If you're new to the fascinating hobby of genealogy, our Genealogy for beginners page is just for you. It offers hints and tips on how to start researching your heritage, creating a family tree and taking your first steps in genealogy.
MyHeritage.com Research is a genealogy search engine. It is useful for searching for people, such as one's ancestors. If you wish to search for photos, or people appearing in photos, go to the Media Center on MyHeritage.com and run your search there.
MyHeritage.com Research is optimized for searching for people. However, we provide a separate specialized search engine for places. You can use it to find places you're looking for, even if you are unsure of their spelling. It will display the place you entered on a map, give you its present-day name and show you synonyms for the place name, which may be useful for further research.
No, the use of MyHeritage.com Research is free, and we don't sell genealogy data or subscriptions. We don't process or re-purpose the search results themselves, we just obtain the results, count them, and make it easy for you to reach them directly. This saves you the labor of running hundreds of queries yourself in various genealogy databases on the Web only to discover that they don't have the matches you are looking for.
Viewing individual search results obtained through our queries may require subscription or payment according to the terms of the specific Web site on which the results were found. Most of the third party sources we use are free, but some require either a paid subscription or a one-time fee. To help you in your research, we have marked databases which may charge a fee with a $ image. We are not intermediaries, so should you wish to register with any genealogy resource, or purchase a product, you need to do so directly.
Note that some of the fee-based sources still provide free preliminary search results which could be of value, so it's recommended to review all relevant results in any case.
There is no catch. Our goal is to provide the best and the most user-friendly genealogy research tool for everyone to enjoy. We make money through other services offered on MyHeritage.com such as the family sites. We have developed the most comprehensive genealogy research tool available not for making a quick buck but for benefiting the genealogy community.
MyHeritage.com Research is a powerful search tool, which runs each of your queries in real-time in over 1526 genealogy databases. The Megadex™ feature further multiplies the total number of queries by the number of spelling variants chosen. The result is that MyHeritage.com Research needs immense computing resources to run such complex searches for a large number of users. The only way to overcome this challenge is to utilize the power of your computer to perform your search. This way we can allow many genealogists to take advantage of MyHeritage.com Research simultaneously.
To engage your computer's power in the search process, a signed Java applet that can be used exclusively by MyHeritage.com Research, for your searches only, must be installed on your computer. This is a one-time installation that takes a few minutes at most to perform, but will shave hours off your search time. By installing the applet, the search is run locally, through your browser, speeding yours searches considerably. To install the Java applet just run a search and you will be prompted to approve it. You may also need to approve automatic installation of the Java runtime environment software by Sun Microsystems, which is a prerequisite for running any Java applets and some computers do not have it by default.
Yes. If you have a fast computer you can use the speed slider on the search results page to boost the speed of the search. The slider commands the MyHeritage.com Research Java applet and lets you control how much of your computer's processing power is allocated to your search at any time. Moving the slider to the right will speed up the search, but use up more of your computer's processing power. Conversely, if you notice that your computer is becoming sluggish while a search is running, you can move the slider to the left to use less of your computer's processing power. Doing so, however, will cause your search to take longer to complete.