Introducing Search Connect™ – every search is now a record! By Esther November 4, 2015 Share Share Copy Link We’re delighted to introduce Search Connect™, a unique innovation released today that allows you to connect with other MyHeritage members who are searching for the same ancestors and people as you. Collaboration through Search Connect™ can open new doors, and provide exciting discoveries about your family history. Use Search Connect™ now! Search Connect™ includes millions of searches made by MyHeritage members. It allows you to find other users who searched for the people you are looking for, and to view the full data of their search (such as dates, places, relatives and more), as well as similar searches they’ve made. If you find a result that seems relevant or useful, you can contact the person who conducted the search and get in touch to exchange more information. Search Connect™ results are included in SuperSearch™, MyHeritage’s powerful search engine for historical records. It is a new collection, located in the Family Trees category, and you can also search it on its own. Initially containing more than 30 million entries of unique searches by MyHeritage members, for rare names, Search Connect™ will continue to grow every week as more users conduct new searches. Search Connect™ search page (Click to Zoom) Search Connect™ results show details that were entered in every user query, such as names, dates, etc. A list of Search Connect™ results for Joseph Kennedy (Click to Zoom) A Search Connect™ result, like the one shown below, includes basic information about the MyHeritage member who made the search (first name initial and last name, gender, country), and a list of their family sites on MyHeritage. The details of the search made by the user are then elaborated. Most importantly, the orange Contact button at the bottom of the page allows you to get in touch with the user who conducted the search. A Search Connect™ result for Joseph Kennedy (Click to Zoom) Every record in Search Connect™ includes a list of Related Searches by the same user. These are searches for other people with the same last name, or searches made within a few minutes, that the same user conducted. This can help you determine if the other user is indeed researching the same branch of the family that you are interested in. Clicking any hyperlinked name will repeat the search made by the other user along with all the original parameters and show you the results that MyHeritage SuperSearch™ returns for that search. Our recently-released Global Name Translation™ technology makes Search Connect™ even more useful, allowing you to find other users who searched for the same name even in other languages. This maximizes your chances of locating relatives and connecting with family members worldwide. In the example below, a search in Search Connect™ for the last name Mogilevsky in English yields search results of people who searched for variations of the same name in English, Russian and Hebrew! All foreign names are automatically translated by MyHeritage to English in square brackets for the user’s convenience. An example of Search Connect™ with translation (Click to Zoom) If you don’t want your searches to be stored and be discoverable by other people, you can, at any time, change your member preferences. To do that, log into your family site and click on your name in the upper right-hand side of the screen. Select “My Privacy”. Click on “My member preferences” on the left and uncheck “Enable Search Connect™”. Turning Search Connect™ off or on (Click to Zoom) If turned off, all previous searches you have made will be erased, and new searches will not be remembered. Searching and viewing results in the Search Connect™ collection is free. To contact another user who has made a similar search using Search Connect™, a Data subscription is required. If you don’t have one yet, you can read more about our subscriptions, which include an option for unlimited access to all historical records on SuperSearch™ and all Record Matches. This new and unique innovation by MyHeritage can be extremely useful for your family history research. With Search Connect™ you can discover relatives you never knew existed, who were looking for your own ancestors and relatives, or even for you, and collaborate with others interested in the same areas of research. Historical records are key to researching family history, but when you are searching for someone for whom no records exist, a Search Connect™ result showing someone else interested in the same person can be the next best thing. We hope that our new Search Connect™ innovation will help you discover new relatives and break through brick walls in your family history research. We look forward to hearing about your discoveries!