Friday, August 27, 2010

Family Tree Maker Webinar on September 15th

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 08:00 AM PDT
Family Tree Maker 2011 is almost here. Join us for a free webinar on September 15th at 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time and discover why it’s the best version yet.
You’ll learn how to:
  • Use Smart Stories—a new narrative tool to help you create and share family stories.
  • Create new fan charts.
  • Dress up your charts using photographs and embellishments.
  • Add your own historical events to timelines.
  • And much more.
To attend the Family Tree Maker 2011 webinar, click here to register.
And if you have questions you’d like answered, please enter them in the Comments section below. We’ll try to respond to them during the webinar or on the blog. (Please limit your questions to functionality available in Family Tree Maker 2011.) We appreciate your questions and look forward to talking to you soon. Thanks!
Have you missed past webinars? You can view them any time at

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

FTM 2010 - Plan Workspace - New Tree

This is the Family Tree Maker Plan Workspace
New Tree Tab

There are options as to how to start a new tree in the left part of this screen.

In the Right Hand Panel, at the top, is a list of files that has been opened in the past.

Below that is the Web Dashboard which will reflect any Online Subscription information and status. Below that is a list of any Member Family Trees that you may have, and below that is any Postings or status from For example, if there was a planned outage, that would be posted in the lower right panel.

One way to start a New Tree, is to Enter the information that you may have.

Enter What You Know

In the example below, only the Name is entered, as Source-Citation will be added for each FACT entered, including the name, but that will be in a different workspace.

The Project Name field would become the Filename, so enter the name of this Family File. The File Location is near the bottom of this screen. Where on your hard drive is this file located.

Other ways to start a new Tree or File will follow.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Family Tree Maker Verison 2010 - Web Search Workspace

If you have an Internet connection and account, you can search the vast store of databases at to find more information about the people in your tree. With an Internet connection you can also search other sites that are part of or other independent genealogy sites.

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Family Tree Maker Verison 2010 - Publish Workspace

Lets you print or share charts and reports from a variety of templates. You can customize a chart or report according to your needs, including background images, colors, and fonts.

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Family Tree Maker Verison 2010 - Sources Workspace

Helps you manage the sources associated with facts. You can quickly locate sources, view what they are connected to, remove connections, and edit citations, sources, and repositories quickly.

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Family Tree Maker Verison 2010 - Media Workspace

Helps you manage images, audio recordings, movies, documents, and more. You can easily view media by category, person, source, and other groupings. You can see what a media file is linked to and link it to other people or sources, or unlink it.

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Family Tree Maker Verison 2010 - Plan Workspace

Helps you organize, create, and import projects into Family Tree Maker. Once you have a project to work on, Plan shows you the status of your projects, the tasks are left uncompleted, and the last person you were working on. It is the initial workspace each time you start up Family Tree Maker.

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Family Tree Maker Verison 2010 - Places Workspace

Helps you locate the places associated with a person. Seeing the locations and viewing who spent their lives there can help lead you to breakthroughs.

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FTM2010 - Workspaces

Family Tree Maker has seven Workspaces that were introduced with Family Tree Maker version 2008. New articles will be posted providing additional information for each of these Workspaces.

  • Plan 
  • People
  • Places
  • Media
  • Sources
  • Publish 
  • Web Search

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Family Tree Maker Verison 2010 - People Workspace

Helps you enter and manage all of the names and facts of the people and families in your family tree. This is the place where you will probably spend most of your time. It displays the Family view and Pedigree view and conveniently combines them with the Index, Notes, Sources, Edit Individual and a few more functions.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What new features are available in Family Tree Maker 2011?

From the Family Tree Maker Knowledge Base Website:

Please go to the  Knowledge Base website at

and enter 5238 in the Search Support box on that page.


What new features are available in Family Tree Maker 2011?


Family Tree Maker 2011 includes more than 100 enhancements for discovering, preserving, and sharing your family story! Many of the new features are listed below, and a PDF of the new features can be found by clicking here.

Smart Stories

New Narrative Tool

Ready to start an ancestor’s story? The Smart Story Editor makes it easy by letting you drag-and-drop text and photos from your tree into a Smart Stories page. Stories update automatically when you change facts in your tree.


Fan Charts

Choose between five different shapes when creating a fan chart.

Photos & Embellishments

Enhance charts with the backgrounds, borders and embellishments that come with Family Tree Maker, and use photos wherever you like. Font size, type and color can be changed based on fact types.

Bow Tie Chart

Siblings can be included in the Bow Tie Chart.

Last Generation Shown Vertically

In descendant and hourglass charts, the last generation in the chart can be displayed vertically.

Pedigree Chart

The book layout for the pedigree chart has been adjusted to make better use of space.


Surname Report

The new Surname Report lists the surnames in your tree, including the total number of individuals with that surname, the number of males and females with that surname, etc.

New Descendant Report

Family Tree Maker now gives you four descendant report options: Register, NGSQ, Henry, and d’Aboville.

Custom Report

The custom report now has user-selected primary and secondary sorts. In addition, new options allow you to include age at death, number of children, age at first marriage, and more.

Kinship Report

You can now sort the Kinship Report by relationship (for example, first cousins can be grouped together).


You can create a simple bibliography of source titles or an annotated bibliography that includes summary information, such as repository and reference notes.

Report Headers & Footers

You can define the headers and footers for a report.

Save Report Settings

You can save the current report settings and use them as the preferred settings for that report.

Photo Albums

You can now create an album for a person, relationship, or both.


You can now choose to display death dates in the calendar. Integration

Expanded Web Dashboard

The expanded Web Dashboard now includes Member Connect activity, links to message boards, and notification of new
Ancestry messages.

Enhanced Performance

You can choose the type of Internet connection you’re using, which allows Family Tree Maker to tailor how it downloads information from the Web. Uploading and downloading speeds have been improved, and there is increased ability to upload large files to


Enhanced Index of Individuals

The Index now displays people based on name and then birth date.

Historical Timelines

Now you can edit, delete, and add to the historical events that come with Family Tree Maker. In addition, Family Tree Maker looks at facts entered for an individual and displays the most location-appropriate historical events.

Place Enhancements

You can now choose a “home” country, and Family Tree Maker will not display this country in fields, charts and reports. Support for townships, parishes, and counties has also been enhanced.

LDS Information

Family Tree Maker can now display information on initiatories and confirmations. These facts can also be included in charts.

Data Entry

Automatic Reference Numbers

Family Tree Maker can now assign reference numbers automatically to individuals, relationships, or both.

Duplicate Person Alert

When you enter new individuals, Family Tree Maker alerts you if it believes you may already have the individual in your tree.


Locate Missing Files

If you’ve moved your media items and Family Tree Maker has marked them as “missing,” the Find Missing Media tool can locate them all at once.


You can now assign categories to multiple items at one time.

Media Metadata Stored in Family Tree Maker

If your images contain metadata, the information will be stored -- and a caption, date, or description, will be automatically entered.

Copyright © 2010 by H R Worthington

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Family Tree Maker 2011 is coming

Family Tree Maker 2011 - Pre-Sale Free Shipping
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting on your family tree, Family Tree Maker 2011 can help you create a family tree faster, easier, and better than ever before. The end result is a family history that you and your family will treasure for years to come.

What’s New?

Family Tree Maker 2011 introduces more than 100 enhancements including:

  • Smart Stories™— Just drag and drop facts from your tree to the new Smart Stories page. Each time you edit your tree, stories update automatically.
  • New and improved charts—Enhance your charts with new backgrounds, borders, and embellishments. Create four new designs, including a 360 degree fan chart.
  • Refined reports—Save and reuse report settings and use 5 new report styles.
  • Media management tools—Locate missing media items with the click of the mouse.
  • More Ancestry integration—Find out which Ancestry members are searching for your ancestors in the expanded Web Dashboard.
  • Better performance—Upload and download trees from the Internet with increased speed.
  • Numbering—Automatically number every person in your tree for quick reference.
  • Timelines—View more events that occurred during your ancestors’ lives. Even edit, delete or add your own historical events.
And don’t forget the features you’ve come to rely on:
  • Dynamic user interface that lets you quickly switch between important features.
  • The ability to import data from other genealogy programs, including Personal Ancestral File, The Master Genealogist, and Legacy Family Tree.
  • Powerful sourcing tools that let you document AND rate each of your citations.
  • Interactive maps and lists that give you a bird’s-eye view of where members of your family come from.
  • Photo AND file management features so you can easily incorporate all types of media files into your charts and reports.
  • Timelines that highlight personal, family, and world events.
  • Easy-to-use tools for merging duplicate individuals, calculating dates, creating to-do lists, and more.
Use and Family Tree Maker together to get the most out of both.
  • Search the extensive record collections at without ever leaving your family tree! And, when you find new records, you can quickly merge them into your tree.
  • Take advantage of Ancestry Hints—Family Tree Maker automatically suggests records that may match people in your tree.
  • Import your family tree, along with attached photos.
  • Upload your tree to and connect with millions of other family historians across the world.

USD 39.95
Minimum system requirements:
Operating system: Windows 7 / Windows XP / Vista
Processor: 500 MHz Intel Pentium II (or equivalent)
Hard disk space: 500 MB for installation
Memory: 512 MB of RAM
2X CD-ROM (required for installation)
Display: 800 x 600 resolution for monitor

Recommended system requirements:
Operating system: Windows 7 / Windows XP SP2/Vista
Processor: 1GHz Intel Pentium III (or equivalent)
Hard disk space: 500 MB for installation
Memory: 1 GB of RAM
Display: 1024 x 768 resolution for monitor
32X CD/CD-R (required for installation)
All online features require Internet access
Copyright © 2010 by H R Worthington

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