Free Access to All Birth Records on MyHeritage

MyHeritage is providing free access to all birth records, from July 10–16, 2020! This vast treasure trove includes 104 collections from all over the world, comprising a total of 1,099,379,647 records. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to search for their ancestors’ birth records.

Free Access to All Birth Records on MyHeritage

Click here to search the collections until July 16.

A Message from MyHeritage

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MyHeritage Updates the Theory of Family Relativity™

MyHeritage (the sponsor of this newsletter) has refreshed all the data for the Theory of Family Relativity™. This much-anticipated update can provide you with new and improved theories that explain how you and your DNA Matches may be related, give you answers about relationships that have baffled you, and offer new insights about your ancestors and family relationships.

If you are not familiar with MyHeritage’s Theory of Family Relativity™, the best description I have found is that it “leverages all the data available on MyHeritage, such as family trees and historical records, to provide you with plausible theories as to how you may be related to a given DNA Match.” The results are exactly what they are claimed to be: THEORIES, not proven facts. In short, the MyHeritage computers have compared millions of DNA records against your DNA sample and said, “These are possibilities, you might want to check these to verify whether or not they are your relatives.” These possibilities then need to be reviewed by you to determine if the theory is really a fact or not.

MyHeritage Announces U.S. Yearbooks are Now Available Online FREE of Charge and In Color

Using a new feature available on MyHeritage, I just looked at my high school yearbook and found that adding color to my picture did not improve my looks! However, the young lady’s picture next to mine looks even better than what I remembered.

I was also surprised to find five other young men who have the same name as mine, all graduating the same year but from different high schools all over the U.S.

You probably will find somewhat similar results if you search for your on high school yearbook or for those of your friends and relatives.

MyHeritage 2019 Year in Review

As 2019 comes to a close, the MyHeritage blog has a new article that summarizes some of the company’s achievements and milestones over the past year. See:  https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/12/wrapping-up-a-fantastic-2019/

Note: MyHeritage is the sponsor of this newsletter.

Dr. Phil Learns More About His Family’s Roots with MyHeritage

From the MyHeritage Blog:

We just visited the set of television personality Dr. Phil to share with him unknown information about his family’s past. Dr. Phil was amazed and fascinated with what we were able to uncover about his family history, including never-before-seen photos and records.

Dr. Phil began his journey with MyHeritage roughly a year ago when he took a MyHeritage DNA test and discovered previously unknown details about his family history. We even presented his wife, Robin McGraw, with some amazing family history information. Among other things, she learned that working in the beauty industry runs in her family.

9 New Reports Added to MyHeritage Health

From the MyHeritage Blog (MyHeritage is the sponsor of this newsletter):

We are delighted to announce a major addition to the MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry test — 9 new health reports that provide important insights to our users.

In May 2019, we launched the MyHeritage Health test, which offers new dimensions of genetic insight to enrich your life, enlighten you about your health, and help you make informed lifestyle choices. At launch, we promised to continue expanding the scope of the health reports, and the addition of these 9 new reports is the first of many updates that we intend to release in the future.

The 9 new reports include a polygenic risk score for evaluating genetic risk for high blood pressure, 3 reports that estimate genetic risk for developing a disease, and 5 carrier status reports that indicate if an individual is a carrier of a disease that may be passed from a couple to their children if both partners are carriers for the same condition.

9 NEW Reports Added to MyHeritage Health Test

The following announcement was written by MyHeritage, the sponsor of this newsletter:

I’m pleased to share that today we added 9 new reports to the MyHeritage Health test! The new reports include a polygenic risk score (PRS) for high blood pressure, genetic risk reports for PALB2-associated breast cancer and susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia, a report on susceptibility to HIV-1 infection, and 5 carrier status reports.

One of the 9 new reports, the new report for high blood pressure, is exclusive to MyHeritage and it may inform individuals who have increased genetic risk years before the onset of high blood pressure, enabling early intervention measures and frequent checkups with their healthcare provider.


New Historical Records Added in the First Half of November 2019 on MyHeritage

The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

In the first half of November, MyHeritage added 18.8‬ million new records from 10 new collections: 1801 Norway Census, 1865 Norway Census, United Kingdom War Memorials 1914–1949, Estonia Gravestones 1812–2019, North Carolina Mecklenburg County Birth Index (1913–2019); Marriage Index (1884–2019) and Death Index (1916–2019), Pennsylvania, Lawrence County Index of Obituaries (1871–2016) and Index of Marriage Announcements (1858–2006), and Chile Electoral Rolls 2013.

Here is a breakdown of the new records:

MyHeritage Education: New Content to Master Your Genealogy Skills

The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

(Full Disclosure: MyHeritage is the sponsor of this newsletter.)

We recently launched MyHeritage Education, our new online resource center.

Available in English, German, Dutch, French, Swedish, and Norwegian, MyHeritage Education offers a wealth of material to help you learn about every facet of MyHeritage. The content includes articles, how-to videos, and webinars covering a wide variety of topics, as well as plenty of tips for everyone, from beginner family history enthusiasts to seasoned genealogists.

I’m pleased to share our first monthly update from MyHeritage Education! I hope that you’ll find it useful and enjoy receiving updates on all of the new material we publish each month.

An Update from MyHeritage LIVE 2019 – Day 3 (the Final Day)

This may sound anti-climatic, but Day #3 of the MyHeritage LIVE 2019 was almost identical to Day #2. The only major difference was obvious: there were different presentations made by different speakers. Actually, I consider that to be great news! Indeed, it was exactly what I had hoped would happen.

Every attendee I talked with expressed delight in attending the conference and everyone seemed to smile all day long, except maybe for me. Due to self-inflicted strolls around the city, my feet hurt!

I won’t republish the names of all the speakers or the names of their presentations as that information is already available online at https://live2019.myheritage.com/. Click on that link for the details.

This year’s numbers include:

An Update from MyHeritage LIVE 2019 – Day 2

Today (Saturday) was the second day of the 3-day MyHeritage LIVE 2019 conference, held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (You can read my report of Day #1 at https://tinyurl.com/eogn190907.) Today also was the first full day, filled with presentations. The day started with MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet, welcoming everyone and making several announcements about new products, services, and even two acquisitions. More on that in a minute…
Luckily for me, each attendee had a name badge that included their country of residence. I noticed attendees from the Netherlands, USA, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Costa Rica, South Africa, Brazil, New Zealand, and Australia, and I probably did not see everyone. I suspect there were other countries represented as well. All the conference presentations were delivered in English, but it was fun listening to conversations in the hallways and at lunch being conducted in many different languages.

Not only was the attendance good in Amsterdam but the presentations were also visible via live streaming on the Internet, so I suspect many more countries were represented online.

The day continued with three simultaneous tracks: (1.) genealogy, (2.) DNA, and (3.) hands-on workshops. Finally, the day ended this evening with one of MyHeritage’s signature parties. I believe a great time was had by all. At least, I had a great time. I must have enjoyed it; I am so tired tonight that I can hardly move! That’s a sign of a successful conference.

An Update from MyHeritage LIVE 2019 – Day 1

The MyHeritage LIVE 2019 conference opened today with a good-sized crowd in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I was surprised to see so many Canadians, Irish, Swedes, Norwegians, French, and people of other nationalities in attendance. In fact, one person came all the way from Australia just for the event. (He did admit he also is taking a few days for a holiday before returning home.) I noticed people from all over the European continent as well as from England, Scotland, and Wales. I was also pleasantly surprised to see many Americans in the crowd. I suspect there were more nationalities present, but I didn’t get to meet everyone.

The conference started on Friday afternoon, September 6. I was in the crowd and snapped a few photographs that you will see later in this article.

Friday may have been the first day of the conference, but it was very laid-back and casual. No presentations were made except for the world premier of a new documentary film, described below.

Conference registration lasted all afternoon, and I was impressed by all the people wandering around and wearing MyHeritage-issued name tags.

MyHeritage Eurovision Bus heads to London

Attention European readers of this newsletter: You might want to attend the party on board the MyHeritage Eurovision Bus! According to an article in TVToday:


Fans are getting ready for Eurovision 2019, while music lovers spend the night in the pub.

MyHeritage’s Eurovision Bus has begun its tour of Europe, attending major pre-parties, hosting celebs and give Eurovision fans chances to win Eurovision tickets. The bus began its journey on April 6th in Amsterdam heading yesterday to Hamburg. It will be spending today in Copenhagen, however Brits wanting to get on board will need to head to London on April 14th.

Update: the MyHeritage LIVE Conference in Oslo, Norway

The planning for MyHeritage’s International User Conference is well underway. This should be a top-notch conference and, for most of us, it is a chance to visit a great tourist destination: the city of Oslo. The conference web site may be found at: https://live2018.myheritage.com.

A jam-packed schedule will include lectures from top MyHeritage staff and world-renowned genealogists and DNA experts. There will be three class tracks:

  • Genealogy
  • DNA
  • Hands-on computer workshops (to take you through MyHeritage tools step-by-step)

MyHeritage is Featured on a Prime Time Television News Program

MyHeritage, the sponsors of this newsletter, received some excellent publicity recently in a television segment on an Israeli prime time news show, watched by over 25% of Israel’s population. It featured an interview with MyHeritage Founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet, and showcased MyHeritage as a company that not only does well as a business, but also does good in the world.

The segment highlights some of MyHeritage’s pro bono work, including helping to discover heirs for unclaimed assets confiscated during World War II, returning looted art to its rightful owners and a global crowdsourcing project to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries with BillionGraves.