Playing With New MyHeritage Tools

I wanted to spend a couple of minutes showing you a few new features that MyHeritage recently launched.

1. Relationship Report

The relationship report can be found under the Family Tree dropdown (see #1 above), but you’ll have to click more to find it. You’ll then be taken to another screen that looks like the image below. Here you have your name on the left, and you can choose the person you want to look at on the right. In this case, I select V Mabel Aindow.

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You are immediately shown how you connect. Below you’ll see it says that Mabel is my great grandmother’s sister and then lays out how that relationship comes about.

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2. Photos

MyHeritage has been amazing people with its photo enhancements for the past couple of years.

  • Photo Repair: fixes scratches and creases in photos
  • MyHeritage In Color: colorizes black and white photos and restores colors in faded color photos
  • Photo Enhancer: brings blurry faces into sharp focus

And who can forget  The Deep Nostalgia™, which truly made your photos come to life? You can see what it did to my grad photo here.

In January, MyHeritage released an improvement on their color restoration that restores the hues in faded color photos, so I thought I’d give it a try. I have a few images that I hadn’t colorized just because they didn’t seem natural when I did them before. So I went back to a photo of my grandparents, Harold and Gladys Thompson, and this is how it turned out.

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I like how it turned out, and the colors seem more natural.

3. DNA Labels

In December, MyHeritage launched DNA labels, and anything that can help you organize your DNA matches is always appreciated by me. There are 30 color dots that you can add to your DNA match to put them into groups.

You can use this feature by making each dot an ancestral couple so blue could be my paternal great-grandparents Jesse Oliver/Elizabeth Alice Clark. So then everyone I match to through them would get a blue dot.

Or, if you have a particular ethnic group that you want to track, you could mark all the Italian matches with a green dot. You can find those matches by going to filters on your DNA match list and then choosing the ethnicity that you are looking for.

The same approach could be used for a location. Again you’ll use filters and then choose the location of interest. So I could select Germany and then give all of those matches an orange dot. The theory would be that if these matches live in Germany, then they likely connect to me through my 2x great-grandparents, Heinrich Theodor Kottmann and Wilamenea Katarina Luxenburg.

One More Thing

That completes the new features that I wanted to share, but there is one other thing I’d like to tell you about. MyHeritage offers free education. MyHeritage launched Knowledge Base in January, which provides articles, webinars, and how-to videos, but now they’ve added a course, as you can see below. The course is Introduction to Genealogy, and it is 40 lessons for a total of 5 hours at a beginner level. So you can learn genealogy from the comfort of your home and at your own speed.

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I hope you find these new features useful. You can give MyHeritage Complete a try with a FREE 14 Day trial HERE or consider purchasing a MyHeritage DNA kit and have access to your matches and all the tool or alternatively uploading your raw DNA file from the site you tested at to MyHeritage, then for an additional $29 US you can see who you match. You can upload HERE.

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