FTM: Last Chance for Upgrade Pricing

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friend Jack Minsky of MacKiev, developers of Family Tree Maker genealogy software.



All good things come to an end sometime — in this case, October 1st. That’s the last day to upgrade to FTM 2017 for a 50% discount if you haven’t already. I know it’s hard to believe that discounted upgrades have been available now for the past six months, but there it is. So if you or someone you care about has been hesitating, now is the time to make your move — upgrade from ANY previous edition for just $39.95 (vs. $79.95 regular price). Click here to upgrade now.

Why upgrade? Have a look at the bottom of this email for a sampling of new features.

We’re delighted to announce that a full German language edition of FTM 2017 is underway. It’s the first for Family Tree Maker in more than eight years — Ancestry last published a German edition in 2009. So how did it happen? Well, a few months ago a German FTM fan started a petition and sent it to us — with more than 800 signatures on it. So what could we do? We said “danke schoen” and got started. The German edition will be free for anyone who already owns FTM 2017. Click here to be notified when it’s ready.

It’s been two months since the official release of FTM 2017 and we’re finishing up a free update (version 23.1) for release in the next three weeks or so. There’s further improvements in syncing, performance and security, some frequently requested enhancements to our new 2017 features — and a few happy surprises. If you aren’t already a beta tester and would like to get a sneak preview of things to come, click here to apply. And for the rest of you, well we’ll let you know when it’s ready.

That’s it for now. The adventure continues. Stay tuned.

Jack Minsky's Signature

Jack Minsky
Software MacKiev



Can genealogy software adequately mirror real life?

Thoughtful man with hand on chinOur genea-friend Thomas MacEntee posted “Gender Selection and the Impact on Future Genealogy Research” on his new Abundant Genealogy Blog. 

What evolved was a discussion of social issues – far more important than hoping genealogy software can keep up with fields to document DNA results, bloodlines, adopted lines, disproved lines, same sex marriages, and children assigned one identity at birth who “come out” as another later in life.

On Facebook, Miriam Robbins replied to Thomas’ thoughtful, straight forward and frank post “… If you were to talk with me 20 years ago about some of these topics, I could easily have been classified as a “hater.” It’s not that I actually *hated*, I just had preconceived ideas, based on a very narrow upbringing…”

DearMYRTLE's Profile PicMyrt’s Musings

I think many grew up with preconceived notions. Thanks to Miriam for voicing the change that can occur by embracing diversity.

In my youth, Ol’ Myrt here lived a largely insulated life in all-white middle class neighborhoods.

But as a “child of the 60s” we dealt with social unrest over the Viet Nam War, the murder of US President Kennedy, Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald live on TV, Bobby Kennedy’s assassination, the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Black Panther Movement, Watts Riots (and others in DC and elsewhere).

Coming of age and questioning society’s traditions, we were shocked as students were slaughtered at Kent State.

In my case, it jolted me out of my protected, privileged way of thinking – and I wanted to reach across boundaries of color and class to try to understand. It never occurred to me to think others who were different were any less valuable a person.

I remember feeling helpless to reach out until I realized the best I could do was be open minded. Really *looking* at and *listening* to people makes a difference.

Our high school senior class president died of AIDS in the early years when we were all afraid that we’d get it just by breathing the same air. Yet, I knew Roger to be one of the nicest guys around. Trying to reconcile my respect for my friend Roger with the fear of AIDS was the beginning of my seeing beyond definitions set in my life by my parents.

I had several experiences at BYU demonstrating how preconceived notions are actually unduly harsh judgements that prevent us from living *together* comfortably in a diverse community.

Never once did another person’s lifestyle affect how I chose to live my life.

What matters most is love. ❤️

I’m still working on that.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt 🙂
Your friend in genealogy.