• Celebrities and Fun: MyHeritage grabbed headlines in early 2006 with its facial recognition technology, which this section employs to find celebrities who look most like you. Other activities include figuring out which parent a child most resembles.
Another way to find matches to your ancestors in MyHeritage trees is in the Genealogy Center (under the Genealogy tab). Here you can search by any combination of first name (exact or Soundex), last name, sex, or birth or death year ranges. You can view results by individual or by site (a good way to find researchers with ancestors in common), and sort them by last name, birth or death date, gender or site. Click the View link to see details about each person in your results. You can try the Visit Site link, but you’ll hit a failed-login page if the submitter kept his site private.
Some searches take awhile as MyHeritage cranks through millions of records. You may not have time to explore all your results right away. Just click Save Current Search on the results page, and you can revisit your hits later under the My Searches tab.
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2004 Family Tree Builder 1.0 software released
2005 MyHeritage goes live; its celebrity look-alike search, based on photo-recognition technology, starts getting media attention worldwide
2006 MyHeritage receives investment from Accel Partners, the investors behind Facebook, and acquires Pearl Street Software, makers of GenCircles.com and Family Tree Legends
2008 MyHeritage raises $15 million in venture capital, acquires London-based family network Kindo.com
2009 MyHeritage reaches 400 million family tree profiles