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Ancestry.com

Ancestry
Private
Industry
Founded 1983; 34 years ago (1983)
Founders Paul B. Allen and Dan Taggart
Headquarters Lehi, Utah, U.S.
Key people
Tim Sullivan (President & CEO) Howard Hochauser (CFO/COO) Ken Chahine (EVP/GM, AncestryDNA) Dr. Cathy Petti (Chief Health Officer)
Products
  • Ancestry.com
  • Archives.com
  • AncestryDNA
  • Family Tree Maker
  • AncestryHealth
  • software
  • Fold3.com
  • Genealogy.com
  • MyFamily.com
  • Newspapers.com
  • Rootsweb.com
Revenue US$683.1 million (2015)
Owner
Number of employees
Over 1,000 worldwide (2016)
Website ancestry.com
Family Tree Maker (FTM)
Family Tree Maker 2012 icon.png
Original author(s) Kenneth Lafferty Hess
Developer(s) Ancestry.com, Inc.. Software MacKiev
Initial release 1989; 28 years ago (1989)
Stable release
2014 (September 10, 2013; 3 years ago (2013-09-10))
Development status Active
Operating system Windows, Mac
Available in English
Type Genealogy software
License Proprietary
Website www.familytreemaker.com

Ancestry.com LLC is a privately held Internet company based in Lehi, Utah, United States. The largest for-profit genealogy company in the world, it operates a network of genealogical and historical record websites focused on the United States and nine foreign countries, develops and markets genealogical software, and offers a wide array of genealogical related services. As of June 2014, the company provided access to approximately 16 billion historical records and had over 2 million paying subscribers. User-generated content tallies to more than 70 million family trees, and subscribers have added more than 200 million photographs, scanned documents, and written stories.

Ancestry's brands include Ancestry, AncestryDNA, AncestryHealth, AncestryProGenealogists, Archives.com, Family Tree Maker, Find a Grave, Fold3, Newspapers.com, and Rootsweb.

Under its subsidiaries, Ancestry.com operates foreign sites that provide access to services and records specific to other countries in the languages of those countries. These include Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Brazil, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and several other countries in Europe and Asia (covered by Ancestry Information Operations Company).

In 1990, Paul B. Allen and Dan Taggart, two Brigham Young University graduates, founded Infobases and began offering Latter-day Saints (LDS) publications on floppy disks. In 1988, Allen had worked at Folio Corporation, founded by his brother Curt and his brother-in-law Brad Pelo. Infobases chose to use the Folio infobase technology, which Allen was familiar with, as the basis for their products.


Meaning
Red Not supported
Yellow Still supported (Update to the last patch for that version)
Green Current version
Version Release date Released by Edition/s Notes
1.0 1989 Banner Blue Software DOS Supplied on 3.5 and 5.25 floppy disks. Data file used .FTM as a file extension on DOS. No GEDCOM support.
1.01 1990 Banner Blue Software DOS No GEDCOM support.
2.0 January 1994 Banner Blue Software Windows 3.1 / DOS Data file used .FTW as a file extension on Windows. Supplied on two 3½ inch floppy disks. Supported GEDCOM import/export.
2.?? October 1994 Banner Blue Software Windows 3.1 / DOS Second version (patch?)
3.0 24 October 1995 Brøderbund Software Windows 3.1 & 95 (16 bit) / DOS Supplied on three floppy disks. 16 bit application compatible with Windows 95. DOS version shipped with the DEU (Data Exchange Utility)
3.01 February 1996 Brøderbund Software Windows 3.1 & 95 (16 bit & 32 bit) / DOS Beginning with this version every copy of Family Tree Maker for Windows came with both a Windows 95 (32-bit) and Windows 3.1x (16-bit) version.
3.02 October 1995 Brøderbund Software Windows 32 bit
3.02 Mac January 1997 Brøderbund Software Macintosh (PowerPC processor only) Marketed as Family Tree Maker Deluxe Edition II for Macintosh.
3.4 November 1996 Brøderbund Software Windows 3.1 & 95 (16 bit & 32 bit) / DOS
4.0 September 1996 Brøderbund Software Windows 3.1 & 95 (16 bit & 32 bit) / DOS First release on a CD-ROM.
4.0a  ? Brøderbund Software Windows
4.0b  ? Brøderbund Software Windows
4.4  ? Brøderbund Software Windows
4.4 File Fixer Patch  ? Brøderbund Software Windows
5.0 (before) August 1998 The Learning Company Windows
5.0a (Patch)  ? The Learning Company Windows
5.0b  ? The Learning Company Windows
6.0 after May 1999 The Learning Company (Mattel Incorporated) Windows
6.0a (Index Optimization Update)  ? The Learning Company (Mattel Incorporated) Windows
7.0 October 1999 The Learning Company (Mattel Incorporated) Windows
7.5 April 2000 Genealogy.com Windows
8.0 October 2000 Genealogy.com Windows
9.0 October 2001 Genealogy.com Windows
9.0 (patch after release) October 30, 2001 Genealogy.com Windows
10.0 September 2002 Genealogy.com Windows
11.0 September 2003 MyFamily.com Windows
2005 August 2004 MyFamily.com Windows
2006 12 September 2005 MyFamily.com Windows
2006 Patch  ? MyFamily.com Windows
16 September 2006 MyFamily.com Windows
2008 14 August 2007 Ancestry.com Windows Returned to using the .FTM extension for windows datafiles.
2008 Service Pack 1  ? Ancestry.com Windows
2008 Service Pack 2  ? Ancestry.com Windows
2008 Service Pack 3 (17.0.0.965)  ? Ancestry.com Windows
2009 28 August 2008 The Generations Network Windows
2009 Patch 18A (18.0.0.94)  ? The Generations Network Windows
2009 Patch 18B (18.0.0.95)  ? The Generations Network Windows
2009 Patch 18C (18.0.0.305)  ? The Generations Network Windows
2009 Patch 18D (18.0.0.307)  ? The Generations Network Windows
2010 19 August 2009 Ancestry.com Windows Vista & XP SP2
2010 Service Pack 1 (19.0.0.206)  ? Ancestry.com Windows 7 & Vista & XP SP2
2011 31 August 2010 Ancestry.com Windows 7 & Vista & XP SP2
2011 Service Pack 1 (20.0.0.376)  ? Ancestry.com Windows 7 & Vista & XP SP2
2010 Mac 4 November 2010 Ancestry.com Mac OSX 10.5 or later (Intel-based Mac) Marketed as Family Tree Maker for Mac. Supplied on 2 × CD-ROM
2010 Mac (Update 19.2.0.241) 1 February 2011 Ancestry.com Mac OSX 10.5 or later (Intel-based Mac)
2012 29 September 2011 Ancestry.com Windows 7 & Vista & XP SP2
2014 10 September 2013 Ancestry.com Windows 8 & 7 & Vista & XP SP2
2014 Mac 13 December 2013 Ancestry.com Mac OSX 10.6 or later (Intel-based Mac) Marketed as Family Tree Maker Mac 3.

FTM Merger history
  • Ancestry.com
  • Archives.com
  • AncestryDNA
  • Family Tree Maker
  • AncestryHealth
  • software
  • Fold3.com
  • Genealogy.com
  • MyFamily.com
  • Newspapers.com
  • Rootsweb.com
  • 1984 Banner Blue Software founded by Ken Hess, As the founder and president of Banner Blue Software from 1984 to 1996, I sold over two million copies of Family Tree Maker
  • May 1997 Brøderbund Software acquired Parsons Technology from Intuit (which included the marketing rights to Family Origins for Windows
  • August 1998 Brøderbund Software acquired by The Learning Company (which included Family Tree Creator through an acquisition of Mindscape/IMSI. v5 Published
  • Late 1998 The Learning Company acquired Palladium Interactive (which included Ultimate Family Tree).
  • May 1999 The Learning Company was acquired by Mattel Incorporated "Barbie").v6 Published
  • November 1999 A&E Television Networks, Hearst Interactive Media, Mattel, and private equity firms form Genealogy.com, LLC April 2000 v7.5 Published.
  • February 2001 A&E TV acquired Genealogy.com
  • Late 2001 Genealogy.com acquired the GenForum message board site, which it had been hosting for a few years
  • June 2002 Genealogy.com acquired Generations PC product line from Sierra Home
  • April 2003 Genealogy.com acquired by MyFamily.com
  • December 2006 My Family.com Inc changes its name to The Generations Network
  • Family Origins
  • Generations Family Tree (Originally called Reunion for Windows)
  • Ultimate Family Tree (UFT)
  • ROOTS software series by CommSoft was one of the first publishers of series of genealogy software programs, created in the 1980s, and available until 1997. Commsoft released the following, ROOTS89 for the Heath H-8 series of personal computers, ROOTS/M for the CP/M operating system, ROOTS II for MS-DOS, followed by ROOTS III and ROOTS IV. The company also released ROOTS V for Windows along with Visual ROOTS for Microsoft Windows.
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