Genealogy Blogging Beat – Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Feb 3, 1959. The anniversary of the death of rock-and-roll legend Charles Hardin “Buddy” Holly. “The Day the Music Died,” so called in singer Don McLean’s song “American Pie,” is the date on which Holly was killed in a plane crash in a cornfield near Mason City, IA, along with J.P. Richardson (otherwise known as “The Big Bopper”) and Richie Valens. Holly was born Sept 7, 1936, at Lubbock, TX.

Feb 3, 1959. The anniversary of the death of rock-and-roll legend Charles Hardin “Buddy” Holly. “The Day the Music Died,” so called in singer Don McLean’s song “American Pie,” is the date on which Holly was killed in a plane crash in a cornfield near Mason City, IA, along with J.P. Richardson (otherwise known as “The Big Bopper”) and Richie Valens. Holly was born Sept 7, 1936, at Lubbock, TX.


Today is Wednesday, 3 February 2016, and here is what’s available in terms of genealogy blogging and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Genealogy Blogging Items of Note

  • Today: Elizabeth Blackwell’s Birthday – Anniversary, Fifteenth Amendment Day, Income Tax – Anniversary, and The Day The Music Died – Anniversary.

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Family Tree Maker Back from the Dead!

BIG NEWS! Ancestry,com announces new Family Tree Maker options after recently pulling the plug on their popular genealogy software.

[Editor’s Note: Well could we really have a RootsTech week without a bombshell announcement from at least one genealogy vendor? We just received the following good news from Ancestry.com about it’s popular Family Tree Maker software.]

New Family Tree Maker Options

By: Kendall Hulet

Since our Family Tree Maker announcement last December, we have continued to actively explore ways to develop and support Family Tree Maker and ensure you have choices to preserve your work in ways that matter to you.

Today, I am pleased to announce two options for desktop software that will work with Ancestry.

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.

RootsMagic

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. Be sure to check back on our blog as we share more information about Family Tree Maker in the next few months.

For more information on Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, click below:

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Finding Your Roots – Season 3, Episode 5 – on PBS Tonight!

Catch business mogul Richard Branson and architects Maya Lin and Frank Gehry on tonight on Finding Your Roots – Season 3, Episode 5 on PBS

Catch Finding Your Roots Season 3, Episode 5 on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Discover how the ancestors of business mogul Richard Branson and architects Maya Lin and Frank Gehry took audacious risks to create opportunities, and how their luck, ingenuity and chutzpah was passed on to these three visionaries.

Visit the Finding Your Roots site at PBS here for more information!

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