This looks like a major announcement. In short, MyHeritage users will benefit from historical records digitized by FamilySearch, and FamilySearch users will benefit from powerful search technologies created by MyHeritage.
MyHeritage has entered into a strategic partnership with FamilySearch, which will bring billions of global historical records and family tree profiles spanning hundreds of years to MyHeritage. In the next few months, MyHeritage will add more than 2 billion records from FamilySearch’s global historic record collections and profiles from its online family tree. The big change is that these records will soon be available with MyHeritage's SuperSearch, a search engine for historical records, and with Smart Matching.
This advanced method of record searching technology has not been available on FamilySearch.org before. Even better, all this Smart Matching technology will soon be available to users on BOTH MyHeritage.com and on FamilySearch.org.
I have always been impressed with both MyHeritage's SuperSearch and with Smart Matching. These can find record matches that were always available previously, but I probably would never have found on my own.
Disclaimer: MyHeritage is the sponsor of this newsletter so I am probably biased. However, I invite you to try it for yourself to see if you agree with me or not.The records to be available will include items from from hundreds of document collections from dozens of countries worldwide. These include vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records. The records originate from all over Europe and Latin America as well as the United States and Canada, Asia and other regions. Some of these collections will be made available for free. For viewing the others, MyHeritage's existing data subscription will be required. All data that previously was available free of charge on FamilySearch.org will remain the same: free of charge.
The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:
TEL AVIV, Israel & SALT LAKE CITY, Utah--MyHeritage, the popular online family history network, and FamilySearch.org announced today the signing and commencement of a strategic partnership that forges a new path for the family history industry. Under this multi-year partnership, MyHeritage will provide FamilySearch with access to its powerful technologies and FamilySearch will share billions of global historical records and family tree profiles spanning hundreds of years with MyHeritage. This will help millions of MyHeritage and FamilySearch users discover even more about their family history.“For more than a hundred years, FamilySearch has been dedicated to working with the world’s archives to preserve their records for future generations”FamilySearch will provide MyHeritage with more than 2 billion records from its global historic record collections and its online Family Tree. These records will be added to SuperSearch, MyHeritage’s search engine for historical records, and will be matched with family trees on MyHeritage using its matching technologies. MyHeritage users will gain access to an unprecedented boost of historical records and family tree profiles, which are key to researching and reconstructing their family histories. This reinforces MyHeritage's position as an international market leader, with gigantic assets of family trees and records, which are the most globally diverse in the industry.
FamilySearch members will benefit from MyHeritage's unique technologies which automate family history discoveries. Smart Matching™ automatically finds connections between user-contributed family trees and Record Matching automatically locates historical records relevant to any person in the family tree. By receiving accurate matches between FamilySearch’s Family Tree profiles and historical record collections, such as birth, death, census, and immigration documents, FamilySearch members will be able to more effectively grow their family trees in size and in depth and add conclusions supported by historical records.
“For more than a hundred years, FamilySearch has been dedicated to working with the world’s archives to preserve their records for future generations” said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “Their massive undertaking has made family history more accessible to everyone. This partnership highlights MyHeritage’s technology leadership and our firm commitment to adding historical records on a massive global scale, accelerating our vision of helping families everywhere explore and share their legacy online. We look forward to a fruitful future working hand in hand with our friends at FamilySearch.”
“FamilySearch values collaborative partnerships that enable more people, in more places, to discover their family history” said Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch. “MyHeritage is an innovative company that has a fast growing, global online audience. We are excited to commence this partnership which enables FamilySearch to better serve the global family history community.”
MyHeritage is a family history network helping millions of families around the world discover and share their legacy online. As technology thought leaders and innovators in the space, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s more accessible, exciting, and easier than ever before. MyHeritage empowers its global community of users with unique social tools, a massive library of historical content, and powerful search and data matching technologies. The service is available in 40 languages. For more information, visit www.myheritage.com.
FamilySearch International (online at FamilySearch.org) is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,800 family history centers in 70 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.