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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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.

2017 FamilyTreeWebinars.com 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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17 Years of Research Being Flushed Down the Toilet

ancestry-insiderFrom The Ancestry Insider Blog Posted: 06 Mar 2017 08:00 AM PST used by permission.
You can subscribe to The Ancestry Insider Blog on his website above.

One of my #RootsTech reports drew this comment from a reader:

Dear Ancestry Insider

The last paragraph on data innovation really struck home with me. I am 68 years old and have 5 family trees with the largest one having over 90,800 names, 15,400 obits, and numerous wedding announcements and anniversaries, etc. No one in my family has any interest in genealogy. I can see my 17 years of research being "flushed down the toilet" when I am incapable of maintaining my trees. I have basically quit my research because it seems pointless.

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Updates and Changes to Our Website

Marriage Database Back Online

We recently moved our website to a new host on the web. When this move happened, it broke the searchable tables for Marriage Records and our Tombstone Database. Effective today, the Orange County (FL) Marriage Records are back online and are searchable using advanced searches and filters. Note that these records date to when many of the surrounding counties were considered Orange County. 

Tombstone / Cemetery Project

We hope to have the Tombstone Database online soon. We also need some help on completing the Cemetery / Tombstone project. If you are willing to help with this project which was started in the early 1980s please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We have need for people to photograph cemeteries and to do research to add and update information on them.

Meeting Notes Moved on Website

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The Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, Findmypast, FamilySearch and MyHeritage

By Dick Eastman · February 21, 2017

You may have asked, "Which is the best online genealogy service for me to use?" Or perhaps you want to know the best two or three services. Sunny Morton gave a presentation about these four online powerhouses at the recent RootsTech2017 conference that may answer your questions.

The one-hour four-minute presentation was videotaped and is now available as a video on the RootsTech.org web site. I suspect this video will answer most of your questions. Topics covered include cost, record types, geographic coverage, genetic testing, DNA matching, search flexibility, languages supported, mobile-friendly, automated matching, and a lot more. Sunny provides the most information about these four sites that I have ever seen in any other one document or video.

Comparing Ancestry, Findmypast, Familysearch and- Myheritage

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Read Our Genealogy Tips, Hints and 101 Topics for Beginners

Our website has a collection of tips, hints and how to do all things genealogy along with a number of topics designed to help beginners get started in their study of genealogy. Below is a list of articles in both categories. We encourage you to check out these resources to aid you in your research. Note that this may not be a comprehensive list as other information may be found under these headings.

We also encourage you to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. any additional tip and hints that we may have missed.

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New Update for Family Tree Maker from MacKiev

A new free update for Family Tree Maker has been released from MacKiev, the new owners of this software. This update is recommended that every user of both FTM 2014 and Mac 3 to install. It offers better security in that you can add passwords to tree files you export. It is also more stable and has improved speed and responsiveness. If you are on their Mailing List  you should have received notice of this update.

This update is for registered user of Family Tree Maker 2014 or Mac 3. There are several steps to follow in order to download the update including viewing at a series of items MacKiev has for sale (although you are not required to buy anything). You must also currently have FTM 2014 installed on the computer you are upgrading. They recommend that you install this update as a new program and to not use it to update your currently installed copy.

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