FamilySearch and MyHeritage reveal partnership plans

By Jon Bauckham, 17 October 2013 - 3:58pm

The genealogy organisations have confirmed that they will be working together to share historic documents and family tree data with researchers worldwide

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Two of the genealogy industry's major players have confirmed they will be working together to share historic documents and family trees with users worldwide.

FamilySearch, which is run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will contribute more than one billion records from its collections to MyHeritage, including census returns and civil registration documents from across the globe.

Although the records are already free to access on FamilySearch, the move means that MyHeritage subscribers can search and attach material to their trees without having to leave the platform.

In return, FamilySearch will make use of MyHeritage’s state-of-the-art ‘Record Matching’ and ‘SmartMatching’ technologies, enabling those who have uploaded their data to FamilySearch to receive notifications whenever a record or another user’s tree matches their own.

With access to these family tree profiles also granted to MyHeritage subscribers, it is hoped that the partnership – which is expected to last several years – will encourage researchers to collaborate.

“The exciting new partnership will give MyHeritage and FamilySearch’s users a greater opportunity to discover their family history,” says MyHeritage founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet.

“By utilising MyHeritage’s powerful technologies and FamilySearch’s exhaustive digitised historical records, millions of enthusiasts using MyHeritage and/or FamilySearch should find new information about their ancestors more effectively.”

In a statement released on Monday (14 October) FamilySearch CEO Dennis Brimhall added that the partnership would allow the organisation to “better serve the global family history community”.

The announcement comes just over a month after FamilySearch confirmed it would soon be working with another genealogy giant.

While FamilySearch will remain a not-for-profit organisation, Ancestry.com is set to supply around $60 million in funding to enable archive material in the United States to be indexed, digitised and published online for the very first time.
 

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► Read answers to frequently asked questions about the partnership on the FamilySearch blog

 

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