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Saturday, March 1, 2014

News from MyHeritage.com -- Public Records, Latin American Records and Adding Ancestors

Two new collections and new features highlight recent announcements from MyHeritage.com. The first of these additions is Latin American Records. Here is the description:
If you're looking to trace your Latin American roots – we've just added a huge collection of historical records dating back to the 16th century. Search more than 88 million historical records, including birth, death, marriage and baptism, as well as 54 million family tree profiles, in total covering about 300 million names throughout Latin America. And of course, these records are included in our Record Matching technology, so if there are matches between your family tree and any of these millions of records, we will notify you and enable you to check the matches.

Next, although I mentioned this before, the Post-1940 U.S. public records are now officially available. Here is a shore description of those records:
We've just made 815 million US public records available to search on MyHeritage, so you can discover a lot more about your recent past and connect to living relatives. With detailed information including dates of birth, street addresses, possible relatives, and more, this collection of public records covers hundreds of millions of people from the USA spanning the last five decades.
In addition, you can now add newly found ancestors directly for records into your family tree. Here is a summary of this new feature;
We've launched another exciting new feature that allows you to add new profiles to your family tree directly from a historical record. Previously, you could view a historical record and extract information from that record into multiple profiles in your family tree. Now you can go one step further, and add missing people to your tree from that very record! For example, if you find a census record for your great-grandmother and you discover she had a previously unknown sister, you can now add the sister to your tree directly from the record, and extract the information from the record at the same time.
I have already seen additions to my own family tree directly from documents, for example a new family member not previously in my current database.

All of these larger database programs have certainly become a fast moving target. Changes sometimes occur before I can even get the last batch digested and written about.

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