Wednesday, February 3, 2016

I Heard It Through the Genealogy Grapevine...

This week in Salt Lake City there is a global genealogy conference going on, known as RootsTech. I hope all of my friends and fellow bloggers have a great time. 

Late yesterday afternoon I kept seeing posts on Facebook that there was going to be a big announcement at 3:00 P.M. MST. Then I saw Thomas MacEntee's post & Dear Myrtle's post with the announcement. It was a really, really BIG announcement too!

In a post by Kendall Hulet yesterday, February 2nd on Ancestry's blog it was announced that there now 2 new options for Family Tree Maker users. 

Option 1: Software MacKiev will be acquiring the Family Tree Maker software line and will now publish both a Windows and Mac version. Software MacKiev has been publishing the Mac version of Family Tree Maker for about 6 years now. For more information on Software MacKiev and this option you can go to Ancestry's blog or you can visit Software MacKiev's webpage for Family Tree Maker to see what they have planned and sign up for news announcements about Family Tree Maker.  

Option 2: RootsMagic and Ancestry will now be working together! Here is part of their opening statement from their blog which was posted by Michael Booth,

...the question everyone has been asking has been, “Will any other software be able to search and synchronize with Ancestry the same way that Family Tree Maker did?”
Today, we finally have an answer to that question- “Yes!” We’re pleased to announce that we will be working with Ancestry to bring these features to RootsMagic in the near future.
If you are like me and have switched over to RootsMagic then you will be happy to know that with RootsMagic we will be able to search, synch and import with Ancestry! You can read more of Micheal Booth's post at RootsMagic's blog.

I am thrilled to learn of these new options! How do you feel about these options?

Sources: 

Booth, Michael. "RootsMagic and Ancestry: Working Together At Last." RootsMagic. RootsMagic Blog, 2 February 2016. http://blog.rootsmagic.com/ : 2016.

Hulet, Kendall. "New Family Tree Maker Options." Ancestry. Ancestry.com, 2 February 2016. http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2016/02/02/good-news-for-users-of-family-tree-maker/ : 2016.

MacKiev.com. "Discover Your Family Story with Family Tree Maker." Software MacKiev. MacKiev.com nd. http://www.mackiev.com/ftm/index.html : 2016.


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.
- See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/#sthash.8pdSPwVG.dpuf



New Family Tree Maker Options


Posted by Kendall Hulet on February 2, 2016 in Family Tree Maker 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.
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 here 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:
- See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/#sthash.8pdSPwVG.dpuf

New Family Tree Maker Options


Posted by Kendall Hulet on February 2, 2016 in Family Tree Maker 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.
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 here 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:
- See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/#sthash.8pdSPwVG.dpuf

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Monday's With Easton # 6

It has been awhile since I have written about my Monday's with my grandson Easton. It's hard to write about him when he isn't feeling well and all he wants to do is cuddle, which is so okay with me! Back in the fall he began having chronic ear infections and I just couldn't do anything to help him but I did try because I have been down this road before with my own children. In January he had tubes put in his little ears to help with those mean old nasty ear infections and is back to his normal self for the most part.

During this time we watched the Ice Age series of movies, Walt Disney's Frozen and more recently Shrek the Third. We spent many of our days cuddling up and watching movies. I also spent a few Monday's rocking him for his entire nap because his ears hurt and his little head was too congested for him to sleep. Trust me those were my favorite days! 

My daughter in law, Cassie had a conference here in Columbia where we live for two days just before Christmas so she and Easton came and stayed with us. We had so much fun! Movies, bubbles, playing outside and being completely silly! We fixed his favorite dinners and he got to spend time with Jaja too. Easton finally got to play in the big chair too!


The photo to the left is from my personal collection of photographs. We bought this huge chair at a silent auction a few months before Easton was born. My husband, Tommy has been dying to use this chair at our Parrot Head functions but I wouldn't let him until Easton could sit in first. It has two basketball goals attached at the top and it came with the basketballs too. My thought was that when Easton came to visit us, he and Tommy would have something special to look forward too. Easton loved it! 

Easton loves to play with my phone. He loves to look through the pictures on my phone. He lights up, grinning from ear to ear and giggling when he watches himself on video. I also have a couple of games for him to play as well. However, he has learned how to use the video phone through Facebook Messenger, so if by change you get a message that I tried calling you through Facebook, it was probably Easton playing with my phone. He is so smart!

Yesterday morning bright and early we took a picture of the two of us for Genealogy Selfie Day. Neither of us are very good at taking selfies but we did it! We also watched movies while he played in his "new" BMW battery operated car that his other maternal grandparents gave him as an early birthday present. We also played with his ball pit or should I say his idea was to throw out most of the balls so he could lay down amongst them, then I would pickup the other side and so that he was covered up with them. Afterwards he thrust himself into my arms and said "Again, Dede!". We also played outside as it was a wonderful 70 degrees!

And here is one of our Genealogy Selfie pictures! [personal collection]