2021: MyHeritage Year in Review

2021 was an exciting and challenging year. This year we saw private citizens jet off to space, COVID vaccines administered worldwide, major events slated for 2020 that took place a year late, and global supply chain issues that disrupted our lives. Through it all, these past two years have taught us that flexibility and resilience are key.

Here at MyHeritage, we’ve been riding the rollercoaster with you and continuing to do what we do best: innovate to improve your experience on MyHeritage for easier and more successful family history discovery.

我们发布了几个新的照片功能,巩固了我们作为上传和分享家庭照片首选目的地的地位。世界杯东道主2022Our groundbreakingDeep Nostalgia™在静态照片中添加人脸动画的功能迅速走红,在发布后的短短几天内就产生了数百万个动画。多亏了《Deep Nostalgia™》,MyHeritage手机应用登上了app Store的榜首,成为22个国家最受欢迎的免费应用!卡塔尔世界杯半决赛亚盘我们还添加了多个工具,使DNA匹配更有用,更容易使用。

18 years after our founding,MyHeritage was acquired by Francisco Partners, a leading global investment firm. Francisco Partners are perfectly aligned with our mission and together we are working as hard as ever to improve the future of family history.

MyHeritage致力于为进一步的家族史研究增加世界各地的历史记录2022年世界杯预赛赛程。世界杯东道主2022In August,we acquired Filae, a leading genealogy service in France. MyHeritage users have already enjoyed access to nearly one billion exclusive French historical records that have been added to MyHeritage as a result of this acquisition.

In 2021, our free, online, live genealogy webinar offerings continued full throttle, including weekly Ask the Expert sessions and hundreds ofFacebook Lives在多种语言。自2020年以来,我们庆祝了150次仅用英语进行Facebook直播的里程碑式活动!

Here is a full recap of 2021 at MyHeritage:


自推出以来,基因组一直是我们DNA测试中最重要的新增功能之一。In January, only weeks after the first release of the Genetic Groups feature, weannounced significant improvements to Genetic Groups: the addition of a Timeline Widget that allows you to follow the migration pattern of a Genetic Group over time, and a more detailed Top Places section, where you can see where members of a Genetic Group have lived during a given time period.

Timeline animation for the Genetic Group “Mormons in USA (Utah and Idaho) and in Canada”

Timeline animation for the Genetic Group “Mormons in USA (Utah and Idaho) and in Canada”

Our first photo tool released in 2021 wasColor Restoration, which beautifully restores the colors in faded color photos. It’s ideal for restoring scanned photos from the 1950s to the 1990s that were originally taken in color, but have faded over the years. Since its release, 16.4 million photos have had their colors restored on MyHeritage!

ThePhoto Storyteller™是另一个打击。这个只允许手机使用的功能允许你记录你最喜欢的家庭照片背后的故事,并使用MyHeritage手机应用程序将音频叙述附加到照片上。自发布以来,已经记录了69.2万世界杯东道主2022个故事。


In February, our DNA users rejoiced when we announced a newupdate to the Theory of Family Relativity™. This game-changing feature provides you with leads that may explain the relationship between you and your DNA Matches, based on data from our entire collection of family trees and historical records.

Ahead of President’s Day in the U.S., MyHeritage releasedan innovative ad that lets you see Abraham Lincoln like never before, as he explores his family history on MyHeritage. This was a harbinger of MyHeritage’s innovations based on artificial intelligence that would soon usher in a whole new perspective on family history, bringing it to life.

Also in February, we announced some good news for Mac users of Family Tree Builder with the release of anew version of our beloved Family Tree Builder software for macOS Big Sur.

As part of the trend of improving DNA Matching features on MyHeritage, we released a couple ofnew additions to Shared DNA Matches on MyHeritagemaking it easier to access essential information about shared matches. These include indications of whether Shared DNA Matches appear in a family tree on MyHeritage, and whether notes have been added to a shared match — both additions requested by our users.

In late February, we announced the winners of our #LoveInFullColor Valentine’s Day competition. We asked our users to share enhanced, colorized, and/or color-restored wedding photos, and we were blown away by all the entries — suchstunning photos and fascinating stories from all over the world!

All of this was just a warm-up for what was to come at the end of February, when the release ofDeep Nostalgia™took the world by storm. We saw record-breaking traffic to our website as millions of people rushed to animate their historical photos and bring the past to life. The remarkable technology for animating photos was licensed by MyHeritage from D-ID, a company specializing in video reenactment using deep learning.

The groundbreaking photo feature that allows you to animate the faces of your loved ones in still photosimmediately went viral.



Deep Nostalgia™continued building viral momentum. As more and more examples of its use were shared from all over the world, we hit the new milestones of26 million, and then50 millionanimations created.

This video describes the global phenomenon that Deep Nostalgia™ has become:

At the end of March, we announced another addition to DNA Matches on MyHeritage:the ability to compare your Genetic Groups to those of DNA Matcheson the Review DNA Match page.


In April we hosted thesecond annual 24-hour genealogy webinar marathonon Legacy Family Tree Webinars. The event was a roaring success. You can watchthe recordingsanytime with a webinar membership to FamilyTreeWebinars.com, along with all of the year’s classes and many, many other excellent webinars.

Weintroduced 10 additional animations for Deep Nostalgia™, allowing users to animate photos with a wider spectrum of gestures and emotions, such as smile wholeheartedly, blow a kiss, nod approval, and more.

Weannounced that Francisco Partners, a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology businesses, had acquired MyHeritage. We are thrilled at the opportunity to accelerate our vision for growth at MyHeritage, enabling us to continue along our path and do what we do best — putting our users first and giving them life-enriching, and sometimes life-changing, experiences.

Another website improvement helped make thenavigation bar在MyHeritage上更直观和更容易使用。


For Victory in Europe Day, the MyHeritage Research team found somewonderful V-E Day photos from MyHeritage usersand reached out to them to discover those stories. We also colorized and enhanced them using the MyHeritage photo tools.

As the much anticipated Friends TV show reunion episode premiered, after more than 17 years since the last episode aired, the MyHeritage research team delved deep into the cast’s family trees and uncovered thatCourteney Cox (Monica) and Matthew Perry (Chandler) are actually 11th cousins! The revelation caused quite a stir in the global media.


In June, we added another photo feature to our photo toolbox andintroduced Photo Repair, which allows users to automatically fix scratched and damaged photos on MyHeritage.

Photo Repair automagically fixes scratches, tears, holes, stains, and other damage on historical photos. This marked yet another successful collaboration with DeOldify. Since its release, 1.75 million photos have been repaired on MyHeritage.


In honor of the 4th of July, the MyHeritage Research team found someintriguing historical photos taken as long as 150 years ago. We colorized and enhanced them to produce stunning, full-color, crystal-clear versions, and then set out to learn the stories behind the photos.

We alsouncovered the inspiring story of “The Star-Spangled Banner,”and found living descendants of both the man who wrote the U.S. national anthem and the woman who made the flag it celebrates.

The major feature update we introduced in July was the ability toconfirm or reject a Theory of Family Relativity™在MyHeritage上,允许用户系统地回顾理论,并标记那些不再相关的理论,使新的理论更引人注目。这一功能被我们的DNA用户广泛要求,并得到了很好的反响。


In August, we announced the exciting news thatMyHeritage had signed agreements to acquire Filae, a leading genealogy service in France. The acquisition reinforced MyHeritage’s position as the leading family history service for people with European roots.

Weimproved the most popular view for family trees on MyHeritagewith a new design, making it easier than ever to navigate your family tree and make new discoveries. Along with this update, we introduced anew relationship diagramthat makes it easier than ever to trace the paths between yourself and your relatives.

We addeda new colorization model for MyHeritage In Color™这将着色工具的结果带到一个全新的水平。这个新模型在使用MyHeritage照片增强器增强过的照片上效果特别好。


In September, we introducedseveral updatesto the new, improved family tree view in response to feedback from our users.

We also hostedWebtember“遗产家谱网络研讨会世界杯东道主2022”,在9月的每个周五提供免费的家谱和DNA网络研讨会,共有30场现场和预先录制的网络研讨会。


In October, we launched thenew and improved Legacy Family Tree Webinars website. It is now faster, easier to navigate, and more mobile-friendly, and contains several new pages and features. Legacy Family Tree Webinars is a world pioneer in online genealogy education, and one of MyHeritage’s treasured acquisitions. Hosted by Geoff Rasmussen, the site has featured more than 1,600 live and recorded webinars so far, taught by top experts in family history research and enjoyed by genealogists of all skill levels all across the globe.

We also rananother update to the data for the Theory of Family Relativity™, which resulted in the addition of 19 million new theories.


In November we announced an excitingpartnership with Expediato help users plan the ultimate heritage trip and follow in their ancestors’ footsteps. We created theHeritage Travel Hub该网站根据MyHeritage家族历史发现绘制旅行路线。世界杯东道主2022

Also in November, we released the first phase oflabels for DNA Matches,提供了一种方便的方式来组织MyHeritage上的DNA匹配。你现在可以根据你选择的标准将你的DNA标记为30种不同的颜色。每种颜色都可以被分配来代表不同的兴趣群体,帮助您更有效地审查他们,并在您的家族史研究中取得更好的进展。世界杯东道主2022


Only weeks after the first release of Labels for DNA Matches on MyHeritage,phase two was completeand DNA Match labels were added in 3 places: the top of the Review Match page, Shared DNA Matches, and DNA match exports.

MyHeritage reached another extraordinary milestone to end off the year,surpassing one million annual subscribers! To celebrate the occasion, we decided to pay a surprise visit to our one-millionth subscriber at her home in Belgium and talk with her about her MyHeritage experience. We celebrated with a marching band, balloons, and cake. Watch the video of the surprise visit!

Just one day before the end of the year, MyHeritage’s founder and CEO Gilad Japhet was honored with an invitation to the Israeli President’s home in Jerusalem, where President Isaac Herzog held the second annual presidential Bible meetup. This year’s meetup agenda was dedicated to presentations by Gilad and his mother, Prof. Sara Japhet, 87, who is an Israel Prize laureate in Biblical Studies. The Japhets were introduced by the President to the audience and their respective presentations drew a connection between the importance of family trees in biblical times to their continued importance in modern times. Gilad wowed the audience with demonstrations of the latest technological tools offered by MyHeritage to make family history research fun and exciting today. This inspired the President’s guests to make a New Year’s resolution to explore their family history in 2022.

Fantastic stories from our users


Some described their use of the MyHeritage Photo Tools, such asChristina McKillipfrom the U.S., whose father became emotional when he saw a photo of his grandmother animated;Doris McQueen, who produced a whole photo album for her husband’s 91-year-old aunt after colorizing and enhancing her family photos; orEliška Potužníková, who identified relatives in a faded photo thanks to MyHeritage’s photo tools.

MyHeritage DNA helpedGinaMcClellandfind and reconnect with her siblings who live halfway across the world, andStephanie Gutsysuncover her mystery biological grandfather.Diane Warddiscovered the identity of her birth mother, but also a living half-sister living in the United States, thanks to a DNA test that she gave herself a few years ago on Christmas.Debra Biagini’s DNA results led her to meet her biological father and form a strong bond with him in his 90’s.Erna Rusinever gave up hope, and a 3% DNA match led her to find her father.

Linda Schmidtreceived a Record Match on MyHeritage that led her to a stunningly detailed account of her grandfather’s experiences serving in the U.S. Army during World War I, and it was a Search Connect™ result that led userErick Löfdahlto uncover his ancestor’s WWII achievements allowing him to visit the hero’s grave in Belgium for the first time.

There were many stories that really captured our hearts, and made us break out the tissues. Here were a few of them:

Karolina Jurzky’s grandfather had told her that her great-grandfather rescued a pair of sisters from the Nazis, and using MyHeritage, she was able to locate and connect with their descendants. This story was recently featured onCNNand captured international attention, and we could not be more grateful and proud to have been part of it.Kara Miller, who was placed for a closed adoption when she was two days old, received a MyHeritage DNA match that led her to connect with both of her birth parents. Months later, both her birth dad and her adoptive dad were able to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day.Clare Reay’s mother believed she was orphaned in a concentration camp and never knew her biological family. When Clare took a MyHeritage DNA test, she found her mother’s sisters who had been searching for her for more than 50 years! They recently reunited in person, as covered in thisWashington Post article.


Here is just a small taste of some of the outstanding collections that were added during 2021:

Pernambuco, Brazil Births and Baptisms, 1800–1920; Marriages, 1800–1960

France, Nord Civil Births, 1820–1915; and Nord Civil Deaths, 1820–1935

Scotland Census, 1841–1901

U.S. and Canadian Historical Newspapers

France, Church Baptisms and Civil Births; Church and Civil Marriages; Church Burials and Civil Deaths; 1872 France Census; 1906 France Census

France, 1901 Census; Census of Corrèze; 1911, Censuses of Hérault; 1836–1936, Censuses of Côtes-d’Armor, 1872–1906; Daily Burial Registers of Parisian Cemeteries; Military Enlistments and Conscripts of Nord; Military Enlistments and Conscripts of Nord; and Military Conscripts of Seine

France, Vital Records Index; Naturalizations, 1900–1963

And the following important collections were updated with new records:

Germany, North Rhine Westphalia, Death Index 1874–1938

Sweden Household Examination Books

The MyHeritage team

Throughout the year, when COVID permitted, we were able to celebrate certain occasions and continue volunteer activities.

Here are photos from some of our events:

Health Week at the office

Health Week at the office

Back to School pop-up

Back to School pop-up

Summer fun day concert

Summer fun day concert

We said thank you to these incredible employees who celebrated a decade working at MyHeritage. They are each an essential part of the MyHeritage family, and we’re looking forward to many more wonderful years together!

MyHeritage employees celebrating 10 years at the company.

MyHeritage employees celebrating 10 years at the company.

Looking ahead

2021 was an exciting year at MyHeritage, full of milestones and achievements. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our users for being along for the ride, and giving us inspiration every step of the way. You are the reason we continue to create and evolve.

We look forward to 2022 with much anticipation — there are so many exciting developments on the way! We are gearing up for a year of new releases, with groundbreaking new features, tools, and updates. We will release billions of historical records from around the world, allowing you to make even more progress with your genealogy research. Stay tuned!

We wish you and your families a very happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year!