Introducing DNA Labels - free webinar by MyHeritage's Ran Snir now online to view

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The recording of today's webinar by MyHeritage's Ran Snir, "DNA Labels" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

MyHeritage recently introduced labels for DNA Matches, a feature that allows you to organize your matches and gain new insights about them at a glance. Learn how you can use this feature to make your genetic genealogy research much more efficient and convenient.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour and 8 minute recording of "DNA Labels" is now available to view in our webinar library for free.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,670 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 6,171 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
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Introductory pricing:

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

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Free Access to U.S. City Directories on MyHeritage

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City Directories have always been one of my personal favorite set of genealogical records. MyHeritage now has the best collection, and the best searching technology (ie: do an address search to see the history of everyone at the same address) for city directories.

I received exciting news just now that the entire collection will be free to access at from December 2-7, 2021.

Here's more about it from MyHeritage:

The U.S. City Directories collection contains over 561 million records in 26,000 public U.S. city directories published between 1860 and 1960. They typically include names, names of spouses, addresses, occupations, and workplaces, which makes them a rich source of information about family members in the United States — especially as an alternative to missing or destroyed census records. The MyHeritage collection is especially valuable because of its advanced indexing and multiple record consolidation, which make it much easier to find what you’re looking for and track your ancestors’ progress over time.

This is amazing news for anyone looking to dig deeper into their roots in the United States. You are welcome to search the collection now and check out the blog post to learn more.


Got French ancestors? 463 Million new historical records now at MyHeritage

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Oh how I wish I had French ancestors! If you do, you'll love this new collection at MyHeritage. Here's the scoop from MyHeritage:

We are thrilled to announce the publication of 463 million historical records from France in 5 collections: birth, marriage, death, and two censuses. The collections provide the most comprehensive coverage available for vital records from France in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. Until now they have been available exclusively through Filae, a leading French genealogy company recently acquired by MyHeritage. The collections cover nearly every department in France and include a high-quality index of the transcribed records and digital images of the original documents. Millions of these records are exclusive to MyHeritage and Filae and cannot be found on other commercial sites. By the end of the year, MyHeritage will publish hundreds of millions of additional records from Filae, further solidifying its position as an invaluable resource for anyone researching their French heritage. These new collections significantly bolster MyHeritage’s historical record offering in France, with a total of 514 million French records, and bring the total number of historical records on MyHeritage to 15.6 billion. 

Here is more information about each of the collections.


France, Church Baptisms and Civil Births
An index of church baptisms and births in France from 1650 to 1900 with images 154,466,538 records Search collection now

France, Church and Civil Marriages
An index of church and civil marriages in France from 1650 to 1916 with images 125,341,103 records Search collection now

France, Church Burials and Civil Deaths

An index of church burials and civil deaths from 1650 to 1945 with images 149,151,219 records Search collection now

1872 France Census
An index of the 1872 France census with images

16,454,086 records

Search collection now

1906 France Census
An index of the 1906 France census with images 17,629,052 records Search collection now

To learn more, read this blog article.

Search the collections here.


1 billion new records at MyHeritage - Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada, and Scotland Census, 1841–1901

MyHeritage continues to add to its record collections. Announced just today are the addition of 1 billion (with a "b") new records in two major new collections:

  • Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada
  • Scotland Census, 1841–1901

The addition of these collections means there are now 15.1 billion historical records on MyHeritage!

The Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada constitutes an easy-to-search index of 982 million names mentioned in our existing U.S. and Canadian newspaper collections. To create this index, we applied a smart machine learning algorithm to extract essential details from the free text of the newspapers — not just the first and last names of individuals mentioned, but also related details that may appear in the text, such as the name of a spouse or a place of residence. This makes searching the collections much easier and more efficient, and significantly broadens their potential to lead to important discoveries about your ancestors. This index is the fruit of only half of our newspapers, and the other half of the name index is currently being generated and will be published soon, so that nearly one billion additional records will soon be added.

Click here to read more or click here to search the records.

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The Scotland Census, 1841–1901 collection contains 7 censuses from the second half of the 19th century in Scotland, with a total of 24 million records. This is an important collection offering details about Scottish ancestors that often can’t be found in other vital record collections, such as information about occupation and residential addresses.

Click here to read more or click here to search the records.

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Got a scratch in your photograph?

Got a scratch in your photograph? With MyHeritage's brand new Repair tool, that scratch, or scratches, will be gone with one click.

Here's a photograph of Clifford Hilton. Notice the scratches.

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To fix the scratch I uploaded the photo to MyHeritage.

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This message appeared, suggesting that MyHeritage detected some kind of damage.

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I then clicked the new Repair button. Scratches almost entirely gone!

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But why stop there? Then I clicked the Enhance button.

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Next up, I clicked the Colorize button:

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Not a bad comparison, eh?

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And then, for a little fun, I clicked the Animate button:

I, too, am wondering "what will MyHeritage think of next?" But in the meantime, I'm going to go fix some scratches. Learn more here, or give it a try at MyHeritage.com/photos.


See your ancestors like never before with MyHeritage's photo tools by Tal Erlichman now online

See your ancestors like never before with MyHeritage's photo tools by Tal Erlichman now online for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Tal Erlichman, "See your ancestors like never before with MyHeritage's photo tools" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

Historical photos capture the likeness of our ancestors, and MyHeritage's groundbreaking photo tools can reveal incredible details that bring the past to life. Discover the latest improvements to MyHeritage's suite of photo tools and connect with your family history in new and exciting ways.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 24 minute recording of "See your ancestors like never before with MyHeritage's photo tools" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,464 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,608 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

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My pedigree chart - animated - you've got to see this!

MyHeritage's Deep Nostalgia™, in just over a week since its release, has exploded in popularity and has become an internet sensation. Over 10 million faces have been animated so far, and a few thousand photos are being animated every minute. Deep Nostalgia is creating massive interest in genealogy, especially among the younger generations.

I've been having a lot of fun with it. Maybe too much fun. In my first post about it I showed my great-grandmother's still image and how Deep Nostalgia animated it. Reactions have been fascinating.

When my aunt saw the animation of her grandfather, she replied that she had tears and asked if I would do the same thing for her grandmother. So Aunt Teri, here you go.

My Great-Grandmother:

And my Great-Grandfather:

My Animated Pedigree Chart

So I thought I'd have some fun and create a basic pedigree chart, but instead of still images for my ancestors' pictures, I'd try using the MyHeritage-created animated videos in their place. Watch it here:

I admit, I had a little (a lot) of fun doing this. 

Read more about Deep Nostalgia here. Or visit here to begin animating your photos. But be careful, it becomes addictive. But we're genealogists, we're used to that, right?


Your ancestors faces - animated!

Just when I thought MyHeritage had done it all with photo enhancement, they've now done something I've never dreamed of. With their brand new "deep nostalgia" technology, we can now see our ancestors faces - animated. My great-grandmother's photograph started out as blurry black and white. Now it's in full-color AND animated. Watch:

Here is the original photograph:

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Try it today at https://www.myheritage.com/deep-nostalgia

Pretty cool to be part of the MyHeritage family!


Bringing Your Family Photos to Life on MyHeritage by Keren Dotan now online for limited time

Bringing Your Family Photos to Life on MyHeritage by Keren Dotan now online for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Keren Dotan, "Bringing Your Family Photos to Life on MyHeritage" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

In the past year, MyHeritage's photo tools have taken the genealogy world by storm. In this webinar, Product Manager Keren Dotan will share the latest enhancements to MyHeritage In Color™ and show you some of the new ways to bring that "wow" effect to your cherished family photos.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 23 minute recording of "Bringing Your Family Photos to Life on MyHeritage" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,446 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,523 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

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Introducing Genetic Groups - free webinar by MyHeritage's Ran Snir now online

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The recording of today's webinar by Ran Snir, "Introducing Genetic Groups" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

The new Genetic Groups is a long-awaited enhancement of ethnicity results on MyHeritage DNA. With this very exciting addition, the resolution of MyHeritage’s ethnicity breakdown increases dramatically to 2,114 geographic regions, providing more depth and resolution than any other DNA test available today, and complementing the current 42 top-level ethnicities. This is a huge milestone for MyHeritage and a great step for millions of people fascinated by family history and curious to learn more about their origins.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 23 minute recording of "Introducing Genetic Groups" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,430 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,468 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

 

Print the 2021 webinar brochure here.