There are two types of free MyHeritage accounts. The first is a free MyHeritage account for the general public and the second is a free MyHeritage account offer for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Go to MyHeritage.com and select, Sign Up. You’ll be asked for your first and last name, gender, email, parents names if you know them, then you’ll select Continue. You have the option to upload a GEDCOM file (a type of file for family trees, but with a free MyHeritage account you’re limited to 250 people so only use this feature if your GEDCOM file has fewer than 250 people).
You’ll be brought to a page where it looks like you’re signing up for a free trial and in 14 days will be switched to a subscription and you need to put in a credit card. DON’T put in a credit card if you want the free account.
Click on the MyHeritage logo and you’ll be brought to your free account. They’ll have prebuilt your three person tree if you added your parents’ names when you signed up.
From here, you can navigate the MyHeritage site like a regular user. You have a limited storage space of 500 MB but this allows you to try out their new feature, Animate Photos. There may be a limit of 10 photos for free accounts. You can also Colorize Photos and Enhance Photos. These features are under the Family Tree menu.
With a free MyHeritage account you can search the databases using SuperSearch. SuperSearch is their genealogy search engine and can be searched for free from the Research menu or at http://www.myheritage.com/research. SuperSearch has many free and paid historical record collections. Searches are free, but viewing records may require a Data Subscription. For more details you can go to MyHeritage’s FAQ page: Is SuperSearch free? Be sure to search the Compilation of Published Sources with local histories, family genealogies, and more.
For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns FamilySearch and partners with MyHeritage, sharing record collections, follow these instruction to create your free MyHeritage account:
- Log in to FamilySearch.org
(If you don’t already have an account with FamilySearch.org, you’ll need to create one using your LDS membership number. If you don’t know your membership member you can ask for it from a church clerk or member of the bishopric.)
- Select the Question Mark in the upper right corner
- Select “Help Center” in the pop-up
- Select “Partners” in the icon of shaking hands
- Select “Partners”
- Select “Partner Access”
- Select “MyHeritage” or “Join for Free”
- Select “Create Your Free MyHeritage Account” or a similar menu item
FamilySearch.org will verify you have an LDS membership number and you’ll see a new page that says “You Qualify for a FREE Account on MyHeritage” and you’ll be given the option to create a free MyHeritage account.
If you have never had a MyHeritage account
- Select “Create Your Free MyHeritage Account”
If you have a paid account or a free trial
- Select “Sign in to connect your account”
This will connect your current/past account to your new free membership. You won’t be reimbursed for what you’ve already paid but you won’t be billed for future payments.
You can now create a new login and password for your MyHeritage account that will be separate from your login and password for your FamilySearch account.
If you are not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you can create a free FamilySearch.org account and enjoy their free tree service, free records searches, attachable record hints and research suggestions, but you will not be given the free partner accounts such as MyHeritage.com, Ancestry.com, findmypast.com, etc.