'New options' for Family Tree Maker users revealed

By Jon Bauckham, 3 February 2016 - 10:53am

Just eight weeks after announcing that it would be retiring the popular desktop software, Ancestry has struck two new deals to secure the future of Family Tree Maker and its key features

Family Tree Maker users are to be given 'two new options' for the future.

Ancestry, which announced that it would be retiring the popular software package in December, revealed in a statement yesterday evening (Monday 2 February) that the brand had now been acquired by Software MacKiev.

The agreement means the Boston-based company will not only be responsible for providing software updates, but releasing brand-new PC and Mac versions of Family Tree Maker in the future.

However, Ancestry has also struck a deal with rival software giant RootsMagic, enabling users to connect their RootsMagic packages to the Ancestry website before the end of 2016.

According to the statement, this new relationship will give users “access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save [their trees] on Ancestry”.

The initial announcement that Ancestry would be retiring Family Tree Maker was met with widespread criticism from the genealogy community.

However, the company said it had made the “tough decision” due to the “declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to provide new content, product enhancements and support that our users need”.

Read what genealogy tech expert and regular WDYTYA? Magazine contributor Nick Peers has to say about the developments here

 

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