Perspectives on Combining Genealogy and Genetics

Join MyHeritage’s founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet, as he reveals many first-time-ever technologies that take the lead in and shapes the future of both traditional and genetic genealogy.

Presented live at RootsTech 2018 (and concluded with a rousing standing ovation), Gilad announced the immediate availability of:

He also announced what’s coming soon at MyHeritage including the interactive Pedigree View, the “Big Tree” and the Theory of Family Relativity.

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Click here to view the presentation.


Full-length documentary now online: experience the Tribal Quest family history expeditions to Namibia, Papua New Guinea, and Siberia

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Available now, exclusively at FamilyTreeWebinars.com, is the fascinating full-length documentary of the Tribal Quest family history expeditions to remote tribal communities in Namibia, Papua New Guinea, and Siberia. Tribal Quest is a pro bono project, led by MyHeritage's Golan Levi of Melbourne, Australia, for documenting the family trees and stories of remote tribal communities that face a risk of cultural extinction.

Join us and Golan's expedition in this brand new webinar at FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free. 

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Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 2): Adding an Online Document  02/23/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Find Your Roots in German Farm Histories  02/28/2018  Gail Blankenau
Overcoming Brick Walls Caused by Record Loss  03/07/2018  Mary Hill  AG
Secrets in the Attic: Break Down Brick Walls With Home Sources  03/09/2018  Denise May Levenick
True Stories of Families Reunited Thanks to Genetic Genealogy  03/13/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
The Case of the Broken Link: Decoding the URL  03/14/2018  Cyndi Ingle
From Baltimore to Burlington: Hazen P. Day's Neighbors Bring Him Home  03/20/2018  Catherine B. Wiest Desmarais  CG
Hands-On with MyHeritage DNA  03/21/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Introduction to DNA Testing in Genealogy and Family History  03/23/2018  Mike Mansfield
How DNA testing can reveal your ethnic breakdown  03/27/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Formulating a DNA Testing Plan  03/28/2018  Blaine Bettinger  Ph.D.  J.D.
Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew: History  Migration  DNA  04/04/2018  Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 3): Adding a Census Record  04/06/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Genealogy for Advanced Users: Grow Your Family Tree Online  04/10/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Georgia: Gateway to Westward Expansion  04/11/2018  Rorey Cathcart
Researching Your Oregon Ancestors  04/13/2018  Tessa Keough
Better Together: Making Your Case with Documents and DNA  04/17/2018  Patti Lee Hobbs  CG
Lincoln's Laws and the Records of War  04/18/2018  Judy G. Russell  JD  CG  CGL
Get the Most from the MyHeritage Search Engine for Historical Records  04/24/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Verifying Information You Find Online  04/25/2018  Marian Pierre-Louis
Special Appearance by the Founder and CEO of MyHeritage  05/02/2018  Gilad Japhet
Discover Your Family in School Yearbooks  05/08/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper  05/09/2018  Cyndi Ingle
A Checklist of African American Resources  05/11/2018  Angela Walton-Raji
Good Research Habits  05/15/2018  Paula Stuart-Warren  CG  FMGS  FUGA
The First 5 Things to Do with Your New Test Results  05/16/2018  Blaine Bettinger  Ph.D.  J.D.
How to Use the Smart Matches & Record Matches MyHeritage Technologies  05/22/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Quaker Migration into America  05/23/2018  Peggy Clemens Lauritzen  AG
The Palatine Immigrants: Tracing and Locating 18th Century German Immigrants Online  05/30/2018  Luana Darby  MLIS  AG
Digital Gravestones  06/05/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
What Your Ancestor's Neighbors Can Tell You  06/06/2018  Melissa Barker
The Family DNA Project  06/08/2018  Nicka Smith
Easily Read Old Style American Handwriting  06/13/2018  Sharon Monson
Using Maps in Genealogical Research  06/19/2018  Sara A. Scribner  CG
You Need a Search Strategy: Maximizing Your Results with Online Genealogical Databases  06/19/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Lightroom or Photoshop? What should I use for my photo editing?  06/27/2018  Jared Hodges
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 4): Adding Estate/Probate Records  07/06/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
The Art of Negative-Space Research: Women  07/11/2018  Jeanne Bloom  CG
Freedmen's Bureau Records - Valuable to ALL Southern research  07/13/2018  Diane L.  Richard
Special Tools that can Take Your Research to the Next Level  07/17/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
It's a Numbers Game! Understanding Recognized Genealogical Formats  07/17/2018  Alice Hoyt Veen  CG
Trails of Daniel Boone and other Western Travelers  07/18/2018  J. Mark Lowe  CG  FUGA
Photoshop: What you need to know as a photographer  07/25/2018  Jared Hodges
An Overview of Important Historical Record Collections  07/31/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Sharing The Joy: Projects That Will Captivate The Non-Genealogists In Your Life  08/01/2018  Lisa Louise Cooke
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 5): Adding an Obituary  08/03/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist  08/08/2018  Annette Burke  Lyttle
50 Websites To Find Vital Records  08/10/2018  Gena Philibert-Ortega
Everything you need to know about Genealogical Charts and Reports  08/14/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Untangle the Web of Germanic Websites  08/15/2018  Teresa Steinkamp McMillin  CG
GPS: Finding Your Way Through Tough Research Problems  08/21/2018  James Ison  CG  AG
Researching Forces Ancestors (England and Wales)  08/22/2018  Kirsty Gray
How Photos Enhance Genealogical Research  08/28/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite  08/29/2018  Diahan Southard
What's Been Done: Using Someone Else's Genealogy Research  09/05/2018  Thomas MacEntee
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 6): Adding a Death Certificate  09/07/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Examining Migration & Researching Migrants in the British Isles  09/12/2018  Julie Goucher
Slave Narratives: Telling the Story of Slavery and Families  09/14/2018  Ann Staley  CG  CGL
Using Lists to Find Proof  09/18/2018  Cari Taplin  CG
25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know  09/19/2018  Lisa Alzo
Importance of Newspapers for family research  09/25/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Remote Research in the Databases of the Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System  10/03/2018  Rick Sayre  CG  CGL  FUGA
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 7): Adding Email Correspondence  10/05/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
On the Go: Using Your Mobile Device for Genealogy  10/09/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
In Search of My Brother's Mother - An Adoption Story  10/10/2018  Beth Foulk
Strategies for Using FamilySearch  10/12/2018  Shannon Combs-Bennett
Using Emigrant Guides for Genealogical Research  10/16/2018  Julie P. Miller  CG  CGL
Ho to California! The Draw of the Gold Rush  10/17/2018  Peggy Clemens Lauritzen  AG
True Stories of Families Reunited thanks to Genetic Genealogy  10/23/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing  10/24/2018  Lisa Alzo
Researching your French and Indian War Ancestor  10/26/2018  Craig R. Scott  MA  CG  FUGA
Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees  10/31/2018  E. Randol Schoenberg
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 8): The Smoking Gun  11/02/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
City Directories: Much More than Ye Olde Phonebooks  11/06/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor  11/07/2018  Melissa Barker
Introduction to the Bayou State: Louisiana for Beginners  11/14/2018  Rorey Cathcart
Every Day Life of Our Ancestors  11/20/2018  Ann Staley  CG  CGL
Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking  11/28/2018  Paula Stuart-Warren  CG  FMGS  FUGA
Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking County and State Records  12/05/2018  Mary Kircher Roddy
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 9): Adding an Entry from an Online Database  12/07/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart  12/12/2018  Janet Hovorka
Citation for beginners  12/14/2018  Shellee Morehead  PhD  CG
Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family  12/18/2018  Nancy A. Peters  CG
That Splendid Little War: Researching Your Spanish American War Ancestors  12/19/2018  Michael L. Strauss  AG

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My trip to MyHeritage Headquarters

I've just returned from my first trip to MyHeritage headquarters and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. My biggest takeaway has been the new respect I've gained for our parent company, the people that make up MyHeritage, and for the entire country of Israel. I've enjoyed sharing the experience with all of you via our Legacy User Group on Facebook, but in case you missed it, I've republished the experiences below.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Well...I'm off this morning to visit our new MyHeritage company headquarters in Or Yehuda, Israel. Looking forward to learning from and rubbing shoulders with my new colleagues. I'm scheduled to present a training session - giving a background of our Legacy software, our webinar series, and sharing thoughts about the genealogy industry here in the states. I also hear that I may be doing a Facebook Live at the offices. I'll also be hosting our live webinars next Tuesday and Wednesday which begins at 9pm local time. Not sure if I'll be completely asleep or very awake. We'll see. Stay tuned...

Saturday, January 27, 2018

My first breakfast in Israel was yummy - breads, cheeses, tomatoes, yogurt, eggs and more breads. Hotel food, yes, but a great way to start my day. I also have a nice view of the Mediterranean Sea from my 7th floor room. Now I'm off for my first day at MyHeritage headquarters.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

I arrived at MyHeritage headquarters this morning and had our kick-off meeting. The offices are incredible and there's so many good people here! And check out the Internet speeds. Can you guess which one is the MH internet and which is mine at home?

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

First full day at MyHeritage headquarters is wrapped up. Oh how I wish every one of you could have been here with me today to learn and experience what I did! You'd be so impressed with MyHeritage. It began with a yummy breakfast and conversation, followed by an intro to the week's activities. We were trained on customer support best practices, what's coming with DNA (it's really big!) and discussed 2018 goals. The biggest moment for me came when Aviram Levi (chief marketing officer) explained that it was something that I shared with him at a recent RootsTech conference that gave him, and the company, a different perspective of how MyHeritage could better interact with the genealogy community. They shared several changes that MH has implemented since then. There's still a gap to fill, but they seem to be genuinely concerned with the genealogy community. It reminded me of my first encounters with our Legacy company and my interactions with the Legacy founders (Dave/Ken) when I first approached them some 20 years ago - MH also seems to be willing to hear our comments and suggestions. Wait...I take some of this back. My actual biggest moment of the day was a brief personal conversation with Aaron Godfrey (VP Marketing) when he shared with me why he loves working at MyHeritage. Aaron shared that his passion is being able to make a positive difference in the world, and that he's able to do this at MH. Immediately the hairs on my arms stood, because I have always felt the exact same way and that I've been able to do that at Legacy. Ah yes, I forgot about another fun meeting - I met with Ran and Regev who will be the presenters at Tuesday's webinar on DNA Matching. They're also going to be talking about their new Chromosome Browser. Join early though, because we're now beyond 2,500 registrants for this one. Now, I haven't slept yet since Friday morning (it's Sunday evening now) so I'm certain I've rambled and maybe the above makes no sense, but I am energized and once again feel that it was the right decision to align with MyHeritage in the way we recently did. They, or should I say "we" have a great vision of genealogy's future and it's exciting to be a part of it. OK, time for bed now. Another full day tomorrow. And Marian Pierre-Louis, I'll be sure to get some good pictures.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Oh boy, I'm glad I discovered today was Monday and not Tuesday.

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One of my favorite new words - Sababba - Hebrew slang for great or cool or no problem. I've heard it said many times here in Israel. Sababba!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Don't read this post unless you're okay with being completely jealous and being happy for me! 

It's now Wednesday morning (I think) in Tel Aviv, Israel and I'm now recovering from one of my "best days ever!"

The day began with what was supposed to be a motivational speech to our employees by MyHeritage's CEO, Gilad Japhet. He said instead of that he was going to use the time wisely and provide specific training and feedback. By the time he concluded, I was doing flips and cartwheels inside my mind about how excited he got me. I really wish all of you could be here to see the inside workings of this company and the vision they have for the future.

Immediately after he concluded it was my turn to speak to the company. After such a motivating session, I was extremely nervous to present my part. If I don't say so myself  I think it turned out very well. I gave a brief history of our Legacy Family Tree software, our users, our webinar series, and was asked to share how I feel MyHeritage can improve.

After lunch we had a company excursion. (Incredible that a company treats their employees with such respect.) We had a tour of the 5,000-year-old city of Jaffa (where the prophet Jonas spent time) which included a stop at the flea market where I was treated to a local desert - Malibi. Yummy.

Speaking of yummy, our next excursion was to a restaurant where, like the cooking shows on TV, we were split into three groups, had a timer of 90 minutes, and were commissioned to prepare 3 main dishes, 2 sides, 2 salads, desert. We were filmed and judged. And although I was the one who stood out as the one not having a clue what he was doing in the kitchen, our group took first place. The food was incredible.

After a full day, it was back to work again for our Tuesday DNA webinar. I'm not usually awake at this time of day so was nervous if I'd be awake to host, but I think my internal clock has adjusted well enough now. The webinar ended up being one of the all-time favorites. The MyHeritage DNA is today receiving rave reviews throughout the genealogy industry. When Ran spoke about the upcoming 1-to-many Chromosome browser, the chat log went nuts unlike I've ever seen before. And they announced that contacting matches was now free for everyone, among many other fascinating announcements.

I've now just two days left in Israel. Although I didn't think to plan any extra sight-seeing plans into my itinerary, I'm having the time of my life (just wish my wife and kids were here too, we'll have to come back). I don't know how to say it without feeling prideful or boastful, but working for MyHeritage is one of my life's biggest decisions and it's proving to be the right one. They/we have a vision for the future, they/we care about genealogy and genealogists, and they/we are going to reach great heights together.

OK, I'm done. Here's a few pics.

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Malibi = yummy desert


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Christian church in Jaffa


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Part of the marketing team in Jaffa (5,000 year old city) overlooking Tel Aviv (new city). Tel Aviv means old and new.


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Me, Ran, and Regev - product manager and DNA scientist after our webinar together.


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The wishing wall.


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Ingredients for our cooking competition.


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Getting ready for the competition.


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The final dishes we created. Yum.


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Selfie with the Mediterranean Sea.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 (post by Aaron Godfrey)

After a long day in and out of the office, here's Geoff hosting a webinar while visiting Israel! (It's 9pm!)

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Well, another full day of work today awaits me at the MyHeritage offices in Or Yehuda, Israel and then I say goodbye. Can't believe it's gone this fast. I've made many good friends - my new colleagues have treated me so well. Pictured here was lunch yesterday - hummus and salad. I'd seriously come live here just for the food. So good. I did have to suggest that they try an Idaho potato someday though. Also pictured is a small team I worked with and learned from during one of our markethon sessions. These people are seriously among the very top of educated, considerate, and fun people I've ever known. Thanks everyone for being a part of my journey. Shalom!

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With my new friends eating hummus for lunch.


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Hard at work with part of the marketing team.


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So good.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

My time here at MyHeritage headquarters comes to a close. In about an hour I will begin my 24-hour journey back to my home in Middleton, Idaho. It's bitter sweet to leave because I feel as if I have another home here now. The friendships I've developed with my colleagues and with the country of Israel will always be with me. Thanks for being a part of my journey here. I've never been more confident and at peace with Legacy's new home in MyHeritage. And seriously, there are incredible things to come in 2018 and beyond. It's the best time ever to be a Legacy user, a webinar viewer, a MyHeritage member and a genealogist!

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The Marketing team and many of my new friends.


Understanding DNA Matching Technology - register for Tuesday's MyHeritage webinar by Ran Snir

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DNA Matching technology is a hot topic in genealogy today. It is an affordable and increasingly reliable method for discovering relatives you never knew you had. DNA Matching technology can indicate possible relationships between you and your DNA Matches, and allow you to learn more from family trees with people who share your DNA. It also allows you to contact those people and collaborate to expand your family history research. In this webinar, you will learn everything you need to know to make the most of DNA Matching technology. 

Join us and MyHeritage's Ran Snir for the live webinar Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion.

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About the presenter

Ransnir-144x144Ran Snir, Product Manager, is responsible for MyHeritage DNA products. He leads a talented team of developers, QA engineers, and designers to create and optimize DNA users’ entire journey — from ordering a DNA kit, tracking the kit’s progress, receiving results, to leveraging a continually growing suite of features to make the most of the DNA results in genealogical research. Most recently, he led the development of the Ethnicities around the world and Chromosome browser for shared DNA segments features, from concept through production and launch.

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To Be Broadcast Online - MyHeritage's One-Day Genealogy Seminar October 29 in Israel

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MyHeritage is proud to announce its first One-Day Genealogy Seminar, to be held on October 29, 2017 from 7am to 3pm EST. It will feature the participation of experts in the fields of DNA, Jewish genealogy, general research techniques, and technology trends for genealogy. The lectures will be broadcast from the MyHeritage headquarters in Israel. The public is invited to join the lectures via Legacy Family Tree Webinars from anywhere in the world for FREE. Later, the recordings will be available to view for free on demand. To register, click here.

Times, topics, and speakers:

7:00AM Eastern - "Filling in the In-Between of the Jewish BMD" by Rose Feldman

8:00AM Eastern - "Jewish Family Research Challenges" by Garri Regev

9:15AM Eastern - "Introduction to the Use of Autosomal DNA Testing" by Tim Janzen

10:15AM Eastern - "Google for Genealogy: Search Tricks to Tease Out Information" by Jessica Taylor

11:15AM Eastern - "Discover Your Family History with MyHeritage's Unique Technologiesby Daniel Horowitz

12:30PM Eastern - "How to Pass Your Ancestors' Legacy to Your Grandchildren" by Jessica Taylor

1:30PM Eastern - "Advanced Autosomal DNA Techniques used in Genetic Genealogy" by Tim Janzen

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Legacy and MyHeritage: More FAQs answered

Below are more answers to questions you have asked us over the past several days regarding the Legacy-MyHeritage acquisition.

More Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Will Legacy continue to be stand-alone, offline software?

A. Absolutely! Legacy will always remain as it is. Legacy users can count on using Legacy in the future exactly as they have been using it for the past 20 years, on their personal computer, disconnected from the Internet, with the tree data stored only on their computer. When Tree Sync becomes available in the future, it will be completely optional, and under no circumstance will anyone's tree by synced online unless that is the express desire of the user.

Q. Will I have to have a MyHeritage membership to continue using my Legacy software?

A. Nope. The acquisition leaves Legacy independent. A subscription to MyHeritage is not and will never be required to use Legacy. You can use Legacy forever without any ties to MyHeritage. Legacy does have matching with MyHeritage and other sites, but your tree is not nor will it ever be transferred to these services through this matching feature. The matching exists to help find matching records.

Q. I've backed up my Legacy file to the Legacy Cloud. Will my backup remain mine or will it be shared with new ownership?

A. Backing up your tree to the Legacy Cloud stores a private backup copy of your Legacy family file on our secure servers. Nobody will ever have access to these family files. They are yours.

Q. What about Legacy for the Mac?

A. This is now our number one priority. Now that our team members at MyHeritage will be taking over our accounting, taxes, and other busy work, we can get back to completing the Mac project.

Q. I have a current annual webinar membership. Can I extend my membership with the current half-off offer?

A. Yes! Visit http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/legacy-family-tree-webinars-yearly-membership-p1.php and add the yearly membership to your cart. Make sure you are logged in at checkout. The purchase at the sale price will extend your membership by another year. Don't wait though - the sale ends Sunday evening, August 13 (Geoff's birthday!!).

Q. Will you please convince MyHeritage to use maiden names in their trees instead of the person's married name?

A. This option is already available. In the Family Tree view at MyHeritage.com, click on the options button in the upper right (looks like a small gears icon). In the Name Preferences section, select Maiden name. Done!

Q. Where can I learn more about MyHeritage?

A. We've done a few webinars with MyHeritage. They are free to view at https://familytreewebinars.com/myheritage.  You could also visit their site at https://about.myheritage.com.

Many more frequently asked questions are listed in our original announcement. If you missed it, click here for all the details and scroll down to the FAQ section.

More thoughts from Geoff

Originally posted in our Legacy User Group on Facebook:

It's certainly been an eventful day today. In a few minutes, I will go finally eat some lunch. I've learned much from your comments today and would like to conclude my day with a few additional of my own.

Naturally, change brings uncertainty. Past experiences, negative or positive, shape our feelings of the unexpected and the unknown. I have personally felt a roller coaster of feelings as, although I like innovation and new ideas, I'm also most comfortable with no change.

Some have stated that our decision to partner/be acquired by MyHeritage must be about the money. Yes, it is - your money in fact. I don't want a single person putting any money or time into our software if we knew that it wouldn't be able to be with you for a very long time. I've put my last 20 years into Legacy, not just developing it to have a job but because I use it and love it, and sincerely depend on it. I would never be on board with an acquisition like this unless I was sure of many things. True, we can't ever be 100% sure of anything, but we've invested everything into ensuring that this move is in the best interest of you, our loyal customers. I'm a customer too.

This next paragraph is going to get very personal, so maybe skip over it. I personally believe that I can receive answers to my prayers, and this decision of ours has been one that each of us - Dave, Ken, and myself, have spent many hours on our knees seeking divine guidance. The answer to my personal prayer came as I sat in an empty ballroom at RootsTech earlier this year. The answer was one of complete peace about this decision and the future of both our Legacy software and our customers. If ever I question whether this was good, I can easily recall the feelings I had that day.

Geoff's feelings aren't going to persuade anyone to love something they already dislike. I will never like squash. I've tried to like it, but have concluded that it won't be for me - ever. MyHeritage may never be for some of you, and that's fine. You might consider giving it a second chance every now and then, yet nothing in our announcements or our future plans have or will infer that you will be forced to use it. Legacy will continue, and only because we have partnered with MyHeritage do I believe it will continue to flourish. We had to announce the acquisition to be transparent with everyone, but even if we hadn't, I believe you would begin to notice significant developments and unexpected longevity with both our software and our webinar series - solely because now we can spend more of our time working on Legacy and none of our time doing all the small business tasks of accounting, taxes, and on and on. Now we'll be able to do what we love the most.

We know that we would be nowhere without each and every one of you. We'll sadly accept that some feel betrayed by this acquisition and will always continue to wish you the best. We are optimistic about the future and cannot wait to begin this new journey with I hope most of you.

Great, now I'm smelling dinner cooking. I'll sign off now for the evening, but look forward to a future of finding lots and lots of ancestors with all of you!

Geoff Rasmussen


Legacy Family Tree has a new home with MyHeritage

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Pressing the “Publish” button for this blog post was one of the most exciting, nerve-wracking, and exhilarating things I’ve ever done and is indeed the biggest step forward we’ve ever made with our company. You read the title correctly – we have merged with MyHeritage.

While Legacy has a new home – everything is staying the same…just better. In our new home the walls are whiter, the ceilings are taller, and the views are greater. Putting aside the analogies, our Legacy software and webinar series will continue just as they always have. But from this point forward, we now have access to the manpower, financial resources, and a customer base of more than 91 million users. We now have everything we need to ensure that Legacy and our webinars will continue to flourish in the years ahead.

Below you will find the official announcement plus answers to questions we thought you would have.

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Dear Legacy user,

We are proud to share with you the biggest step forward we have ever made with our Legacy Family Tree software and our FamilyTreeWebinars.com webinar series. We have entered into an acquisition agreement with MyHeritage, a leading global destination for family history and DNA with 91 million users in 196 countries. The acquisition will provide the resources and cutting edge technologies to advance and expand both our #1 rated software and our #1 rated webinar series. Think Legacy is good now? Watch out future – here we come!

How will all this affect you? Entirely positively. Here’s a flavor of what you can expect in the future:

  • A host of new features in Legacy software – we will be developing future versions of Legacy together. We have already started working on the new Tree Sync feature (to optionally have your Legacy file in a private or collaborative tree at MyHeritage)
  • Improved webinar platform to surpass the 1,000-virtual seat limitation we currently have
  • Significant discounts on MyHeritage services and DNA kits for Legacy users and webinar viewers not available anywhere else
  • Most importantly, you can expect the same high-quality support and service that you have come to expect from us. The entire Legacy and webinar teams will continue on at MyHeritage in our existing roles.

“The more I’ve learned about and experimented with MyHeritage, the more I have felt we need to partner together,” said Geoff Rasmussen, founder of the FamilyTreeWebinars.com webinar series and “the face” of Legacy Family Tree software. “The technology behind their online trees and historical records is incredible – second to none. MyHeritage has positioned itself to become the leader of the future of the genealogy industry and we can be a part of it. It’s the perfect match – our software and webinars combined with their resources, technologies, and international reach will help both of us accomplish our mission – to help the world find their ancestors.”

Just as we are excited to contribute to the success of our new owners at MyHeritage, they, too, are anxious to elevate our Legacy software and webinar series to levels that have been beyond our reach.

To celebrate the acquisition, we are offering a limited time, never-offered-before discount on Legacy 9 software and annual webinar memberships. Through Sunday, August 13 (Geoff’s birthday), take 50% off:

Legacy 9 software – from $34.95  $17.48

1 year webinar membership (or extension) – $49.95  $24.98

Click here to get Legacy software or webinar membership at 50% off.

Thank you all for your continuing support as we enter this exciting new chapter in the Millennia story.

Best regards,

Dave, Ken, Geoff, and everyone at the Legacy Family Tree / Millennia team

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is this a friendly or hostile acquisition?

A. Friendly, in every way. Both parties were keen on doing it and consider it a great combination. MyHeritage is interested in expanding its services to the Legacy users; and after operating independently for 20 years, Legacy is interested in the stability, financial security, and expanded technical resources that MyHeritage provides.

Q. Why did Legacy sell to MyHeritage and not to someone else?

A. The Legacy founders Dave, Ken and Geoff saw MyHeritage as a perfect fit, a company that shares their vision and care for genealogy. Another potential buyer, Ancestry.com, shut down their Family Tree Maker product, later found a buyer for it in Ukraine, and then sold it off. We wanted to ensure that our future partner had as much care for our software and our customers as we do. MyHeritage believes that genealogists deserve to be cared for and continues to maintain and improve its own desktop software, Family Tree Builder. They were the best fit.

Q. What happens with the Legacy Family Tree team after this acquisition?

A. MyHeritage is retaining the entire Legacy team and giving them better terms so they could focus on improving Legacy. No more accounting and payroll for Dave! No more server maintenance headaches for Ken! They can now concentrate fully on improving Legacy without the countless distractions a small business has to cope with. Just like Geni -- MyHeritage acquired Geni 5 years ago, and many of the original Geni team members are still on board today and have been happily improving Geni ever since.

Q. Is MyHeritage acquiring Legacy Family Tree in order to kill it?

A. No. Legacy Family Tree will continue and is already planning together with MyHeritage the next version, Legacy 10.

Q. What will Legacy version 10 include?

A. It's still being planned but one of the contemplated features will be a tool to optionally to sync trees with a private or collaborative tree using the MyHeritage tree platform.

Q. Will Legacy version 10 support Unicode?A. Sadly, no. That would require a complete rewrite of the Legacy software from scratch and such a rewrite is not planned. Version 10 will include improvements and features requested by users, not inside-out changes.

Q. Will Legacy users enjoy any benefits from this acquisition?

A. Yes! Legacy users will receive discounts on MyHeritage DNA and MyHeritage subscriptions not available to anyone else, and which have never offered before – anywhere. These will be announced separately next week. Additionally, Legacy is celebrating the news by offering discounts on Legacy 9 to everyone, starting today.

Q. What will happen to the Legacy webinars after the acquisition?

A. MyHeritage is planning to improve the webinars. For starters, deploy improved infrastructure that allows more concurrent users. MyHeritage will promote the webinars to its own users and increase their audience, and will have more resources to bring on speakers, who will receive more exposure thanks to the increased audience, and higher royalty rates. The webinars will remain as Legacy webinars, managed by Geoff. They will not become a voice of MyHeritage. Although they are expected to include more content about MyHeritage than before, the webinars will continue to include a wide range of topics of interest to genealogists.

Q. Is MyHeritage changing things around at Legacy?

A. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. This is MyHeritage's approach with Legacy. Minimum changes. MyHeritage did ask Legacy though to stop selling external products unrelated to genealogy such as magnabrite readers, to improve focus.

Q. Will Legacy continue to participate in genealogy shows/seminars?

A. Yes.

Q. Will Legacy operate the cruise promised for 2017?

A. Yes.

Q. I have another question not listed here. Where can I ask it?

A. We'll host a webinar about the acquisition in a few more weeks, and anyone is welcome to join, ask any question and get candid answers.


Hands-On with Legacy Hints: Using MyHeritage Record Matches and Smart Matches

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The recording of today's webinar, "Hands-On with Legacy Hints: Using MyHeritage Record Matches and Smart Matches" by Geoff Rasmussen and Mike Mansfield is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Legacy Family Tree 9 sifts through billions of records from the key websites to bring you relevant and promising matches for your ancestors. In this webinar, Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen will review – LIVE! – some of the Legacy Hints that are waiting for him in his personal family file. This time, he will explore possible Record Matches and Smart Matches that MyHeritage.com has discovered for him.

On hand to walk Geoff through his results will be MyHeritage’s Director of Content Operations, Mike Mansfield. He will also give an insider’s perspective into the technology that makes MyHeritage’s Smart Matching and Record Matching so effective.

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  • Remember Me: Lifestreaming and the Modern Genealogist by Thomas MacEntee. May 17.
  • WikiTree: Free for All without a Free-for-All by Eowyn Langholf. May 24.
  • The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors by Michael L. Strauss, AG. May 31.
  • Researching Your Minnesota Ancestors by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. June 7.
  • How Harry Potter Can Teach You About DNA by Blaine Bettinger. June 14.
  • What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing by Diahan Southard. June 16.
  • Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush's Father by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. June 20.
  • Virtual Family Reunions: Super Easy, Super Fun by Pat Richley and Russ Worthington. June 21.
  • Canada's Top 10 by Kathryn Lake Hogan. June 28.
  • Censational Census Strategies by Mary Kircher Roddy. July 5.
  • Google Books: the tool you should use every day! by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 12.
  • Tips for Snapping Pics: How to Take Perfect Family Photographs by Jared Hodges. July 14.
  • Analyzing Documents Sparks Ideas for Further Research by Angela Packer McGhie, CG. July 18.
  • The Firelands, The Connecticut Western Reserve, and the Ohio Territory by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG. July 19.
  • Family History Adhesive: The Science of Why History Binds Families and the Simple Tech of How to Do It by Janet Hovorka. July 26.
  • Tracing Your West Country Ancestors by Kirsty Gray. August 2.
  • A Taxing Matter: Using Tax Lists in Genealogy by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. August 9.
  • Using Pictures with Legacy Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen. August 11.
  • Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG. August 15.
  • Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories by Ursula C. Krause. August 16.
  • How to do Mexican Research and Be Successful by Jonathan Walker. August 23.
  • Getting Started with Evidentia by Edward A. Thompson. August 30.
  • Top Tech Tips for the Technologist and the Genealogist by Geoff Rasmussen. September 6.
  • Finding Isaac Rogers by Nicka Smith. September 13.
  • The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your Ancestor's School Records by Melissa Barker. September 15.
  • When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion? by Tom Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL. September 19.
  • WolframAlpha for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. September 20.
  • Quick Guide to Texas Research by Deena Coutant. September 27.
  • No Easy Button: Using “Immersion Genealogy” to Understand Your Ancestors by Lisa Alzo. October 4.
  • Southern States Migration Patterns by Mary Hill, AG. October 11.
  • Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be your saving grace by Pat Richley. October 13.
  • Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard by David Ouimette, CG. October 17.
  • The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 18.
  • Midwestern & Plains States Level Census Records by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. October 25.
  • Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece by Luana Darby and Ursula C. Krause. November 1.
  • New York City Genealogical Research: Navigating Through The Five Boroughs by Michael L. Strauss, AG. November 8.
  • Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence by Jill Morelli. November 10.
  • British and Irish research: the differences by Brian Donovan. November 15.
  • Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required by Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG. November 21.
  • Understanding Alabama by Rorey Cathcart. November 29.
  • Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records by Lisa Toth Salinas. December 6.
  • I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James M. Baker, PhD, CG. December 13.
  • Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth by Jill Morelli. December 15.
  • The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 19.
  • Palmetto Pride - South Carolina for Genealogist by Rorey Cathcart. December 20.
  • Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. December 27.

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Register for Webinar Thursday - Hands-On with Legacy Hints: Using MyHeritage Record Matches and Smart Matches by Geoff Rasmussen and Mike Mansfield

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Legacy Family Tree 9 sifts through billions of records from the key websites to bring you relevant and promising matches for your ancestors. In this webinar, Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen will review – LIVE! – some of the Legacy Hints that are waiting for him in his personal family file. This time, he will explore possible Record Matches and Smart Matches that MyHeritage.com has discovered for him.

On hand to walk Geoff through his results will be MyHeritage’s Director of Content Operations, Mike Mansfield. He will also give an insider’s perspective into the technology that makes MyHeritage’s Smart Matching and Record Matching so effective.

Join us, Geoff Rasmussen, and Mike Mansfield for the live webinar Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion.

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About the presenters

GeoffRasmussen-144x144Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello, basketball and bowling. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center. He is the author of the recently-released, Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors, and the popular books Legacy Family Tree, Unlocked! and Digital Imaging Essentials.

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Mike Mansfield is Director of Content Operations at MyHeritage since 2013. In this role he is responsible for defining the company's strategy for growing its collection of 6.3 billion historical records, and supervising all operations of content acquisition. Previously, Mike held a Senior Product Manager role at FamilySearch. Mike's professional career has been heavily focused in electronic publishing, search and retrieval, and content acquisition and strategy. After completing his B.S. in Computer Science at Brigham Young University in 1994 he worked for Folio Corporation, a Provo, Utah based technology company which developed cutting edge CD- ROM publication and search technology. Mike joined Ancestry in 1999 and held key rolls in its development of the search engine and publication platform still in use today. As the Senior Director of Search and Content he led the team that created the record Hinting system which helped to revolutionize the way in which users interact with online genealogical records. Mike continued to develop his expertise in his roles in FamilySearch and MyHeritage.

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Geoff's MyHeritage experiment post #3 - Smart Matching part #2

My personal in-depth exploration into the MyHeritage.com site has taken a new twist. With Legacy 9's new Legacy Hints, I can now receive Smart Matches to other MyHeritage trees right from within Legacy. If you've missed the previous posts, here they are:

The more I learn about the technology behind MyHeritage, the more enthusiastic I have become about trying it out. Most recently, I have been checking out the hints in the new Legacy 9. Notice below, Joshua Brown's new Hint icon shows the number 9+ indicating that there are at least ten newly-found hints waiting for me to check.

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Clicking on the icon brings up the Hint Results screen, which in this case, shows that of the four major sites (MyHeritage, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, and GenealogyBank) only MyHeritage found something. Not only did it find something, it found 29 somethings!

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Clicking on it opened the Matches screen at MyHeritage. While I'm curious to see what others have published about my Joshua Brown, I was surprised to see that the first Smart Match came from the Rasmussen Web Site - that's MY tree!

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In my first post I showed how I uploaded the tree from my Legacy software to MyHeritage. I guess it makes perfect sense that Legacy would find my tree and thus provide me with a Smart Match in Legacy Hints. But...I probably don't really need that clue, do I?

So...knowing how responsive MyHeritage has been with my past emails to them, I thought I would send in a suggestion. Thinking there was no way to turn off smart matching to my own tree, I recommended that they consider an option to prevent this from happening. Less than three hours later I received a response telling me this could already be done. I'm liking them more and more....

If you have your tree at MyHeritage too, and want to avoid Smart Matches to your own tree from within Legacy, follow these steps:

  1. Login to your account at MyHeritage.com and navigate to My Privacy in the pull-down menu of your account that appears in the top right corner of any page.
  2. Your family sites will be listed on the left. Click Content below the relevant site.
  3. Turn off the checkbox labeled Enable Smart Matching with other MyHeritage websites and partners and click Save at the bottom of the page.

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Then I went back to Legacy, and clicked on the Refresh icon on Joshua's Hint Results screen and waited about a minute.

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After closing the screen and reopening, it now showed just 28 possible matches! My site was now removed from the results. Well done MyHeritage!

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Now I'm looking forward to reviewing the remaining 28 Smart Matches. 

New Webinar

I'm also looking forward to seeing if there's even more that I might be overlooking. I've invited MyHeritage to join me for a live webinar next Thursday, May 18 to explain the behind-the-scenes of their technology and how it interacts with Legacy. Here's its description:

Legacy Family Tree 9 sifts through billions of records from the key websites to bring you relevant and promising matches for your ancestors. In this webinar, Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen will review – LIVE! – some of the Legacy Hints that are waiting for him in his personal family file. This time, he will explore possible Record Matches and Smart Matches that MyHeritage.com has discovered for him.

On hand to walk Geoff through his results will be MyHeritage’s Director of Content Operations, Mike Mansfield. He will also give an insider’s perspective into the technology that makes MyHeritage’s Smart Matching and Record Matching so effective.

Click here to register (free).