Press Release from MyHeritage

MYHERITAGE MAKES FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH EASIER WITH LAUNCH OF FAMILY TREE BUILDER 3

New software makes it easier to automatically find long lost relatives, publish content to MyHeritage.com, and print your family tree on one page

Tel Aviv, Israel – January 2, 2009 – MyHeritage, one of the world’s most popular family Web sites, today announced the launch of Family Tree Builder 3, a powerful software program that MyHeritage members can download and use to build family trees, research family history and add content like photos and videos.

Family Tree Builder 3 includes new functionality to make it an even more powerful tool for researching family history:

* Smart Match Merge: MyHeritage’s Smart Matching™ technology constantly compares new family trees to the database of more than 300 million profiles on MyHeritage.com, to find matches and discover long lost family connections. Now, members can work together to easily merge the information in their overlapping trees
* Smart Research: Automatically plugs the names from any member’s family tree into MyHeritage’s powerful search engine, researches these names in more than 100 of the most important databases on the Internet and provides results, saving months of manual research
* All-in-One Chart: With intelligent organization, members can quickly and easily print family trees on one easy-to-read page or poster – even huge trees with many branches and people
* Online Publishing: Members can publish their family tree plus any related media – photos, videos, audio files and documents from Family Tree Builder to the MyHeritage.com family Web site, for sharing with family members.

“Since its introduction in 2005, Family Tree Builder has become one of the most successful family history tools in the world. More than one million people are now using it in 34 languages to build their family trees and share the experience with their family members all over the world. The launch of Family Tree Builder 3 puts even more powerful technology into the hands of our users, while keeping it simple and fun to use,” said Gilad Japhet, founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “Family Tree Builder 3 also makes it possible to upload videos and documents to family websites on MyHeritage.com, giving people new ways to preserve their heritage and stay connected with relatives worldwide.”

Using the MyHeritage Family Tree Builder will continue to be free and members can add an unlimited amount of profiles to family trees using the software. For access to the new functionality and to publish content on MyHeritage.com, the following price plans apply:

Plan: Basic
Price: FREE
Online trees: Up to 500 people
Online storage: Up to 100 MB
Additional features:

Plan: Premium
Price: Holiday offer available until 15 January, 2009: $1.95/month (€1.70, £1.50)
Normal price: $3.95/month (€3.45, £2.95)
Online trees: Up to 2500 people
Online storage: Up to 500 MB
Additional features:
* Smart Match Merge
* Smart Research
* All in One Chart
* Publishing Videos and Documents
* Priority support

Plan: PremiumPlus
Price: $9.95/month (€8.95, £7.95)
Online trees: Unlimited
Online storage: Unlimited
Additional features:
* Smart Match Merge
* Smart Research
* All in One Chart
* Publishing Videos and Documents
* Priority support

MyHeritage.com is a leading online destination for families. On the site, people can find relatives, research family history, and stay connected to family members across the globe. In addition, MyHeritage offers automatic photo tagging technology that makes it easier to label, organize and search for digital photos, giving families another fun way to stay in touch.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage was founded by a team of people who combine a passion for family history with the development of innovative technology. It is now one of the world’s leading online networks for families, and the second largest family history website. MyHeritage is available in 34 languages and home to more than 28 million family members and 300 million profiles. The company recently acquired Kindo, a family social network, and is based in Bnei Atarot, near Tel Aviv, Israel. For more information, visit www.myheritage.com.

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dynastree offers Family Tree Posters on the US market from $ 25.00

New York – December 22nd, 2008. Family network www.dynastree.com now offers the popular family tree posters in the US as well. The high-quality poster printouts can be ordered from $ 25.00, free shipping.

dynastree (formerly: itsourtree.com) have added the United States to their list of countries where family tree poster printouts can be ordered. The completely customizable family tree posters can be delivered to all 50 states of the US, including Hawaii and Alaska. All posters are printed on premium professional paper (230g/m²) and will be delivered without any shipping costs as a launch offer.

Several formats are available to serve all hobby-genealogists’ needs depending on the different family tree sizes. For all those who are still looking for a Christmas present but are a too late for delivery on time for Christmas, dynastree offers family tree poster vouchers that can be printed directly on the printer at home.

Family tree posters can be configured quickly and easily in a three-step process. To customize the poster, several background wallpapers, profile nodes and colours are available and make the personal family tree a unique gift. dynastree is the first company worldwide to offer top-quality family tree posters at this price.

About dynastree
Apart from the English site, the services are available in Germany (www.moikrewni.pl), Spain and South America (www.meusparentes.com.pt), Brazil (www.verwant.nl), Italy (www.familleunie.fr). The platform will continue expanding to other European countries as well as worldwide. dynastree is supported by leading Business Angels, Hasso Plattner Ventures and Neuhaus Partners, a well-known venture capitalist.

FamilySearch Record Search Update: 15 Million New Records Added

FamilySearch added over 15 million new indexed records to its Record Search pilot—all from the 1850 and 1870 U.S. Censuses. The records are linked to the digital images of the originals. The new records can be searched for free at FamilySearch.org (Click Search Records, then Record Search pilot).

Collection Name: 1870 United States Census
Indexed Records: 12,137,756
Comments: Added 7 new indexed states (KY, MN, MO, NY, TN, VA, and WV)

Collection Name: 1850 United States Census (Population)
Indexed Records: 2,027,454
Comments: Added 3 new indexed states (AL, IN, and MO)

Collection Name: 1850 United States Census (Slavery)
Indexed Records: 869,076
Comments: Added 3 new indexed states (AL, MO, and SC)

Collection Name: 1850 United States Census (Mortality)
Indexed Records: 37,990
Comments: Added 3 new indexed states (AL, IN, and LA)

Family Tree Posters from GBP 19.00 at dynastree

London, December 12, 2008 – Family network dynastree (www.dynastree.com) offers the family tree as high-quality poster printout in the UK. Users can order their family tree from 19.00 Great Britain pounds, free shipping. The family tree poster is the perfect Christmas present: a premium quality gift for the family, customized with love.

Dynastree (formerly: itsourtree.com) is the first company in the world to offer top-class family tree prints at this price. “We could make this possible because we automatised the entire process,“ explains founder and managing director Sven Schmidt.

Seven different formats are available, ranging from A2 printouts to 177.17 x 59.06 inch XXL supersize posters for professional genealogists. All posters are printed on premium professional paper (230g/m²) and will be delivered without any shipping costs as a launch offer. It is the perfect opportunity to order the first Christmas present comfortably from home and to have it delivered within 4-5 work days.

In the past, family trees had to be hand-crafted and took a lot of efforts. Now, this can be done at dynastree on your PC with only a few clicks. Creating the family tree as well as all website features are completely free of any charge. This includes the family tree printout at home on an A4 printer.

Ordering a poster is a simple three-step process that allows customizing the printout completely. Several background wallpapers, profile nodes and colours make the personal family tree a unique product. Different tree views such as genealogical table or ancestor circle round off the offer.

About dynastree
Apart from the English site, the services are available in Germany (www.verwandt.de), in Poland (www.moikrewni.pl), Spain and South America (www.miparentela.com), Portugal (www.meusparentes.com.pt), Brazil (www.meusparentes.com.br), the Netherlands (www.verwant.nl), Italy (www.parentistretti.it) and France (www.familleunie.fr). The platform will continue expanding to other European countries as well as worldwide. dynastree is supported by leading Business Angels, Hasso Plattner Ventures and Neuhaus Partners, a well-known venture capitalist.

FamilySearch News: 25,000 Historical Titles Now Free Online

FamilySearch Digital Preservation Initiative Hits a Milestone

Salt Lake City, Utah—FamilySearch International reached a milestone today with the digitization of its 25,000th publication online. It began the initiative in 2007 and is ramping up to do even more—and faster. The effort targets published family, society, county, and town histories, as well as numerous other historical publications that are digitally preserved and made accessible for free online. The digital publications can be searched at www.FamilySearch.org (Go to FamilySearch.org, then click Search Records, then click Historical Books).

The 25,000th digitized publication was A History of Lewis County, in the State of New York, from the Beginning of Its Settlement to the Present Time by Franklin B. Hough. The book was published in 1860. The lengths of titles digitized to date vary in length, but the average is about 350 pages. There are even publications in Spanish, German, French, and Russian.

FamilySearch has nearly a million publications in its famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and there are millions of similar publications elsewhere in the United States. “The problem with the collection [of out-of-print titles] is limited access,” said Ransom Love, FamilySearch senior vice president of Strategic Relations. “To view the publications, patrons have to travel to Salt Lake City or one of FamilySearch’s affiliate libraries. If you are lucky, you might be able to order a microfilm copy, but then you have to wait for it to arrive at your local family history center. And there’s the inconvenience of having to read it on a film reader,” added Love.

FamilySearch aims to change all of that. Working with volunteers and select affiliate libraries, it plans to create the largest digital collection of published histories on the Web. It is targeting a wide range of historical publications—for example, users might be pleasantly surprised to find digital copies of Hawaii Sugar Planters Association Filipino Laborer files (1909-1949), medieval family history resource titles, and oral history abstracts (mostly from Hawaii), and numerous gazetteers.

“These are publications that were usually limited in the number originally printed and therefore only accessible in a few libraries or special collections worldwide. Yet there can be some great information of genealogical significance in the publications that only a few people would have access to prior to now,” said Love.

Through its Records Access Program, FamilySearch is digitally preserving a copy of the publications and making them available online for the masses. Once digitized, the collections have “every word” search capability, which allows users to search by name, location, date, or other fields across the collection. The search results are then linked to high quality digital images of the original publication.

FamilySearch is not stopping with its own collection either. Over the past year, it announced that it is also helping to digitize and publish collections from the Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University—Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library, Allen County Public Library (ACPL) in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Houston Public Library, in Houston, Texas, and Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri. When all is said and done, there will be over a million publications in the digital collection online. It will be the largest free resource of its kind.

Geotagging with Blogger in Draft

A post about geotagging enabling was published on Wednesday on the Blogger in Draft blog. I can see this feature being very useful for genea-blogging. For instance, when Apple is transcribing her letters of Sarah Ann Camfield or Granny Pam is featuring the latest postcard from Belle’s Box, they can use the geotagging feature to tag all the locations mentioned in the correspondence. Readers can then find other posts written about the same location.

I’m looking forward to using this feature.

UPDATE 14 Dec 2008: Apple did a great review on this feature. Keep in mind that this is in Beta, which means they are still working out all the kinks and issues and it is a long ways from being perfected. If you use it and have difficulties, be sure to let the Blogger in Draft team know about the problems (nicely, of course). It’s collaborative input like this that improves these types of technology.

FamilySearch Record Search Update: 4 Million New Census, Church, Marriage, and Tax Records Added

The following records were added to the FamilySearch Record Search pilot. They can be searched for free at FamilySearch.org.

Collection Name: 1870 US Census
Indexed Records: 3,562,549
Digital Images: Linked
Comments: Four new indexed states added (GA, KS, NC, and TX)

Collection Name: Illinois Cook County Marriages
Indexed Records: 574,318
Digital Images: 573,748
Comments: Currently includes years from 1900 to 1920.

Collection Name: Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records 1796 to 2004
Indexed Records: —
Digital Images: 101,982
Comments: Searchable digital images only.

Collection Name: Ohio Tax Records 1816 to 1838
Indexed Records: 200,648
Digital Images: 7,323
Comments: Includes records from Columbiana, Guernsey, Harrison, and Jefferson Counties