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MyHeritage Review

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PROS / Our test GEDCOM files imported into MyHeritage with 100 percent accuracy.

CONS / This program isn’t FamilySearch certified, and it doesn’t connect directly with Ancestry.com.

 VERDICT / MyHeritage is a strong genealogy program that includes access to the company’s extensive family history database to help you create an accurate account of your ancestors.

MyHeritage is family tree software that includes access to the MyHeritage genealogy database with your paid subscription. We found the application to be very easy to use, with an interface that is cleanly designed and appealing. The subscription we used for our testing included an online program that made it easy to search for ancestors. We also downloaded the desktop program, which syncs with the online portfolio. Any changes we made to either program were automatically updated in the other application.

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As part of our testing of the best genealogy software, we created several GEDCOM files and imported them into each of the programs. We found that every bit of information accurately imported into MyHeritage, and data fields auto populated correctly; we didn’t need to reconnect family members, adjust dates or correct spelling errors.

You can connect to FamilySearch using the in-app browser, but you can’t connect to Ancestry.com. Also, you are unable to import search data from FamilySearch. This is because MyHeritage isn’t FamilySearch Certified, a designation that indicates this feature is available.

MyHeritage connects to its own genealogy database, SuperSearch, which quickly finds information from a variety of sources, including census record, death certificate and other archives. In our testing, the list of legitimate sources was impressive, and it helped us verify each family member’s information. The information imports into your family tree, so you don’t have to manually enter it on your own. As we entered information into our family tree, MyHeritage notified us when a date was possibly entered incorrectly or if there were duplicate entries.

You can include multiple marriages and same-sex marriages, as well as designate when a child was adopted or fostered by his or her parents. Another fun feature is the family map – MyHeritage places a virtual pin to show where important events occurred for all family members and single individuals.

MyHeritage has several charts you can print and share with family members, and they have custom backgrounds so you can create unique heirloom gifts. These charts, including pedigree and descendant charts, can be uploaded to your family webpage for easy sharing. In addition, other family members can access the online version of the ancestry software to make changes. The software lets you place limits on others editing data, so any changes must first be approved by you before being made permanent. You can also choose to have the changes appear only on the online version and not on your desktop software.

Help for this software is a little scarce. MyHeritage lists email addresses on its website in case you need to connect with a representative. There are also several online resources, mainly in the form of articles, that you can browse through for possible answers. We found the FAQs section particularly helpful. There aren’t any printed resources or video tutorials. However, MyHeritage is so simple to use, we didn’t have many questions.

Summary

MyHeritage family tree software makes it easy to create pedigree and family charts to keep important information safe. It has both a desktop and online version that sync together, so changes in one platform automatically update in the other. While it doesn’t connect directly with Ancestry.com and has a limited connection to FamilySearch, you can access its own extensive genealogy database, SuperSearch, with your paid subscription.

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