25 February 2016

Hope to See You at Trivia Night, Saturday, 5 March 2016

Our annual Trivia Night fundraiser is coming in just one week and we are bursting with excitement at the wonderful silent auction items and fabulous fun-filled games and rounds of questions we have for you this year. Our committee members are busy making beautiful baskets chock full of donated goodies. The questions are done and the answers double-checked. The beverages and snacks have been purchased, so they are ready to go, and all the volunteers are in place for helping out both before, during, and after the event. Now, the only thing missing is all of you! Our registration has been very good, but there are still tables and individual seats available. Don't be shy! You can come by yourself or with a friend or two, and we'll find places for you. Just be sure to let us know you are coming.

Here is just one of the silent auction baskets we know you will enjoy. The basket is called "Cardinal Legends," and it's got jerseys, bobbleheads, a ball signed by Bruce Sutter, and some awesome tickets for this year's games. Other baskets have food, wine, gift certificates, bird houses, and all kinds of other enticing items.

And this just in . . . we have a week's stay at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel in Salt Lake City, good until the end of September 2016. If you have been looking for the perfect genealogy vacation spot, here's your chance to be right next door to the Family History Library; this item alone is worth more than $700!

Online registration is open on our website. Just click here to go to the StLGS home page and then tap the Trivia Night button. Or you can call into the office and someone will take your registration over the phone. Looking forward to seeing you at the Richmond Heights Community Center on Dale Avenue on Saturday, 5 March. The doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the fun starts at 7. See you there!

03 February 2016

More News on Family Tree Maker

Ancestry.com announced in December that it would no longer support updates to Family Tree Maker, a genealogy software program it had promoted for many years. That left many people confused as to what to do next and trying to decide how to migrate family trees from one place to another.

A major announcement from Ancestry's management yesterday (2 February 2016) reveals that they have been working behind the scenes to help FTM users and now have two solutions that will please many. Here is the press release from Kendall Hulet, Ancestry's senior vice president of product management.

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.

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.

We have heard your concerns and are working to provide the solutions you requested. 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 on our blog as we share more information about Family Tree Maker in the next few months.

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