculation is complete, which may take between a few seconds to 24 hours, MyHeritage will offer you additional Discoveries.

Instant Discoveries™ and Smart Matches™

Instant Discoveries™ do not find information for you that you could not have learned through a Smart Match™. However, applying a Discovery is the new functionality, which is done in one click. This will not add duplicate people to your tree that you already have, even if they are spelled differently. Doing the same process with Smart Matches™ of embellishing your tree based on the incremental information would have required manual addition of people to your tree, one by one, and manual scrutiny of incremental information in other sources to add to your tree. So a single click to apply an Instant Discovery™ can save you hours of labor you would have done manually using Smart Matches™. The latter practice of manual scrutiny and addition is actually the best practice genealogically speaking. It is highly recommended, especially for more experienced genealogists, and it maximizes accuracy, and lets you pick exactly which information you trust to add to your tree and which you’d rather keep out, but it’s often too difficult to follow for amateurs and newcomers to genealogy. So Instant Discoveries™ make it more painless to add new information to the tree. Professional genealogists can still enjoy Instant Discoveries™, for example to add entire branches to their tree from sources they fully trust, while using Smart Matches™ for other needs that require closer scrutiny.

More powerful Instant Discoveries™ are coming soon

The first version released this week finds Discoveries based on Smart Matches™. We will enhance soon it to find Discoveries also based on Record Matches. This means the success rate of this technology will soon grow significantly and MyHeritage users will be able to get Discoveries based on tree originating from Geni and FamilySearch, as well as from census records and other types of records. The experience of using Discoveries will not change despite the fact that we will widen the sources from which Discoveries are made.

Additional enhancements coming up

In the next month or so, we will add another exciting enhancement: available Discoveries will appear as special profile cards right on your online family tree interface, in the appropriate location. For example, if a branch connected to your grandfather, is missing from your family tree but was reliably found by MyHeritage elsewhere, you’ll see a special card next to your grandfather in the family tree. You will be able to add the entire branch to the tree in a few clicks by clicking this special card and going through screens described earlier. For users who won’t like the special cards in their tree, we’re adding a configuration setting to turn them off.

We’re also developing a special preview mode for more experienced users, to allow users to delve deeper into Discoveries, and be more picky to select which pieces of information – on a person-by-person basis – they would like to add to their tree, rather than take the whole Discovery. Before the preview mode is available, and even afterwards, it is extremely important to examine the contents of the Discoveries provided, and make sure that the Discovery is correct and comes from a source you trust, before adding the information to your family tree. This will reduce the perpetuation and duplication of mistakes that making the process so easy can increase, when genealogists are not careful.

We’re truly excited to expand the power of Instant Discoveries™ to all our users. We hope that you will uncover amazing new information about your family history and we invite you to share with us what you discover by exploring our User Success Stories site and submitting your story there.

Kind regards,
MyHeritage Team

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  • James Gray


    April 21, 2015

    This sounds fantastic. I will try it soon.

  • Wayne Willis


    May 5, 2015

    What a great tool, I have used it, fantastic!

  • William Richardson


    May 6, 2015

    Fought in the Crimean war . 1855-7

  • Diana Ganino


    May 9, 2015

    To who it may concern ,l Have been using this new site love it ,keep up the good work guys thanks heaps

  • Maureen Ballantine


    May 12, 2015

    Will try it out ..thank you

  • Rusty Fraser


    May 12, 2015

    Looks very good. I am eager to try it out.
    Thank you.

  • David Calderwood


    May 12, 2015

    Sounds great. For sure I will try it. I copied and printed out key portions of the “Getting Started” info for ready reference.

  • Cyril Bosco


    May 12, 2015

    This will save hours of search for family members

  • Howard D. Hughes


    May 12, 2015

    Looks good

  • A.B. Cristallo


    May 12, 2015

    Will try it on the next Smart Match(es) I receive.

  • Rae Croft


    May 12, 2015

    Looking forward to using what sounds like a great tool

  • Marie


    May 13, 2015

    Thank you My Heritage for constantly coming up with new ways to make collecting family information and adding to our trees easier.

  • Lesley du Plessis – Nee Brewis


    May 13, 2015

    Looking forward to being able to complete my Scottish side of the family.

  • DIANA CRIPPS


    May 13, 2015

    It really sounds great will try it out

  • Jan Wilson


    May 13, 2015

    I will check this out soon.

  • Brenda Colter


    May 13, 2015

    Arthur Nernberg…Born Jan. 26, 1927
    Deceased Nov. 16, 1995

  • Rebeca P Wilson


    May 13, 2015

    Thanks, as we have a family tree file , I will chedk this out for further ideas. Bedky Wilson (nee Larson)

  • lee


    May 13, 2015

    Looking forward to using. New system

  • Reid


    May 13, 2015

    Looking forward to using My Heritage Discoveries.

  • annbørg benjaminsen


    May 13, 2015

    It a gift for me, to see so many of you, can find long time gone families.

  • Joanna Barclay


    May 14, 2015

    Sounds great & will try it

  • Yvonne


    May 14, 2015

    I will check this out

  • sherry gearhart


    May 14, 2015

    This is so helpful, I love it …thank you for helping me with this….

  • sherry gearhart


    May 14, 2015

    love it

  • Eileen Bennett


    May 15, 2015

    Checking this out

  • Jane


    May 15, 2015

    I’ll have to give this a go!

  • JanAdriaan M Richards


    May 15, 2015

    Souns very helpfull

  • Jan Adriaan M Richards


    May 15, 2015

    Sounds very usefull and helpful.

  • stella n


    May 16, 2015

    looking forward to this, may be able to track elusive grandfather

  • Julie Morcom


    May 16, 2015

    I have just tried this and got about 6 matches. Thank you MH, this is a fantastic tool- it’s going to save me heaps of time!!

  • Arthur Suter


    May 16, 2015

    So far, so good. Great help

  • kevin bullock


    May 17, 2015

    Looking forward to extending my tree even further

  • Carolyn Montgomery


    May 18, 2015

    What a wonderful development!

  • Patricia


    May 18, 2015

    I am excited.

  • israela mimon


    May 18, 2015

    wonderful

  • sean mc dermott


    May 19, 2015

    looking forward to trying this out

  • Billie Maxine Stevens/Child


    May 22, 2015

    Can’t wait to try this out.

  • Daniel Jewell


    May 22, 2015

    Just do it

  • Phyllis


    May 23, 2015

    Looking forward to this awesome

  • Nancy Annance Lindsey


    May 24, 2015

    Thank u for ur offer

  • Joyce Gillam nee Hampson


    May 26, 2015

    Hoping to get further info – possibly with the following names. Singer – Gillam – Hampson – Jones – Coleman – Dixon – Bennett – Steele – Davies.

  • sheila muddle coulson


    May 27, 2015

    tht is all hae to saythank you

  • T McLeod


    May 27, 2015

    The best program I have seen yet!

  • Muriel Jean Warner


    May 27, 2015

    Cousins in Campbell River,BC, Oldest of 5 daughters of Bob and Lois Warner-Nancy. Dad John Henry Warner-Grandparents. Henry John Warner and Reva Marguerite Bains?-her brother Frank B Bains-Sisters Grace Mensinger and Beverly Foster from Grande Prairie Alta. Cousin Myrna Foster.

  • josephine deegan


    June 2, 2015

    hoping to finde relitives

  • Carlyle Stakes


    June 3, 2015

    Interested

  • Janice


    June 7, 2015

    My husband loves this new feature and is discovering lots more ancestors – back to a Danish king! I think it is pretty slick too but I noticed that a discovery for my tree had my ancestor’s name as “Mary” when it is “Marcy.” So I did accept the discovery because it added other family members I didn’t have – but I went in to my tree and deleted “Mary” because she was actually “Marcy” who was already there and then indicated that she was recorded both ways (i.e., Marcy/Mary). Anyway, I see more options will be available and that is good. Keep up the good work MyHeritage!

  • charlie


    June 9, 2015

    ok

  • Rossalie Marlene Taylor


    June 15, 2015

    Rossalie. Thrilled to have received family history. Thank you so much and will be taking this forward soon with your help.Want now to research the Elliot side of my family Rossalie Marlene Taylor (nee Elliot)

  • Relu


    June 20, 2015

    Thank you!

  • Regine Duncker


    June 22, 2015

    WOW! The Discovery Hub has been a terrific tool to quickly add many of my ancestors which would have taken me a long time and effort to find.

    Digging deeper and deeper into finding out about my ancestors has become an “addiction” which I don’t want to be cured of.

    • Emma


      June 23, 2015

      Glad to hear! Feel free to share with us any exciting discoveries you made at stories@myheritage.com

  • Al


    July 3, 2015

    Happy to see that you stated that this new feature has the drawback of not being accurate and requires manual verification. Hopefully users will not just “load” new names into their trees without the large effort required to verify them.

  • Dale Carter


    July 3, 2015

    Absolutely FANTASTIC !!! Congrats to all you geniuses at My Heritage !

  • Charles Piegrome


    July 4, 2015

    Found 20 new ancestors of my wife – some we knew already – but would like to know more about descendants of Thomas (b 1770) and Richard (b1776) Wilkinson both deported to Australia on the notorious Hillsborough. They arrived in New South Wales 25/7/1799 but we have no records after that date

  • Gerald Cairney Milligan


    July 6, 2015

    Sounds good i will try it

  • Robin Hill


    July 12, 2015

    This is a great idea,thank you for improving the system and our ongoing searches
    Robin Hill

  • Dixie Zumwalt


    July 12, 2015

    Very helpful: fills in the gaps and stretches the horizons at the same time! Thank You!

  • Leo Murphy


    July 13, 2015

    This is a great way for distant family members who are working on their branches to have that work shared. A 2nd cousin began with information from my tree and now I am getting information from her work.

  • Willa Lee White (born Bond)


    July 23, 2015

    My family have been trying to find out if my great grandmother was part Indian (Deleware). Her name was Sarah Ann Bond (born Rohrer ) May 14, 1840 in Ohio. My Grandfather would not admit to being Indian, so we couldn’t get any information from him. I would appreciate any help. All pictures of her she deffintlly looks Indian.

  • Willa Lee White (born Bond)


    July 23, 2015

    My Uncle told me that my Great Grandfather < Silas Bond, bought Grandma with a horse,

  • manual aguilera


    July 25, 2015

    Love this sites accuracy.

  • manual aguilera


    July 25, 2015

    I love this sites accuracy when i tested it looking up family members

  • Al Abbott


    July 28, 2015

    Looks good. I hope to find a so far unfindable family portion!

  • Wayne


    October 1, 2015

    This has been great – I really appreciate this feature!