MyHeritage Search Hints, Suggestions, and Review

Hints and Suggestions for Searching Family Trees at MyHeritage

Your best bet is to search using as much information as you have. If you get too few responses this way, first remove the mother's last name. Her name is the one most likely to be entered incorrectly in a family tree. If you still get too few responses, omit the spouse's name and use only the father's name with the ancestor's name.

Ways to Search MyHeritage Family Trees

  • The Best Way to Search MyHeritage Family Trees: Go to Your Active Family Tree Searches on this website for easier searching. At Your Active Family Tree Searches page, you need only to enter your ancestor data once to search all the websites. Your Active Family Tree Searches is a free service that creates the optimal searches for your ancestor data to help with researching your genealogy.
  • Manually search MyHeritage family trees yourself. This will open a new window so you can refer back to the search hints and suggestions above as well as the review below.

Review of MyHeritage Family Trees

Highlights: MyHeritage allows for searching of family trees from multiple collections. They also have their own family websites. The family websites are trees submitted to MyHeritage by users who have indicated that their trees can be viewed by all MyHeritage members. These family trees can, however, also be searched by non-members as well. Non-members, however, are provided with limited information. MyHeritage has originial documentation that can be viewed. The website, however, does not clearly link their documentaiton with specific facts about an ancestor. That makes it harder to evaluate the quality of the family trees. MyHeritage also has a smart matches feature where you receive emails with possible family tree and documentation matches. Finally, membership in MyHeritage also provides access to family trees in Geni. You need to perform your search in MyHeritage for that to work.

For more features, see the table below.

See the definition of terms for any questions on the meaning of the entries in the table below.

Features of MyHeritage Family Trees
  Feature Comment
x free family tree searches  
x paid family tree searches Paid searches show more detail.
* free viewing of pedigrees * Some collections of pedigrees can be viewed for free.
x paid viewing of pedigrees  
x free downloads of pedigrees GEDCOM downloads for only the family trees you create.
  paid downloads of pedigrees  
* any supporting documentation shown with the family tree * The connection between specific facts and supporting documentation is not clear.
  free viewing of supporting documentation  
* paid viewing of supporting documentation * The connection between specific facts and supporting documentation is not clear.
x contact information for family tree submitter With paid membership
x ability to share editing of your family tree with others  
x ability to see all the trees or names submitted by a researcher  
  ability to restrict searches to updates since a specific time  
x searches with name of spouse  
x searches with names of parents  
x searches with names of children  
x searches by place of birth  
x searches by place of marriage  
x searches by place of death  
x searches by country  
x searches by state, province, or political subdivision  
x searches by date of birth  
x searches by date of marriage  
x searches by date of death  
x ability to specify date ranges for searching  
x searches by exact spelling of names  
x searches by similar sounding spellings of names  
x uploading of your family tree  
x interactive editing of the online version of your family tree  
x ability to delete the online version of your family tree  
x ability to keep your family tree private, should you prefer that  
x automatic suggestions for matches in other family trees or documents based on your family tree  
x Your DNA results can be attached to your family tree

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