New Feature: Instant Discovery Tree Cards


Last month, we announced that Instant Discoveries™ are now available to all MyHeritage users, allowing our users to add entire branches to their family tree in just a few clicks. Many of our users have already been enjoying these Discoveries every day, and you can see this in near real-time using our exciting Discovery World Map.

Today we are introducing a useful new feature that lets you see the Discoveries available for you right in your family tree, in their exact context. For example, if a branch connected to your great-grandmother, which includes her father or mother, is missing in your family tree, but found by MyHeritage in another tree, you’ll see a special yellow card above your great-grandmother’s profile labeled “Discovery!”

New Discovery Cards

Hover over the Discovery card to learn more about it: a tooltip will open describing the Discovery and specifying how many missing relatives it can add to your tree and the source of the information.

Hover over Discovery Card to display relatives found

Click on the yellow card to review the Discovery. Discoveries are always based on a match, so you will first be asked to confirm whether you think the match is correct.

Confirming the match upon which the Discovery is based

If you confirm, you can then add the entire branch to your family tree in just one click!

Click "Add to my Tree" to apply the Discovery

You can also 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.

The new Discovery cards are an additional way to access Discoveries directly from your family tree. All Discoveries can be accessed from the Discovery Hub link in the main navigation of your family site.

In this initial release the yellow Discovery cards are only shown for up to 50 Discoveries in each tree, and only for Discoveries that can add a parent to an existing person in the tree. In subsequent releases, we will increase the number and include Discovery cards also in situations where they can add a spouse, sibling or child to your tree.

If you don’t like the Discovery cards, you can turn them off in the tree settings, available through the wheel menu in your family tree.

Configuring Discovery cards

Instant Discoveries are based on our matching technologies and, therefore, have an extremely high accuracy rate. Nevertheless, you should always use them with care! Do not apply them to your tree unless you trust the source of the information and its veracity. You can also contact other tree owners on MyHeritage and discuss your family connection, before making any changes to your tree.

In the coming months, we will continue to enhance your experience around Instant Discoveries, and add more features to make them better and easier to use.

Have you made any discoveries? We invite you to share with us your family discoveries at our User Success Stories site and submit your story there.

MyHeritage team

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  • willis-3906

    May 19, 2015

    This is awsom. Great idea to whom ever thought of this.

  • alie vermeer

    May 19, 2015

    Looking forward to using this….

  • Nancy Jhanson

    May 21, 2015

    great idea!

  • Ronald Needham

    June 7, 2015

    Sounds great

  • Charles Koppenhoefer

    June 7, 2015

    this is a great idea , it expands the tree and you find that the world is not so big as you thought

  • Janet cullen

    June 7, 2015

    I’m using my maiden name

  • Paul roper

    June 7, 2015

    This new idea has been great for me and already added OVER twenty names of relatives in other branches of my family tree .

  • Maurice Mallen

    June 7, 2015

    Sounds like it could be a great tool.
    Looking forward to trying it.

  • John Porter

    June 7, 2015

    Looking forward to seeing this in operation

  • Nic Roets

    June 7, 2015

    Yes! I am going to explore this tool.

  • Lynn van Leeve

    June 7, 2015

    What a wonderful asset for our searching, thanks

  • Nick

    June 7, 2015

    Great addition.
    Have been lucky enough to use it already.

  • Irma Jackson

    June 7, 2015

    Sounds great. Looking forward to seeing this in action.

  • Marie Kelly-Fox

    June 7, 2015

    Excellent idea.

  • Ron Sutherland

    June 8, 2015

    Thank you MyHeritage!!! Wonderful help to all of us serious searchers.

  • Yvonne Hudacek

    June 8, 2015

    Looks like a very useful tool. It will cut down on laborious research time.

  • Stephen Threlfall

    June 8, 2015

    Already used it and it is brilliant, it works both ways because the person who’s tree the info came from is also notified.

  • Eunice Powley

    June 8, 2015

    Looking forward to seeing this in operation also. Sounds excellent.

  • Donald Ray Anderson

    June 8, 2015

    This sounds like a very good program (Instant Discovery Tree Cards).

  • Colin Goldsworthy

    June 8, 2015

    Seems great. Hope its easy to use.

  • Dave

    June 8, 2015

    Sounds like the perfect tool I need

  • Donna

    June 8, 2015

    Great job

  • Lillian Murdock

    June 8, 2015

    Looks to be great, will check it out later. la

  • Ori-Anne Pagel

    June 8, 2015

    Great, Looking forward to using it.

  • jorge etcheverry

    June 8, 2015

    very useful thank you, I will subscribe later.

  • Albert Clayton

    June 8, 2015

    Does anyone have any information of Albert clayton ex Manchester regiment born around 1906′

  • m weiss

    June 8, 2015

    very nice

  • Annette Troutman

    June 8, 2015

    Great idea! Will definately make use of this tool.

  • Lis Woods

    June 8, 2015

    Very interesting

  • Ackley Benjamin

    June 9, 2015

    Benjamin Ackley is a great, great Grande father to me he was born in England and I think he may have gone to Canada with his family early 1800s then to Australia late 1800s. I live in Australia Les Burkin

  • Lucia Bertens

    June 9, 2015

    Great help, easy to use

  • Giblen

    June 9, 2015

    looking for Giblen’s related to Thomas George born in New York USA 1800’s

  • melvin morgen lines

    June 9, 2015

    Looks ok will explore family tree into greater depth

  • Ann Hollamby

    June 9, 2015

    Great help for increasing family

  • Foley

    June 9, 2015

    Foley in America

  • L Pauwels

    June 9, 2015

    Great idea depending on what the source of the new information is. There are many online trees with incorrect information so if a hint comes from a tree, you could just be contributing to the spread of incorrect info.

  • Sue Castellano

    June 10, 2015

    Fantastic idea, all us family researchers need as many hints and clues you can give us when we reach a brick wall. Well done myheritage.

  • Skip Mason

    June 10, 2015

    This looks to be a good thing if people don’t get too click happy and confirm the sources. I would like to see some way of marking a individual person so it shows up on the screen that “I” have confirmed that person in my tree. It does not need to be seen by others but would not hurt, but it shows me where I know that a person is stable in my tree and those that I am still searching for other points of confirmation.

    • Emma

      June 10, 2015

      Hi Skip. Thanks for your suggestion!

  • john wilsdon

    June 10, 2015

    how do i get started, how much does it cost, ?.

  • Dennis Moules

    June 11, 2015

    This is a great idea will be using it when one pop’s up.

  • Ms. Sally A. Hines

    June 14, 2015

    Looks Great! when I make the time to start, I will visit. Thanks, Great Job!

  • Ms. Sally A. Hines

    June 14, 2015

    Great Idea! Soon, will work with this MyHeritage!


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  • Lee Schwaderer,Jr.

    June 16, 2015

    LeRoy E. Schwaderer, Jr. -My Mother’s maiden name: Betty June Skarupa. Peter Skarupa my Grand Father. Pittsburgh area.

  • Jan Adriaan M Richards

    July 1, 2015

    Great idea sounds usefull.