Lessons Learned from the Family Tree Maker Announcement

In early December, Ancestry threw the genealogy world into a panic with the announcement that they were discontinuing support of their Family Tree Maker (FTM) software. FTM users scrambled to look for alternative software and prepared to migrate their data. Ancestry surprised genealogists again in February when they announced that FTM had been sold to another company who would continue support. While the immediate crisis has been averted, we should take this incident as proof that any piece of software can disappear without warning. Learn what you can do to reduce the impact of discontinued software and protect your valuable information.