MyHeritage annouced on November 4th the addition of a new feature to their MyHeritage Software. Seach Connect lets members that are searching for a family member to see who else is running the exact same search and be able to contact each other and work together. This could provide means to huge breakthoughs of brick walls in some families. Image trying to find information about a relative and being able to see that someone else is also researching that same person. Maybe the partial information you have is just what they are looking for and vise versa. Maybe you are searching for a relative in Germany and someone in Germany is looking for them also. With MyHeritage translations, you will be able to contact that person and communicate through translation.
I tried to use this new feature, but couldn’t get any matches to come up. The demo on MyHeritage did work so that I could show you a screen shot. I tried searching on family members and then decided that they probably weren’t anyone that someone had researched except me. So, I put in John Fitzgerald Kennedy, thinking that there would be several people that had searched him recently, but once again nothing came up. This is a new feature and we can keep an eye on it. Be sure to try it out and let us know how it works for you.
Here is an announcement written by the people at MyHeritage about the new search feature:
“MyHeritage Adds New Collaboration Technology to its Search Engine for Family History Breakthroughs
Search Connect™ converts users’ searches into results for other users, connecting people who are looking for the same ancestors and fostering collaboration
TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, November 4, 2015 – MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, unveiled today an innovation that fosters collaboration in family history research. Search Connect™ enables users to easily find others who are looking for the same ancestors or relatives, and get in touch with them.
Search Connect™ includes millions of searches made by MyHeritage members. Each search is indexed along with the full metadata (dates, places, relatives and more) included in the user’s query. When another user searches for similar information, previous searches are included within the results, along with the means to get in touch with the users who conducted them.
MyHeritage conceived the Search Connect™ innovation in April 2012 when it launched SuperSearch™ its search engine for historical records. SuperSearch™ has since grown at a phenomenal pace to include 6.2 billion historical records, and Search Connect™ has amassed more than 30 million entries from searches for rare names. The size of the collection will continue to increase as users conduct new searches. Users can easily opt out and turn off the feature if they do not want MyHeritage to record their searches.
Search Connect™ is complemented by MyHeritage’s new Global Name Translation™ technology, which allows users to find other people who searched for the same name in another language. For example, a user from the USA whose last name is Mogilevsky who queries Search Connect™ to find potential relatives, will successfully find people who searched for the same last name in English, Russian, Hebrew or other languages and see who they were searching for. This maximizes the chances of locating previously unknown family members anywhere in the world.
View an example of SearchConnect™ with translation.
“MyHeritage specializes in developing innovative technologies for family history discoveries”, said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “We are particularly excited about Search Connect™ because it enables users to benefit from the knowledge of others. When searching for an elusive ancestor who had left no trace behind, Search Connect™ reveals other people who are searching for the same person, which is the next best thing. We anticipate that many of our users will discover long-lost family members thanks to this unique addition.”
Viewing Search Connect™ results is free. A MyHeritage subscription is required to contact other users.
MyHeritage is the world’s fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and groundbreaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. www.myheritage.com”
To try out this new feature, go to myHeritage and go Research, then Super Search. You have nothing to lose to try this new feature and see if you can find other people to collaborate with on your search. Then come back and let us know how it worked for you.