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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


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 -

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 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


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:

Free updates for FTM 2014 and Mac 3 users

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