Changes to Family Tree Maker by MacKiev

There are a lot of changes being made to Family Tree Maker by its new owner MacKiev. CFGS has posted some of this information on our Facebook Group. You should also follow FTM (Family Tree Maker) on their Facebook page to keep up with new information as it is released.

To summarize what is happening, it is good news; FTM is being updated to a new 2017 version. Depending on when (or if) you purchased FTM the price could be free or up to $79.95. Also, FTM is introducing a new way of syncing with called FamilySync. The current TreeSync will no longer work in older versions. This transition starts March 29.

To help you sort things out, see the two sets of frequently asked questions below.

Family Tree Maker 2017 FAQ

FamilySync to replace TreeSync in FTM 2017

Finally, due to our May 13th seminar with Drew Smith, there will not be a meeting of our Family Tree Maker SIG in May.


Software MacKiev introduces FamilySync™ for Family Tree Maker 2017 Software

This is from an email from Software MacKiev dated March 20, 2017

Family Tree Maker 2017Last year, we announced the purchase of Family Tree Maker desktop software by Software MacKiev and because we wanted to make the transition to a new owner as smooth as possible, we committed at least a year of customer and product support. The goal has always been to maintain the capability to share your family tree data between files on your computer with your personal Ancestry online trees. We've been hard at work co-developing a new Ancestry gateway with Software MacKiev to use in their Family Tree Maker 2017, which will be available soon. We believe Software MacKiev continues to deliver the best value to users of Family Tree Maker with their focus and expertise in software solutions.

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The Family History on Par Street Reopens!

The Family History Center in the LDS Church at 45 E. Par Street, Orlando will be reopening on Thursday March 23. The new hours will be Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Location Map

At this time dates to move CFGS meetings back to this location have not been determined.

Ancestry Revealed Needs You!

The Ancestry Revealed is a community service program of the Central Florida Genealogical Society and is entering it's 5th year. Volunteers help seniors to complete a 4 generation pedigree chart along with a family group sheet, either in their independent or assisted living facility or at various churches and public venues. They are also given various documents that are found along the way such as census records, marriage certificates, ship manifest, naturalization papers etc. All this info is to be passed down to their children and grandchildren. The program operates from September through May each year.

We need more volunteers right now, as many have had to leave the program the past two years due to moving out of the area, sickness, care-giving etc. and we are down to a skeleton crew. But I am also looking ahead to our next September season. So whether you are available now or not for several months please do consider joining the team.If you are researching your own family you already know how to complete a pedigree chart. Training is available if needed and/or being paired up with a seasoned volunteer during live sessions. If you are interested in helping others in this extremely rewarding program or would like more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. WE NEED YOU.

Learn More & Watch Ancestry Revealed Video

Check Our Facebook Group For More News

Many short term stories are posted to our Facebook Group rather than on this page. That page is a place where members can ask questions and have discussions about researching and exploring their ancestors. If you are not a member of this group may can ask to join.

Are You Going to See Diahan Southard at the JGSGO Meeting April 4?

Prior to this meeting, Elaine Powell will host a pot luck dinner at her home at 5:00 pm. Elaine lives only one mile from the location of the April 4 meeting. If you would like to avoid rush-hour traffic and enjoy a dinner where you can sit and chat with CFGS members before the meeting, please join us. If you are coming from work or are unable to bring a dish, that is no problem. Please come and enjoy dinner with us anyway. There will be plenty of food.

Please RSVP to Elaine at 407-484-4843 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are coming. Her address is 4620 Saddleworth Circle, Orlando, FL 32826.

Family History Library Offers Monthly Webinars

family-history-library-slcDo you need some help with your Danish ancestor research? How would you like to learn the latest and greatest from FamilySearch Family Tree experts? October FamilySearch webinars offer a variety of classes that cover everything from worldwide localities to the basics of FamilySearch products. All classes and webinars are free to the public.

Courses in Family Tree start off the month, and additional webinars focus on FamilySearch products such as the FamilySearch Catalog, Wiki, and Historical Records. Record studies include Italian, German, Polish, Scottish, French, and Latin Records, and British Case Studies. In addition, a Nordic conference will be presented in a weeklong set of webinars.

You can attend classes in person at the Family History Library and view many of them online as a webinar.  Classes are offered for both beginners and those more advanced. To find out what is scheduled go to their Wiki page and look for "Classes and Online Webinars." Note that not all classes are offered as a Webinar so look for that word in the listing.

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2017 Series Announced

legacy-family-tree-webinarsLegacy Family Tree Webinars has announced their 2017 live webinar schedule.In case you are not familiar with Legacy Webinars, on a regular basis they present free live webinars with know speakers and great topics. Each live webinar is free to watch when presented and also avaliable for about a week afterwards. After the week, you can only watch with a subscription. A subscription also give you access to ALL of the webinars in their library for viewing at any time. The cost is around $10 for a month or $50 for a year however a coupon code for a 10% discount is provided at the end of each live webinar. They also have occasional sales.

There are many interesting topics and great speakers scheduled in 2017. You can view the schedule and select any or all of the webinars you wish to register for here.

The full schedule is below.

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