Ancestry have Emailed us this morning announcing the Retirement of Family Tree Maker Software, Here is a copy of their message.
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.
Here at My History we are recommending customers to move over to Family Historian,
which has been independently reviewed as the number one genealogical program. For anyone who has their family history online with Ancestry and does not want to continue with their subscription, now is the time to export your GEDCOM file ready to import into your home computer genealogy program.
Doing this you will avoid the need to maintain a monthly subscription to any online provider and allow you full control and privatisation of your important data, to your home pc.
For those of you that have images online with your ancestry account that you would like to retrieve email us separately for assistance and advice as this is something we may be able to assist you with for a small fee.