|Basic|| family tree with up to 250
names and 500MB storage for photos and videos, basic Smart Matching
|Premium||family tree with up to 2,500 names and 1,000MB of storage, enhanced Smart Matching||$75 per year|
|Premium Plus||family tree unlimited size, enhanced Smart Matching||$119.40 per year|
|Data||access to all MyHeritage premium records, view Record Matches in your tree||$119.40 per year|
MyHeritage boasts 5 billion historical records, 27 million family trees and 200 million photos. Based in Israel, it has members all over the world, a multilingual website and genealogy software available in 40 languages. Put your family tree on the site and it automatically matches the names in your tree with billions of names in its huge collection of family trees and records.
Employ these search strategies to find your ancestors among the records on MyHeritage:
- First name (choose any or all): spelling variants, matching initials, and names starting with the same letter(s) as what you typed.
- Last name (choose any or all): several types of Soundex systems (including Daitch-Mokotoff, designed to work with Eastern European names); Megadex, the site’s proprietary system for finding surname variants; and names starting with the same letters as what you typed.
- Date: match flexibly (results containing closer dates rank higher in your search results) or exactly match what you typed, with an optional range of plus or minus one, two, five, 10 or 20 years
- Place: match the place you type exactly or match it optionally (results containing closer places rank higher in your search results)
Control your matches. Smart Matching and Record Matching work wonders, but they can be too much of a good thing. A large tree might get thousands of matches—probably more than you have time to review. Unfortunately, there’s no way to limit Smart Matches or Record Matches to one branch or generation of your tree. But you can avoid information overload by creating a new family tree with only the people you want to focus on. Then disable Smart Matching for your master tree like this: Log in to your family site, hover over your name and select My Privacy. Under the name of the family site, click on Content. Uncheck Enable Smart Matching for MyHeritage and MyHeritage websites and partners. To disable Record Matching, open Family Tree Builder, click on Tools in the menu bar and select Options. In the General section, change Automatic Record Matching to No. Matching settings apply to only one tree. If you have more than one tree, you need to manage the settings for each one separately.
Search automatically with software. MyHeritage’s Family Tree Builder software uses Smart Matching and Record Matching to help you search MyHeritage. Now the latest versions of RootsMagic and Family Historian software do the same.
Use your DNA. MyHeritage recently announced a collaboration with genetic genealogy company 23andme that will help you find family tree connections with someone whose DNA matches yours. The first phase of this integration should be completed in early 2015.