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:
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.
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.”
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 Latter–day Saints manages FamilySearch.org. You can send in corrections for them to consider changing.
Vicki’s note – here’s the newest from Legacy Family Tree and RootsTech 2018 on MyHeritage.com and Genealogy DNA testing and syncing:
Join MyHeritage’s founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet, as he reveals many first-time-ever technologies that take the lead in and shapes the future of both traditional and genetic genealogy.
Presented live at RootsTech 2018 (and concluded with a rousing standing ovation), Gilad announced the immediate availability of:
- Tree Sync with FamilySearch
- DNA Quest
- the One-To-Many Chromosome Browser
- and three major new historic record collections – 1939 Register of England & Wales, U.S. Yearbooks 1890-1979, and Canadian Obituaries 1997-2017.
He also announced what’s coming soon at MyHeritage including the interactive Pedigree View, the “Big Tree” and the Theory of Family Relativity.
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This is the software that I use to help tame my ever-growing collection of genealogy research information. It was finally enough savings to prompt me to purchase the upgrade from version 8. One can also download a free version.
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One of my questions as a beginning genealogist was, “What is a Gedcom?” It is simply a transfer vehicle file to share your family tree from one database to another. They do not transfer pictures. Again something on my list to do. Each database or software will have different steps to create and import your family tree. Geoff clearly shows what is needed to do a Gedcom from Legacy.com to MyHeritage.com.
There is an online genealogy service that for years I dismissed. I already have my data in Legacy Family Tree software AND manage a research-in-progress tree at both FamilySearch and Ancestry – do I really need my data in yet another tree? This is what I thought before viewing Mike Mansfield’s excellent webinar, “7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries at MyHeritage.” Afterwards my opinion completely changed. I was impressed both with Mike as a speaker and with their technology. About a year later I published the “Top 20 Webinars of All Time” list, and was shocked to see that this class came in at number three – of all time! And now that MyHeritage has entered the DNA community, I’ve decided that they deserve more of my genealogical time and a solid look.
This post is the first of a series where I will investigate and report on my use and impressions of each of the “seven unique technologies” that Mike introduced.
- Smart Matching
- Record Matches
- Newspaper & Free-Text Matching
- Record Detective
- Instant Discoveries
- Global Name Translation
Combined with the other two MyHeritage-related webinars…
…I have become very impressed with their technology. As with any other genealogy technology, when I learn a little of its potential, I try to make time for a thorough investigation. Previous investigations have resulted in my support and love for tech like AniMap, Google Photos, Flip-Pal, and GoToWebinar. Now it’s MyHeritage’s turn. Either I’ll like it or I won’t, and I look forward to giving you my honest opinions of what I learn.
In this first post, I will describe my thought and decision making process as I determine how I will use the site. Initial questions I have include:
- Should I just use their search form to see if I get any matches in their trees or records, or like Mike suggested, should I first upload my tree to take advantage of their automated searching?
- If I do upload my tree, should I upload my entire tree or just the branches I am currently researching?
- How does MyHeritage protect my privacy?
- What about DNA? Will they let me import the raw results of the DNA tests I’ve completed elsewhere? If so, is their pool of testers large enough to be of any value to me?
How Should I Start?
In a previous MyHeritage-related webinar I uploaded a GEDCOM that I created from Legacy to demonstrate how the process worked. It was simple. But because I am beginning my serious investigation into their site, want to begin fresh, and to be able to demonstrate for you the steps involved, I’ve gone ahead and removed anything I previously shared.
Next is the decision of “how should I start my tree?” The Family Tree tab at MyHeritage shows that I can manually start a new tree or import a GEDCOM.
Since my time is valuable and because I already have my data in Legacy, I’ve decided to create and import a GEDCOM into their system. Should I import all 23,702 individuals, or should I import just the ancestors I am actively researching? A few minutes go by…I’ve decided to import my entire family file for this reason – DNA. Although I do not yet know anything about their DNA services, with my experience at other DNA sites, I’ve learned that the more I share the more genetic matches I find.
Good, another decision made. This is way easier than all the decisions I’m making about the new house we are building.
The user decides to what degree information on the family tree and other information from the family site will be visible to and discoverable by other users, by setting the Privacy Preferences (described in a detailed section below). The user decides whether to build the family tree on the Website on his/her own, or to make it a collaborative effort by inviting family members to assist, using facilities available on the Website for inviting members. If other members are invited, they make similar choices on entering information into the family tree. All information is entered into the Website directly and is not collected implicitly. The Website prevents information on living people from being disclosed to strangers, to protect privacy, and such information if entered will not be visible outside the family site or discoverable by search engines such as Google. It is often useful however to allow deceased people entered into the family tree to be visible to and searchable by other people, to allow one’s distant relatives to discover it.
The personal information that you and other users enter is stored in the Website only for the purpose of delivering the Service to you and the other users, i.e. displaying the family tree, printing the family tree, searching historical records, and other genealogy features.
Creating the GEDCOM file
The first step is to create the GEDCOM file. This is done in Legacy Family Tree. Follow the steps below.
1. Go to File > Export > GEDCOM file
To change WHO you will include in the file, click on the Record Selection button. To change any privacy settings for whom you will export, click on the Privacy Options button. I’m going to leave things as they are because of my reasoning above.
2. Click the “START EXPORT” button in the upper right, select the location (the desktop is a good spot) and enter the name of the file.
1 minutes 28 seconds later:
Importing the GEDCOM into MyHeritage
1. On the Family Tree tab at http://www.myHeritage.com, click on the Browse button, locate and select the GEDCOM you just created, and click the orange Import GEDCOM button.
20 seconds later the upload was complete (1:28pm):
Thinking this would take a while, I got up to go eat some lunch. Then Pavlov’s Theory proved true once again – I got the email notification sound on my phone which meant I immediately checked my inbox. It was just one minute later that I received the following:
Wow, that was quick.
Clicking the link took me to my tree where the first thing I noticed was the balloons – it’s my son’s 15th birthday in 12 days. Thanks for the reminder!
I next went to the Tree Settings page to make sure that the privacy settings are what I expected them to be.
Since I’m not certain what a “site member” is yet, I’m going to turn off the ability for site members to “download the family tree file” and for now I’m going to change the permissions so I am the only person who can edit the family tree.
The privacy settings are on its own page.
The first option of “include family tree in MyHeritage historical search engines” concerned me as I do not want any living individuals in my tree to be searchable. Hovering over the little information icon, it explained that only deceased individuals will be searchable and viewable to others.
So far so good.
At this point, I am comfortable with my tree and its privacy settings. It was easy to upload and the resulting tree looks appealing and easy to navigate. If I never do any more with MyHeritage, at the very least, I now have another backup of my entire tree just in case. I took a quick peek at the Discoveries page to see if it had found any Smart Matches or Record Matches yet. It hadn’t, but I didn’t expect it to be that quick. I’ll check back in a few days to see what it has found for me.
Coming up next, I will report on the first of the seven unique technologies from the webinar – Smart Matches. Stay tuned.