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You won't be able to use Ancestry on your desktop soon

You won't be able to use Ancestry on your desktop soon
PHOTO COURTESY OF ANCESTRY.COM

Have you ever wondered where you come from, like really come from? If you think about your ancestors, you can probably trace them back in your mind for three or four generations.

But, after that, your family tree gets murky. Which is why services that create family trees have been enticing millions of people.

Unfortunately, if you use Ancestry's Family Tree Maker to create your own family tree, you better start thinking about alternative ways to keep it up to date. Ancestry.com announced that it is getting rid of its desktop software, Family Tree Maker.

It will no longer sell the software after the end of this year. However, Ancestry will continue to support the software until Jan. 1, 2017.

During that time, Ancestry will fix bugs and provide customer support, including for TreeSync, its link to the Ancestry site. Ancestry isn't going out of business, though. You can continue to use its online subscription, which starts at $19.99 a month.

Ancestry announced the end of Family Tree Maker on its blog. The company cited declining PC sales for the discontinuation of its desktop software.

Worldwide sales of PCs in 2015 are down 10.3% from last year, according to IDC. However, sales are still substantial, including 113.6 million desktops and 163.1 million laptops.

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Source: Ancestry
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