Comments for Genealogy & History News Genealogy and history news and product announcements for Australians Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:01:24 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Australian Records FREE on for Australia Day Weekend by Lucy Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:01:24 +0000 Will this offer happen again this weekend for Australia Day 2015?

Comment on Learn Online From the Experts with Boot Camp! by Michelle Patient Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:58:16 +0000 Many thanks for the blog post Alona, am excited to be part of the Global Genealogy community and as an Australian who commutes across the ditch it is pleasing to have our Down Under records and resources from both sides of the Tasman being highlighted.

When I was at RootsTech 2013 I was fortunate to meet with a number of folk at the FamilySearch organization. The surprising thing was that nine of the eleven I met had New Zealand research. A lot more Up Over folk have Down Under connections than most of us down here would realize.

Thanks again for your support.
aka The Patient Genie

Comment on How Do I Contact Ancestry? by Tom Burnard Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:05:51 +0000 I have Windows 7- 64 bit and use FTM 2011.

I have just bought FTM 2014 (version, product code 056078F00) which only installs if I bypass the update. The syncing features demand the update be loaded. The update refuses to install or download from the web.

I uninstalled and reinstalled with virus and firewall disconnected. Still no luck! Tried repair function but data download from web failed. uninstalled again this time using Revo uninstall which claims to remove all traces of lingering files and also uninstalled FTM 2011.

Reinstalled FTM 2014, still failed to update. So bypassed update panel and tried updating from inside FTM 2014 but same errors recur. The 64 bit update patch from web seems to be one and same update. Still no luck.

All my RT Patch error notices are as follows and in order of my attempts.

Failure opening New File: C\Program Files\Family Tree Maker 2014\

RTA23370, RTA67870, RTA06170, RTA48860, RTA00190, RTB00570, RTA86980.

I have been using Family Tree Maker models through the various updates since 1995 and successfully steered them through all the various Window versions.

FTM 2014 was bought for its syncing feature but the necessary update warns that all syncing functions would be at risk if not installed.

Please advise what steps to take to rectify this problem, otherwise I have no option but to return the product for a full refund.

Thank you in anticipation

Tom Burnard

Comment on Family Tree Maker 2014 Patch Update ( or by LeeAnne Poole Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:27:10 +0000 Patch failed to install, said I need to use administrator option. I have done that, but program now fails to launch.

Comment on What’s New in Family Tree Maker 2014? by Diane Tue, 13 Jan 2015 18:10:35 +0000 You do not have to be connected to the internet to use FTM 2014. You only need to do this if you wish to sync your tree to Ancestry.

You just need to go to “File” and click Go Offline. I do this every time I wish to use my data.

It also has a facility to sync automatically or as and when you wish.

You don’t have to put your tree onto Ancestry !

Comment on Who Owns What in the Genealogy World? by Patricia Welch Mon, 12 Jan 2015 07:23:02 +0000 Thank you so much for all this good information. A 20 year mystery regarding my Grandmother was solved when I searched the family search indexing site. I had been a member of Ancestry for 5 years without success so I must admit I am absolutely over the moon to have got to the bottom of it all. I must have spent many many hours on this over many years.

Comment on Millions of Irish Prison Registers Go Online by pauline gibbons Sun, 11 Jan 2015 11:38:05 +0000 Hi im researching James Mc manhon /mahon /mann born in Sligo Ireland abt 1815 death BEF 1857 ,also Patrick Mc Dermott abt 1815 death BEF 1857 also ,they were both abt 42yrs old ,and I beleave the BEF stands for something happened before death .anyone with info or some advice would greatly me received

Comment on Who Owns What in the Genealogy World? by Brenda Kellow Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21:57:59 +0000 Many years ago I stated in my classes that we needed to keep a famy tree of genealogy companies. That is close yo what you have done in this report.

Thank you for this for it is very helpful.

Comment on Who Owns What in the Genealogy World? by Richard Cleaveland Thu, 08 Jan 2015 19:25:53 +0000 I don’t find:

Roots III
Roots IV
Family Gathering
Ultimate Family Tree.(UFT to most, actively in use after all these years)

You might find of use.

Comment on Who Owns What in the Genealogy World? by John Wylie Thu, 08 Jan 2015 16:37:38 +0000 The idea that descendants of an ancestor somehow “own” historical data about them is interesting. Would that mean that I own 1/256th of the birth annotation of my 4th Great Grandfather. Or that I alone own it because I found it first in Voluntown Vital Records back in 1994? The ‘record’ is “owned” by the custodian and the Information is usually in the public domain. I think we family historians need to think carefully before we claim to “own” anything. Besides the services in this discussion are selling us just that, a service of finding information we need to assuage our obsession. Facts can’t be copyrighted which is how information ownership is protected by law.

Comment on What’s New in Family Tree Maker 2014? by Alona Tester Thu, 08 Jan 2015 01:01:34 +0000 Stephen, I’ll send you an email direct answering your queries.

Comment on Who Owns What in the Genealogy World? by Norm Talbot Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:51:06 +0000 I have subscribed to the major players and my main caveat would be to be more aware of takeovers and pre – authorized automatic renewals. They should be required by law to give you first a 30 day notice and then an additional 10 day notice that they will be withdrawing funds from your account on the anniversary of the subscription. Funny how they contact you by email for ongoing offers but not notice of payment pending.

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I would like information about this cruise, but would like to disembark in Sydney if possible.

Comment on Who Owns What in the Genealogy World? by Donde Smith Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:18:06 +0000 Thank you, Anita. Your article is very clear and helpful.

Comment on Who Owns What in the Genealogy World? by Cathi M Mon, 05 Jan 2015 15:40:50 +0000 I understand that HeritageQuest has been owned by ProQuest for a while now. They’ve been just about moribund for some time – barely added anything but the 1940 census! What other services does ProQuest have? I believe University Microfilms is theirs.

Will an Ancestry subscription get any access to their other sites?

How does “partnership” work? Is this some type of agreement to share resources and databases, or does this mean one company owns some percentage of stock in the other? And what does it mean for subscribers privacy and personal and credit card info?

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Comment on Who Owns What in the Genealogy World? by Alona Tester Sun, 04 Jan 2015 22:28:22 +0000 Thankyou Tony for picking up my typo. Apologies. And all fixed now.

Comment on Who Owns What in the Genealogy World? by Tony Proctor Sun, 04 Jan 2015 17:12:20 +0000 There’s a typo in “”. This is important because there’s some other genealogical site at that address which I know nothing about, and which may be a scam.

Comment on What’s New in Family Tree Maker 2014? by Stephen Braid Sun, 04 Jan 2015 11:00:20 +0000 I am looking to purchase FTM 2014 Australian edition and have two questions:

1. Can I transfer my files from Version 9 to FTM 2014

2. I currently have Worldwide Membership how does the 6 month free membership to work with that. I can currently source all three Ancestry sites so the free membership to the Aussie site does not appear to give any advantage.


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I really like all the points you have made.

Comment on Who Owns What in the Genealogy World? by Pat Yo Fri, 02 Jan 2015 10:28:26 +0000 Good information! Thank you for compiling this. One thing you might want to add to the discontinued list under familysearch is the PAF (Personal Ancestral File) app which was discontinued mid-2013.

Comment on Who Owns What in the Genealogy World? by toni Fri, 02 Jan 2015 02:28:26 +0000 “It would be nice if we only had to subscribe to one site but that is not realistic. ”

Give it 2 more years and your wish will likely come true.

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Comment on Who Owns What in the Genealogy World? by judy Thu, 01 Jan 2015 08:37:51 +0000 Thanks for this information. In the end the information they are “selling” really belongs to us the decendants. Another money making machine. I refuse to pay. I get by with “a help from my friends”.