On December 9, 2015the Ancestry blog posted a second message that was meant to be reassuring, but seems to have had the opposite effect. It read like a patronizing pat on the head telling us that everything will be OK.
User comments are scathing!
In an earlier post, I noted my disaffection with Ancestry.com. That disaffection grows.
At the bottom line, Ancestry.com is a big business. The goal of any business is to maximize profit and keep revenues growing. They are working hard to achieve those goals. The redesign of the website is aimed at users of mobile devices. They need to keep up with the marketplace in order to attract and keep new subscribers.
Existing users and subscribers who cannot or will not move at Ancestry’s pace are simply collateral damage. It is strictly a business decision.
We are assured, however, that FTM will be supported through the year 2016 and will continue, after that, to run as it does now barring the user upgrading to a future Operating System that may not support its aging design and structure.
That assurance is belied by this quote from the December 9Ancestry blog post:
Q: “What happens to the family tree I’ve created using Family Tree Maker? Will it continue to be accessible? “
A: “You will continue to be able to access your data through the desktop software beyond
Jan. 1, 2017, however over time there will be
a gradual degradation of features. You can always export your tree and save
Gradual degradation of features?????
I’ve been half-hearted in my efforts to learn the Legacy family tree software I bought a while ago; and RootsMagic has made an offer I couldn’t refuse so I’ll be trying that, too, as a replacement for FTM. It has always been just too easy to keep using the old familiar stuff.
Online, I’ll probably keep my trees on Ancestry.com but maybe not update them there. I’ll bring my online trees on MyHeritage.com up to date. I don’t like the online sites where other people can change my data.
I will continue my policy of buying a one-month subscription to Ancestry.com when it seems useful. My December subscription will allow me to investigate my shaky leaves and get everything I can into FTM before migrating to new software.