When I was at Olympia I had a chat to Mario Ruckh from MyHeritage.com, one of the most popular family networks on the web. They had just announced that they has surpassed the 3 million registered user milestone in the United Kingdom, which is some figure! So with more than one in every twenty people in the UK now using MyHeritage.com, online family history would seem to be becoming a part of the fabric of internet life for the mainstream.
So what is it? Well they say it is a mix of social networking and genealogy, where MyHeritage.com provides a free and private place online for families to explore their history and keep in touch.
When the camera stopped rolling they gave me one of their press packs and from this I can report that there are currently over 3,176,905 registered users of MyHeritage.com out of a total UK population of approximately 62 million. More facts, for those that like them, are that the Global membership of MyHeritage.com has risen steadily since the website launched in November 2005, indicating a rising trend for researching roots, and collecting and sharing family memories online.
I always knew that this hobby was growing, but now I know that I’m not alone here!
When measured by the number of registered users for MyHeritage.com, there is more interest in family history in the UK than any other European country.
â€œOur phenomenal growth in the UK and around the world indicates that family history is transforming into a popular mainstream activityâ€, said Laurence Harris, UK Genealogy Manager at MyHeritage.com and a researcher for the BBCâ€™s WDYTYA (Who Do You Think You Are?) programme. â€œBy enabling people to explore and share their family histories on the web for free, MyHeritage.com is helping drive this trend. Weâ€™re delighted to provide the British people with the tools to discover their rich and diverse family historiesâ€.
With one of the longest and most celebrated histories, and as a nation rich in multiculturalism, the British Isles present fertile conditions for the genealogy market.
For people wishing to trace their past, MyHeritage.comâ€™s free Smart Matchingâ„¢ technology has already helped hundreds of thousands of people discover ancestors and locate long-lost relatives, reuniting families whose ties have been broken by time and fate. The technology matches between the people in a userâ€™s family tree and more than 700 million people in 17 million other family trees on MyHeritage.com.
With over 54 million users, huge global reach and support of 36 languages, MyHeritage.com helps users find and reunite with family members all around the world. Several dozen user stories can be found on the MyHeritage Blog, including some exciting stories from the UK. People wishing to begin tracing their roots can visit www.myheritage.com and start filling out their family tree today.
A completely free basic site comes with Smart Matchingâ„¢, Family Tree Charts, social networking features for family members and more. A premium subscription can help take family history research one step further with enhanced features for finding, documenting and sharing family history.
MyHeritage.com were exhibiting at the WDYTYA (Who Do You Think You Are?) show at Olympia, London, between the 25th-27th February at stand 505 in the National Hall and that was where I recorded this interview.