Family Tree Maker 2017 Introduces FamilySync, Ditches TreeSync

Family Tree Maker 2017 Introduces FamilySync, Ditches TreeSync

Time to Sync Your Family Tree Maker and Ancestry Trees Important news for Family Tree Maker software users: Software MacKiev, the company that acquired Family Tree Maker from Ancestry.com early last year, will release Family Tree Maker 2017 on March 31. Previous versions of Family Tree Maker used something...

Family Tree Maker 2017 is Released

Important news for Family Tree Maker genealogy software users: Software MacKiev, the company that acquired Family Tree Maker from Ancestry.com in 2016, has released Family Tree Maker 2017.

Previous versions of Family Tree Maker used something called TreeSync to sync the tree in your software with your tree on Ancestry.com. Family Tree Maker 2017 uses something else, called FamilySync, to sync your trees. Ancestry.com no longer supports TreeSync, so pre-2017 versions of Family Tree Maker will no longer sync with Ancestry.com.

You still can use your old Family Tree Maker, but your trees will no longer sync. (Note that Family Tree Maker is not afilliated with Family Tree Magazine, which hosts this blog.)

Upgrading to Family Tree Maker 2017

If you bought Family Tree Maker from Software MacKiev since March 1, 2016, you’re eligible to upgrade to 2017 for free. Discounted upgrades are available for some folks who received Family Tree Maker 2014.1 or Mac3.1. Visit the Software MacKiev website and sign up for the company’s newsletter for full details.

Sneak Peek at RootsMagic 7 TreeShare

Another software program, RootsMagic 7, uses technology called TreeShare to sync with Ancestry member trees. The new version also adds research hints from Ancestry.com records to its WebHints feature (it offers hints from FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage, as well).

The post also shares RootsMagic 7 screenshots and asks for folks to be testers.

Have you switched to RootsMagic? Ready to learn the ins and out of your RootsMagic software? Sign up for our Mastering RootsMagic online course.

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  1. "You still can use your old Family Tree Maker after that, but your trees will no longer sync"
    Although you can still use Family Tree Maker after that, its anything tied into treesync that wont work, which includes a lot more then just the sync part. From MacKiev’s faq on Family Tree Maker 2017
    Q: Is there a detailed list of what will be working in FTM 2017 and will stop working in older editions?
    A: Here’s the list of the connectivity that will continue to be available on through FTM 2017:
    Syncing an FTM tree with an Ancestry tree  
    Searching Ancestry’s databases directly from within FTM and merging data into your tree
    Ancestry Hints from within FTM (hints still appear on Ancestry Member Trees)                                                  
    Tree upload/download 
    Some Web Dashboard Information (though the rest is available online in your Ancestry.com account) 
    Map View

  2. feel like I was scammed- bought 2014- havent been able to upgrade it or sync my old files as Mc Keiv diesn’t have LIVE phone help and chat people do not understand my problems.

  3. If I read the comment from Jeff correctly, you have to acquire FTM 2017 in order for your FTM to be able to get the little "leaf" to search Ancestry databases directly while working on your own FTM, then to be able to select and merge data into your own tree. Your old FTM will no longer be able to get the "leaf" to search with, whether you have a tree uploaded onto Ancestry or not.
    Is this correct?