MyHeritage Updated their Theory of Family Relativity

MyHeritage added their Theory of Family Relativity to their service in February of 2019. Recently, the company announced that they have run updates and refreshed the data that their Theory of Family Relativity uses. This could mean that users who were not getting any updates from that feature may start getting them now.

What is the Theory of Family Relativity? MyHeritage explains it as a tool that leverages all the data available on MyHeritage, such as family trees and historical records, to provide users with plausible theories about how they may be related to a given DNA Match. MyHeritage periodically refreshes and updates the data.

MyHeritage states that their databases have grown considerably since the last update, including millions more family trees and over 2 billion additional historical records. That brings the total to over 12 billion records.

This will benefit users who have been stumped or stuck on certain DNA Matches. Every time the data for Theory of Family Relativity updates or is refreshed, there is a greater possibility for users to receive new insights about their ancestors and family relationships.

If MyHeritage finds new theories for you in this update, you will see a banner about the Theory of Family Relativity at the top of your DNA Matches page.

MyHeritage’s Theory of Family Relativity is a premium feature that requires a site subscription on MyHeritage (Premium, PremiumPlus, or Complete). Users without a subscription will still see all the theories that were found for them. However, when those users click on the theory to view the full details, some of the information will be hidden.

Users who upload their raw DNA data from another testing service to MyHeritage and don’t want to purchase a subscription plan can pay a one-time fee of $29 per kit to unlock all advanced DNA features from MyHeritage – including Theory of Family Relativity.

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