Friday, August 06, 2021

The Sky is Falling, Or Is It? #Ancestry TOS Challenges

 Strategies for overcoming challenges posed by Ancestry's August 2021 TOS changes

Regarding Ancestry's new Terms of Service dated 3 Aug 2021, and the overnight "clarification" from Ancestry Corporate, DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ have devised strategies for the following users.
  • Users of Ancestry Member Trees (AMT) only
  • Users with a desktop genealogy software, that does not sync to AMTs
  • Users of RootsMagic desktop software that can TreeShare to/from AMTs
  • Users of Family Tree Maker 2019 desktop software that can FamilySync to/from AMTs
We've been working almost non-stop to create step-by-step strategies to ensure our personal media files will not be used by Ancestry in perpetuity and irrevocably.

This is a tough subject, and not to be taken lightly. We want the beginning genealogist to feel secure with the options we propose.
  • Ancestry is a library of not a storage facility.
  • Researchers don't leave their research notes at the library, they keep them close at hand.
  • Do not use a GEDCOM download from as it currently has no option to include media files.

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