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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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.

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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.

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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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 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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Family Tree DNA Now Accepts All Autosomal Transfers and 23andMe V3 and V4

ftdna-logoFamily Tree DNA now accepts AncestryDNA and 23&Me transfers. Previously some DNA tests were not compatible with Family Tree DNA's system but that has not been fixed. The cost to upload and see the top 20 ALL matches is completely free and only take seconds to do. You will have to have a free account. There is an optional $19 charge to utilize all the tools including the chromosome browser and ethnicity estimates. Previously the charge was $39.

UPDATE: Exciting new points are that ALL of your matches are free for transfer kits, not just the first 20 matches. In addition, the matrix feature is free too, so you can see if your matches also match each other.

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