Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Family Tree Maker to Live On

Whoa! I’ve been at the BYU Family History Technology Workshop all day today (2 February 2016) and only now saw I received this announcement from Ancestry earlier today:

New Family Tree Maker Options
By: Kendall Hulet

Since our Family Tree Maker announcement last December, we have continued to actively explore ways to develop and support Family Tree Maker and ensure you have choices to preserve your work in ways that matter to you.

Today, I am pleased to announce two options for desktop software that will work with Ancestry.

Software MacKiev is acquiring Family Tree MakerSoftware MacKiev

Software MacKiev, with whom we have a long-standing relationship, is acquiring the Family Tree Maker software line as publisher for both Mac and Windows versions. Software MacKiev has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for more than six years and is thrilled at the opportunity to publish future versions of Family Tree Maker for Mac and Windows.

This new agreement means you will receive software updates and new versions from Software MacKiev, and have the ability to purchase new versions of Family Tree Maker from Software MacKiev as they are released.   You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry with Family Tree Maker moving forward.


We have made an agreement with RootsMagic, a leading genealogy desktop software program publisher, to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016. With this new relationship, RootsMagic can serve as your desktop family tree software, while having access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry.

We have heard your concerns and are working to provide the solutions you requested. 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. Be assured that Ancestry, in cooperation with Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, will continue to support you as you discover your family history.

We ask for your patience as we work diligently through all the details to make these solutions available. Be sure to check back on our blog as we share more information about Family Tree Maker in the next few months.

For more information on Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, click below:


  1. Just think what great news this would have been three months ago. Obviously MacKiev isn't ready. And Roots Magic won't be ready for almost a year. So, why the big hoorah about the ancestry software ceasing production by ancestry only to be taken over by these two companies at the end of ancestry's participation. Seems like BS to me.

  2. It doesn't seem that FTM has a "copy and paste" feature. It sure would simplify things if the new version would include that feature.

  3. Facts Page: A jumbled mess. There is no heading for SIBLINGS; sibling info is crammed nilly-willy under the FACTS column -- and the sibling information may very will be incomplete if siblings were born before the birth of the particular individual. The way the print-out works also leads to a waste of paper; I have too much empty white space on two pages out of three. I preferred the "old" format when SOURCES were firmly slung under FAMILY, and FACTS had two columns of space all to themselves.


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