Ancestry announced in December that ‘due to the declining software market’ it would no longer offer Family Tree Maker, its genealogy software product. It will only continue to support the software until the end of 2016.
Family Tree Maker offered users the option to synchronize a tree kept on their computer with an online Ancestry tree. People could keep their data on their own computer, while being able to access a tree while out and about, or have it available for public view.
The news that the software will be discontinued was not well received by its users, generating many negative comments on the Ancestry blog. However, it does reflect a trend for software that is hosted on personal computers to be phased out and replaced by a solution where data is hosted ‘in the cloud’.
If you use Family Tree Maker you are probably wondering what you should do now. For the present you can carry on as normal. You will be able to use the software and TreeSynch until at least the end of 2016.
Dick Eastman’s blog will also be of interest for those affected – it gives an impartial and useful overview of the implications and options available.
FFHS Marketing Manager
15 January 2016