RootsTech 2024 – Day 2

NOTE: Friday’s Family History Finds will post on Sunday, March 3, due to the RootsTech schedule.

UPDATE: MyHeritage has just made another big announcement:

MyHeritage has just released OldNews.com, an innovative website for historical newspapers! OldNews.com enables genealogists, researchers, and history enthusiasts to search, save, and share articles about people and events throughout history. At launch, OldNews.com includes a huge repository of hundreds of millions of historical newspaper pages from around the world, with millions more added monthly. The website features easy navigation and consists of a diverse range of high-quality publications, from major international newspapers to small-town journals and gazettes.

OldNews.com more than doubles the amount of historical newspaper content that was previously available on MyHeritage. The website includes all the historical newspapers from MyHeritage, plus new, unique content. OldNews.com offers a wide range of publications from local, national, and international news, with extensive coverage of the 1800s and 1900s. At launch, the website includes newspapers from across the U.S., Canada, U.K., Austria, Germany, Czechia, the Netherlands, and Australia.

Newspapers that were previously available on MyHeritage are still accessible for free. Newly added newspapers will require the new MyHeritage omni plan. OldNews.com is a subscription-based service. Anyone can start a 7-day free trial to explore the content before committing to an annual OldNews.com Pro subscription, which costs $99/year with 25% off the first year.

Full details can be found at Introducing OldNews.com, a New Website for Exploring Historical Newspapers.

Day 1 of RootsTech 2024, as expected, was busy with both class sessions and news.

First, with some of the news:
MyHeritage announced All-New Profile Pages WITH Hints. From the MyHeritage blog:

This major enhancement includes a more organized layout and cool features to help you maximize your discoveries about your ancestors and relatives. We’ve also added Hints, which are a unique, highly useful way of presenting new details from your matches within the context of an individual profile. The profile pages remain free and are now more useful than ever!

I am super impressed with the 2024 announcements so far from MyHeritage. First, the news about uploading new DNA kits to their website (between 27 February- 4 March 2024) in order to have FREE access to all features FOREVER. Now, hearing about the new Profile Page with hints.

Plus, CEO Gilad Japhet is presenting a talk today at 1:30 PM in person at RootsTech – The Latest MyHeritage News from Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet. The talk isn’t virtually accessible and isn’t being recorded, but perhaps there is still more news to come.

FamilySearch had some big news of its own. It has released the BETA version of full text searching. Currently, it is available for some United States land and probate records. Try it out! IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an experimental feature that is still being honed and improved.

Storied is offering a RootsTech special. Storied Books “crafting timeless heirlooms for family to cherish forever” and Family Recipes “because every family recipe has a story to tell” are two unique opportunities to preserve family stories and events. An annual plan, which includes one free StoriedBook, is available for $99, usually $155.

Ancestry is currently offering 50% off on World Explorer and All Access semi-annual subscriptions, plus 40% off DNA kits.

I watched the Innovation and Tech Forum yesterday and, not a surprise, the theme was AI and how artificial intelligence is bringing some positive features to the genealogy world. Participating companies included Microsoft Copilot, FamilySearch, LivingHistory, Storied, EmulateMe, and Storii. Each company has their own take on how artificial intelligence is being used to enhance their products. The forum was recorded and it’s worth the time to listen in.

Coming up at 9:30 is The Impact Forum.

Lots of sessions are virtually available today and I’ll be updating this post with more news.

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