About Me

This Blog was created to help me understand how to use the Family Tree Maker program. 

Some times a picture is worth many words. 

I am adding a new feature on this page:

The ability for Readers of the blog to Request a Blog post on a specific topic

That link will take you to a Google Document where you can submit your request.

I live in the beautiful North West corner of New Jersey that most people don't know exists in our beautiful state. (no exit numbers). I "retired" after 30 years with a major corporation but am busier now than when I was working "full time." 

After being in the United States Coast Guard, I lived in Maryland and then came back to my home state of New Jersey. 

I started my "collecting of ancestors" about 15 years ago (1996) when my youngest daughter gave me Family Tree Maker (version 3.4) as a gift to "give me something to do." Little did I know where this would lead me and the people I would meet. 

I have a couple of other Blogs: My Tombstone  Collection: This blog is a result of taking pictures in Cemeteries. Most of these photographs can also be found on the Find-A-Grave website.  Some of the photographs are part of my Family Files and others are not. 

A Worthington Blog: This blog is about my family research. I have posted articles about some of the Genealogy Tools that I use in my research. Some family stories are there as well as Queries from other Worthington researchers. It's my Cousin Bait Blog.

I have a Google+ Community where we can have conversations about the Family Tree Maker program. It is a closed community but you are welcome to request to join. Please understand that I will review your Google Profile before I accept your request. I am looking for what we might have in common and why you might was wanting to join that community.

Cousin Russ Genealogy Community

Thanks for stopping by. 

Comments always welcome. 

(also known as) Cousin Russ

56 comments:

  1. I am an old user of FTM I have version 2.0 in October 1994, I bought still is America and I want to see if I can upgrade, the cost is and where I can buy.
    thanks for your advice
    gus

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  2. Gus,

    Yes, you certainly can upgrade. The current version is Version 2011.

    You can purchase it, online, at Ancestry.com.

    Just to let you know, there will be some steps that you will have to take to get from Version 2.0 to Version 2011, but it can be done. I'll help you with that, if you need and/or want.

    Make sure you look at the Requirements for your PC, before you purchase the program.

    If you have looked around this Blog, you will see some of what this current version can do.

    Russ

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  3. I've used FTM 2006 for several years and was fairly happy with it and decided it was time to upgrade to FTM 2010. I found that 2010 has stripped out all of the functionality from the calendar and has several ease of use problems. I tried to reload my FTM 2006 and found that it is not supported on Windows 7. Does anyone know what version was the last with full function performance for the calendar?

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  4. Anonymous (1/16)

    Sorry you didn't use your name so that I could properly address your concern.

    Can you be more specific about what was stripped in the Calendar with Version 2010?

    Version 16 or earlier, will run on a Windows 7 PC. There may be an issue if your PC is a 64 bit PC.

    What "full function performance for the calendar?" are you looking for?

    Russ

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  5. I've been using FTM 2009 for quite a while now and just started to have a problem when adding a second spouse, it is showing both as #2. I've tried re-entering the order (preferred spouse).
    I will probably upgrade to FTM 2011 but I'd like to know if I can fix this first or at least figure out if it was my error. I use Windows 7. Ever seen this before?

    Thanks for your help in advance,
    Colleen McNamara
    back2mac@rogers.com

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  6. colleen,

    Have you done the Tools, Compact file utility?

    Not sure what you mean by :it is showing both as #2.

    What does that mean? If you are saying that #2 is next to the Spouse ICON, that isn't #2 that means the # of spouses.

    Russ

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  7. I'm the FTM SIG leader for the Pima County Genealogy Society.
    http://ftmsig.blogspot.com/

    I would like permission to put a link to your article about using source citations on our blog.
    Lee Levin
    520-239-6881 akeyworks@gmail.com

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  8. Lee,

    Certainly. Please do.

    Hope it is helpful.

    Thank you,

    Russ

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  9. Hi Russ, hope you can help. I have ver 16. I moved it to my laptop,vista 64 bit. Just found out it needs to be on 32 bit, so back to my desktop. I'm working on that now. Last year I bought 2010. restored all my files and found all the scrapbook photos and documents did not come over in date order, they were alphabetical. Spoke to Ancestry and they told me I had to arrange every scrapbook manually. Are you aware of this problem and is there a way to correct it. I am no longer using 2010. I am back to ver 16.

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    1. Anonymous,

      Version 16 may not run on your new Laptop.

      Going back from Version 2010 may be difficult. I wouldn't even try it, especially with Scrapbook items. From 16 to 2010, the scrapbook items were all extracted into their own files, rather then in the Family File in Version 16.

      How did you have the Scrapbook items is date order in Version 16? Was that in the Description of the scrapbook item?

      Do you have a Back Up of the Version 16 file that you brought Into FTM2010? You would have been asked to make a Back Up.

      I would go to one of your Back Up's.

      Russ

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  10. Hi Russ:
    I wish I had known about your Blog from the beginning. I try to wade through the message board posting for good advice on how to use the program to the fullest. Now if I can figure out how to create a link to this it would be perfect.
    I have NOT had problems with FTM (except when I do something stupid)
    Thanks
    Betty Dahlstedt

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  11. Betty,

    Glad you found the blog and hope it helps. You can select Follow options, email, RSS feed, or Follow me on Google. You'll receive posts when I update it.

    Good luck,

    Russ

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  12. I have a old 1996 version on Family Tree Maker Version 3.4 that my father had been working on. I purchased 2012 Family Tree Maker Version 21 but im not sure how to import the FTW file. Does anyone know what versions of Family Tree Maker I will need to get to finely make it work with Version 21.

    Thanks,
    Mike

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  13. Mike,

    FTM2012 should be able to open your Version 3.4 file. If it doesn't, please let me know and I will help with the conversion of that file.

    Russ

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  14. Russ, one of my cousins has FTM ver 2.0 on a Win98 PC which is dying. They have a new laptop with Windows 7. From what I've read they have to have FTM 2012 with Win7... is that correct? Will FTM 2012 do a direct import of their data files or will they have to use a gedcom file? I'm helping them with this but I don't use Family Tree Maker at all. They are in their 70s and don't think they really need all of the features that FTM 2012 offers. Suggestions and help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance...

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  15. Russ, one of my cousins has FTM ver 2.0 on a Win98 PC which is dying. They have a new laptop with Windows 7. From what I've read they have to have FTM 2012 with Win7... is that correct? Will FTM 2012 do a direct import of their data files or will they have to use a gedcom file? I'm helping them with this but I don't use Family Tree Maker at all. They are in their 70s and don't think they really need all of the features that FTM 2012 offers. Suggestions and help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance...

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  16. Becky,

    Version 2 to FTM2012 -- Not directly. Version 2 is too old. However, if you go here:

    http://ftmuser.blogspot.com/2009/02/import-old-version-of-family-tree-maker.html

    That will work. If NOT, please contact me directly, via email, and I'll convert that file for you / the person you are helping.

    Thank you,

    Russ

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    1. Thanks so much Russ. I'll get with my cousin in a few days and try your suggestion.

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    2. Becky,

      You are most welcome.

      Please let me know.

      Russ

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  17. Hello Russ-
    Just wanted to say thank you for your posting re adding color to a large pedigree chart to send off to an elderly relative for review. So much more helpful to highlight the lineage for them! I couldn't figure out how to set the 'marking 1' on my chart and, when i googled it, came across your great example with pictures. i had selected the appropriate boxes with the CTRL left click, and specified the coloration in FTM publish/chart, but missed the step about having to also MARK SELECTED before printing. Thanks very much! I'm looking forward to perusing your blog when i have a bit more time.
    Susan

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  18. Susan,

    Great, glad it worked for you.

    Thank you for your comment.

    Russ

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  19. Hi Russ -

    Family Tree Maker users can enjoy the added bonus of Charting Companion's unique charts. CC reads FTM files directly.

    See http://progenygenealogy.com/products/family-tree-charts/family-tree-maker-version.aspx

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  20. Hi Russ,

    Great blog. I am wondering if you know of any way to model associations between persons. It seems that facts can only be "shared" between spouses. I'd like to create a custom association between a person and his godfather, for example. Or a sibling and his fraternal twin.

    From what I can tell, GEDCOM handles associations with the ASSO tag, but it doesn't seem possible using the software. Using FTM 2012. Appreciate any direction.

    Thanks,
    Scott

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  21. Scott,

    Not sure what you mean by "model associations" between people. The program shows the Relationships.

    The "godfather" issue is a "witness" or people involved in an event.

    There are people relating an event for them. What you are talking about is a Shared Event, not a Shared Fact.

    In your case, the Event (NOT FACT) would be a Baptism, and those who participated in that EVENT, should be linked. Same would go for a Wedding, to be another EVENT. The current Baptism is for an Individual, a Marriage (fact) is shared between two individuals. The Baptism / Wedding I am talking about is really an Event that is Shared between "many" people. Slight difference, I think.


    That feature doesn't exist in FTM2012. I suggest you provide Feedback to the developers. (help menu, Online Help Center)

    Russ

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  22. Hi Russ, I have been reading the past few posts and it seems there are a few of us out there still holding on to older versions of FTM. I have been afraid to make the leap from my FTM2005 because I thought I read somewhere about GEDCOM difficulties, and did not research further. But now I am receiving a gift of a new Dell Vostro laptop and I think it might be time to upgrade before my sailboat anchor, as my husband refers to my old laptop, self destructs. The new laptop has Windows 7, that's all I know for now. Will FTM 2012 make friends with 2005? I appreciate your help!
    Georgia

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    1. Georgia,

      You should not have any issues with FTM2012 on your New PC AND with bringing your FTM2005 file into FTM2012.

      The screens will be different. That is a given. But, for me at least, the navigation is so much easier, data entry, reports and charts are so much better.

      If you have been reading this blog, you will see the difference.

      If I can help, please let me know.

      Good luck,

      Russ

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  23. I don't want to upgrade from FTM version 16 but it appears I have no choice. SO if you wouldn't mind, can you suggest which, if any version, might be the best one? My files from versions 16 are saved, unable to be opened at present, so I need a version that will load over these.
    Thanks for your time!
    Carolyn Murphy

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    1. Carolyn,

      FTM2012 is the best version so far. It will read and open and allow you to update your Version 16 file.

      Hope that helps,

      Russ

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  24. Thank you so much!

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  25. Hi so glad to find your blog. I have 2005 and had a problem with it corrupting my file when I put some photo a in the scrapbook. I can work in the file but cannot export or move it any fashion. I called ancestry.com and did everything they said but no improvement. Any suggestions? Will getting 2016 help?
    Sassydoerr

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    1. Sassydoerr,

      Don't know what 2016 is?

      Updating to FTM2006 or Version 16 probably won't help. Updating to FTM2012 probably WILL.

      However, Please open your file and hit CTRL+ALT+C to compact your file, then CTRL+ALT+SHFT+UpArrow. Are there any errors in your family file?

      Russ

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    2. Sorry meant 2012. Tried compacting and reinforcing, didn't fix the problem. Everything I do it crashes

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    3. Sassydoerr,

      FTM2012 does NOT have the scrapbook feature.

      Did you Compact the file (Tools menu)? You said you "tried" but that is not clear.

      What type of Media file are you trying to Add to FTM2012 and HOW are you doing so?

      Russ

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    4. Sassydoerr,

      FTM2012 does NOT have a reindex feature.

      Russ

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    5. Sassydoerr,

      Have you Re-Started your computer recently?

      Russ

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  26. Yes. I only have 2005. I had scanned in some photos and put them in some scrapbook thought it was cool, then the program crashed. When I reopened it it said that it had not closed properly. From that point I could not exporting a gedcom. I can edit the file in 2005 but that is all. I have tried compacting, reindexing and it just crashes

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    1. Eastside,

      Now you are confusing me. Earlier you said that you had FTM2012 NOW you are saying FTM2005. Which is it?

      Again, have you restarted your computer recently?

      When was the last time you backed up your Family File?

      What format did you save your Scanned file as?

      Rus

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    2. Have 2005, only inquired about 2012, yes have restarted, backed up today, saved as ftw

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    3. Eastside,

      Again, what format did you save the Scanned image?

      After you re-started the computer, do you stil have the SAME issues with FTM2005?

      What happens when you do the CTRL+ALT+SHFT+UpArrow?

      Are there any Errors?

      Russ

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  27. I saved the image as a jpg , have the same issues, when I do the c a s up it crashes

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    1. Eastside,

      Are you able to do a CTRL+ALT+C ?

      Was the last back up you did, before you started having the Crash?

      What version of Windows are you using?

      Is this crashing issue NEW?

      Russ

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  28. No the compact crashes, the crash happened a while ago, I was so upset by it I left it alone for a while, am just getting back into it, tried opening the oldest backup to see if that would help, it crashes, installed 2005 on a different computer it still crashes, XP,

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    1. Eastside,

      When you said "oldest backup", is that the most recent back up?

      So, this has been going on for a while? Do you have a back up PRIOR to the start of the Crashing?

      Are you able to Generate a GEDCOM file?

      How large is the FBC file that you created?

      Russ

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  29. No it if the backup I did first several years ago, not sure if I did it after the corruption but I cannot generate a gedcom from it at all. The file is 87000names about 244000 k

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    1. Eastside,

      Are you saying that the very OLD Back Up crashes when you did a File, Restore from Back Up?

      Is your MOST RECENT (FBC) Back Up file 244,000 KB is size? Please verify with Windows Explorer?

      How much Free Disk space is on your XP Computer?

      Russ

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  30. Yes the old one crashes, the size is 244233 K I have 76 g free space, crashes the same on both computers

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    1. Eastside,

      Please see if you can email that file to me:

      hrworth at gmail dot com

      Russ

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  31. Yes all backups new and old crash , yes verified size, 76 g free space

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  32. Hi Russ,

    I hope you can help me with a few questions.
    I am 'playing' with FTM in search of the 'best' genealogy software for me.
    I currently use version 2012 and am planning on buying the latest version of MacKiev. I want to be absolutely sure that this one is the one for mee. But before I buy it, can you tell me if there is a way to add multiple media files at once (not one by one)? Secondly, can I use the 2017 version offline as I am not planning to upload my familytree.


    Thanks and kind regards, Sandra

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    1. Sandra,

      The Best Genealogy Software is the one that works best for YOU.

      You absolutely can work on FTM2017 and not being online. BUT, then you don't get Hints.

      You and Upload and Sync to an Ancestry Member Tree to get the HINTS AND you can mark that Tree Private and the option NOT you have Ancestry Search Engine find your AMT.

      I have blogged about all of this.

      Russ

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  33. I Russ. Glad I found your blog. I am hopeful you can help me out. I could use some help in understanding the FTM file naming conventions. NOT tree naming.

    I have recently been using Tools>Compact File>and check both boxes every time I make a backup. Before I hit “Enter” however, I insert the current time in 24 hr format right before .ftmb. If you don’t do this, you will be faced with “overwrite” each time you do a backup which effectively renders the process pointless.

    Today using Finder on my Mac, I renamed the entire file to a more appropriate name and then did my Compact Backup routine. I then exited FTM and went to Finder to make sure the files were there. Something REALLY caught my attention there.

    Both the .ftm & .ftmb files after I renamed were the same size - roughly 27 MB. But the files from the previous day were vastly different in size. The .ftm file was 26 MB but the .ftmb file was about 980 MB. An incredible difference. I am wondering why the change.

    My tree has about 3,100 people with a varying degree of media, citations, notes, etc. Can you shed some light on why there would be such big difference and what type of naming convention do you use?

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    1. Don,

      YOU name the File for FTM2017, when you CREATE that FILE.

      You can always RENAME in in the Plan Workspace, Upper Left corner of the screen, with the Select Tree pull down menu. There is an option.

      There is also an option by selecting the 'tree name" Left Panel, Plan WorkSpace, Options menu.

      You have to select both boxes AND the Date Time SHOULD be populated when you have the Back Up check box. Yes, the < filename > YYYY MM DD dot FTMB will be the Back Up filename.

      You do NOT want to Rename the file outside of Family Tree Maker. Remember that the Filename HAS an associated < Media > folder.

      Russ

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