Sunday, August 2, 2020

The MyHeritage Search Engine for Historical Records Just Got Better

This was just received from MyHeritage

MyHeritage is pleased to announce that our search engine for historical records has been 

redesigned and improved. Searching our treasure trove of 12.5 billion historical records is now 

easier and more intuitive than ever before!

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We redesigned the search engine to improve the user experience. Our main goals in this initiative

 have been the following:

  • Provide faster performance to allow users to run more searches in less time
  • Allow users to edit the search while viewing the search results.
  • Run it again, to make it easier for them to locate the records they need
  • Display more results on each page
  • Simplify the experience by unifying simple search and advanced search into one 
             search form that is simple to use and powerful in capability.

Additionally, our search engine will automatically suggest typical filters in global searches, 

and more relevant filters that will enable you to narrow down your searches within the current 

category or collection you are searching in. We’ve also added icons under the record name to 

clearly distinguish between a historical record and a family tree record. 

More improvements are in store over the coming months, including applying the new design 

when browsing our collections from mobile devices and more as described in the blog post. 

Stay tuned! 


Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert


MyHeritage (USA) Inc.,
2975 Executive Parkway,
Lehi, Utah

Friday, July 31, 2020


This is the last day for our month-long July sale of the subscription Genealogy Guys Learn education site!

 We put Genealogy Guys Learn on sale for the month of July for $79 for an annual subscription (regularly $99)!

We have more than 50 written courses and videos online and new content is added every month!
See our blog post at for the full list of topics. More are coming all the time!

Take advantage of this great offer by going to
click on the red ENROLL button, 
and enter the code JULYSALE for the discount.

The sale tonight, July 31st, at midnight EDT so hurry to take advantage of te sale and expand your genealogical research to new levels!


Friday, July 10, 2020

MyHeritage Offers Free Access to All Birth Records, July 10-16

Received from MyHeritage

I’m happy to share with you that MyHeritage is providing free access to all birth records, from July 10–16, 2020! This vast treasure trove includes 104 collections from all over the world, comprising a total of 1,099,379,647 records.
This is a fabulous opportunity for anyone who wants to search for their ancestors’ birth records. Please share this news with your audience so they can take advantage of this special offer. 
Free Access to All Birth Records on MyHeritage
Here's the link to search the collections starting July 10.
We also ask that you remind your users about our huge sale on MyHeritage DNA kits — only $49 per kit, now through July 20. 
Be well and stay safe,
Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Genealogy Guys Learn July Sale!

 We're putting Genealogy Guys Learn on sale for the month of July for $79 for an annual subscription (regularly $99)!

We have more than 50 written courses and videos online and new content is added every month!
See our blog post at 

Take advantage of this great offer by going to
click on the red ENROLL button, 
and enter the code JULYSALE for the discount.

Genealogy Guys Learn: List of Full Content and Coming Soon

The Genealogy Guys Learn subscription website is created and presented by The Genealogy Guys, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, hosts of The Genealogy Guys Podcast, the world's longest-running genealogical podcast. We also publish The Genealogy Guys Blog to keep our listeners informed between podcast episodes.

We have just added a new item to Genealogy Guys Learn for the month of July 2020. The first new content for the month is a video, "25 Places Where Your Family's Facts May Hide", that we are sure you will enjoy and that will give you new research ideas. Another will be added later in the month so be sure to check back!

If you are considering subscribing, here is a list of the courses currently online at the site and planned for the near future. The Genealogy Guys Learn site contains two types of content: written lessons and videos, plus other resources. We add new learning content each month so there is always something new to help you expand your research.

Our written courses currently include:
  • Basic Genealogical Research (6 lessons)
  • Intermediate Genealogical Research (4 lessons)
  • Using the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) (5 lessons)
  • Using Libraries’ and Archives’ Catalogs Effectively (6 lessons)
  • Wills and Probate Packet (4 lessons)
  • U.S. Military Records (7 lessons covering records for different conflicts)
  • International Classification of Diseases (4 lessons)
  • Swedish Household Examination Books
  • Introduction to Anglican Parish Records in England (3 lessons)
  • Clues from the Graveyard (3 lessons)
  • Dower Law: A Case Study (5 lessons)
  • Five Reasons the Records Aren't in the Courthouse (7 lessons)
  • Develop Your Ancestor's Story
  • Seven Essential Research Strategies (7 lessons) (NEW for June 2020)

    Written courses coming soon:
    • Digitized Historic Maps
    • Information Literacy and Critical Thinking
    • Circular Genealogy
    • Developing Ancestor Stories with Diverse Evidence
    • Our Ancestors' Migration Patterns: The Push and Pull Effect

    Our current videos (and length) include:
    • Introduction to Genealogy (1:35:05)
    • Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis (1:17:04)
    • Organizing Your Research Process (27:35)
    • All About the U.S. Federal Census (1:27:41)
    • U.S. Agricultural Census Schedules (45:28)
    • Additional Records: Beyond the Basics (1:04:00)
    • Genealogy Orienteering (42:07) - Using Maps
    • Finding Archived Newspapers (39:29)
    • Dissect Obituaries for New Clues (1:30:04)
    • Clues in the News: Your Ancestors in Community Context (1:04:35)
    • Colonial & Early American Land Records (56:36)
    • Understanding Copyright and Plagiarism (24:25)
    • Laying Out Clues in Funeral Home Records (41:24)
    • Using (53:59)
    • Maximizing Your Use of (1:18:28)
    • Getting Past Brick Walls (59:31)
    • Locating & Ordering English & Welsh BMDs (1:00:10)
    • Bring 'Em Back to Life: Creating an Ancestor Profile (1:05:09)
    • Transitioning to a Professional Full-Time Career (33:13)
    • Tutorials for Vivid-Pix RESTORE for the PC (Vendor's Tutiorial Videos)
    • Planning a Successful Cemetery Research Trip (1:13:23)
    • Using Multiple Websites in Tandem to Solve Problems (1:00:57)
    • Before You Test: DNA Basics You Need to Know (43:13)
    • Using Multiple Websites in Tandem to Solve Problems (1:00:57)
    • Stereographs and Vintage Postcards (22:31)
    • The Genealogist as CSI (42.47)
    • U.S. Naturalization Process 1790-1954 (59:21)
    • 25 Places Where Your Family's Facts May Hide (44:03)
    Videos coming soon:
    • Interview Absolutely Everyone! (41.05)
    • Your Ancestor's FAN Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls (Length TBD)
    • Organizing Your Research Files (Length TBD)
    • Organizing Your Research Trip (Length TBD)
    • Crowdsourcing Brick Walls (Length TBD)

    We have other materials in the works that will be added later, However, we always add new content each month so that you have additional educational content to explore.

    Go to the Genealogy Guys Learn website to subscribe. You'll learn and expand your research each month!


    Monday, June 29, 2020

    ProQuest Extends Access to Ancestry Library Edition Through July

    ProQuest has announced that remote access to Ancestry Library Edition will continue through the end of July 2020. You must use your library card login to your public library to access the database.

    Monday, June 22, 2020

    MyHeritage Photo Enhancer Goes Viral: One Million Photos Already Enhanced!

    This was just received from Daniel Horowitz of

    I’m pleased to share that in just a week and a half since launch, the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer has gone viral, with over ONE MILLION ENHANCED PHOTOS!
    We’ve received amazing feedback from users who are excited, impressed, and even moved to tears as they see their family members in crystal-clear focus. One user commented that this feature “has enabled me to ‘know’ my grandparents in a way that I could not have otherwise.”
    Read our blog to see more reactions to the new Photo Enhancer, and to see the striking examples of enhanced photos that users have been sharing on social media.