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Friday, April 7, 2017

Update Family Tree Maker 2017

Think Twice as the saying goes...

Caution, if you are/were a User of Ancestry's FTM2014, which since last year is now in the hands of MACKIEV Software for continued Updates/Upgrades for FTM2014.1 by Mackiev and recent announcement pre-31 Mar 2017 regarding a New FTM 2017 to have been released as of 31 Mar.

My communication with Evgen, Senior Product Manager, Family Tree Maker after receiving 2 e-mails Subject: FTM 2017 BETA TESTING dated 6 Apr 2017

FTM2017 was scheduled to be released 31 Mar 2017, as far as I am aware, FTM2017 has not been released as of this writing 7 Apr 2017.

Consequently My FTM-2014.1 of 3 versions since its release 2016, is useless without Synchronization

FAQ - http://mackiev.com/familytreemaker/ftm3/faq.html


My Feedback to Mackiev Reference FTM2014.1

Since what set out to be an upgrade from Ancestry's FTM 2014, and a user of FTM since its origin, now has me at a standstill since I upgraded to Mackiev's FTM2014.1, with 2 additional updates since, of which supposedly if the update 501 was successful, I did not need to install update 510.

Since I may not use every facet of the FTM Program, as to a possible issue, I downloaded and install update 510.

However, I received the Big Announcement of FTM 2017 in the works, to have been released 31 Mar 2017, which has not as this writing 7 Apr.  And as a result my upgraded Ancestry FTM2014 to MacKiev's FTM2014.1 as of prior to 31 Mar 2017, is no longer able to Synchronize without the FTM2017 Upgrade.

So I am not a Happy Camper and dedicated a webpage to my Mackiev FTM2014.1 experiences of 5 months of its use.

D.R. "Doc" Young - drdocyoung.com

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Family Tree Maker 2017

A month ago at RootsTech in Salt Lake City MacKiev showed off a preview of FTM 2017 for Mac and Windows. A brand new edition. The first under our own steam! 

FTM 2017 has state of the art syncing technology, integration with FamilySearch^®, color-coding, a photo repair tool and much more! It will be released in a week on March 31st and it's available to pre-order today 

Have a look at the flyer from the conference which pretty much tells it all.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Genealogy Research a Wealth of Information

Both Ancestry & FamilySearch have their own YouTube Channels with excellent videos to aid Genealogy Researchers in many ways attributed to Researching.

For the Beginning Family Genealogist/Historian to Advanced Researching.

Ancestry dot com YouTube Channel

Ancestry's Behind the Scene's video



FamilySearch dot org YouTube Channel

FamilySearch Introductory video


Friday, February 24, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Ancestry Discontinues Support for FTM


Ancestry.com has discontinued support for




I hope you’re enjoying Family Tree Maker 2012 or 2014 with Tree Synchronization.



I discontinued use of FTM 2010, 2012 & 2014 when Ancestry discontinued Support of all FTM versions, which some may have learned that if you are still using FTM 2012 or 2014 that Synchronization may no longer work as before or not at

all.



As of 1 Jan 2017, I hope you have upgraded or updated to MacKiev's FTM 2014.1 version with Synchronization that works.

I upgraded after waiting for an update to Ancestry version FTM 2014 for months.

29 Nov 2016, I downloaded and installed MacKiev's FTM 2014.1

MacKiev's FAQ



Q: Where should FTM users go for technical support?

A: Software MacKiev now supports all versions of Family Tree Maker. If you are having a technical problem, please start here: support.familytreemaker.com

Free updates for FTM 2014 and Mac 3 users


Ancestry FTM 2014  (28 Nov 2016)      -      MacKiev FTM 2014.1 (29 Nov 2016)



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

DNA Test Results Are In

This is on a personal note, I sent off for the AncestryDNA Kit, which was shipped 27 Nov, arrived and returned promptly.  Today 14 Dec received notification via e-mail my results are ready, that was quick...which I have not followed the link to dna.ancestry.com to view these results.

However, with minutes of receiving that notification, I got another e-mail "from ERIN: 4th Cousin Match writing  "I would like to know if you would be willing to communicate with me in an effort to discover how we are related?  Also, Ancestry's internal messaging system is inconsistent at best so please feel free to contact me through my email"

So I am waiting until I have done my morning online routine, before devoting my undivided attention to the results.

Hoping the Genes in my Spit result in learning who my paternal Grandfather Clifford Franklin Begnal (1903-1960) really is.  Until I learn his true DNA identity, I am not related to the Begnal or Young Lineage before my Father born Newton Richard Begnal (1924-1995) / as I met him he was named Richard Newton Young for the first time when I was 20.

I began my Genealogy Research late 1992, and it was not until 1994, did I learn my Father was not born as a Young, rather Begnal.  My Uncle was born only as Begnal, which I learned he was named Clifford Anthony Begnal (1923-2012), however when I met him, he was a Young.

Both were born to the same parents Clifford Franklin & Thelma Ferne Perry (Pereira Cardozo)

I have researched for over 22 yrs to learn my Paternal Blood Line...I hope this DNA solves the unknown I have tried so hard to learn.

I started a DNA Lineage Connection Facebook page to share with those I discover through this DNA testing process and that of those I am related to who are unaware as Cousins, a surviving Son, my 4 Half Siblings which 2 have passed that I am aware of, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

My oldest Son passed Jun 2005, my Mother in 2012, Father in 1995.  And there is another set of Half Siblings 2 women, one deceased in 1977, the other I am in communication with, who are possibly related, however we have an affidavit stating my Father is not the biological Father of these 2 girls, signed by their Mother.





Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ancestry site Change Woes

Ancestry.com as you may know has been undergoing site changes for several months that affect Searches, Messages, and site Function.  I personally have to log in several times daily, or every search when wanting to view a Search Result or Recommended Record.

Today I receive an E-Mail in an account of mine not connected to Ancestry from Notifications@Ancestry besides being the wrong E-Mail Account which is not in my Ancestry Profile Settings, when I clicked on the View Message button, I received Oops ! that Message Not Found.

We’re currently in the process of transferring our email and
support center to a new platform. To resolve your concerns,
please visit our new Ancestry Support site at the following link,
where you’ll find helpful articles and discussions as well as contact information for further support.

This site has been put into a read-only state and will be available again in mid-April. If you cannot find help here, please visit us on Facebook or Twitter! Alternatively, you can email our team at support@ancestry.com. We look forward to seeing you in the new community in mid-April!

Ancestry merged Rootsweb 

www.rootsweb.ancestry.com
http://boards.ancestry.com

Annoying is the constant re-logging in once I have already logged in.  
I may view a Record Indexing found showing Suggested Records and 
when I click to view I receive the following.


We’re sorry, this page is temporarily unavailable.
Please try reloading this page or going back to the previous page.

With all these Changes going on behind the scene, I never know what is next that will interrupt my Research Time with replicating We're Sorry, Oops, Not Found and I have to Re-Log In.

As a Member of Ancestry since May 2004, much of my Paid Membership Time is Wasted.
It does not matter if I use MS I.E. 11, Firedox v 48.0.2, Chrome v 53.0.2785.116m

I encounter the same issues using FTM 2014 several times a day for over two months as of this writing.

Ancestry now has turned over Family Tree Maker Support to mackiev.com/ftm