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22Mar/113

Traces of the Past – iPhone/iPod Touch App Discontinued

Family120While I was catching up on some of my blog reading today I came across a post that made me quite sad. Traces of the Past, an iPhone/iPod Touch App that gives users access to the FamilySearch.org database is going to be discontinued. I have been looking forward to doing a review on this great app in the next couple weeks on my Mobile Monday Series but I guess now there is no use... I actually became familiar with Traces of the Past right before RootsTech. I even had to modify my presentation I did at RootsTech so I could give a demo on this great app. Ever since then I have used it MANY times to do a quick search if I am not at my computer. Truescape Solutions, Inc. is the company that developed the app. The other day they posted on their blog the following announcement:
We regret to announce that support for Traces of the Past has been discontinued. Understandably, this will come as a disappointment to many of our users. Many factors contributed to this decision, but first and foremost was our concern about being able to adequately support the App at a time when the service we access for records is undergoing significant and ongoing changes. The current version of Traces will continue to work as long as the service it uses remains available. Unfortunately, that service will soon be discontinued as the provider moves to create a better and more robust service for accessing their records.
Like some of you, I am one of those disappointed users they mentioned. In my opinion I really do think this was one of the best genealogy apps available for mobile devices. I hope that in the future once FamilySearch's system is more stable and isn't changing so often that we will see Traces of the Past supported and fully developed again. In the meantime, I hope someone else can develop an app that will access the FamilySearch database because I myself have found it very useful. Have any of you used the Traces app? How did you like it? How do you feel about the announcement of its discontinuation?

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  1. Well, that’s a bummer. I used the app periodically, but always wished it could do more. Sorry to hear it’s going away completely.

  2. I too am sadden to hear that the Traces program will be discontinued. That alone will stop me from purchasing an iPad….simply because of the lack of availability of “flash”. I hope Family Search will develop something that will allow access.

  3. I am so disappointed that Traces has been discontinued. I have been doing genealogy for 35 years and in all that time I have not found a search program that works as efficiently as Traces. In fact Traces returned many names in my family that even Family Search. Some names were never found with the Family Search software. This is a sad time for me!


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