Talk:Ancestry.com

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Versions[edit]

Most pages about computer software include a history of the various versions the program has gone through. I think this would be very helpful to understand the version you work with and it's features and lack thereof. This program in particular has been problematic for many genealogists - amateur and professional - and supposedly the latest version has been a real step in the wrong direction! Time to track it!--Don (talk) 01:08, 9 November 2010 (UTC)

I gather you mean a version /release history like some of the programs have. The following links will be useful to build one [1], [2], [3],[4], [5], [6], (Changes in Family Tree Maker by version only cover FTM4 to FTM16), Re: (FTM-TECH) Would like list of FTM Versions, Official FTM Blog category, Technical Support for Family Tree Maker Versions 10 and Earlier, FTM software merry-go-round version history ftm 1 to 5, company history - Paul B
Is this finished? Narracan3824 (talk) 01:06, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
This is wikipedia Narracan3824, which means you don't need permission to work on something. gioto (talk) 23:11, 6 January 2011 (UTC)
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Membership to this service is certainly not cheap. Could somebody with a subscription give me a hand, please? I'm working on a bio for a Christchurch mayor, and a whole lot of the Bishop family emigrated to New Zealand in one go; at least the passenger list shows the surname quite a few times. I'd probably make some inroads if I know who the mayor's siblings are and I wonder whether Charles Wellington Bishop is one of them. Please contact me via my talk page or by Wikimail. Schwede66 21:38, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

I've got another bio where I'm a bit perplexed. Lots of sources say that Gerard George Fitzgerald (1834–1904) was a brother of James FitzGerald (1818–1896; and there's no doubt that they are talking about this person, as they usually qualify this by referring to the former "auditor general"). What puzzles me is that it says in James FitzGerald's official biography that he "was the youngest son of Gerald FitzGerald"; he was some 16 years older than Gerard George! The other thing that makes research hard is that GG Fitzgerald was a very private person. Things like marriages or death were certainly not advertised in newspapers. His 1940 bio talks about his wife drowning in a shipping disaster, but that appears to have been his second marriage. I haven't found any other trace about his first wife (Jane Michie) than a link to the marriage certificate (assuming that the Gerard George Fitzgerald talked about is indeed him). Given that Fitzgerald was dealing with banks in Melbourne in the 1850s, I wouldn't be surprised if had a connection to Sir Archibald Michie. Any help much appreciated; please contact me via my talk page or by Wikimail. Schwede66 03:01, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

No criticism or controversy?[edit]

Why is there no Criticism or Controversy section in this article? There are many, many consumer and ethics/privacy complaints about the Ancestry conglomerate on ratings sites like My Web Of Trust (mywot.com); something is just not right about the discrepancy between this article and all the criticism and dissatisfaction that is reported elsewhere. To me the article reads like a carefully-crafted advertisement. It probably should be flagged as such and monitored.--IfYouDoIfYouDon't (talk) 08:13, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

There was a "Controversy" section in this article some time ago, but it was removed in 2009 on the basis that there was very little concrete information there that might not apply equally well to almost any large company. If you have reliable sources for controversy that is specific to Ancestry.com, I encourage you to be bold and add it :-) —Tim Pierce (talk) 17:33, 13 April 2015 (UTC)
Came to ask the same thing, I'll just leave this: Video: Who Do They Think They Are? – A Lighthearted Look at Today’s Genealogy Searches, Dick Eastman · April 28, 2015 . The video is by The Checkout — Preceding unsigned comment added by So-retro-it-hurts (talkcontribs) 03:02, 30 April 2015 (UTC)
There was. Can I Get on the Mormon “Do Not Baptize” List?, Do the Mormons own Ancestry.com?, [8]
Baptizing holocaust victims. CaribDigita (talk) 17:35, 15 April 2016 (UTC)

Controversy 2 - DNA[edit]

If anyone has any more information about Ancestry.com's DNA handling I, at least, personally, would appreciate it. That being said, perhaps the first paragraph should be separated so the DNA portion and the part about services being cancelled aren't one and the same. It makes it sound like the discontinued services/sites have something to do with the DNA issues.Mousenight (talk) 21:25, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

From the Genetic_testing article: Ancestry.com, a company providing DTC DNA tests for genealogy purposes, has reportedly allowed the warrantless search of their database by police investigating a murder.[32] The warrantless search led to a search warrant to force the gathering of a DNA sample from a New Orleans filmmaker; however he turned out not to be a match for the suspected killer.[33]

[cite 32] Ronald Bailey, " Ancestry.com Hands Over Client DNA Test Results to Cops Without a Warrant" Reason.com [cite 33] Jim Mustian, "New Orleans filmmaker cleared in cold-case murder; false positive highlights limitations of familial DNA searching" The New Orleans Advocate — Preceding unsigned comment added by 65.207.2.2 (talk) 17:47, 5 April 2017 (UTC)


Version 5.0[edit]

I found a boxed copy of "Family Tree Maker Deluxe 4-CD Set", Version 5.0, that was purchased on August 18, 1999. It was made by Broderbund Software with a copyright notice of 1998. The files on the install CD-ROM are dated September 17, 1998. The files on the data CD-ROMs are April 12, 1998. It supports Windows 95 and Windows 98. A footnote on the box states the previous version was "Family Tree Maker Deluxe Edition III". -- SWTPC6800 (talk) 20:12, 26 December 2015 (UTC)

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Taggert --LoKiLeCh (talk) 20:41, 14 April 2016 (UTC)


FTM Box[edit]

Hi, can somenone please edit the FTM box - the software will be continued, see text and http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2016/02/02/good-news-for-users-of-family-tree-maker/ — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:A61:114E:301:99FD:F350:3773:5D7B (talk) 21:24, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

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Reliance on primary sources[edit]

I quickly skimmed recent edits and noticed press releases and the like being added as the sole sources for some information. I may have overlooked other sources already there, and haven't looked to see if this is part of a larger problem. --Ronz (talk) 16:11, 19 November 2016 (UTC)

FTM[edit]

I'm guessing that a separate entry /content fork /article spinoff needs to be made for Family Tree Maker, now that Ancestry.com no longer owns or maintains the software. - CompliantDrone (talk) 00:34, 6 April 2017 (UTC)

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