Ever since RootsMagic announced back in February 2016 that it was collaborating with Ancestry on the sync, inquiring genealogy minds have wanted to know, “how much longer?”
An answer of sorts came yesterday in an open letter from RootsMagic head honcho Bruce Buzbee. Although initially, “by the end of the year” seemed like a safe deadline, he writes that more time is needed to complete and properly test the new syncing feature.
Bruce includes a good explanation of the behind-the-scenes technical challenges: The API, the “system that lets Ancestry and RootsMagic talk with each other,” is brand new and needed lots of testing as well as additional functionality, which took time. His team also has needed to remove and replace code to improve how the software performs certain tasks.
So the bottom line is, RootsMagic won’t sync with Ancestry by Dec. 31. But “it is close, and it looks amazing,” Bruce writes.
See the full letter on the RootsMagic blog. If you’re interested in being a beta tester for RootsMagic’s Ancestry sync features, click the link to the application at the end of the letter.
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