UK-based genealogy website MyHeritage has further staked its claims as the most popular family network on the web after announcing it has surpassed 3 million registered users in the UK, meaning that now one in twenty people in the UK now use the service.

MyHeritage boasts nearly 3.2 million users and registrations have risen steadily since its launch in November 2005, demonstrating increased demand for family research and tracing family trees. Judging by MyHeritage users alone, there is now more interest in family history in the UK than any other European country.

“Our phenomenal growth in the UK and around the world indicates that family history is transforming into a popular mainstream activity”, said Laurence Harris, UK Genealogy Manager at MyHeritage.com and a researcher for the BBC’s WDYTYA (Who Do You Think You Are?) programme. “By enabling people to explore and share their family histories on the web for free, MyHeritage.com is helping drive this trend. We’re delighted to provide the British people with the tools to discover their rich and diverse family histories”.

Employing its own Smart Matching technology, MyHeritage has helped thousands of its members trace their family roots to discover ancestors and locate relatives they might never have known about. The company’s records account for more than 700 million people, branched across 17 million family trees.

The UK accounts for just 6% of MyHeritage’s global userbase, spread across 36 languages. The service is free to use, implementing a premium service for those wanting to use the site’s enhanced features for finding, documenting and sharing their family histories.