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06 July 2010 ~ 2 Comments

It’s 10:00 PM – Do You Know Where Your Genealogy Data Is?

I’ve updated the Articles section of High-Definition Genealogy and as you can see I’ve been churning out quite a few pieces of writing lately! I also have some writing deadlines coming up including articles for national genealogical society newsletters, a nationally-known genealogy magazine as well as a chapter in a new edition of a popular genealogy book!

My latest article entitled “It’s 10 PM – Do You Know Where Your Genealogy Data Is?” has been posted at Archives.com.  I really enjoy writing these “how to” articles with practical advice and links to sites and resources – most, if not all are free.

[Disclaimer: this was an assignment for Archives.com in which I was paid to produce a 1800 word article on the subject of digital preservation.  In February 2010, I wrote a similar article for Archives.com with similar payment terms.  In addition to payment, I also received a complimentary membership to Archives.com.]

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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05 May 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Family Tree Maker for the Mac

Family Tree Maker

At last week’s National Genealogical Society annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ancestry announced that the Mac® version its popular Family Tree Maker software would be ready for release by the end of 2010 (see contents of press release below).

Hints were made during the annual Bloggers Day event at Ancestry headquarters this past January 2010 that a Mac version was in the works.  And with the advent of the iPad, the announcement comes as no real surprise.

If Ancestry Builds It, Will They Come?

What may be surprising is whether or not current Mac users will embrace this version of Family Tree Maker or not.  Other programs such as MacFamilyTree and Reunion have existed for several years.  In addition, Mac users are known for their fierce product loyalty and this includes applications – it may be difficult for existing Mac owners to give up their current genealogy software.

If the iPad continues to sell at its current pace, and large numbers are purchased by first-time Mac owners, perhaps they’ll automatically look to the dominant player in the genealogy field (read: Ancestry), and pick up the Mac version of FTM.

Check out MacGenealogy.org for product reviews and the latest news on Mac versions of genealogy software – there are some great resources at this site.

Press Release

PROVO, Utah, April 28, 2010 – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family resource, today revealed a Mac® version of Family Tree Maker® at the 2010 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The new version of the world’s No. 1 selling family history software is planned for release later this year.

“Every innovation or update we make is driven by what customers tell us they need to further their family history research,” said Eric Shoup, Senior Vice President of Product. “The Mac version of Family Tree Maker was the obvious next step forward to add to our family of Ancestry.com products and is a much anticipated product for our Mac-based customers.”

Family Tree Maker has helped users organize their family history research for more than 20 years. The software provides users the tools they need to build a family tree, record memories and organize photos, stories, videos and audio clips in a way that will help easily capture and share the story of their ancestors.

Family Tree Maker accesses the robust collection of family history records and powerful search features from Ancestry.com – without leaving the software. When connected to the Internet, Family Tree Maker automatically searches Ancestry.com for historical documents about the individuals in the user’s family tree. Ancestry.com subscribers can easily view and import these historical records into their family tree with just a few mouse clicks.

Family Tree Maker 2010 is the current PC version of the software. The Mac version of Family Tree Maker will be built on the functionality of Family Tree Maker 2010 and constructed from the bottom up to take full advantage of the Mac platform in terms of technology and user experience.

Early this year, Ancestry.com expanded to another Apple® platform: the iPhone®. With the launch of its Tree To Go iPhone application in January 2010, Ancestry.com now gives users access to generations of family history at every turn. From their iPhone, users can easily upload photos, update sources and edit trees. The Tree To Go iPhone application is available for iPhone and iPod touch® for free through the iPhone App Store or iTunes®.

Ancestry.com also announced today the launch of its new Ancestry.com Wiki. This wiki will feature a living version of the company’s two largest reference books, The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy and Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources. These books, which are exhaustive guides to American genealogy, will now be made available for the family history community to update, expand on and even add to, making it a go-to resource for guidance and information. The beta version of the Ancestry.com Wiki is available to the public for free at www.ancestry.com/wiki.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world’s largest online family history resource, with more than one million paying subscribers. The company has digitized and put online more than 4 billion records over the past 13 years. Ancestry users have created over 14 million family trees containing nearly 1.5 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local Web sites directed at nine countries, including its flagship Web site at www.ancestry.com.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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