We enable millions to discover their past and empower their future

Our roots

From a humble garage startup, MyHeritage has grown into a global company and built the leading platform for discovering family history.
Guided by our core values of innovation, compassion, and diversity, MyHeritage offers users a meaningful discovery experience that unites their past, present, and future using sophisticated matching technologies, billions of international historical records, and at-home DNA tests.

Our history

2003

Company founded by Gilad Japhet

Gilad Japhet launches a new genealogy garage startup at his home

2005

Website goes live

The MyHeritage.com website — a free, online family tree building platform, goes live in 6 languages

2007

Release of Smart Matches™

MyHeritage releases advanced matching technology to help users find relatives in other family trees

2010

Mobile app goes live

MyHeritage enables users to take genealogy on-the-go with the MyHeritage mobile app

2012

Begins offering historical records

MyHeritage launches a search engine with billions of global historical records; digitizes 1940 U.S. census

2014

Launch of Instant Discoveries™

Innovative feature can add entire branches or photos to the user’s family tree in one click

2016

Launch of MyHeritage DNA

MyHeritage releases a consumer DNA test that finds relatives and provides an ethnicity breakdown

2017

Acquisition of Legacy Family Tree Webinars

MyHeritage acquires Legacy Family Tree webinar platform and software (its 10th acquisition!)

2018

First MyHeritage LIVE Conference

MyHeritage hosts its first-ever international user conference in Oslo, Norway

2019

10 billion historical records

MyHeritage’s collections continue to grow fast and reach an important milestone

2020

MyHeritage Lab Opens

MyHeritage sets up a state-of-the-art laboratory to significantly increase Israel’s COVID-19 testing capabilities

Our team

Our commitment to family, heritage, and diversity drive the development of innovative technologies and are the foundation of our company culture created by our 650 employees in Israel, North America, and Europe.

Our management team has a wealth of experience from top technology companies.
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MyHeritage by the numbers

60 MILLION users worldwide
42 languages supported
52 MILLION family trees
12.5 BILLION historical records
4.2 MILLION DNA database

Gateways to discoveries

MyHeritage develops cutting-edge technologies and delivers an exceptional user experience that makes it easier than ever to explore family history.
Users start by adding a few names and our automatic matching technologies help them grow their family trees.
Users can explore their family history in our global database of 12.5 billion historical records, with billions more added each year.
Users can discover their ethnic origins and receive matches to relatives with a simple cheek swab DNA test.

The MyHeritage Lab

Drawing on the company’s resources and expertise, and out of humanitarian concern, MyHeritage rapidly set up one of the world’s largest COVID-19 laboratories to dramatically scale up Israel’s testing capabilities and save lives. The lab has helped significantly reduce mortality in Israel’s nursing homes.

The lab has created 200 new jobs in Israel and currently processes up to 20,000 tests per day. 

MyHeritage conducts pro bono projects around the world

Tribal Quest
Tribal Quest We send our employees on expeditions to document the family histories of remote tribal communities at risk of cultural extinction.
DNA Quest
DNA Quest We help adoptees and their birth families reunite by donating 20,000 DNA kits.
Restitution of Looted Assets
Restitution of Looted Assets We identified the heirs of assets looted in World War II and return them to their rightful owners.
Reuniting Yemenite Jewish Families
Reuniting Yemenite Jewish Families We donated free DNA kits to help members of the Yemenite Jewish community find answers about their missing loved ones.
The Secret of Erikoussa
The Secret of Erikoussa We reunited the descendants of a Jewish family hidden during WWII with the descendants of the courageous Greek islanders who risked their lives to save them.