Monday, September 13, 2021

Search Important New Record Collections on MyHeritage

 I received this from Daniel Horowitz at MyHeritage today:


I’m excited to tell you about two significant new collections we have just added to MyHeritage: the Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada, and Scotland Census, 1841–1901. The addition of these collections means there are now 15.1 billion historical records on MyHeritage!

The Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada constitutes an easy-to-search index of 982 million names mentioned in our existing U.S. and Canadian newspaper collections
. To create this index, we applied a smart machine learning algorithm to extract essential details from the free text of the newspapers — not just the first and last names of individuals mentioned, but also related details that may appear in the text, such as the name of a spouse or a place of residence. This makes searching the collections much easier and more efficient, and significantly broadens their potential to lead to important discoveries about your ancestors. This index is the fruit of only half of our newspapers, and the other half of the name index is currently being generated and will be published soon, so that nearly one billion additional records will soon be added.

The Scotland Census, 1841–1901 collection contains 7 censuses from the second half of the 19th century in Scotland, with a total of 24 million records. This is an important collection offering details about Scottish ancestors that often can’t be found in other vital record collections, such as information about occupation and residential addresses.

I am confident that the addition of these records will lead to important discoveries for many genealogists across the world, and I invite you to spread the word about them to your followers!

Click here to read our blog post about the Newspaper Name Index, and here to read our post about the Scottish census collection. 


Disclosure: I receive a complimentary subscription to MyHeritage, and gave received other material consideration in past years. I uploaded my autosomal DNA raw data to their DNA product. This does not affect my objective analysis of MyHeritage products.

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