New version of MyHeritage adds maps, search and social features

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85v1-max-250x250Leading Israel-based genealogy website MyHeritage.com has launched a new version of its popular Family Tree Builder. It’s more “colourful” than before and also adds photo slideshows and a screensaver that displays photos using tagging and face recognition technology.

The site has also launched something called “Family Chat” in a new toolbar. The toolbar adds search and social features to the site including a video chat designed specifically for family use, which includes birthday reminders. There’s also more sophisticated support for uploading and organising photos, videos and documents.

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Genealogy is a growth area at the moment. According to MyHeritage.com, Family Tree Builder has already been downloaded more than 5 million times. The site itself is now available in 34 language and hosts 360 million profiles.

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