Genealogy news roundup: Family Tree Maker to replace TreeSync feature

By Jon Bauckham, 30 March 2017 - 5:19pm

Plus: New look for National Army Museum; GRO trial reaches final phase; Historic colour tithe maps go online; Newly digitised index cards reveal Jewish persecution; DNA reveals identity of WW1 soldier

Users who purchase or upgrade to Family Tree Maker 2017 will still be able to sychronise their offline data with Ancestry member trees

The developers of Family Tree Maker (FTM) have created a new tool to replace its popular TreeSync feature.

Software MacKiev, which acquired the brand from Ancestry in 2016, has announced that a similar function named ‘FamilySync’ will be included with FTM 2017, due for release on Friday 31 March.

Whereas TreeSync will stop working for users with older versions of FTM, those who purchase or upgrade to the latest edition will be able to continue synchronising their offline data with Ancestry trees.

Full details can be found at

New look for National Army Museum 

London’s National Army Museum (NAM) has reopened its doors to the public following a £23.75 million refurbishment project.

Unveiled on Thursday 30 March, the free museum boasts an array of new exhibits and state-of-the-art facilities, telling the story of the British Army over the past 400 years.

Across five thematic galleries, visitors can learn about the relationship between Army, culture and society, and how the nation’s military endeavours have affected the rest of the world.

The experience is aided by more than 2,500 historic objects from the museum’s archive collections, some on display for the first time.

Read our full news story here.

GRO trial reaches third and final phase 

The third and final phase of a pilot project to supply copies of English and Welsh civil registration records via email is being conducted by the General Register Office (GRO).

For the first time, researchers have been able to purchase PDF versions of records not already held by the GRO in a digital format at a cost of £8 each, instead of having to pay £9.25 to order hard copy certificates. This includes births from 1935-2006, marriages from 1837-2010 and deaths from 1958-2006.

Two previous stages of the trial enabled family historians to request PDF copies of birth (1837-1934) and death records (1837-1957) that had already been digitised by the GRO. These were available at a cost of £6 (supplied within five working days) and £45 (supplied within three hours).

Phase three is set to continue until Wednesday 12 April, or until 40,000 PDFs have been ordered – whichever comes first.

Historic colour tithe maps go online

Rare colour tithe maps from the counties of Middlesex and Northumberland have been uploaded to TheGenealogist.

Digitised from records held at The National Archives, the maps provide a comprehensive picture of land ownership during the mid-19th century.

As with greyscale maps already available through the site, the colour maps can be cross-referenced with apportionment books, revealing details of land use and money paid in taxes or ‘tithes’ to the Church.

Explore the records here (requires subscription).

Newly digitised records reveal Jewish persecution

The remains of a card index featuring details of Jewish Holocaust victims has been published online for the first time.

The International Tracing Service (ITS) has digitised 32,264 index cards compiled by the Reich Association of Jews in Germany, listing people forced to register with the Nazi regime following the passing of the Nuremberg Race Laws.

Available to search at, the digital scans contain numerous biographical details, including each person’s date of birth, profession and address.

As the records were originally used by the Gestapo to plan the mass deportation of Jews in 1941, it therefore offers a harrowing insight into the lives of men, women and children who perished during the Holocaust.

DNA reveals identity of WW1 soldier

The identity of a First World War soldier whose body was recently uncovered in France has been confirmed thanks to DNA analysis.

Following a thorough investigation, scientists have been able to prove that remains found near Martinpuich in 2016 are those of Private Henry Parker of the Yorkshire Regiment by matching DNA from bone fragments to a saliva sample supplied by his great nephew, Francis Storry.

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