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For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Huge Ancestry News as Reported from the Six Well-Known Bloggers


Many of you have already heard the recent news about Ancestry.com stating "we’ve made the tough decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015." (Read more at the end of this post.) This post is for those who aren't on facebook or subscribe to Ancestry's blog. I am presenting several articles and links for you, since I subscribe to a lot of blogs and have many of these people as facebook friends. I am sure some of their information will be very helpful to you.

The notice on the upper right side is actually on my blog, Life From the Roots. It is shown on the home page (bottom right side) and lists my top 10 popular posts as determined by Google. You can see, the post is about a discount from Ancestry and is number 1. Originally, it was posted in April 2013, and I've updated it quite a few times. People are still reading this and getting the discount. I have no affiliation with Ancestry and because of what has happened, I plan on taking down that post on December 31st. You are welcome to see if my information is still valid for the discount. Note: I haven't been a subscriber for about a month, but will probably rejoin in the future.

Six interesting posts from well-known and informative bloggers. If you don't already subscribe to their sites, this might be a good time to do so. They are all free, and these individuals keep us up-to-date on all genealogy matters.

Randy Seaver
http://www.geneamusings.com/2015/12/ancestrycom-announces-retirement-of.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+geneamusings%2FlEXw+%28Genea-Musings%29

Dick Eastman
http://blog.eogn.com/2015/12/08/ancestry-to-retire-family-tree-maker-software/
Update from Dick Eastman (Dec. 10, 2015)
http://blog.eogn.com/2015/12/10/more-information-on-the-decision-to-retire-family-tree-maker-desktop-software/

Judy Russell
http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2015/12/09/check-out-the-alternatives/
Thomas MacEntee
http://www.geneabloggers.com/blame-the-millennials-the-end-of-family-tree-maker-genealogy-software/


If you are planning on making a change soon, three of the current companies making genealogy software programs are listed below. All have offered nice discounts, but  you have to act very fast on ordering the last one, Family Tree Builder.

RootsMagic7
http://blog.rootsmagic.com/?p=2546

Legacy Family Tree
http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2015/12/update-on-the-family-tree-maker-announcement.html

Family Tree Builder
https://www.myheritage.com/partner/geneabloggersjuly2015?utm_source=external&utm_campaign=partner_geneabloggersjuly2015

My message from Ancestry.com received December 8, 2015 is below.
Ancestry
Dear Family Tree Maker™ community,

Ancestry is proud to have made a significant investment this year to bring valuable new content and records to the Ancestry site. In 2015, we’ve made 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico available, more than 170 million pages from the largest collection of U.S. will and probate records, among others. We’ve also introduced new features such as Ancestry Academy, and major advancements for AncestryDNA.

As we strive to provide our customers with the best experience possible, we are constantly evaluating our services and product offerings. True to this focus, we’ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide new content, product enhancements and support that our users need. With that, we’ve made the tough decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015.

We will continue to support existing Family Tree Maker owners at least through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™ will continue to work. Our Member Services team will also remain available to assist with questions or issues you may have.

These changes are never easy. But by focusing our efforts, we can concentrate on continuing to build great products for our loyal Ancestry community.

You can find additional details about the retirement of Family Tree Maker on our blog.

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