As you might expect any time two industry giants announce a new partnership, a lot of questions have been asked and quite a few comments have also been posted online. A few people also sent email messages to me, asking questions. In order to provide answers to more people, I decided to post some of the more noteworthy comments here:
Perhaps the most noteworthy comments were posted by Frederic Lardinois in an article in TechCrunch.com, a major web site that apparently has hundreds of thousands of readers and closely follows computer and online businesses. Lardinois wrote:
"One feature that makes MyHeritage unique is its ability to match up its users’ family trees, which helps them discover previously unknown branches of their families. The service’s fuzzy matching algorithm can find these matches even when there are minor errors or alternative spellings.Lardinois also wrote:
"Today’s partnership with FamilySearch.org brings a wide range of new documents to MyHeritage, which the company is now ingesting and plans to start exposing over the next few months."
... FamilySearch was sitting on a treasure trove of data, but didn’t have the technology to easily analyze it. MyHeritage, on the other hand, has the technology but needed more data. This then is a “win-win-win” in his view because both companies, as well as their users, will benefit from this partnership almost immediately."Paul Nauta, Senior Manager, Marketing, at FamilySearch, wrote in the FamilySearch Blog:
"We recently announced a joint agreement to begin a multi-year effort whereby FamilySearch will share select historic records collections with MyHeritage, and MyHeritage will provide cutting-edge technologies to FamilySearch that will help people find their ancestors more easily. This combined with MyHeritage’s support for 40+ languages will enable wider access to data and records to more users worldwide."
Paul also wrote:
"An important goal for FamilySearch is to make it easier and quicker for people everywhere to discover and share their family history. This joint agreement will put valuable family tree and historical record collections within reach of a wider audience—much faster. FamilySearch members will benefit from MyHeritage’s unique technologies, including receiving matches between family tree profiles and source records, such as birth, death, census and immigration documents."
"When we first introduced Record Matches and Smart Matches™ on Geni, we promised that additional historical record collections would be coming in the future. Today we are excited to announce that our parent company MyHeritage has entered into a strategic partnership with leading genealogy organization FamilySearch; this partnership will bring billions of global historical records and family tree profiles spanning hundreds of years to MyHeritage.Perhaps the best wrap-up statement of all came from Emma in the MyHeritage Blog:
"What does this mean for Geni? These new additions to MyHeritage’s burgeoning collection of records and profiles will be made available to you through your Record Matches and Smart Matches™. This will bring significant new opportunities for Geni users to grow their family trees and enrich their family history."
"Q: What does this mean for the family history community?
"A: Millions of people worldwide, who are using MyHeritage and/or FamilySearch, will now have greater opportunities to discover their family history. MyHeritage users will benefit from historical records digitized by FamilySearch, and FamilySearch users will benefit from powerful technologies created by MyHeritage."