One of the most interesting developments of the recent partnerships between FamilySearch and other online companies, is the agreement with MyHeritage.com. The agreement apparently involves giving MyHeritage.com access to some of the records in the FamilySearch.org Historical Record Collections, but also, quite recently, providing the ability to search the FamilySearch.org Family Tree. Here is a screenshot of the Record Matches from MyHeritage.com showing searches in the Family Tree program.
FamilySearch users who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints get the benefit of these searches with their free access to the program. The availability of the Family Tree matches has boosted the number of Record Matches for my family tree on MyHeritage.com into the stratosphere. I presently have over 14,000 Record Matches and an untold number of Record Detective matches.
In addition to the partnership with MyHeritage.com, FamilySearch also has a partnership with the RootsMagic software program. RootsMagic 7 has introduced a feature that searches not only the available record hints from the FamilySearch.org Family Tree, but also searches the Record Matches on MyHeritage.com. Here is a screenshot from RootsMagic showing the Pending record hints in both programs:
The combined number of record hints in both programs seems unmanageable. However, by using the features through RootsMagic, you can concentrate on just those families and family members that you are interested in working with.
One side bonus to RootsMagic ability to see records in both Family Tree and MyHeritage.com is the fact that duplicate entries in the FamilySearch.org Family Tree are showing up in MyHeritage.com's searches when they do not show up in any searches made in the FamilySearch.org Family Tree. This includes duplicates that cannot yet be merged in Family Tree.
I am not yet sure as to the advantage of knowing about these duplicates that cannot be combined, but it does give the RootsMagic/Family Tree/MyHeritage.com user an advantage in finding information that is buried in using Family Tree alone. Here is an example of some of the duplicates revealed by the MyHeritage.com Record Match:
It is apparent that FamilySearch has a long way to go before the program settles down and starts to make progress in eliminating the duplicates. This points out the fact that when you start to take advantage of this new technology, coupled with the FamilySearch partnerships, you can make some interesting discoveries, not all of which are intended.