DISCOVERY – Detection, finding, spotting, unearthingI have had a subscription to My Heritage for two years now. I will be the first to admit that it is not my “go to” website. I first go to Ancestry (to which I’ve had a subscription since 2004).
That being said, I recently attended a seminar hosted by the San Diego Genealogical Society and the speaker was Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist for My Heritage. To read about this presentation please click here Daniel Horowitz Presents for the San Diego Genealogical Society Fall Seminar I learned a lot about the My Heritage website and what is available and how to use those features to my advantage.
Since I have DNA uploaded to this site and I’ve also added a family tree, it is in my best interest to use the site. As researchers we should take advantage of all resources available to us, if possible.
Today I’m focusing on one feature, DISCOVERIES. These are located on the menu bar and can be sorted by Matches by People, Matches by Source or Instant Discoveries. As of today I have 225 sources with 9,305 matches. Some of these will duplicate information I already have, but as I’ve recently learned, many will not.
Today’s focus will be the Texas Marriages and Divorces. There are 5 matches in this record set. Will these be new discoveries for me? Let’s take a look and find out.
I will not be revealing the names of anyone still living.
The matches are:
1. Joseph Edward Cornelius
4. Gary Lee Hart
5. Robert Stanley Luckock
1. Joseph Edward Cornelius was my mother’s 2nd husband. This record gives their marriage date & place and approximate ages at the time, as well as a file #.
Did I have this information already? Yes
3. Gary Lee Hart is my paternal half 4th cousin. I did already have the record of his marriage.
5. Robert Stanley Luckock married one of my husband’s cousins. I did not have this information prior to seeing it here. Now I can add this to my Legacy database.
This was a useful set of records because I found 1 out of 5 to contain information I did not already have.
My plan is to continue to use the My Heritage database to obtain more information about my ancestors. With 9,305 matches I expect this will take some time, but also reveal some great new information and probably answer some questions as well.
Have you used the My Heritage website? If so, have you found it useful? Do you use it exclusively or combined with other sites? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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