Ancestry to retire Family Tree Maker software!!, makers of the award winning Family Tree Maker software package has announced that they will discontinue development and sales of the software effective December 31, 2015.  According to their website, "Ancestry will continue to support current owners of Family Tree Maker at least through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™, will continue to work, and Member Services will be available to assist with user questions. We will also address major software bugs that may occur, as well as compatibility updates.

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COMMENTARY:  A little over 20 years or so ago I began recording my family history research on a home built computer utilizing Family Origins which was originally created by Parsons Technology.  Parsons sold out to Broderbund who made a few changes to the software and then ceased development in favor of their more robust genealogy program, Family Tree Maker.  At that time I was in the market for a new genealogy application and since Family Tree Maker was made by the same company, Broderbund, and it was the "big boy on the block", I decided to use it.  At the time, FTM was being heavily developed and updated so I purchased each full version update as it became available.  At one point a representative from Broderbund/FTM called me on the phone and recommended I update to a new version which was available.  I purchsed the update and went about my business.  Almost exactly 30 days later I read somewhere that a new version of FTM was coming out very soon.  I was a little more than upset that FTM contacted me to sell me an update knowing full well that they would be pushing out a new version soon.  It appeared to me that FTM was trying to liquidate their inventory of the version I purchased prior to releasing their newest version of the software.  I made a decision right then and there to quit using FTM and immediately set about to find a new genealogy application.  Enter Legacy Family Tree, produced by Millennia Corp.  Legacy was relatively new at the time (v3) and was offered in two versions, Free and Deluxe.  I ordered the free version and gave it a test run.  I liked what I saw and how it functioned so purchased the deluxe version and have been using it since.  Currently Legacy is on version 8, the standard copy is and has always been free and their deluxe version is $29.95.  When asked, I recommend Legacy.



Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Dec 2015

The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center conducts a monthly Genealogy Roundtable Forum on the third Saturday of each month at 1:30 pm. Topics vary in subject matter and length of presentation but are always followed up by a question & answer period. The programs are free and open to the public.



Veterans Honor Flight cancelled due to weather / icy roads, rescheduled for January

The Genealogy Roundtable Forum originally schedule for Saturday, November 21st was cancelled due to weather and extremely icy road conditions.  Mr. Marty Connealy of Chadron was to present a program on the history of the Veterans Honor Flight in western Nebraska, how the service was started, current flight schedules and future VHF plans.  Mr. Connealy regrets having to cancel but the roads were really in no condition to be traveled over, especially from Chadron to Scottsbluff.  Mr. Connealy has asked us to reschedule his program for our January 2016 forum, so that's what we've done.  Look for details of his program in the January newsletter.


What's New:

The following items have been added to our collection and are located in the Carole Tucker Reading Room:


• Fairfield, Nebraska : A century of memories, 1872-1972
               - c1972 - Fairfield History Book Committee - 68p

• History of Axtell, Nebraska: The first 100 years, 1885-1985
               - c1985 - Axtell History Book Committee - 224p

• The Last Full Measure: (part three of a civil war trilogy)
               - c1998 - by Jeff M. Shaara - 611p


Contributions & Donations:

We wish to gratefully and publically acknowledge the recent research material donations and/or financial contributions by the following individuals and/or organizations.  Their contributions and support is paramount to our success and we truly appreciate their generosity.

• Doris Smith memorial gifts

• Judi Widmaier

 **The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center was incorporated in the state of Nebraska in 2003 as a not-for-profit, public genealogy and local history research library.  Funding provided primarily through donations**


Annual Gift Giving Appeal

Tis' the season for gift giving and like most not-for-profit organizations we cannot function without the generosity of our staff and our patrons so once again we are requesting that you keep us in mind as you develop your gift list this holiday season.  Our greatest expense is mortgage and utility payments so we are constantly in fundraising mode for those items however we do have a number of special projects that need funding as well.  The January newsletter will outline some of our goals for the new year while soliciting ideas for new projects.

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