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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What ever happened to Family Tree Maker?

For some time now, the Family Tree Maker program has been among the most popular programs for recording personal genealogical research. In the past, it is been sold through mass merchandise such as Costco. The program was developed and sold by Over a year ago, discontinued selling the program and eventually at the end of 2016 discontinued support for the program. However, just over a year ago rights to the program were purchased by a company called Just recently, released a new version of the popular Family Tree Maker program. Here is a link to a description of the newly updated program.


  1. Not that it makes much diff but Ancestry did not develop FTM, they bought it from Broderbund in 2007, who in turn had bought it from The Learning Company in 1995, who had bought out Banner Blue / Kenneth Hess, who was the original developer of FTM in 1989.

    1. Thanks for the history lesson. I'd forgotten all that.

  2. I wait with cautious optimism for the release of the new version of FTM. My hope is that they haven't added so many bells n whistles that it will lose it's simplicity of use and data entry as I found with Legacy 8 which also came along following a crazy hype and panic.