Does Ancestry Own Family Tree Maker? (Not Anymore)

Ancestry owned Family Tree Maker for over a decade before Software MacKiev acquired the desktop genealogy software. The software is available for purchase from the MacKiev website. Family Tree Maker (or FTM to its fans) has been through six owners by my count. It has an interesting and checkered history. Read on for the juicy … Read more

Find Famous Relatives With Ancestry And Other Websites

Ancestry used to have a smartphone App to find possible famous relatives. Many people enjoyed the We’re Related App as speculative fun with the occasional correct suggestion. Ancestry disabled the App in 2019, and hasn’t released anything similar yet. Finding a famous relative or ancestor can be a great advantage to your genealogy research. There … Read more

How To Add A Half Sibling To Your Ancestry Tree

A half-sibling relationship cannot be added to an Ancestry tree without first creating their common parent. Sometimes you have the details of the siblings but don’t know anything about their parents. You may also encounter scenarios where two siblings have been incorrectly assigned both parents in your Ancestry tree – and you want to fix … Read more

How To Add Step Parents And Adopted Parents To Your Ancestry Tree

The default relationships in an Ancestry tree are biological father, mother, brother,  and sister. But families are more complicated than that! You can add step-parents, foster parents, and adoptive parents to your Ancestry tree. There are also some other less common relationships available. It’s not obvious how to do this, so we’ll give you a … Read more