Tuesday, December 8, 2015

SHOCKER - Ancestry.com Discontinues Family Tree Maker!

I just received this e-mail from Ancestry.com. I am just recovering from the shock. 
Ancestry
Dear Family Tree Maker™ community,

Ancestry is proud to have made a significant investment this year to bring valuable new content and records to the Ancestry site. In 2015, we’ve made 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico available, more than 170 million pages from the largest collection of U.S. will and probate records, among others. We’ve also introduced new features such as Ancestry Academy, and major advancements for AncestryDNA.

As we strive to provide our customers with the best experience possible, we are constantly evaluating our services and product offerings. True to this focus, we’ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide new content, product enhancements and support that our users need. With that, we’ve made the tough decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015.

We will continue to support existing Family Tree Maker owners at least through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™ will continue to work. Our Member Services team will also remain available to assist with questions or issues you may have.

These changes are never easy. But by focusing our efforts, we can concentrate on continuing to build great products for our loyal Ancestry community.

You can find additional details about the retirement of Family Tree Maker on our blog.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

California Genealogical Society Board Nomination

I am deeply honored to be one of three people nominated to join the board of directors of the California Genealogical Society.  

The membership will be voting on the new board members at our annual meeting on Saturday, January 23, 2016.  I am hopeful that there will be no difficulties and that I will be elected in January.

Even though I am very busy, this is one opportunity to be more involved in genealogy, and to have an activity that is fun!