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January 2016 Treasurer’s Report

We collected over $1200 in dues in January. This & other income covered our expenses of about $450, and raised our available balance to $4610.47. For full details please see the January 2016 Treasurer’s Report.

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FTM news

Not long ago said it would stop selling and supporting Family Tree Maker (FTM). This week they announced two new options for FTM users:

  •, which “has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for more than six years,” is purchasing FTM and will now sell and maintain the Windows version as well.
  • RootsMagic, a desktop genealogy program like Legacy and FTM, will be offering the “TreeSync” feature FTM already has, for automatic checking of your family tree against the Ancestry database.

Further details are given in this Ancestry blog post.

My two cents: if I were an FTM user, I’d wait and see. MacKiev focuses on Mac software rather than genealogy so its FTM for Windows might not receive full attention. RootsMagic is well-established. But if it can offer TreeSync then other programs like Legacy could too (though nobody has said Legacy will be doing that). So there may be further developments.

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Genealogy Research

Sun City Vistoso Genealogy Club Members

As of last week I am officially “On the Clock” to submit my portfolio for certification by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. As part of my submission I need to include a Research Report prepared for another person. I would like to offer 10-12 hours of my services, free of charge, to two or three members of the Genealogy Club to help me complete this requirement. I will ask that each of the three members sign a completed “Genealogy Research Request” and a permission letter for use of the research results in my portfolio. I would also request that your research goal be limited to work within the United States.

I will have copies of the “Genealogy Research Request” form in my drawer at the Genealogy Club library, as well as the permission letter. Services will be performed on a first come, first served basis, to the first three members who submit a request. I will be in the Genealogy Library on Thursday morning if you have any questions or would like to talk.  Please return completed request forms and permission letters to my drawer at the library.

Thanks for helping me out, and I hope I can be of help to you in researching your ancestors.

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DNA books


Our club library has a new book: DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America, by Bryan Sykes. Here’s the publisher’s description:

Bryan Sykes, one of the world’s leading geneticists and best-selling author of The Seven Daughters of Eve, sets his sights on America, one of the most genetically variegated countries in the world. Sykes embarks on a road trip―DNA testing kit in tow―interviewing genealogists, anthropologists, and everyday Americans, tracing America’s history along a double helix that stretches from the last Ice Age to the present day. What emerges is an unprecedented look into America’s genetic mosaic that challenges the very notion of how we perceive race and what it means to be an American.

Teri Petty requested this book for the DNA Special Interest Group. The SIG’s next meeting is Wednesday February 17th at 1 PM in the club library.

Bryan Sykes is also the author of two other books on genealogy and DNA which the library already owned:

All three of his books are now on our DNA shelf, at bottom on the right as you enter the library. To see what books we have, you can check our online catalog at LibraryThing. This is similar to the SCOV library’s new one but doesn’t tell you if a book’s checked out. There’s a link to this catalog in the post at the top of our website’s home page.

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FindMyPast free weekend

FindMyPast ( is having a free weekend. It starts today, Friday the 22nd, and runs through Sunday. This is the website we just made available in the club rooms (focused on the British Isles but also covers US, Canada, Australia). Have a look!

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