The effort will give 23andMe customers access to an improved family tree building experience, as well as MyHeritage’s library of more than 5.5 billion historical records. In turn, MyHeritage will offer its community of users access to DNA testing from 23andMe.
“We believe this collaboration with MyHeritage will offer our customers a vastly improved opportunity to build their family tree and discover new connections,” said Andy Page, 23andMe’s president. “Given MyHeritage’s technology leadership in the ancestry space and vast global reach, we are excited about the value this relationship will bring to our customers around the world.”
This also adds more depth to MyHeritage’s offerings.
“Combining genealogy with DNA-based ancestry is the next evolution in uncovering family history,” said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “DNA testing can connect you to relatives you never knew existed, who descend from shared ancestors centuries ago, but family trees and historical records are critical to map and fully understand these connections. We have great respect for 23andMe’s technology and values, and its pioneering approach to genetics represents strong potential value for our users in the future.”
The bulk of this collaboration will not be complete until early 2015, and 23andMe customers will continue to be able to use the sites existing ancestry tools as they have in the past. At some point 23andMe customers will be able to easily transfer their family tree information to MyHeritage in order to access the company’s enhanced family tree tools and technology.
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