MyHeritage Launches Record Detective II

MyHeritage announces the release of Record Detective™ II, a powerful technology that advances your family history research further than ever before!

MyHeritage has just released Record Detective™ II, a powerful new technology that significantly builds on the original Record Detective™, adding over 2.2 billion new matches to historical records.

With the Record Detective™, records found in MyHeritage SuperSearch™ automatically point to additional records and family tree profiles relating to the same person. For example, if you’re viewing a birth certificate you found in SuperSearch™, Record Detective™ may point you to a census record containing information about the child’s grandmother, a marriage license for their parents, a family tree profile of a connected ancestor, and so on, giving you new leads for your research. However, the Record Detective™ was only able to find information when there was at least one family tree profile on MyHeritage matching the record.

The new Record Detective™ II adds direct record-to-record matches, even for records that have no matching family tree profiles on MyHeritage, and has yielded a staggering 2.2 billion additional highly-accurate matching documents.

Record Detective™ II provides new information and clues to take your family history research to newer heights.

For more information and examples, please read today’s blog post Introducing Record Detective II at the MyHeritage blog.

©2016, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

Family Tree Maker Back from the Dead!

BIG NEWS! Ancestry,com announces new Family Tree Maker options after recently pulling the plug on their popular genealogy software.

[Editor’s Note: Well could we really have a RootsTech week without a bombshell announcement from at least one genealogy vendor? We just received the following good news from about it’s popular Family Tree Maker software.]

New Family Tree Maker Options

By: Kendall Hulet

Since our Family Tree Maker announcement last December, we have continued to actively explore ways to develop and support Family Tree Maker and ensure you have choices to preserve your work in ways that matter to you.

Today, I am pleased to announce two options for desktop software that will work with Ancestry.

Software MacKiev

Software MacKiev, with whom we have a long-standing relationship, is acquiring the Family Tree Maker software line as publisher for both Mac and Windows versions. Software MacKiev has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for more than six years and is thrilled at the opportunity to publish future versions of Family Tree Maker for Mac and Windows.

This new agreement means you will receive software updates and new versions from Software MacKiev, and have the ability to purchase new versions of Family Tree Maker from Software MacKiev as they are released.   You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry with Family Tree Maker moving forward.


We have made an agreement with RootsMagic, a leading genealogy desktop software program publisher, to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016. With this new relationship, RootsMagic can serve as your desktop family tree software, while having access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry.

We have heard your concerns and are working to provide the solutions you requested. These new agreements will make it possible to preserve your work on Ancestry and Family Tree Maker and enable future features and benefits to help you discover your family history. Be assured that Ancestry, in cooperation with Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, will continue to support you as you discover your family history.
We ask for your patience as we work diligently through all the details to make these solutions available. Be sure to check back on our blog as we share more information about Family Tree Maker in the next few months.

For more information on Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, click below:

©2016, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

Unlike other Cloud Storage and Photo Sharing Sites, Forever Embraces Permanence

Forever is a gold-sponsor of the upcoming RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City 3-6 February 2016. Founder and CEO Glen Meakem shares his thoughts on the concept of "permanence" when it comes to selecting a cloud storage or photo sharing site for your genealogy and family history data

[Editor’s Note: Forever is a gold-sponsor of the upcoming RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City 3-6 February 2016. Founder and CEO Glen Meakem shares his thoughts on the concept of “permanence” when it comes to selecting a cloud storage or photo sharing site for your genealogy and family history data.]

This coming week, my team and I will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah to participate in RootsTech, 2016, the largest family history conference in the world.  Forever is also the Gold Sponsor of the event.  We will gather with a community of genealogists, family historians, moms, and others who embrace the mission of “celebrating families across generations.”

Like many fellow baby boomers, my wife, Diane, and I have accumulated a treasure trove of valuable family memories that feature the stories of our grandparents, our parents, and our five wonderful children.  I believe that saving, and sharing these important memories with family, friends, and future generations is really important.  So, in the spring of 2012, I set out to find a comprehensive set of memory-keeping tools and services that would allow me to protect my family stories, and make sure they were accessible in the cloud for many, many years to come.

What I discovered was shocking!  The well-known cloud storage and photo sharing sites that so many people rely on to save their precious content have no long-term plan for protecting memories.

That’s why I started Forever, which is the only guaranteed online media storage and sharing service.  My team and I are bringing to market a complete memory-keeping solution to help genealogists and family historians collect, curate, and celebrate their memories now and for generations.  No one else is focused on permanence.  No one else has a perpetual plan for your memories.  No one else is doing what we do.

Comparing Amazon Cloud Drive with Forever

Take Amazon Cloud Drive for instance. Amazon offers unlimited photo cloud storage as a benefit for its Amazon Prime Members, or as a stand-alone product for $11.99 a year.  Amazon also provides Unlimited Everything storage for all your digital content for $59.99 a year.  So, for an ongoing subscription payment, Amazon will temporarily back up your precious content in the cloud.  But what happens if you stop paying for Amazon’s service?  What if you get sick and miss a payment?  What happens to your photos and memories when you pass away?  According to Amazon’s “Terms of Use,” your content will be deleted.

“If you no longer have a Service Plan or exceed your Service Plan’s storage limit, including by downgrading or not renewing your Service Plan or no longer qualifying for an Additional Benefit, we may delete or restrict access to Your Files.”

How long does Amazon give you to get “Your Files” before deleting them?  According to Amazon’s “Help & Customer Service” page, “After 90 days, your Cloud Drive account will be deactivated and your content will be permanently deleted.”

Got that?  The only thing permanent about Amazon Cloud Drive is the permanent deletion of your content once you stop paying for the service.

It’s exactly the opposite with Forever.  We are driven by the belief that family stories should never be lost, and provide a fundamentally different experience.  GeneaBloggers Founder, Thomass MacEntee, reported earlier this week that in our Terms of Service, we provide a patent-pending contractual guarantee to each and every permanent member to preserve their precious content for their lifetime plus 100 years.

Forever guarantees that Content will be preserved and accessible (using then current formats and supported devices based on FOREVER’s best judgment and assessment of future technology) in your Forever Guaranteed Permanent Account for the lifetime of the Guaranteed Member and 100 years thereafter (‘Guarantee Period’).

How do we credibly support our patent-pending Forever Guarantee?  With the Forever Guarantee Fund, which is a permanent investment fund that generates ongoing returns used to preserve Guaranteed Permanent Accounts and to fund Forever’s overall business.  These funds are fully restricted, which means we can only withdraw a very small amount from the Fund each year, and the money withdrawn must be used to continue the preservation of your Guaranteed Storage.  In this way, Forever is able to ensure long-term preservation, and eliminate risks associated with other cloud storage businesses.

While we offer many important products and services for memory keeping, Guaranteed Permanent Shareable Storage is the core of our business.  It gives our customers peace of mind and a tremendous feeling of security knowing that their memories are being saved for their lifetimes plus one hundred years, with a goal of many generations beyond.

The fact is, Amazon Cloud Drive may be a useful temporary back up for your content, but it is NOT a photo preservation site.  It is not a service that protects life stories and passes them on to future generations.  That’s simply not the service that Amazon offers.  In fact, Amazon rejects permanence.

If you want a temporary place to back up your documents, then Amazon may work for you.  But if you are like me, and want long-term photo and document protection, then come home to Forever.

I’ll be writing more in the very near future on long-term photo preservation and problems with other popular photo-sharing sites in what will be a multi-part blog series published at the Forever blog.  Until then, come see me and Forever’s booth (#415) at RootsTech, 2016.  I can’t wait to meet you.