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Ringing in the changes Genealogy in 2019

As we ring in the New Year and welcome another exciting 12 months of genealogy research, we look ahead to developments in this fast-growing hobby. Karen Clare asked a range of family history experts and organisations to reveal what delights 2019 will bring for family history enthusiasts everywhere

Else Churchill, Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists

With DNA genealogy testing kits being the second most popular product ordered in the last Amazon Black Friday sale, it’s safe to say that we have now reached the point where this is the way most people start looking at their family history. Developments in testing suggest we will soon be extracting DNA from our ancestors, not by cheek swabs of course, but from the envelopes and stamps they licked.

While I’m sure this is exciting and will open new pathways to cousins and distant ancestry, it’s clear that genealogy from sources, records and evidence remain essential to explain the clues and matches given by DNA. This year’s SoG Getaway in May 2019 will give our members a chance to spend a whole week interpreting what a DNA genealogy test can tell you and how to use the results to complement your family trees and to follow the documentary trail in the library.

RafiMendelsohn, Director of PR & Social Media, MyHeritage

MyHeritage has many exciting things in store for 2019. The company will continue to expand its technology to help people around the world learn about their family history through these main avenues – building family trees and researching in the database of historical records, as well as offering DNA testing to help people reveal their ethnic origins and find new relatives. These products complement one another to help millions of people around the world discover, preserve, and share their family history for generations to come.

MyHeritage is planning the major launch of a new feature that will revolutionise the ease with which people can make new discoveries. This exciting tool will involve billions of data points including family trees, records, and DNA. Stay tuned for more on this!

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Kick-start your research with the January issue of Family Tree - packed with ideas to help you plan for a great year of family history and inspire you to new discoveries. Get the latest! Our crop of experts talk about upcoming and breakthrough projects they're looking forward to in 2019. Plan your research month by month! Read a genealogist's diary of the past 12 months, and decide what you want to accomplish in the year to come. Hone your research skills! Join in with part 1 in the brand new series of the Family Tree Academy. Each month through the year to come the Academy will give you the chance to get better and understanding and using those all-important family history records. Read Family Tree and become the best genealogist you can be!