Family Tree Maker Returns PLUS Ancestry Partners With RootsMagic

Family Tree Maker Returns PLUS Ancestry Partners With RootsMagic

Those of you wondering what you'll do with your family tree now that Ancestry.com has discontinued Family Tree Maker genealogy software will probably welcome these two new options for storing your computerized family tree data and records: Ancestry.com announced today it has sold Family Tree Maker software to...

Those of you wondering what you’ll do with your family tree now that Ancestry.com has discontinued Family Tree Maker genealogy software will probably welcome these two new options for storing your computerized family tree data and records:

  • Ancestry.com announced today it has sold Family Tree Maker software to a company called Software MacKiev (which has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for six years). Family Tree Maker owners will receive updates and be able to purchase new versions from Software MacKiev, and they’ll continue to be able to save their trees to Ancestry.com, use hints and search Ancestry.com from within the software. (The announcement doesn’t specifically mention syncing, though.)

    Update: Here’s how Ancestry.com responded to my question about syncing: “Family Tree Maker will continue to have syncing capability with Ancestry trees, however this feature may evolve as Software MacKiev updates the software.

    “It will use different underlying technology than our current TreeSync but it effectively provides the same basic functionality of allowing the user to keep data in their online tree and data in their desktop tree consistent.”

  • Ancestry.com also announced a new agreement with RootsMagic to connect the Ancestry.com website to RootsMagic genealogy software by the end of 2016. That means you’ll be able to use RootsMagic as your desktop software while using your Ancestry Member Tree as your online version.

RootsMagic does say its software will sync with Ancestry trees, as well as directly import Family Tree Maker files (no need to export a GEDCOM first). Read more details and a Q&A on the RootsMagic website.

“We have heard your concerns and are working to provide the solutions you requested,” states the announcement from Ancestry.com. “These new agreements will make it possible to preserve your work on Ancestry and Family Tree Maker and enable future features and benefits to help you discover your family history.”

Wondering whether all the fuss could’ve been avoided when Family Tree Maker’s retirement was announced in December? You’re not alone. Ancestry.com spokesperson Matthew Deighton says that the software purchase contract wasn’t yet signed when the announcement was made.

For more details on these agreements, see the Ancestry.com blog.

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  1. Add me to that list of people wondering what the purpose was of announcing the end of the software and two months later being the hero for telling us there will be TWO alternatives. Yes, TWO! How lucky can we be? ‘Course neither one is ready yet. The suspense continues! Is this a reality show or what!

  2. Hi, Richard, when Software MacKiev introduces its version of Family Tree Maker, I don’t know whether you’ll be able to update your version or whether you’d need to buy the latest full version.

    FTM 2012 shouldn’t be useless, though. You still should be able to install it on your computer and enter your family data. 2012 is the first version of FTM with TreeSync, so you also should be able to sync it with your member tree on Ancestry (if you have one). Ancestry said it would continue syncing with FTM through 2016, and it sounds like Software MacKiev will continue syncing in some form.

  3. First, I want to say that I have been researching my family for 39 years and I think that Ancestry is making it harder, not easier to use the website. I have included details of my complaints below.

    It is NOT GOOD NEWS that Ancestry after only a few short years of owning Family Tree Maker is dumping!

    I recently took a class on using FTM to interface directly with Ancestry; now they slap me in the face!

    I am not interested in buying yet another program to work with Ancestry! How long are they going to stick with that one?

    While I am at it I DO NOT like the new look of Ancestry. When I look at Hints in the past I could limit my searches to the alphabetic first character of name that I wanted to look for information on; now I cannot do that.

    Whoever is in charge at Ancestry is making it LESS USER FRIENDLY; not more.

    I am using Family Search more and more than previously because they let me search on what I want to search on; Family Search is not trying to spoon feed me what they think I want to see and in the order that they think is best for me to see it.