MyHeritage.com is the online home of MyHeritage, a genealogy website which promises to help people find information on their ancestry and heritage, as well as the ability to build a complete family tree.
How Does It Work?
According to their website, MyHeritage.com is dedicated to helping people discover, preserve, and share their family history. To do this, they have structured their website around the concept of building an online family tree.
To begin with, customers will add the names, dates, photos, and stories of family members they know and are familiar with. Once you’ve begun building your family tree, their website will automatically begin searching for additional information for you. They say that “with exclusive content and accurate results we'll help you uncover more than you ever imagined.”
As more information is discovered or becomes available, MyHeritage.com will send you email alerts for Smart Matches and Record Matches that reveal new family tree connections, records, and newspaper articles about your ancestors.
Their website says that their users will have access to more than 7 billion historical records, including birth, marriage, and death records; census, military, immigration, and legal records; newspapers, yearbooks, and directories; family trees, photos, documents, and maps; and much more.
Currently this website is offering their customers use of their services through a mobile application which can be downloaded for free to either Android or iOS smart phones and tablets.
This company does provide people with a way to use their website and information for free, though the information that is available through their free service is very limited. In order to get access to their full offerings of information and services, customers will need to upgrade to their Premium Subscription, which they say is priced at $9.95 per month. However, they only allow customers to sign up for this subscription on an annual basis, so in reality it is a $119.40 fee.
This website does say that they value the satisfaction of their customers, which is why they provide their members with a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee. In order to request your refund, all you have to do is contact their Customer Service team within the first 30 days of purchase.
It is important to note, however, that this Refund Policy only applies to their Data subscriptions and not to any physical products that you would order from their website, like Family Tree Posters. Customers who have an issue with a physical product they have ordered will want to contact their Customer Service team right away for more information.
Customer Service Contact Info
Customers who would like to contact their Customer Service team with any questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by phone at 877-432-3135 for US based customers; customers calling from other countries will want to find their country specific phone number on their website.
This company seems to have two different reputations. The first is the impression that you get from blogs and websites that regularly review or work with genealogy websites, all of which seem to have a very favorable review of this website and often rank this website very high in comparison to the field of genealogy websites.
The second impression comes from customer reviews, which appear to be dramatically mixed in tone and opinion, with some people having great experiences and others complaining about how severely inaccurate the information they found on this website was.
Another concern from reviewers of this website is that MyHeritage.com only offers their customers Annual Subscriptions, which isn’t always best suited to customer needs, and while they do offer some of their information for free, in general this information is very limited.
Competitors and Alternatives?
Certainly there are many, many other genealogy websites available if this website does not meet your needs for any reason. They include Ancestry.com, FindMyPast.com, 23AndMe.com, Archives.com, and many others.
If you have any experience with this company or their products, please leave your MyHeritage.com reviews below.
11 ‘MyHeritage.com’ Reviews
I tried my heritage because it advertised itself as a free site, then I was told I had an option to try it out for 14 days to see if I liked it or not and a the end of the trial period I could keep using the basic site for free, upgrade to one of subscription plans or cancel the account. Wrong! because when i tried to go to the purchase page to cancel it wouldn't give me the option to do so at the end of the trial period it automatically upgraded me and took 149.50 out of my account. I called customer service to report it and cancel the account and was told that I'd have to wait for someone to either email me or call me back to get a refund and yet by the next day my account has been reported as being still active ! so I wouldn't recommend the site to anyone as it's nothing but a scam . oh and on another note I wasn't able to find an real information on my family and the discoveries I did make which were very few contained nothing but, inaccurate information
I was solicited by this company to try a one month free trial to test out its capabilities, and while some information was useful, I did not realize that the information I was collecting was not just for me to see and collect privately, but for anyone else who wants to get my information, if they sign up. These Florida scam artists never mention that in their ads, which is pretty damn sleazy and underhanded. Now that I found out, I am going to call their customer service tomorrow and have them remove all of this, or I contact my US Senators and US reps to have the US Congress investigate this gross invasion of privacy! My Heritage is run by a bunch of sleazeball scumbags!
They teased me with some findings that I couldn't view with a basic account, so I paid $170 to upgrade to premium for more and better information. Even after upgrading, everything I try to view is an additional charge. I can't do one thing more than I could before I upgraded.
I was as a victim of their security breach. Then, only after complaining to them in regards to the loss I occurred did they offer complimentary use of their software for a (stingy) 6 months. Six months later after filling out my family history on their site, I was the victim again of all the bugs on the site that erased my data or family tree charts that include complete omissions of family members and their ancestor lines. This company does not stand behind their product and has a ton of technical problems. I would not TRUST this company with your precious family. This Company has a reputation for MAJOR DATA breaches.
I've been waiting four months for DNA results. Emails to support go unanswered.
I bought a My Heritage kit for my brother and sister-in-law. The results gave an unbelievably general map of origin which added nothing to what was obvious and we already knew. The possible relatives started with a single 3rd cousin and quickly went to 4th 5th and beyond with NOTHING in between. Just going back one generation I have 10 first degree aunts and uncles!! What a worthless and embarrassing purchase! I feel totally scammed. Since the kits weren't used within 30 days there's no apparent recourse.
I opted for a 30-day free trial on November 6 2018, did not like the site and cancelled two days later but got no confirmation. Instead they took 108 UK pounds from my account on November 22 2018. My bank has blocked them and is trying to get me a refund. What are Visa and MasterCard doing about these people?
I am try to get a hold of anyone, anyway possible to get a refund on the 119.40 they charged me for a whole yr. for the subscription. It is impossible to contact anyone, the phone number I saw on this page is not a correct phone number, there is another phone number I found on line for this company 1-800-987-9000, you can only get thru to someone is you have an account number. The 2 week free trial sign in is now invalid, you can request instructions to reset the password but they NEVER send this information, so without the information they require to get to someone, you cannot get to anyone !!!!! .I finally found a place on their site, it is very well hidden, to complain. I have not heard anything from this company. I am so frustrated grrrrrrrr…… I was 3 days past the free trial, I forgot to cancel, that's my fault. But I would have never been able to cancel within the time allowed, because they make it impossible to contact them !!!!!
I have canceled with MyHeritage.com 2X's and still, I get emails and ads from them. I started with this site in 2014. It kept telling me of people that might be related but I couldn't get rid of those suggestions. I tried to contact them, no help. I've canceled and request they shut down my site, totally, since they've lost info I had collected and are nonresponsive. Charged me again and I finally had it.
I now use another site and am pleased with it.