Ancestry to stop selling Family Tree Maker software end of this month!


Today I received an email from Ancestry stating the following


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.


Looking at the reaction on their blog this has not been well received. Personally I have been using Family Tree Maker since around 1999 if not before. I use the software so I have a copy of all my work on the computer rather than on Ancestry’s website only.  It also produces some very good reports which can easily be shared with the family either in printed form or as a pdf for emailing.

Working on a MAC computer at home there is limited choice with regards to genealogy software and of course I am not too keen to start learning a new product but I will if forced.

Maybe Ancestry should stop offering 6 months free membership subscription on the Family Tree Maker products then it would be more profitable.  Sadly rather than being passionate about genealogy they are passionate about profit. Very disappointed and I will certainly be reconsidering my subscription when it comes to renewal.