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Ancestry kills its desktop software, moves to online subscriptions

You'll have to move online if you want to trace your roots starting in 2016.

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Ancestry.com has announced that it's getting rid of its desktop software options at the end of the year. The company is reacting to what it sees as the "declining desktop software market" (and that pesky smartphone and tablet user boom), adding that it will allow the company to better provide support and updates to users. Its Family Tree Maker software will cease sale on December 31st 2015, but will continue working until January 1st 2017. This will include its TreeSync service that links to the web service -- important if you still want to keep scouring your lineage for that all important (yet tenuous) link to royalty.

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