08 December 2015

Ancestry.com - Dumps Family Tree Maker

Once again we see Ancestry.com dumping their acquisitions!  If this company had a solid "game plan" for itself, perhaps they would leave things alone and focus on what they CAN do instead of upgrading their viewer which often has to revert to the old viewer as it doesn't work well, never fixing indexing errors, but just allowing anyone to do a patch; doing DNA testing for the Y-chromosome and trashing all that; taking on various DNA companies then dumping those test samples and now this...


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.

You can find additional details about the retirement of Family Tree Maker on our blog.

They have obviously, once again, taken on more than they can handle and/or what they have isn't making a big enough profit.