Monday, June 11, 2012

Report: MyHeritage press conference and 1 billion profiles announcement

During my lunch break today at Samford University's 2012 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, I attended a press conference hosted by They employed the use of GoToWebinar with a video component. We watched Gilad Japhat, CEO of MyHeritage, as he worked through his PowerPoint on a screen behind him on the wall. Find in this post:

1. @dearmyrtle tweets during the webinar.
2. My question regarding the scope of the newspaper collection searched.
3. Official MyHeritage press release "MyHeritage hits one billion profiles"


  • just reached 1billion profiles per CEO Gilad in press conference now.
  • NEW!!! RECORD MATCHING at will release next month.
  • Record Matching 98% accuracy. World's first to translate between names.
  • During live press conference, using Randy Seaver's database to demo Record Matching
While demonstrating a sneak peek of the "Record Matching" capabilities of the MyHeritage website, Gilad showed several newspaper article matches to individuals on Randy Seaver's online tree. My question:

  • Please describe the scope of the newspaper, perhaps in bibliographic format.

Gilad responded that the newspaper collection was largely US publications at this point.

My point? Serious genealogy researchers will want to know the newspaper titles, years of publications covered in the collection. Makes me wonder which large newspaper collections MyHeritage may have partnered with at this point.

MyHeritage hits one billion profiles 
PROVO, Utah & LONDON & TEL AVIV, Israel – June 11, 2012: MyHeritage, the most popular family network on the web, today announced that it has reached the milestone of one billion profiles. The billion individuals in nearly 23 million family trees, created by the millions of families using MyHeritage worldwide, constitute a gigantic network for discovering family heritage and connecting to relatives.

With more than 63 million registered users, MyHeritage has become the trusted home on the web for families wishing to explore their family history, share memories and stay connected. Combining the world’s largest international pool of family tree data with billions of historical records, MyHeritage helps break through brick walls in family history research. The site is available in 38 languages.
Approximately one million profiles are added every day to the MyHeritage network, and on average 600 thousand new registered users join every month. A sophisticated technology called Smart Matching™ fuels new family discoveries by matching profiles in different family trees, creating new family connections every day for users.

“Reaching one billion profiles is an important milestone in the prolific growth of MyHeritage, solidifying our position as the international go-to destination for families,” said Founder and CEO of MyHeritage, Gilad Japhet. “We constantly strive to develop cutting-edge technologies that create a network effect within this big data resource. As more content is uploaded to MyHeritage by our users around the world, they discover more family connections and relevant historical documents, adding color and depth to their family history. With a billion profiles and some exciting new innovations in store, we look forward to continuing our phenomenal growth in the coming years.”

Approximately half of the billion family tree profiles on MyHeritage are living people, enabling users to connect to relatives, collaborate on family history research and share memories. The other half billion profiles who are deceased help connect the living through shared ancestors. With a diverse user base, spanning every country and continent, MyHeritage represents a gateway to a massive variety of family histories from different cultures, religions and ethnic backgrounds.

The company’s expansion into historical content, following its acquisition of family history sites WorldVitalRecords and FamilyLink in November 2011 and its April 2012 announcement to provide the 1940 U.S. Census free of charge, has turned MyHeritage into a leading site for family history research, whilst continuing in parallel its focus on current-day family engagement. The MyHeritage mobile app, launched in December 2011, enables families to share special everyday moments and explore their family history all-on-the-go, and has amassed more than 750 thousand installations already.

Protecting the privacy of users and their family trees, information on living people is not disclosed and collaboration on family tree research is by invitation only.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the most popular family network on the web. On MyHeritage, millions of families around the world enjoy having a private and free place to explore their history and share special family memories. Pioneers in making family history a collaborative experience for all the family, MyHeritage empowers its users with a innovative social tools and a massive library of historical content. The site is available in 38 languages. The company is backed by Accel Partners and Index Ventures, the investors of Facebook and Skype. For more information visit

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  1. GoToWebinar with a video component? Pray tell, how does that work?

    1. It was very like sitting in the room with Gilad standing at the front, and spotlighting items on his PowerPoint screen. There was some delay or jumpiness on the video, but the audio was just fine.

    2. This was instead of just hearing his voice and viewing his PowerPoint like when you attend one of DearMYRTLE's Workshop Webinars.