Ancestry comes up with solutions for FTM users

I previously mentioned the cancelation of Ancestry’s Family Tree Maker (FTM) software, and also wrote about options for transitioning to other programs for FTM users. One of the things that surprised me was how Ancestry had not seemed to think about the users at all and how they would move on beyond FTM. They had long claimed that FTM was the most popular desktop genealogy software, and yet they’d let this large user base to drift in the wind, so to speak. The right way to have done it would have been to figure out a transition plan, found a buyer for the program, or opened up their APIs to other programs, etc. all before getting out of the desktop software business.

In my original post, I hoped they would come up with solutions in the year between their announcement and the final discontinuation of the product. It seems that now they have. It would have been better to have done this before their announcement, but at least they’ve done it.

Ancestry announced on their blog that they’ve come up with two official transition options for FTM users.

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Now officially Software MacKiev Family Tree Maker
The first solution is that they’ve sold the actual FTM program to Software MacKiev, who had already been producing the Mac version of FTM for several years. Now they will be responsible for both the Mac and Windows version of the program. Software MacKiev is a well-established software developer from the Ukraine, with offices in Boston, MA as well. Software MacKiev is known for producing the current Mac versions of some early software programs like The Print Shop (originally published on the Apple II) and Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing (originally on DOS).

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RootsMagic’s announcement about working with Ancestry
The second solution is that they’ve allowed a third-party genealogy software company, RootsMagic, to access the same APIs as FTM. This means that the RootsMagic program will be able to search Ancestry.com, get Ancestry hints, sync data with trees on Ancestry.com, and perhaps most importantly for FTM users, will be able to directly import FTM files instead of needing to export first to a GEDCOM file. While RootMagic does mention syncing with Ancestry, they have specifically left out Ancestry’s trademarked term TreeSync. This makes me wonder if they will be able to sync in the same way that FTM syncs, or if they will need to upload the entire tree each time there is a change.

It remains to be seen if Ancestry plans to offer access to their APIs to other genealogy software companies. In my post on transitioning from FTM, I listed eight different desktop genealogy programs, all that could potentially partner with Ancestry for the same access, with the exception of Family Tree Builder, from MyHeritage. It wouldn’t make sense for Ancestry to work with MyHeritage since it is one of Ancestry’s major competitors in both online trees and more importantly online research. I suspect Ancestry will probably not add new partners this year. They’ve already said RootsMagic will support Ancestry by the end of the year, and I imagine they want to get that working well before adding new partners.

The real question going forward is how two third-party companies are going to move forward with accessing what were previously private Ancestry APIs. Software MacKiev has already worked with these APIs, so they’re ahead of the game. What happens when one company or the other needs a change in the API? or when Ancestry changes something that breaks an API? What about when Ancestry adds a new feature that would be helpful if accessed via the APIs – will Ancestry be adding it to the API? Ideally all three companies (Ancestry, Software MacKiev and Rootsmagic) have some kind of committee in place to handle these issues. If Ancestry expands access to their APIs to more companies, these issues will only become more complex, so I hope they’ve figured out a plan for these issues already.

So thank you Ancestry for coming up with solutions for your FTM users. Yes, it would have been better to do this before your announcement in December, but better late than never.
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101 Most Popular Jewish Boys Names in Israel in 2014

Following yesterday’s posting of the 101 Most Popular Jewish Girls Names in Israel in 2014, I here present the most popular boys names. These names are taken from just-released information from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Names have been translated and/or transliterated into English as necessary. In some cases, if the name is used in English in both forms (translated and transliterated), they are both presented in English.

The table below can be sorted by name in either Hebrew or English.

RankName (Hebrew)Name (English)Number
1נוֹעַםNoam1608
2אוריUri/Ori1477
3דָּוִדDavid1408
4יוֹסֵףJoseph1344
5אֵיתָןEitan (Ethan)1275
6אִיתַּיItai1274
7אֲרִיאֵלAriel1252
8דָּנִיֵּאלDaniel1191
9יְהוֹנָתָןYehonatan1130
10מֹשֶׁהMoshe1017
11אַבְרָהָםAbraham908
12יוֹנָתָןYonatan (Jonathan)887
13עִידּוֹIdo878
14יְהוּדָהYehuda (Judah)856
15אִיתָמָרItamar851
16יָאִירYair825
17עוֹמֶרOmer695
18יִשְׂרָאֵלYisrael (Israel)695
19אַלּוֹןElon673
20יַעֲקֹבYaakov (Jacob)666
21יִצְחָקYitzchak (Isaac)637
22עָמִיתAmit607
23הַרְאֵלHarel606
24אַלְיָהEliya603
25מִיכָאֵלMichael597
26עִילָּאִיIlay592
27גַּיְאGuy563
28חַיִּיםChaim551
29נהוראיNehorai540
30שְׁמוּאֵלShmuel (Samuel)534
31בֵּןBen496
32שְׁלֹמֹהShlomo (Solomon)477
33אָדָםAdam475
34נְתַנְאֵלNetanel475
35שִׁמְעוֹןShimon (Simon)469
36לָבִיאLavi468
37רְפָאֵלRaphael456
38מֵאִירMeir452
39לִיאַםLiam450
40אַהֲרוֹןAharon (Aaron)434
41נָדָבNadav431
42יוּבַלYuval422
43יוֹאָבYoav418
44אוֹרOr415
45נִיתַּאיNitai403
46בִּנְיָמִיןBenjamin391
47עִידָּןIdan382
48מָרְדְּכַיMordechai382
49מְנַחֵםMenachem377
50לִיאוֹרLior374
51יִשַׁיYishai370
52רוֹעִיRoi366
53מָאוֹרMaor356
54אֵלִיָּהוּEliyahu353
55אָבִיבAviv350
56עוֹמֶרִיOmri332
57יַנַּאיYanai326
58נָתָןNatan (Nathan)323
59הללHillel/Hallel322
60דּוֹרDor319
61מַתָּןMatan319
62אֶבְיָתָרEviatar312
63אָסָףAsaf296
64אוֹפִירOphir295
65איילEyal291
66שַׁחַרShachar283
67יָהֵלִיYaheli259
68אֲבִיאֵלAviel258
69אוּרִיאֵלUriel252
70אוֹפֶקOfek241
71רוֹןRon222
72אֶלְחָנָןElchanan220
73נוהNava216
74נְבוֹNevo212
75יָרִיןYarin211
76יַהַבYahav211
77עוֹבַדְיָהOvadia (Obadiah)208
78אוריהUriah202
79תּוֹמֶרTomer201
80בְּאֵרִיBeeri201
81דְּבִירDvir201
82יִנּוֹןYinon200
83צְבִיZvi198
84אֱלִיאָבEliav196
85דָּןDan194
86תּוֹםTom191
87שִׁילֹהShilo190
88שַׁיShai186
89נַחְמָןNachman185
90אֲמִיתַּיAmitai184
91רוֹםRom183
92שָׁלוֹםShalom182
93נֵרִיָּהNorah181
94אֵלעָזָרElazar181
95לִירוֹיLeroi179
96יוֹתָםYotam175
97אוֹשֶׁרOsher173
98עִילַיIlay172
99אֵלעָדElad168
100אֲבִישַׁיAvishai167
101יְדִידְיָהYedidya165
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101 Most Popular Jewish Girls Names in Israel in 2014

Since my earlier posts on the most popular Israeli girls and boys baby names broken down by city, the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has released the overall popularity of names broken down by religion. The following table shows the 101 most popular Jewish girls names  in Israel for the year 2014.

As with the previous posts, I’ve added English versions of all the names. In some cases I’ve used the most-common English version. In some cases I’ve added a transliteration of the Hebrew name with the English version, when both versions might be used. Some names might seem like boy’s names, such as Daniel, but in Israel are considered unisex. With Hebrew names that don’t exist in English, I’ve tried to give the best English transliteration I could considering both the pronunciation and what the name would be spelled like in English.

Since the CBS files don’t include nikudot (vowels) in the original Hebrew, some names may overlap that have the same letters, but are pronounced differently. In that case I’ve generally left out the nikudot from the Hebrew and put both versions in the English.

The table below is sortable by column, so you can easily sort by Hebrew name or English name, or then re-sort it by overall rank. The number of babies given each name is also shown.

RankName (Hebrew)Name (English)Number  
1נוֹעָהNoa1478
2תָּמָרTamar1381
3שִׁירָהShira1201
4מַאיָהMaya1200
5יָעֵלYael1135
6אַדֶלAdele1096
7טַלְיָהTalia1063
8אֲבִיגַיִלAbigail1039
9איילהAyala932
10שָׂרָהSarah863
11אֶסְתֵּרEsther768
12נוֹיָהNoya764
13מִיכַלMichal753
14חַנָּהChana (Hanna)719
15אֵלָהElah709
16לִיָהLia706
17רוֹמִיRomi704
18רִבְקָהRivka (Rebecca)687
19רוֹנִיRoni657
20רָחֵלRachel642
21הוֹדָיָהHodaya630
22עַלְמָהAlma619
23אֲגַםAgam611
24יוּבַלYuval574
25תָּהֶלTahal557
26מִרְיָםMiriam555
27חַיָּהChaya544
28עֲדִיAdi540
29אֲרִיאֵלAriel526
30הִילָּהHila520
31לִיאַןLian/Leanne517
32נָעֳמִיNaomi508
33רוּתRuth504
34נֹגַהּNoga502
35אֵמָהEmma472
36מַעֲיָיןMaayan462
37הללHallel413
38הָדָרHadar411
39גַּאיָהGaia401
40אֶפְרָתEfrat398
41לֵאָהLeah393
42תְּהִילָּהTehila388
43נוֹעַםNoam381
44אוֹרOr377
45נטעNeta377
46מִיקָהMika370
47הֲדַסָּהHadassa368
48נַעֲמָהNaama358
49עָמִיתAmit354
50אוריהUria/Oria349
51עופריOfri348
52אמיליEmily333
53טוֹהָרTohar329
54אוריUri/Ori328
55יָהֵלִיYaheli328
56יְהוּדִיתYehudit (Judith)325
57הֲדַסHadas321
58אוֹפִירOphir319
59שָׁקֵדShaked308
60שִׁירShir306
61מַלְכָּהMalka300
62לִיבִּיLibi297
63לִיאֵלLiel287
64דָּנִיֵּאלDaniel287
65מוֹרִיָּהMoriah287
66עֵדֶןEden284
67אֲבִישַׁגAvishag283
68אֱלִישֶׁבַעElisheva (Elizabeth)266
69אָלִיןAleen262
70שָׁנִיShani252
71אַלְיָהAliya251
72גֶּפֶןGefen247
73גִּילִיGili244
74דְּבוֹרָהDvora (Deborah)239
75שַׁחַרShachar237
76אנאלAnael233
77רוֹתֶםRotem223
78יַרְדֵּןYarden (Jordan)221
79נֶחָמָהNechama219
80לִיאוֹרLior219
81אוֹדֶלOdele217
82בִּרָכָהBracha207
83מַאיMay206
84זוֹהַרZohar204
85שַׁיShai201
86אֲבִיָּהAvia192
87אוֹרִיןOrin190
88אֲבִיטַלAvital182
89בַּת שֶׁבַעBatsheva181
90אַלְמָהAlma180
91דָּנִיֵּאלָהDaniella176
92שַׁי-לִיShaily176
93הִילִיHili176
94אָבִיבAviv171
95עוֹמֶרOmer169
96שִּילָתShilat168
97חַוָּהChava162
98צִפּוֹרָהTziporah161
99יַעֲרָהYaara160
100אַלּוֹנָהAlona159
101כַּרְמֶלCarmel157