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MyHeritage Hits 63 Million Members
Online genealogy is big business and debutant to the space, MyHeritage is doing rather well considering the competition. Although it’s not the big name that established portals like Ancestry.com have become, the site now has a whopping 63 million members who’ve collectively created over 23 million family trees.
There are over 1 billion profiles on the site (and growing) and MyHeritage has been scaled significantly since launching back in 2005. You can trace your ancestral line in more than 38 languages; upload photos and many other things that are part and parcel of trying to track down your great-great-great ‘gran.’ In fact, MyHeritage has somewhat caught on with British people. 1 in 20 Brits use the site to comb through their past ancestry and track their origins.
But the scaling doesn’t end there. MyHeritage has been busy snapping up companies that can expand its genealogical offerings and the company recently started providing access to the entire 1940 US Census. So far the company has raised $24 million in funding and is hoping that it’s last major round (back in 2008 for $15 million) will be enough to sustain it going forward.
Perhaps the only thing that can dampen the company’s ambition is competition. Sites like Ancestry.com are well ahead in terms of mindshare so MyHeritage will have to stay on its toes.
Here’s a quick video about MyHeritage—all in 100 seconds: