ADVERTISEMENT to Retire Five Genealogy Services

By Diane Haddad today announced that it will “retire” five of its services as of Sept. 5, 2014:

  •, the family website service
  • MyCanvas, the photo book publishing service
  • (though the site will remain online with some content)
  •, the worldwide family tree site
  • Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA testing’s executive vice president of product, Eric Shoup, said yesterday in a conference call with genealogy media that ending these services will allow to focus on its core products and mission.

Subscribers and active users of each service will receive an email with details on any refunds (if applicable) and how to retrieve their content, and each site will have retirement landing pages and FAQs for customers. Here’s an overview of what will happen:

  • customers can export their group data using an Export Now button that appears on the site when you’re logged in. Prorated refunds will be automatically issued to owners of active sites.
  • MyCanvas customers can complete projects through Sept. 4. After then, printing orders won’t be accepted and saved projects will be deleted. Kinda makes me sad, because I created my wedding photo book here. You should be able to print a project for free at home by going to My Projects, clicking Preview for a project, then clicking the Print button (if you have trouble, try selecting pages to print a couple at a time).
  • subscriptions and member accounts will end, but the site will remain online (it would be silly to give up a domain name like with the message boards and Family Tree Maker home pages in read-only format, as well as the most popular educational articles.
  • Mundia family trees also are on, where you can search them for free (you must subscribe in order to contact tree owners, which is the case with all of’s member trees). Mundia tree owners can download their family trees in their native language before Sept. 5.
  • Y-DNA and mtDNA tests are no longer being sold on (but the company will continue to sell its AncestryDNA autosomal tests, and autosomal DNA customers aren’t affected). Customers who’ve taken Y-DNA or mitochondrial DNA tests can download their raw data by visiting the AncestryDNA website. Y-DNA and mtDNA customers’ samples will be destroyed (it might become possible to upgrade samples to autosomal testing, such as for someone who is now deceased—stay tuned).

Click here to read’s blog post on the discontinuation of these services.