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Ancestry Announces Family Tree Maker Solution


Here’s today’s announcement from–sure to make all the Family Tree Maker users out there happy:

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.

We ask for your patience as we work diligently through all the details to make these solutions available. You can find additional details about these Family Tree Maker partnerships on our blog. We also encourage you to continue to check back on our blog for future updates in the coming months.”

Posted in Research tips, Websites

Ancestry Search Tip (You’re welcome)

There are umpteen ways to search on, but here’s a quick method you can use to get straight to the database that you really want, but might not have known existed. It’s a way to use the Ancestry card catalog to it’s full advantage.  Don’t know about the card catalog?  Well follow these simple instructions:   Continue reading “Ancestry Search Tip (You’re welcome)”

Posted in Research tips, Websites

Using card catalog search for maximum efficiency

As adds more and more collections to its website I find folks either 1) have more luck in finding their ancestors or 2) feel overwhelmed by their search results and give up sooner. Others just rely on the “shaky leaf” hints to find records. The problem with this is not all of the 31,000+ databases are part of the shaky leaf hint system. Did you know that?

And if you rely solely on Ancestry’s general search results you will likely miss that small database which has your record, because it will show up at the end of a very long list of results. That’s because results are ranked according to things like number of records in a database, and the biggest ones are at the top of the list.

For a more professional and accurate approach to searching, add the Ancestry Card Catalog to your methodology. This will quickly show you which records for a given locality are available on Ancestry, and allow you to narrow your search to a specific collection or database.

In Card Catalog you can use the “Title” or “Keyword” search, but leaving those blank and using the filters below can be even more effective. Here’s how:

1. Select Card Catalog from the Search drop-down list
2. Filter by collection (e.g. Birth, Marriage, and Death)
3. Filter by location (you can further filter by time period if you want)
4. Select a database
5. Search within the database

When you search within a database, notice that search fields unique to that database appear, allowing you to be creative with your searching. Here’s a look at some screen shots for a Card Catalog search:








Another effective search strategy on is the use of Place Pages, which I will cover in another post. I hope you have some luck with the Ancestry Card Catalog. Let me know what you find!