New Historical Records Added to MyHeritage.com in January 2018

The folks at MyHeritage have obviously been busy! There have been many new additions to the genealogy web site’s online records within the past month. The collections include U.S. Yearbooks, newspapers from Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio, over 38.5 million new records added to Sweden Household Examination Books, the Germany Minority Census from 1939 as well as naturalization applications in Mandatory Palestine from 1937 to 1947.

Most of this content is exclusive to MyHeritage and cannot be found on any other major genealogy service. Here’s a brief amount of information about each collection (longer and more detailed information may be found at: https://blog.myheritage.com/2018/01/new-historical-records-added-in-january-2018/):

U.S. Yearbooks, 1890-1979: One of the largest collections of digitized US yearbooks in existence, providing genealogical coverage of individuals who went to high schools throughout a period of 90 years.

Indiana Newspapers, 1847-2009: A compendium of newspapers published in various cities and towns in the state of Indiana from the 1840s until 2009.

Pennsylvania Newspapers, 1795-2009: As above, for the state of Pennsylvania, from the 1790s until 2009.

Ohio Newspapers, 1793-2009: As above, for the state of Ohio.

Sweden Household Examination Books, 1920-1930, 1860-1880: A primary source for researching the lives of individuals and families throughout the Parishes of Sweden, from the late 1600’s until modern times. We extended our existing collection by adding the years 1920-1930 and 1860-1880. The new records are not available anywhere else.

German Minority Census, 1939: Contains the names of all individuals listed in the 1939 census of Germany who lived in a household where at least one person in the household had a Jewish grandparent.

Mandatory Palestine Naturalization Applications, 1937-1947: A unique compilation of records documenting the efforts of individuals, to establish citizenship in Mandatory Palestine, which was under British administration at the time.

Searching is free. A Data or Complete subscription is required to view the records.

Keep an eye out for Record Matches! MyHeritage’s Record Matching technology will automatically find relevant historical records for people in your family tree.

Again, you can read longer and more detailed descriptions of each record set, along with links to each record collection, in the MyHeritage blog post at: https://blog.myheritage.com/2018/01/new-historical-records-added-in-january-2018.

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Since I don’t have a My Heritage subscription, I may not know how to use the site correctly, but it sure seems like there is no way to see WHICH newspapers they now have available and they are announcing. Only a way to enter a name search into them, without informing us which papers are actually being searched
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Disappointing, since the time frame probably contained in these papers is the duration of time of my life (and my father’s family) in Ohio, my mother’s family from Indiana, and my wife’s family from Pennsylvania – the three states they have announced, and the focus of 95% of the genealogy work I do.
While there are undoubtedly missing “gold nuggets” of information that a blind search might find, I also know those same nuggets are few and far between, and possibly not worth the price of admission (a My Heritage subscription). I know quite well the areas I want to look at newpapers from, and don’t see a way to determine if My Heritage can help with these new newspapers they have. If I knew which newspapers they now have, and one or more of them is one of my target areas, I might be quite a bit more inclined to subscribe.
Maybe someone can enlighten me if I’m doing something wrong?

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    You and me too, Dan. I’d like to see which newspapers they have, and for what time frame. The only way I saw to contact them is by phone. It’s less than user friendly. I was hoping to find that they had a collection that complemented Newspaper Archives, which I have access to through the local library; specifically I am looking for papers in northwestern PA.

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I believe all the Swedish records they have are available on ArkivDigital.

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I echo the above comments regarding a lack of details. I tried to see which titles were included but to no avail. I might consider a subscription if I can see a list of the titles and date ranges of the Pennsylvania newspapers they have digitized, so that I can see if they are different from those accessible through other sources.

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@Dan and @Sara – the newspaper collections added to MyHeritage complement Newspaper Archives. This is content not found on Newspaper Archive. You can search the newspaper collections on MyHeritage for free. You will receive a summary of search results, for free. It includes the name of the newspaper title, its date of issue, and several sentences containing the name you searched for, for each result. This should give you a very good idea if content you are looking for is found there or not, without having to buy a subscription. A subscription is required only to view full newspaper pages.

@Eva and Justin – The MyHeritage announcement refers only to the Swedish household records of the years 1920-1930 and 1860-1880, and these are not indexed in the Arkiv Digital website, at least not for now.

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    Alon –

    Might we assume you work for My Heritage?

    While I’m glad to hear that this content may not be available elsewhere, you did not actually answer our questions about the newspapers, instead tip-toeing around them. We already know that we can perform a free search, and what we get with the results. But, we’d like to see a list of just exactly WHICH newspapers are in the collection. I don’t think it’s an unreasonable assumption to think you’d find a list of those papers on the site, or in a press release at the minimum.

    Knowing what papers are available would help to target searches more effectively, using less of our valuable time on fruitless searches. If I have a ton of relatives in the Lehigh valley area, I doubt I’m going to find much if my searches are actually combing Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Erie papers (other than a possible “golden nugget” mentioned in my first post, and we know how rare those are). After numbers of dead-end searches frustrating us with MyHeritage for leading us on to think we might find something (when the areas covered might not be our target areas), that could leave a less than favorable impression.

    As a matter of fact, that is exactly my wife’s impression of MyHeritage currently. We had a subscription for a year, and during that time, she was constantly telling me that she never found anything with her searches on MyHeritage, while Ancestry was continually giving her information, so much that at times it was hard to keep up. After the year was up, she told me not to bother to renew on her behalf, she wasn’t interested. Since my time is so limited, and I was not able to justify the subscription for the amount of time I alone would be able to spend on MyHeritage, I did not renew. Don’t forget that perception has a lot to do with satisfaction (in this case buying a subscription).

    Since every generation back increases the number of people (names), the numbers of possible searches could be considerable just for direct ancestors, not even counting collateral relatives. I have a full-time job, and genealogy is my hobby, so I don’t have untold hours per week to search hundreds and hundreds of people. But, I might have time to enter a couple dozen names from one family line if I knew there were papers in the area they hailed from.

    It would seem to me that it would be in MyHeritage’s best interests to list and promote detailed specifics about new content that they publish, and especially so if that content is exclusive to them.

    Dan

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Alon, actually they are on ArkivDigitals subscription.

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