Family Tree Maker will be re-booted just announced two options for the replacement of Family Tree Maker. The blogs have been racing to bring out the news. This is actually going to become quite a deal for Tree users. I bet this announcement was “pushed” to be ready for RootsTech!

The announcement from Ancestry reads:

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

Software 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.

This means RootsMagic will be able to access both the Family Tree and the trees. This might turn into quite a (confusing) package. And RootsMagic provides a direct transfer from the now defunct The Master Genealogist PC software. It looks like I will be thinking twice about the new RootsMagic when it comes out!

Remember to “pause”, don’t react too quickly. The old Family Tree Maker will continue to work until the end of 2016. This will gives the blogosphere plenty of time to review these new options.

Please note: the current version of RootsMagic is installed at the Monterey Family History Center, in case you want to try it out.

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