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are there benefits of the My Heritage site over Ancestry #general


Barbara & David Israel
 

I currently subscribe to the full Ancestry.com and Newspapers.com and I see there are
special offers on My Heritage. Can anyone tell me about the European records that My
Heritage offers? Just trying to decide if adding more money to search more sites in a
good idea. Thanks ahead of time for any input.

Barbara Israel
Tempe, AZ
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JPmiaou@...
 

Every historical record match that I've seen on MyHeritage (or more accurately, glimpsed through the paywall) has been from FamilySearch, which is free. MH is not actually a repository, but a data aggregator: a specialized search engine. Since much of its material comes from otherwise free sites, this results in countless instances of attempting to charge money for freely-available data.

One thing I find especially annoying on MH is that they make no distinction between historical records and user-submitted conclusions. They present tree matches in exactly the same format and wording as record matches.

Julia
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Jeff Miller
 

I find MyHeritage valuable because of their great analytical tools, and ability to search in multiple languages. I feel that they have a wonderful chromosome browser that actually identifies triangulated segments that are so much easier to see visually than anywhere else I've looked. 

 

However, I have found their account troublesome in the way they allow older versions of my family tree to hang around without allowing me to easily merge or supersede older information with newer, and I find Ancestry trees and its "companion" Family Tree Maker easier to use than MyHeritage trees and its Family Tree Builder. I also have trouble with MyHeritage handling of uploaded DNA and the way the site attempts to assign a person's DNA to trees even when the individual may not be in a tree. If it isn't successful in finding a tree, it has unassigned DNA accounts which can be annoying.

 

Best,

Jeff Miller

Maryland

 


Pieter Hoekstra
 

If you are looking for access to newspaper entries in Netherlands you can use "delpher.nl" for free. It is all in Dutch so you might need to use a translator to translate key search words.

Once you have found the article, ad, etc you are looking for you can highlight it to download. You can also highlight it and download as text which you can then copy to your preferred translator.
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Pieter Hoekstra  <sold@...>


jskippon@...
 

About two weeks ago I finally gave in and bought a Complete package. So far, no benefit and I am searching the web for ways of using it. When I search for information on a particular person, it gives me only facts, not the original document. I put my tree up at the start, it shows my tree, but the tree isn't connected to my DNA. I can find no 'contact us' on the website.

It makes a feature a 'letting me add large chunks of other peoples' trees' to my tree. I don't work that way, I want to confirm all the information. And they make a point of telling me the number of people I can add to me tree from this other person's tree.

Also, I was hoping that because so many Jewish people use My Heritage there were be more trees to work out my DNA links. But so far most of my 25% Ashkenazi heritage is reflected in 90+% of my DNA matches and almost no one has posted an extensive tree, ie, going back past 1900.

On the plus side, I have a zillion photos to colourise and a year's subscription is cheaper than a colourisation package.


martyn@...
 

I have used Ancestry for a very long time and MH more recently. In truth I do not think MH adds very much and at my next renewal, I shall cancel. The problem that we all have is the plethora of sites, so that one does not know how to distinguish the advantages of this site from that site.

Martyn Woolf
London, UK


Gerald and Margaret
 

That's a really good question that I'm beginning to ask myself.  
 I don't like MH way of being unable to give a straight answer to the subscription rates.  That's because there's always an offer.  So hold out for them.  When offered a 5 year sub at the height of the Pandemic, I said I dont know if I'll live that long.  

I often want to reject info not because it's wrong, but because the info makes my tree so wide . I'm not interested in "my mother's great uncle's wife's aunt by marriage"  What I am interested in is more info about my grandfather's sibs.  And how I can view everything in my tree and someone else's tree if I have obtained permission to do so.  


Bruce Drake
 

I started with Ancestry and later subscribed to MyHeritage. Sometimes, I'll find something on My Heritage that I didn't find on Ancestry (although it may have been there and I missed it). But there's not a big enough difference for me to keep MyHeritage if I only wanted to subscribe to one site. One thing about both of them that annoys the hell out of me is there constant alerts about matches they have found that are drawn from what they scraped from my own tree or from others who borrowed verbatim from my tree because they had some overlapping relatives. In this world of super-advanced algorithms, they should be able to do better


Vivian Kahn
 

The only benefit I've derived from a My Heritage subscription is the ability to connection with a few Israeli and European researchers who helped me to locate missing relatives in Europe. My Heritage is more popular with researchers from Israel (no surprise there) and some European researchers. The downside is being overwhelmed with matches from those who have clearly copied information from my tree and sloppy research.
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Vivian Kahn, Santa Rosa, California
Researching families including:
BERKOVICS/BERKOWITZ/ROTH/GROSZ. Avas Ujvaros, Hungary/Orasu Nou, Romania
KAHAN/JOSIPOVITS/DUB, Sziget, Kabolacsarda, Nagyvarad, Hungary/Sighet, Ciarda, Oradea, Romania
KOHN/Zbegnyo/ Zbehnov, Tarnoka/Trnavka, Slovakia; Cleveland  LEFKOVITS/Kolbasa/Brezina, Slovakia
MOSKOVITS/Honkocz, Szobranc, Osztro, Kassa, Hungary/Chonkovce, Sobrance, Ostrov, Kosice, Slov., Nyiregyhaza, Hungary
ELOVITS/Hornya, Hungary/Horna, Slovakia
NEUMANN/Szeretva, Kereszt, Nagymihaly, Miskolc, Hung./Sobrance, Kristy, Stretavka, Michalovce, Slov. 
POLACSEK/Hunfalu, Hungary/Huncovce, Slovakia
SPITZ/Nikolsburg/Mikulov, Prosnitz/Prostejov, Moravia/Czech Republic; Kismarton/Eisenstadt, Hungary/Austria; Hunfalu,Hungary//Huncovce, Slovakia


Linda Epstein
 

I find MyHeritage great for searching for family in the U.K. I have also made contact with distant cousins via the site who were not on Ancestry. There are times information shows up differently than Ancestry and it is enough to break through a brick wall. As far as I am concerned, it is definitely worth a subscription.

Linda Epstein
OPESKIN (Vidzy), SEMLER (Rzeszow), SINGER, TARNORUDSKY,  FLAM, CZABAN (Husiatyn), CHODOSCH (Miadel), STERN, ASCH (Kovno), FILMUS (Ukraine)


cedar1950@...
 

I have exactly the problem you mention- I can confirm my uncle (my mother's brother-in-law) but if I do, MH wants to add all of his relatives & his inlaws. That is absurd & not at all useful. I want to find more info on my blood relatives going back generations. I have yet to find any that my parents didn't know about 50 years ago.


June Genis
 

I feel much more comfortable on Ancestry for tree management and that's where I keep my primary tree.  MH did however find one of my best DNA matches that was only on that site.  It lead me to a whole branch of my family from Belarus that has migrated to both Poland (the DNA match) and Israel where I am now working with a new cousin to resolve the conflicts and gaps in the shared portions of our trees.  If everyone would upload their DNA to Gedmatch we wouldn't need subscriptions to multiple DNA sites but so far I have found very few of my good matches at any site have done so.

June Genis
Hemet, CA


rv Kaplan
 

I think for many of us, it's too expensive to have full subscriptions for both MH and Ancestry.  I use MH, but agree with Vivian about the irritation caused by constant regurgitation of my own information and photographs, copied by other people, as 'new matches.'  I find that more and more researchers who have only the flimsiest connect to me are hoovering up my family tree and photographs and attaching to theirs.  Often it's on the basis eg that my relative is the brother-in-law of the sister-in-law of their ex-wife's babysitter.  Another frustration is when MH sends me 'new relatives' who turn out to be the relatives of someone who has married into my family, who I don't consider to be my relatives at all eg my cousin's wife's cousins or parents etc are not my relatives.

But I stick with MH for the moment.

Harvey Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland


On Wed, 29 Jul 2020 at 15:57, Vivian Kahn <vkahn@...> wrote:
The only benefit I've derived from a My Heritage subscription is the ability to connection with a few Israeli and European researchers who helped me to locate missing relatives in Europe. My Heritage is more popular with researchers from Israel (no surprise there) and some European researchers. The downside is being overwhelmed with matches from those who have clearly copied information from my tree and sloppy research.
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Vivian Kahn, Santa Rosa, California
Researching families including:
BERKOVICS/BERKOWITZ/ROTH/GROSZ. Avas Ujvaros, Hungary/Orasu Nou, Romania
KAHAN/JOSIPOVITS/DUB, Sziget, Kabolacsarda, Nagyvarad, Hungary/Sighet, Ciarda, Oradea, Romania
KOHN/Zbegnyo/ Zbehnov, Tarnoka/Trnavka, Slovakia; Cleveland  LEFKOVITS/Kolbasa/Brezina, Slovakia
MOSKOVITS/Honkocz, Szobranc, Osztro, Kassa, Hungary/Chonkovce, Sobrance, Ostrov, Kosice, Slov., Nyiregyhaza, Hungary
ELOVITS/Hornya, Hungary/Horna, Slovakia
NEUMANN/Szeretva, Kereszt, Nagymihaly, Miskolc, Hung./Sobrance, Kristy, Stretavka, Michalovce, Slov. 
POLACSEK/Hunfalu, Hungary/Huncovce, Slovakia
SPITZ/Nikolsburg/Mikulov, Prosnitz/Prostejov, Moravia/Czech Republic; Kismarton/Eisenstadt, Hungary/Austria; Hunfalu,Hungary//Huncovce, Slovakia


Max Heffler
 

I prefer to use geni.com as my main online tree and match record on MyHeritage and also use Ancestry.com. By bouncing back and forth I fill in many from all 3.


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harold.love@...
 

I find them all to be too expensive. I went with MyHeritage to house my Tree because it is huge but I haven’t gotten any new info there in ages. When I first joined they had an arrangement with Newspapers.com that was fantastic. The deal expired and they never worked out a renewal so not only do subscribers not have access for new Newspaper.com searches but everything that was archived to my ancestors disappeared. Their customer service is non-existent. I would go with the ultra-expensive Ancestry and should probably move my account and tree. Does anyone know where you can house a 2500 member tree for free?


RichardWerbin
 

MyHeritage definitely has some information that is not at Ancestry or FamilySearch.
One that I know is that the Ellis Island arrival manifests include in their index the name of the person that the passenger is going to.
At Ancestry & FamilySearch, that information is only available when you open the image and review it. Not searchable. 


Bruce Drake
 

In addition to what I said before about Ancestry and My Heritage feeding data from my own tree back to me, I have found most of their “record match” emails useless because if you have been on those services a long time, they are records you already found


Peter Straus
 

Family Tree Maker is not free, but I have found it to be excellent, stable and comprehensive--and inexpensive.  It is priced at $80, but does not have to be renewed annually.  (I still use FTM 2017.)  Note it is housed on your computer, not online.   If you want to sync online, it syncs with Ancestry, but then you are paying Ancestry's subscription fees


mbekken@...
 

I use wikitree for my main tree. One of the problems I have with other sites, as previously mentioned, is that references are not required, so someone can repeat their family lore as if it were known to be true. For example, many trees will list one of my ancestors as an illegitimate daughter of King Christian IV. While her mother was indeed one of the king's many mistresses, I've seen no actual evidence that he was the father of her child. Yet it is often presented as fact. May be true, may not be!


harold.love@...
 

The Israeli element drives me crazy. The app is always switching to Hebrew.