Throughout an exceedingly difficult year, family history became an increasingly important outlet for people and helped them remain connected to their loved ones. At MyHeritage we worked hard to fill that need by developing new features, adding historical records, and giving back to the community. Read more about what we did in 2020 in our year in review blog post: https://blog.myheritage.com/2020/12/2020-myheritage-year-in-review/ Please feel free to share the link to the blog post, and the following info graphic, with your followers.
I wish you and your family the best for this coming 2021!
Happy New Year!
Daniel Horowitz Genealogy Expert
MyHeritage Ltd., P.O.Box 50, 3 Ariel Sharon Blvd., Or Yehuda 60250, Israel 60250, Israel, +972-3-6280000
I am delighted to announce the addition of two new collections of Norway Census records — the 1875 Norway Census and the 1870 Norway Census. Digitized in collaboration with National Archives of Norway (Arkivverket), the 2 million records in these collections include high-quality scans of the original documents.
The collections hold particular interest as they cover a unique time in Norwegian history. The largest single wave of emigration from Norway occurred between 1879 and 1893. Spurred on by the promise of new opportunities, 250,000 Norwegians left Norway for other countries like the U.S. The 1875 census offers the opportunity to catch a snapshot about these Norwegian ancestors while they were still in Norway. For those in the U.S. and abroad with Norwegian heritage, this census collection may unlock important details about their Norwegian roots.
Beyond their historical significance, the collections are important as they contain details that are not often found within a typical census collection. In addition to listing the person’s name, residence, position within the family, gender, marital status, and occupation, the census also includes information on languages spoken, birthplace of the residents, and their birth years. In specific cases, even medical conditions are listed. Also included are individuals who were temporary residents of the household or those registered to a household who may have been absent at the time of the census count. This means that a single individual may have been listed in more than one entry, if they were visiting another home at the time the census was taken.
Please find the official blog post here with some nice example records from this collection. We would be grateful if you share this news.
With the release of these collections, and the recent release of 42 million Norway Church records, MyHeritage now offers 246 million records from Norway, Denmark, and Sweden, making MyHeritage the market leader for Scandinavian family history.
Searching the Norway Census Records on MyHeritage is completely free. If you have a family tree on MyHeritage, our Record Matching technology will notify you automatically if records from these collections match your relatives. To view these records or to save records to your family tree, you’ll need a Data or Complete subscription.
I’m delighted to share that we’ve just refreshed the data for the Theory of Family Relativity™!
This update has added millions of new and improved theories that explain how you and your DNA Matches might be related, and can enlighten you about family relationships that may have been complete mysteries until now. Please take a moment to share this exciting update with your audiences.
Since the last update, the number of theories on MyHeritage has grown by 64%, from 20,330,031 to 33,373,070! The number of MyHeritage users who now have at least one Theory of Family Relativity™ for their DNA Matches has increased by 28%. This time I even got a few theories of my own!
The Theory of Family Relativity™ harnesses the billions of family tree profiles and historical records on MyHeritage to suggest relationship paths between you and your DNA Matches, potentially saving you dozens of hours of research.
As our users create new family tree profiles and as we add new collections of historical records, we’ll be able to deliver more insights and suggest new theories to help our users further their genealogical research.
Read more about the update to the Theory of Family Relativity™ on our blog.
Keep safe and healthy,
Daniel Horowitz Genealogy Expert
MyHeritage Ltd., P.O.Box 50, 3 Ariel Sharon Blvd., Or Yehuda 60250, Israel
Starting today we’re unlocking both our popular photo tools — MyHeritage Photo Enhancer and MyHeritage In Color™ — for a whole month, until September 10, 2020. Normally, these features can be used by non-subscribers on up to 10 photos each, while users with a Complete plan enjoy unlimited use. But now, for a whole month, anyone can enhance and colorize as many photos as they’d like for free!
This continues our tradition of giving back to the community. With so many people currently confined to their home and doing their best to stay safe and healthy — we’re giving everyone a fun way to pass the time and enjoy genealogy!
Using these tools, you can get to know your ancestors in a whole new way. Your old, faded, black and white family photos will come to life, in full color and sharp focus — making them look almost as though they were taken yesterday. We invite you and your followers to pull out your family photo albums today and join in the fun.
Please share this news on your social channels so your followers can make the most of this opportunity, and encourage them to share the results with their loved ones on social media. We know they’ll be blown away.
Keep safe and healthy,Daniel Horowitz Genealogy Expert
This month I’m delighted to share some exciting new content we’ve added to the MyHeritage Knowledge Base. We understand that current times are challenging and are working hard to bring you posts, webinars, videos, and resources that can help you move forward in your research from home.
Below are 3 pieces of content from among those we published this month that we think you’ll enjoy. Feel free to share it with your society and other people that may be interested in genealogy:
How to Take a Heritage Tour Without Leaving Your House: It’s true that there’s nothing like the experience of standing on the same ground where your ancestors once stood. But this article will show you how modern technology can still help you explore and learn a great deal about the places your ancestors once lived from the comfort of your home.
Using City Directories on MyHeritage: This Facebook Live session with Thomas MacEntee will guide you through the 545 million aggregated records consolidated from 1.3 billion records in the huge collection of historical U.S. city directories published between 1860 and 1960.
Do you have something to contribute? We’d love to host a guest post from you about your discoveries and success stories with MyHeritage. If you’d like to pitch a guest post, hit “reply” to this email and let us know what you have in mind. We look forward to collaborating with you!
I’m excited to announce the release of the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer — an incredible new feature that brings blurry faces in any photo into sharp focus. Photos are enhanced using specialized technology that produces outstanding, high-definition results. Please share this news with your followers!
Perhaps you have old photos that look grainy or blurred, or photos of large family gatherings with many faces that are too small to recognize clearly. The MyHeritage Photo Enhancer aims to solve these age-old problems and produces phenomenal results that let you see your ancestors more clearly than ever before.
You can enhance your photos and colorize them with MyHeritage In Color™, as these two features complement each other. Like colorized photos, enhanced photos are differentiated from the originals using a special embossed symbol, and enhancement does not modify your original photos. The addition of the Photo Enhancer makes MyHeritage the best platform for uploading, enhancing, and sharing historical photos, bar none.
To enhance your photos, visit the My Photos section of your family site, click on any photo in your albums, and then click Enhance. You can also use the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer page to upload photos to MyHeritage and enhance them, or scan your photos using the free MyHeritage mobile app.
Please find more information about the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer below:
Blog post (including great examples): https://blog.myheritage.com/2020/06/introducing-the-myheritage-photo-enhancer/
We hope that you enjoy enhancing your photos. Please spread the word about this amazing new feature and encourage your audience to try it too and share their enhanced photos with family and friends. Best regards, Daniel Horowitz Genealogy Expert
All the collections are available on www.myheritage.com/research, and you can find the full schedule for the free collections, including direct links, on our blog.
This just might be the chance your readers and followers have been waiting for, and we are pleased to offer this as part of our effort to provide people with more opportunities and resources to further their genealogy research while at home.
Enjoy and stay safe, Daniel Horowitz Genealogy Expert
As a company dedicated to family history, we at MyHeritage greatly appreciate what you do. We believe that information about genealogy should be easily accessible to anyone who wants it.
That’s why we created the MyHeritage Knowledge Base: a dedicated educational website chock-full of quality articles, webinars, and how-to videos on a wide range of topics relating to genealogy and DNA. Available in 10 languages, the site is updated every week with new content. The Knowledge Base is completely free to access and no registration is required.
I believe your members will find the website helpful, and would like to suggest sharing the link with them alongside some examples of content they may enjoy. Here are a couple of suggestions:
How to Get the Most Out of Your Family Site: An article describing how to fully harness the potential of your free family site on MyHeritage. Learn to personalize the site, add photos, invite family members to collaborate, and more.
Feel free to share these links and descriptions with your members, or to peruse the site to find the content that’s perfect for them. Just remember to share only the link to the article and a short description — that way your members can click through and explore the content as well as the rest of the site if they wish. We’d also appreciate it if you could keep us posted when you share the content.
I hope you and your members find the Knowledge Base a helpful and enlightening resource.
Wishing you the best of health! Daniel Horowitz Genealogy Expert
Many of us may have a relative or ancestor who served in the military. We invite you to pay tribute to these heroes and honor their legacy by learning more about them through military records.
The MyHeritage collection consists of 57 million records and includes draft, enlistment, and service records, pension records, and other military documents from North America and around the world, dating back to the American Revolutionary War in the late 18th century.