17 September 2021
Genealogy website MyHeritage has announced the release of two ‘significant’ new collections, taking the number of historical records on their database to 15.1 billion.
The Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada constitutes an index of 982 million names mentioned in MyHeritage’s existing U.S. and Canadian newspaper collections. Smart machine learning algorithm has been used to extract essential details from the free text of the newspapers — not only the first and last names of individuals mentioned, but also related details that may appear in the text, such as the name of a spouse or a place of residence.
This index covers half of MyHeritage’s newspaper collection, with the other half of the name index due to be published soon, adding almost one billion extra records.
The Scotland Census, 1841-1901 collection contains seven censuses from the second half of the 19th century in Scotland, with a total of 24 million records. This collection offers details about Scottish ancestors that often can’t be found in other vital record collections, such as information about occupation and residential addresses.