Friday, December 11, 2015

Legacy News

As a follow-up to our previous post on alternatives to Family Tree Maker, Legacy News just posted a piece entitled, How To Import Family Tree Maker Legacy Plus - Your Questions Answered.  I am not advocating that you run out and implement this change - but I learned from this article that Legacy Plus will sync with your tree.  I didn't know a program existed that did that.
The biggest question you need to ask yourself is whether you want to continue using a stand-alone software program such Legacy or if you want to go with a cloud-based program.  It is a big decision. A stand-alone program gives you the security of knowing all your stuff is safe and sound on your computer (until it gets discontinued as is the case with Family Tree Maker) or a web-based program which is less likely to become "unsupported" but might not give you the same warm, fuzzy level of security.

Don't make any rash judgments.  We will continue to follow the news and do some research on our own about alternatives.  In the meantime, it might not be a bad idea to copy any documents, photos, etc. from your FTM software to a file on your hard drive, a thumb drive, or a cloud drive.  Can't hurt! I can't speak for Apple computers, but on my Window's PC which runs Family Tree Maker, there is a file under "Documents" called "Family Tree Maker".  Every single thing, including all the media (documents, photos, etc.) that is on my FTM tree is in that file.  I just copied the whole folder to a thumb drive and was able to access everything from there.  So it shouldn't be necessary to go through every single item and figure out how and where to save it.

Again, don't panic.  There are ways to preserve your hard work and we will do our best to help.

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