At MyHeritage, we constantly strive to improve our matching technologies to make family history easier and more accessible for our users. One of our main goals is to facilitate more collaborative family history research and allow our users to enjoy its fruits, so they could share with and learn from each other, and save considerable time and effort by not having to repeat research already done by others.

We’re excited to be returning Platinum sponsors at the world’s most important annual genealogy conference, RootsTech 2017, taking place February 8-11, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference features classes and keynote sessions for seasoned genealogist as well as for those just beginning to research their family history. There will also be great entertainment and networking events for all to enjoy.

We’re excited to introduce our new and improved Discoveries pages, that provide Smart Matches and Record Matches. The new pages are easier to use, more consistent, and they work well also on mobile devices. The new pages are much faster, too. We are presenting here a very comprehensive description of the new pages. We recommend that you take the time to review it, as the information below can arm you with useful knowledge that will help you make the most of your matches and unlock the full power of the MyHeritage platform, to improve your family history research.

Everything we do is about helping our users discover, preserve and share their family history. Over time, we’ve helped many MyHeritage users have make incredible family discoveries that they never thought possible. Sharing stories and discoveries inspires others to begin researching their own family history — so we’d love to hear about your best family history discovery using MyHeritage! Take a short video of yourself with your phone and upload it to Facebook, tagging the MyHeritage Facebook page.

As a genealogy expert, I often read blog posts and articles written by my fellow genealogists. A few weeks ago, I found an interesting post by Kathryn Lake Hogan, on the importance of archives and preparations we should follow when researching there. Kathryn has allowed us to re-publish her post here. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

DNA Matching is one of the main features of the MyHeritage DNA kit. It is also still available for free for users who have tested with other DNA services. We’ve just added several useful new features to DNA Matching, to make it easier for you to find and connect with relatives based on shared DNA. Here are the new features: Extended information about shared ancestral surnames

Roy van der Windt, 31, is a MyHeritage user from Zeist, the Netherlands. He has been using MyHeritage since 2010 but, in 2016, he became a volunteer translator for MyHeritage, helping us better serve our Dutch users. Ever since the MyHeritage Community Q&A forum launched in April 2016, Roy has been extremely active in the MyHeritage Community.

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