Family Tree Maker 2017 – Pre-Orders, Ancestry TreeSync

Here in a few days, four days to be precise, March 31, 2017, Family Tree Maker 2017 will be released.

In the meantime, there are a few things you need to be aware of, although if you are a long-time FTM user, you probably already are. Note: This applies to both Mac and Windows users.

First, this coming Wednesday, March 29th, 2017, Ancestry’s TreeSync is going away at midnight (Mountain Time here in the US). The reason being is that its replacement, FamilySync, will be rolled out on March 31st, 2017, with the release of Family Tree Maker 2017 (which is what both the Mac and Windows versions will be called). According to the email I received, if you plan on continuing with FTM 2017, your trees that are linked with Ancestry will still be linked, but you will sync them through FamilySync.

If you do not plan on upgrading, and if you have items you want to synchronize with your Ancestry tree(s), you need to do so now, prior to midnight on March 29th (MST).

For more information on that, see the FTM 2017 support website, but here is what it has to say:

“Ancestry’s search, merge, and Ancestry hints will all work as they do now in FTM 2017 for users who sync with their Ancestry trees. After March 29th these functions will no longer work in any other FTM edition.”

If you paid for Family Tree Maker 2014.1 or Family Tree Maker for Mac 3.1 from MacKiev, and have signed up on their mailing list, upgrading to FTM 2017 is free. Important: You can verify this through the MacKiev Family Tree Maker Verification/Upgrade.

If you purchased an older version of Family Tree Maker 2014 or Family Tree Maker for Mac (say through Apple’s Mac App Store), you can still get a very good deal on pre-order upgrade price – $29.95 (USD). You can pre-order through MacKiev – Family Tree Maker 2017 Pre-Order, but only until FTM 2017 launches on March 31st. After that, the upgrade price is $39.95.

If you are new to FTM, the price is $79.95.

If you are worried about editions – the US, Canadian, UK, and Australian versions are included, and you simply select which one you want while installing.

Minimum System Requirements:
Mac: OS X/macOS 10.9 or later, Intel-based Mac, 500MB Hard Drive Space, 2GB of RAM
Windows: Windows 7 or later, 675MB Hard Drive Space, 2GB of RAM, 1024×768 display (or better).

Once it’s officially released, we will be discussing it a lot more in detail.

Heredis 2017 World – 50% off Ends Tomorrow (Feb 28, 2017)

Heredis 2017 World is still 50% off until tomorrow. This is a very significant upgrade, and well worth it if you are already using Heredis. If you’re not, you have still have a chance to purchase it at the upgrade price, and if you’re curious, you can download a fully functioning demo at the link below (

There are far too many changes in Heredis 2017 to cover here, but I will be doing so in the coming weeks. If I had to sum it up, the upgrade is very much focused on helping you with your genealogy research, and tracking how much information you have, or need.

You can read more about it and see the features in action at the New Features of Heredis ( page.

It can be purchased at the Mac App Store: Heredis 2017 World – BSD Concept

After the 28th, it’ll be back up to its regular price of $49.99 (US).

You can download a demo at (Downloads)

– OS X 10.9 – macOS 10.12 (and beyond)
– 300 MB disk space
– Minimum 1366×768 resolution
– 64-bit Mac
– Internet required for research, publishing, integrated maps & Dashboard.

Reunion 11 Released

Reunion 11 I’m running way behind on a lot of things, and have not had the chance to check out the new Reunion 11, but it’s out, and it’s a massive update.

Along with Reunion 11, there is a new mobile/iOS app, ReunionTouch that takes the manual work out of carrying your Reunion genealogy data with you, by moving to using DropBox as its cloud storage solution. I had hoped that Reunion would gain iCloud support, but Reunion is not available through the Mac App Store, and it is most likely easier to use DropBox.

ReunionTouch requires iOS 5.1.1 or later, works with iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch, and is optimized for iPhone 5 and above.

You can download a demo version of Reunion 11 here.

I’ll be talking a lot more about Reunion 11 (and ReunionTouch) in the next few days, but for now, here are some of the major updates for Reunion 11 (for more information, see the download link above).
Continue reading Celebrates April 23 with 20% off DNA Test

Ancestry DNA I normally don’t run sales deals on that aren’t tied directly to software, but this is a good deal, and doesn’t happen too often – is running a 20% discount on AncestryDNA, their DNA test. It started yesterday, April 23, 2015, Ancestry’s “DNA Day”, and it runs through April 27, 2015 (Monday).

Link: DNA Day 20% off AncestryDNA 4/24-4/27

If you are curious about how’s DNA test stacks up, and whether it will be useful to you (just about any of the DNA tests have the chance of helping you these days), then I suggest you read this very in-depth comparison at The Legal Genealogist:

2015 – Most Bang for the DNA Buck

As the article points out, Ancestry’s strong point is the integration with your family tree.

In general, even if you don’t want to test, or have already tested, you should be following Judy’s DNA articles on her blog, as they are among the most informative, and not just from a legal or medical point of view.

Heredis 2015 will be out in April

Heredis 2014 Heredis 2015 will be out on April 8, 2015. I don’t have any specifics yet (those will be released on April 8)., but I can tell you that should you purchase Heredis 2014 between now and April 7 (through, you’ll receive Heredis 2015 for free.

Heredis is cross-platform, both Windows and Mac, and also has a free mobile/iOS version for iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches.

The announcement video is below (and it’s in French, and doesn’t show Heredis itself):