MyHeritage Posted A Wrap Up of 2022

MyHeritage says 2022 saw many ups and downs. For much of the world, it was a year of reopening and readjusting after two years of COVID turmoil, and a year of slow return to normality. Yet it was also marked by a major war, geopolitical upheavals, and economic challenges. 

Here is a recap of what MyHeritage was up to in 2022:

January: MyHeritage released a new List view for photos to enable convenient searching, editing, and sorting of family photos. List view conveniently displays the thumbnails of your photos along with the meta-data relating to each photo, including the title, the people tagged in the photo, and the date and place where the photo was taken.

February: MyHeritage’s Kyiv office in Ukraine celebrated its fifth anniversary. After Russia invaded Ukraine, MyHeritage helped many of their employees to relocate to safety with their families before the war broke out.  Also in February, MyHeritage geared up for RootsTech, added 275 million historical records from France, and released 28 collections of Jewish historical records in partnership with JewishGen.

March: MyHeritage attended RootsTech virtually, and announced the launch of their podcast Blast From My Past, which features some the most fascinating MyHeritage user stories. They also announced DeepStory, a groundbreaking new feature that makes your photos speak. MyHeritage also released the Census Helper in the run-up to the release of the 1950 U.S. Census.

April: MyHeritage was the first company to publish a complete image-only collection of the full 1950 Census records that could be browsed free of charge, just hours after they were released by NARA (National Archives and Records Administration). Following the release of the image-only collection, they began weekly releases of the fully-indexed U.S. census records (which was completed later in the year).

May: MyHeritage announced the addition of 1.3 billion in April and May alone! This includes a huge update to their Newspaper Name Index, as well as collections from the U.S., U.K, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and more. They also gave the Census Helper a major upgrade to include census records from other countries. 

June: MyHeritage held their Father’s Day lookalike competition and received amazing entries from users around the world who bear a striking resemblance to their fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers. MyHeritage also published much-anticipated update to the Theory of Family Relativity, adding 25.6 million new theories about how users are related to their DNA Matches.

July: MyHeritage introduced functionality for managing multiple sets of parents in the online family tree. MyHeritage users can specify up to three sets of parents for any individual in the online family tree: biological, adoptive, and foster. MyHeritage also partnered with the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People to publish an extensive collection of digitized Jewish emigrant applications from interwar Vienna.

August: MyHeritage introduced Photo Tagger, which enables you to tag multiple photos of an individual in one go and makes organizing your photos on MyHeritage easier than ever. The first release was for the MyHeritage mobile app on iOS and Android.

September: MyHeritage added a record-breaking 74 collections with 130 million records. MyHeritage also held Webtember, which included 31 live and pre-recorded webinars for free.

October: MyHeritage announced a major upgrade to their Family Statistic feature, which provides details like which couple was married the longest and which pair of siblings had the largest age gap. You’ll also discover who had the most children and who was married the most times.

November: MyHeritage completed the publication of the full 1950 U.S. Census. They also released the AI Time Machine, which allows you to picture yourself throughout history and create gorgeous AI avatars. 

December: MyHeritage announced their groundbreaking Global Name Translation technology to the DNA Match list. It automatically translates names in family trees and historical records from one language to another, enabling users to connect with relatives and locate historical records in different and sometimes unexpected languages.

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