Ancestry website acquistion helps grow family trees

MyHeritage.com grows to include 13 million family trees including 530 million genealogical profiles

Australians of European decent have had their chances of connecting with distant relatives boosted through the MyHeritage.com acquisition of 10 websites owned by Germany-based OSN Group.

MyHeritage.com has 47 million registered users worldwide, including 430,000 budding genealogists in Australia. The acquisition takes MyHeritage.com’s user-generated content to 13 million family trees including 530 million genealogical profiles.

Australian spokesperson for MyHeritage.com, Linde Wolters, said she is hoping new connections will be made from the millions of new users added to the ancestry website’s database from Germany, Poland and the UK.

“Australia, more so than the US, is such a melting pot of cultures and people with roots in Europe and the UK,” she said.

“People that are of European ancestry, particularly eastern European, will be able to go to the website, enter their data and see whether they match anyone, if they haven’t done so previously there’s a big chance that they will [find a match] now.”

The website is also involved with Facebook’s Doppleganger Week and handling millions of celebrity look-alikes.

Last year, the National Archives of Britain assisted Australians curious about their past, and posted millions of documents about the criminal trials of convicts on its website.

Included in the register were 1.4 million documents about 18th century criminal trials which took place in Wales and England, and 97,000 transportation documents relating to the criminals whose punishment was to be shipped off to Australia.

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