MyHeritage announced this week that they have reached a landmark agreement with FamilySearch. In the announcement they said, “MyHeritage, the popular online family history network, and FamilySearch.organnounced today the signing and commencement of a strategic partnership that forges a new path for the family history industry. Under this multi-year partnership, MyHeritage will provide FamilySearch with access to its powerful technologies and FamilySearch will share billions of global historical records and family tree profiles spanning hundreds of years with MyHeritage. This will help millions of MyHeritage and FamilySearch users discover even more about their family history.
FamilySearch will provide MyHeritage with more than 2 billion records from its global historic record collections and its online Family Tree. These records will be added to SuperSearch, MyHeritage’s search engine for historical records, and will be matched with family trees on MyHeritage using its matching technologies. MyHeritage users will gain access to an unprecedented boost of historical records and family tree profiles, which are key to researching and reconstructing their family histories. This reinforces MyHeritage’s position as an international market leader, with gigantic assets of family trees and records, which are the most globally diverse in the industry.
FamilySearch members will benefit from MyHeritage’s unique technologies which automate family history discoveries. Smart Matching™ automatically finds connections between user-contributed family trees and Record Matching automatically locates historical records relevant to any person in the family tree. By receiving accurate matches between FamilySearch’s Family Tree profiles and historical record collections, such as birth, death, census, and immigration documents, FamilySearch members will be able to more effectively grow their family trees in size and in depth and add conclusions supported by historical records.
‘For more than a hundred years, FamilySearch has been dedicated to working with the world’s archives to preserve their records for future generations’ said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. ‘Their massive undertaking has made family history more accessible to everyone. This partnership highlights MyHeritage’s technology leadership and our firm commitment to adding historical records on a massive global scale, accelerating our vision of helping families everywhere explore and share their legacy online. We look forward to a fruitful future working hand in hand with our friends at FamilySearch.’
‘FamilySearch values collaborative partnerships that enable more people, in more places, to discover their family history’ said Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch. This is a historic agreement. For the first time FamilySearch users will have access to technology on the FamilySearch website that was not built by FamilySearch.
As the commercial genealogical world has continued to mature FamilySearch has seen many opportunities to leverage the investment being made by others. FamilySearch is funded completely by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and does not charge for its services. The organization with which FamilySearch partners charge for their services. The combination of these organizations creates a better ability for FamilySearch to add more names to their family tree and add better technology to their website without increasing the expense. This allows FamilySearch to use funds in other areas, such as increasing the number of records published for individuals to find their ancestors.
This agreement is the second of its kind announced in the last few months. The first was with Ancestry.com. This will hopefully be the beginning of many more relationships of this type to help more individuals have access to more records, bring more names into the FamilySearch tree, and enhance the experience on FamilySearch.org.