That knuckle-gnawing panic longtime fans experienced upon hearing Ancestry was discontinuing its popular Family Tree Maker genealogy software probably was for naught. Ancestry recently announced Software MacKiev bought the software for the Mac and Windows versions and will continue its commercial production.
For those who rushed to purchase new software and landed with RootsMagic, Ancestry also announced an agreement that will allow RootsMagic users to connect to Ancestry hints and searches and to save their family trees to Ancestry.com. This setup will be available “by the end of 2016,” according to the Ancestry announcement.
Users of Family Tree Maker could have continued to use the software without MacKiev entering the picture. But Ancestry’s original announcement meant there would be no updates and no support for problems or issues on the software. Users now will have support through MacKiev, which also will produce upgrades. To learn more about this company, go to www.mackiev.com/ftm/index.html.
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If you’ve tried to connect to a birth parent or a child put up for adoption, you’ll probably want to tune in to The Learning Channel tonight for the American premiere of “Long Lost Family.”
The series will have eight installments, beginning at 10 tonight. The program will be hosted by two adoptees, Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner. “Long Lost Family” has been filmed and shown in the United Kingdom since 2011.
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March is Women’s History Month, and the Hillsborough County Public Library will host a special March 19 program called “Finding Female Ancestors” at 10:30 a.m. in the Florida History and Genealogy Library on the second floor of the John F. Germany Library, 900 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa. The presentation is free and does not require a reservation. For information, call (813) 273-3652.
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Those with Confederate ancestors will be interested in Gail Lowman Crosby’s presentation on “Horses & Mules During the War Years” at the Tampa Chapter 113 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meeting at 11 a.m. Friday at the Columbia Restaurant, 2117 E. 17th Ave. in Ybor City. For information or reservations, contact Frances Nettles at [email protected]
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It’s time for one of those wonderful Trilby homecomings. Lawn chair sitting and visiting will begin at 10 a.m. March 19, and dinner will be served at noon. The fun will be at Charlotte Tomkow Whittington’s Hunter Hill, 36315 Tomkow Lane, Trilby (that’s in Pasco County). Bring your own chair and a covered dish. For information, contact Scott Black at (352) 523-5772 or [email protected]
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If you missed the first of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay’s two-part seminar on naturalization research, you still can catch the second session at 2 p.m. March 13 at the Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services Center, 14041 Icot Blvd., Tampa.
The session will be conducted by Dr. Emil H. Isaacson. Admission is free to members; a $25 seminar fee for nonmembers will include a one-year individual membership. There also will be a $10 charge for printed seminar materials. (Those who attended the first session should bring those materials with them.) Those who did not attend the first session can call Sally at (727) 343-1652 to register.
Sharon Tate Moody is a professional genealogist. Send your genealogical methodology questions and event announcements to her at [email protected] Past Heritage Hunting columns are available online at tbo.com, search words “Sharon Tate Moody.”