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Some Family Tree Software And On-line Options To Consider

Some Family Tree Software Options To Consider

May 16, 2018

Vicki’s note – Once you find several families in your family history, it is time to look into organizing them onto a computerized family tree.  Here is an update on some options that you may want to consider:

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From Ancestry.com Family Tree Maker FAQ

In 2016, Ancestry.com got out of the software business to concentrate on their database.  They sold their Family Tree Maker software to Software MacKiev.  There has been a transition to the new owner with Ancestry.com continuing support of Family Tree Maker support.  

It seemed that I did not hear a lot about a finished stable product,until I searched the Ancestry.com website for this information.  The beta testing is over and they worked closely with MacKiev to make sure there would still be the ability to upload, download, and sync Family Tree Maker to Ancestry.

Software MacKiev is using a new syncing technology incorporated into Family Tree Maker 2017, called FamilySync™. Family Tree Maker 2017 is now available for purchase on MacKiev.com. The new technology, FamilySync™by Software MacKiev, replaced Ancestry’s TreeSync®.

“What you should know:

  • On March 29, 2017, Ancestry and MacKiev permanently retired TreeSync.
  • FamilySync is available only in Software MacKiev’s Family Tree Maker 2017.
  • Family Tree Maker editions prior to 2017 are no longer able to sync with Ancestry trees, but older software is still usable as a standalone program.
  • Ancestry search, merge, and tree hints will continue to work in Family Tree Maker 2017.

How can I continue to connect Family Tree Maker to Ancestry?

You’ll need to upgrade to Family Tree Maker 2017. Family Tree Maker 2017 allows you to sync Ancestry trees, search Ancestry records, and receive Ancestry hints.

The features below are available in Family Tree Maker 2017:

  • Syncing your trees in Family Tree Maker to your Ancestry trees
  • Searching Ancestry’s databases and merging data into your tree
  • Viewing Ancestry hints
  • Uploading and downloading a trees
  • Web dashboard Information
  • The interactive map
  • Viewing sources on Ancestry

How can I purchase Family Tree Maker 2017?

Family Tree Maker 2017 for Mac and Windows is available for purchase by visiting MacKiev.com.

Do I need a new Ancestry subscription to use FTM 2017?

Any Ancestry subscription may be used with Family Tree Maker 2017.”

If you have an Ancestry.com subscription, you can build on-line family tree(s).  Once your subscription ends, you can no longer access your family tree to make additions or to edit it, until you pay for a new subscription.

“From https://support.ancestry.com/s/article/Differences-between-Ancestry-and-Family-Tree-Maker :

Ancestry is a website, and Family Tree Maker is software you install on your computer. Ancestry can be accessed only from web browsers (such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) and (on mobile devices) the Ancestry app, while Family Tree Maker can be accessed even when a computer is not connected to the internet.

Though Family Tree Maker software works with Ancestry, Family Tree Maker is sold and supported by Software MacKiev.”


From http://www.rootsmagic.com/ancestry/

RootsMagic and Ancestry: Working Together at Last

“Last year, we announced we were working with Ancestry® to integrate Ancestry Hints® and Ancestry’s records and online trees with our software. After months of development and the feedback of thousands of testers, we’re pleased to announce the release of RootsMagic 7.5, a free update to RootsMagic 7 that adds two amazing new features: TreeShare™ for Ancestry and the addition of Ancestry Hints to RootsMagic’s WebHints™ feature.

TreeShare for Ancestry

RootsMagic’s TreeShare for Ancestry will let you move data between your RootsMagic files on your computers and your personal Ancestry online trees. You can transfer people, events, notes, source citations, and even pictures between the two systems.

RootsMagic users also gain the ability to easily share and collaborate with others by giving family members access to their Ancestry online tree. Using the new TreeShare feature, family members can then synchronize the latest changes and additions to both the online tree and their desktop computers.

Ancestry Hints Integration

RootsMagic leverages the Ancestry Hints capability, and as possible matches are found, users may conveniently review them from within the software. RootsMagic then lets you add new information and media from matching records into your file.

Free RootsMagic Essentials Software

For those that are just starting their journey into the world of genealogy, RootsMagic offers “RootsMagic Essentials”- a free version of their software with a limited set of features tailored towards beginners.

If you have an account with Ancestry, RootsMagic Essentials includes the ability to upload your file to Ancestry or download your existing online trees from Ancestry. If you are a subscriber to Ancestry, RootsMagic Essentials also allows you to search and view all of the content in your subscription. Those wishing to compare and transfer individual records between RootsMagic and Ancestry will want to use the full-featured RootsMagic software.”


Here are some other Software products to record your family tree on:

LegacyFamilyTree.com – has a robust, free “Standard” computer software version, and the option for a paid “Deluxe” version.  I have used the basic free software, and decided to purchase the deluxe for the enhanced features.  Your Family Tree is not on-line.  MyHeritage.com and Legacy Family Tree have created a partnership (separate yet linked).  On LegacyFamilyTree, you can receive hints for MyHeritage.com, but can only see brief information without an additional subscription.

MyHeritage.com itself has a free basic (on-line) family tree (250 people) that you can create, with a full (on-line)family tree available as part of a subscription.

TribalPages.com is another free (on-line) family tree  – Family Tree Maker.  Others can only see it if you invite family and relatives to view or update your family tree website.

“Each ancestry project becomes its own private and secure website that can be loaded with photos, charts, reports, maps, relationships, events and stories. Just add names of your relatives & ancestors or import a GEDCOM file and instantly create your free family tree. Your site can create custom newsletters for each member with birthday and anniversary reminders, recent site activity and send them out every two weeks.”

You can share/copy your family tree to any of these by importing a GEDCOM file from any other site, and instantly create/duplicate your family tree.

FamilySearch.org is another on-line site where you can create a family tree.  It is my understanding that, not only is it on-line, but that anyone in the world can add/change “your” tree.  It is a shared tree.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints manages FamilySearch.org.  You can send in corrections for them to consider changing.

Ancestry.com “Saves” are not Permanent Until You Save the Records to Your Computer

Ancestry.com “Saves” are not Permanent Until You Save the Records to Your Computer

Vicki’s note – a 5-26-2017 posting on Facebook from the FamilyHistoryDaily.com https://www.facebook.com/familyhistorydaily/  BLOG.


Stop ‘Saving’ Records to Your Ancestry Tree Until You Read This

It’s no secret that we love free genealogy sites here at Family History Daily. But, we have to admit, we also like Ancestry.com. Next to FamilySearch.org, you’re not going to find a larger, more diverse genealogy website — and many of us are willing to pay their subscription fees for that reason alone.

But we also like Ancestry for the convenient free family tree they offer. It’s easy to get started with, maintain and share (or keep private). Plus, they’ve made it extremely convenient to add records from Ancestry’s databases. A couple of clicks and you can easily attach any number of sources, or names, to your tree (although we could tell you why that’s generally a bad idea).

But it’s this very convenience that poses a serious problem for many family historians. Most people who keep their trees on Ancestry.com probably regularly attach records to individuals using the ‘Save This Record’ function …..”


Read the rest of the article here to find out how to save Ancestry.com records to your computer, not just to your Ancestry (online subscription) Family Tree.  Good hints on backing up your data, and updated information on the status of the replacements for Ancestry Family Tree Maker Software – TreeSync; and FamilySync from MacKiev.:


Fun Discoveries at Your Stateline Genealogy Club March 11, 2016

You can view a free webinar, if you missed today’s Stateline Genealogy Club Program, or review the MyHeritage webinar “Discover Your Scandinavian Ancestors” by clicking on previous webinars here:


And go to the 18 April 2015 webinar “Discover Your Scandinavian Ancestors”.

Lot’s of helpful information here on Scandinavian / Nordic genealogy, naming patterns, and history.  No wonder finding Nordic ancestors is difficult.

Great sharing and support at the Stateline Genealogy Club meeting.  Here the experiences that our Club members told us today:

We all discovered that our ancestors could have been in any country temporarily as borders change, and people move around.  Your German, Russian, or English ancestors could also be Scandinavian/Nordic.  Don’t blind your pathways to discovery by being a purist ethnic-searching snob.

Help comes from reaching out to other Club members, and by social media, to find over-seas genealogy angels who will help us by sharing pictures and their ancestry research.  Priceless: getting a photograph of your great grandfather at age 8 from a distant Swedish relative; getting a Scandinavian family pedigree researched by first names only (because they did not use surnames), being invited to attend the “Sons of Norway” club in Rockford Illinois to find out more about the language, being put in touch with a newly discovered third genealogist cousin in the next town, and finding out that you have a new (Scandinavian) avenue to find your German ancestors.

Attending any of the Club programs helps us to learn general techniques for our own ancestor’s searches, get hints from others, and a chance to network and enjoy our common hobby, and make friends; and a free door prize (thanks Kim 🙂

Ancestry will keep up to 300 of your  “discoveries” from Ancestry.com when you send them to your email. These do not disappear and are an efficient technique to maximize your Library time to search more; analyze later.

We also learned that you can create/put your Family Tree on Ancestry.com at home without joining.  Then save your Library time on our paid subscription to do your searching. Don’t be afraid to ask for a free trial subscription or extension from Ancestry.com or others.

Resolved – before the next sale on genealogy DNA testing, I intend to:

Be better at documenting sources as I go,

Research and get more ancestors on my Legacy.com pedigree,

Learn how to transfer my Legacy.com family tree by ged.com.to Ancestry.com,

Create a Family Tree on Ancestry.com,

Get DNA tests for my Mom, and brother, and, and…..

Get results on Ancestry.com for finding more relatives from the DNA test results.

Find out if I do actually have some Scandinavian/Nordic ancestors as a basis for my jokes about Vikings and my Scotch/Irish/Welsh/French/German ancestors.

The more through your Family Tree is, the more chances you get for the DNA testing to find correct relative matches, and to find incorrect relatives.  Other genealogists have a better chance at finding your Family Tree common relatives.

A genealogy club is a great support for us genealogists who do a lot of lone searching and data input.  If you don’t have a club available, I am glad to give you this BLOG support.  Consider this your club, no matter where in the world that you live; and happy searching.








Ancestry.com Family Tree Maker Software Returns (with a new company)

Article from Family Tree Magazine Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Family Tree Maker Returns PLUS Ancestry Partners With RootsMagic
Posted by Diane Haddad

Those of you wondering what you’ll do with your family tree now that Ancestry.com has discontinued Family Tree Maker genealogy software will probably welcome these two new options for storing your computerized family tree data and records:

  • Ancestry.com announced today it has sold Family Tree Maker software to a company called Software MacKiev (which has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for six years). Family Tree Maker owners will receive updates and be able to purchase new versions from Software MacKiev, and they’ll continue to be able to save their trees to Ancestry.com, use hints and search Ancestry.com from within the software. (The announcement doesn’t specifically mention syncing, though.)

    Update: Here’s how Ancestry.com responded to my question about syncing: “Family Tree Maker will continue to have syncing capability with Ancestry trees, however this feature may evolve as Software MacKiev updates the software.

    “It will use different underlying technology than our current TreeSync but it effectively provides the same basic functionality of allowing the user to keep data in their online tree and data in their desktop tree consistent.”

  • Ancestry.com also announced a new agreement with RootsMagic to connect the Ancestry.com website to RootsMagic genealogy software by the end of 2016. That means you’ll be able to use RootsMagic as your desktop software while using your Ancestry Member Tree as your online version.

RootsMagic does say its software will sync with Ancestry trees, as well as directly import Family Tree Maker files (no need to export a GEDCOM first). Read more details and a Q&A on the RootsMagic website.

“We have heard your concerns and are working to provide the solutions you requested,” states the announcement from Ancestry.com. “These new agreements will make it possible to preserve your work on Ancestry and Family Tree Maker and enable future features and benefits to help you discover your family history.”

Wondering whether all the fuss could’ve been avoided when Family Tree Maker’s retirement was announced in December? You’re not alone. Ancestry.com spokesperson Matthew Deighton says that the software purchase contract wasn’t yet signed when the announcement was made.

For more details on these agreements, see the Ancestry.com blog.
Ancestry.com | Genealogy Software

My Experience with Legacy Family Tree Maker and App

The Legacy 8.0 Standard (free download) can generate reports and charts – see: http://legacyfamilytree.com/LegacyStandard.asp

The Deluxe (paid) version has even more options. See:

I used the free standard version of Legacy for quite awhile                          (cause I’m frugal ;), but I purchased the deluxe last year and have enjoyed some of the added features (i.e. an alert that an Ohio county, that I had entered, was not in existence when my ancestor was born, but 3 possible counties were named.)

Not enough time for doing genealogy as I would like, but it may be my Christmas gift to myself.  And thanks for asking questions so that I make the time to find answers for all of us in my Statelinegenealogyclub.wordpress.com BLOG.

I just got an email notification that I have a free Legacy update waiting for me to download.  Lovely excuse to go to my computer, play genealogy detective, and to take the time to enter the information that I have gathered on paper.

I am still learning how to use Legacy and it is a little “not intuitive”, but I am getting used to it.

The main thing that I notice is that I need to figure out if Legacy has an equivalent to the “little Leaf” that Ancestry.com Family Tree Maker sends you for suggested family members.  Maybe that is on the “Genealogies” part of FamilySearch if you submit your own family tree?

(Have any of you used that feature, and do you get suggestions of possible relatives?  Maybe that will be my goal to try out on my Christmas vacation.)

Family Search is a service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


The Family Search database has 2 main functions:

Records – (Census etc.) searches similar to Ancestry.com, but they are free.

Genealogies – are “family trees submitted by individuals who have contributed their research to the FamilySearch.org. community.

According to Family search –

“When you submit your family tree, you can upload a GEDCOM file so that others can search it on FamilySearch.org.

You can make your family tree available there to help other researchers. Your submissions remain in your control, preserved indefinitely, to review or remove as you see fit.”

(Unfortunately, although Ancestry.com is a wonderful resource, if you add your family tree there, I have heard that you cannot access/edit it, if you stop your subscription.)

I am looking forward to learning more about using FamilySearch Genealogies.  (You do not have to be a Mormon to make use of their database.)  This last year, we had a very useful Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library program by  Nancy Ritter, (Beloit Latter Day Saints Family History Center Director) on how to use FamilySearch and other genealogy resources  at the LDS center.

(To find that one, or one near you click on https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator.)

Two years ago I paid about $15 to download a TelGen “Families” app (4.2 stars) from  my Android “Play Store” that lets me update my Legacy software on my smart phone or tablet while out and about. I believe that it has an Apple version also.

Usually I use the app to do input of family information while I ask them and then transfer/sync it to my desktop computer or back again.  I also use it to display and edit my Legacy family trees when I am away from home.  Great to also look at my genealogy charts for research trips.

(From Legacy FAQ):

Running Legacy on a Mobile Device

by Sherry Holthe

“You can’t load Legacy (or any regular Windows software) directly to an Android device or iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.. Those devices run “apps”  There is an app that works with Legacy called “Families.” 

TelGen is the author of this app, not Legacy, but it was designed specifically to work with Legacy.  You can read more about it here http://www.telgen.co.uk/families/ You will be able to sync your tree between the your computer and mobile device.  On that link you will find the free program that you need to download to your PC to get your PC and mobile device talking to each other after you purchase the Families app.

Legacy also has a free webinar showing how the Families app works with Legacy

If you experience difficulties using the Families app, please visit http://www.telgen.co.uk/families/forum/.”

What’s the best genealogy software?

(Note from Vicki – here is a Genealogy Software Guide article from Family Tree Magazine that should help Ancestry.com  Family Tree Maker owners to evaluate what other software is out there.  Or for someone who does not like their software, or has never had any.  I found getting a software the only way to keep up with my researches and the multitude of my ancestry finds.  Here is also a connection to helpful software articles.  Remember – for more help and further reading  – click on the blue underlined words BELOW to connect to the links that I add to my BLOGS.  This particular one won’t work, as it is an example 🙂

Genealogy Software Guide

Choose the best genealogy program for you with our roundup of popular software—including reviews and free genealogy software trial versions.

Let’s be honest–when it comes to genealogy software, a slew of questions come to mind. What family tree software is out there? What’s the best genealogy software? Is there such thing as free genealogy software?

This section of the site is designed specifically to answer any and all inquiries about computer applications for your ancestors. Whether you want information on family tree software for a Mac or genealogy programs for PC, we’ll try to cover all of your bases in the following pages.

Since many programs perform the essential functions of recording, organizing and sharing family history data, the best choice for you often depends on personal preference. Do you use a laptop or a desktop? Do you have genealogy programs on your iPad or smart phone? Perhaps you even use genealogy apps, such as 1000memories or the official Ancestry.com app. In this roundup of the most popular family tree software applications for Windows and Mac, we provide ratings, reviews and essential run downs of top programs, as well as the pros and cons of each.

Genealogy Software for Windows
Genealogy Software for Macs
Genealogy Apps

Free Genealogy Software

Genealogy Software Articles

Along with basic software reviews, Family Tree Magazine has conducted a number of step-by-step tutorials for using genealogy programs, as well as general news and information regarding family tree software. Below are some articles that you might find particularly useful:

“Apple Picking”
Select the right software for you from the crop of Mac genealogy programs.

“Best Tech Gifts for Genealogists 2014”

Give these tech gifts to your favorite genealogists (or to yourself!) this Christmas.

“Cyber Solutions: Catch All”
How do I print a family tree chart from genealogy software?

“Easier Source Citation with Your Genealogy Software”

Source citations need not be a source of misery. Learn how three popular genealogy software programs—Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree and RootsMagic—can make it easy to track where you find your family facts.

“Family Tree for Dummies Software”
The foolproof Family Tree for Dummies software is actually quite smart.

“Glossary of Computer File Formats”
Don’t know PDF from PNG? Use our word list to figure out what type of file you’re dealing with—and which software will open it.

“How to Handle a GEDCOM”
Received a GEDCOM from a fellow researcher? Or want to share one with someone else? Find out what a GEDCOM is and how to share one.

“How to Organize a Genealogy Research Plan in Evernote”

Need a plan of attack to solve a genealogy research question? Follow these steps to set up a research plan notebook in the free Evernote.

“How to Organize Your Genealogy Research with Evernote”

The free Evernote tool is made for managing research projects. Our six-step guide will help you use it for happily organized genealogy searching.

“Intelligent Character Recognition Software”

Choose the best genealogy program for you with our roundup of popular software—including reviews and free genealogy software trial versions.

“Meeting Your Match”

Longing for the perfect mate to help you record, organize and share your genealogy findings? Don’t make a blind date—our beginner’s guide to genealogy software explains how to find the right program for you.

“Setting Your Cites”
Stymied by source documentation? Heed these hints for entering citations in your genealogy software.

“Quick Guide: Facebook vs Google+”
A comparison of Facebook and Google+ for networking with other genealogists.

“Quick Guide: Picasa vs. Windows Live Photo Gallery”
Two of the most popular photo editing and sharing programs out there, Google’s Picasa and Microsoft’s Windows Live Photo Gallery, are great tools for genealogists to organize digital images.

“Review: M-Disc Archival DVD and Blu-Ray”

Got photos and documents to preserve? Our reviewer examines the archival M-Disc, purported to store your data for up to 1,000 years.

“Software Review: Photo Colorizing Software”

Looking at old family photos, it’s easy to get the impression your ancestors lived in a black-and-white or sepiatoned world. But now you can take your images from Kansas to Oz, with photo editing software that allows you to easily colorize black-and-white pictures and see your ancestors’ faces, clothing and surroundings in realistic pigments.

Use these tips to keep your family trees on your computer and on the web up-to-date and in sync.

“Types of Family Tree Charts”
Now that you’ve found part of your family tree, put it on paper for posterity. These chart-creation secrets and book-printing basics will let you share your family history findings in style.

“Using Pinterest for Genealogy Research”

Pinterest, the latest internet addiction, has genealogists everywhere sharing photos, records and research inspiration via online bulletin boards. Here’s how you can get in on the action.