Presidential Genealogy

Today is President’s Day. Do you have a U. S. President in your family tree? Or are you interested in the genealogy of our Presidents? If so, you should check out this website. It is an index where you can find a lot of information and family trees of U.S. Presidents. You can find it at Presidential Genealogy .


Meeting Date Change for Computer SIG

Please make note of the following:

The next meeting of the Eastside Genealogical Society’s Computer SIG will be Saturday, February 20 (NOT Feb. 27) at 9:30 AM in the Community Room at Crossroads Mall in Bellevue.  Although we normally meet on the 4th Saturday, the room was not available on the 4th Saturday in February, thus the different date.  Gordon Young will be making a presentation titled “Introduction to Windows 10” so bring your questions.

News From Our Special Interest Groups

Here’s some news from some of the Special Interest Groups (SIG) of the Eastside Genealogical Society:

  •  Czech/Slovak Special Interest Group. The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 27th, 9:30 a.m. to Noon, at the usual meeting place, Firehouse #22 in Kirkland (6602 108th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033). Rosie Bodien, who founded the group in 1995, and has been its leader all these years, passed away on Christmas Day, after a two year battle with Ovarian Cancer. This next meeting will focus on how best to move forward.
  • The Italian SIG has a new website, in addition to a page on the EGS website. You can find their website at
  • The Family Tree Maker SIG will be meeting February 19, 2016 at the Newcastle Library at 10:30 a.m. We will start out discussing what we have each heard read about the MacKiev buy out of FTM.
    Here are a couple of links that one should have a read at

Continue reading “News From Our Special Interest Groups”

Ancestry Announces News Regarding Family Tree Maker Software

Today, announced some updated news regarding FamilyTree Maker software.  Here is their announcement:

“Dear Family Tree Maker™ community,

Since our Family Tree Maker announcement last December, we have continued to actively explore ways to develop and support Family Tree Maker and ensure you have choices to preserve your work in ways that matter to you. Today, we are pleased to announce two options for desktop software that will work with Ancestry.

Software MacKiev:   Software MacKiev, with whom we have a long-standing relationship, is acquiring the Family Tree Maker software line as publisher for both Mac and Windows versions. Software MacKiev has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for more than six years and is thrilled at the opportunity to publish future versions of Family Tree Maker for Mac and Windows. This new agreement means you will receive software updates and new versions from Software MacKiev, and have the ability to purchase new versions of Family Tree Maker from Software MacKiev as they are released. You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry with Family Tree Maker moving forward.

RootsMagic:   We have made an agreement with RootsMagic, a leading genealogy desktop software program publisher, to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016. With this new relationship, RootsMagic can serve as your desktop family tree software, while having access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry.

We have heard your concerns and are working to provide the solutions you requested. These new agreements will make it possible to preserve your work on Ancestry and Family Tree Maker and enable future features and benefits to help you discover your family history. Be assured that Ancestry, in cooperation with Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, will continue to support you as you discover your family history.

We ask for your patience as we work diligently through all the details to make these solutions available. You can find additional details about these Family Tree Maker partnerships on our blog.   We also encourage you to continue to check back on our blog for future updates in the coming months.”