Dunedin Family History Group

Otago and Southland related research

Family Tree Maker

Family-Tree-Maker-2014-Platinum-15551883-7Tree Maker (FTM) is advertised as “the #1 selling family history software”. As with other genealogy software, FTM allows the researcher to keep track of information collected during research and to create reports, charts, and books containing that information. The software was originally developed by Kenneth Hess of Banner Blue Software, which was purchased by Brøderbund in 1995. It passed through the hands of The Learning Company, Mattel, and others before coming under its current ownership.

A version for the Mac was released in 1997, but due to low market demand was discontinued

~~Family Tree Maker 2010 provides users the tools they need to build their family tree, record their memories and organise their family photos, stories, videos and audio clips in a way that will help them easily capture and share the story of their ancestors.

Additionally, this new software provides unique ways to view your family history. Users can now track the migration paths of a person and their family through time, by mapping event locations with Microsoft Bing Maps. They can also view relationships between any two people in their family tree by using the improved relationship calculator and create family books made from information and photos from their tree.

Users can also utilize the robust collection of family history records on Ancestry.com.au and powerful search features — without leaving Family Tree Maker. When connected to the Internet, Family Tree Maker 2014 automatically searches Ancestry.com.au for historical documents about the individuals in the user’s family tree. With a few mouse clicks, users with an Ancestry.com.au subscription can view and import these historical records into their family tree.

•improved integration with Ancestry.com.au
•easily download your Ancestry.com family tree (including photos and stories straight into FTM 2010)
•improved charts and reports
•map and print your ancestors locations on interactive maps
•better ways to organise photos and other media
•the ‘Extended Family Chart’ is similar, but not the same as the ‘All-In-One Chart’ in previous versions
•easier and faster ways to add, link and categorise photos and files in bulk
•create and share photo slideshows
•create a family book
•expanded RTF and HTML export
•improved file merging and memory usage
•a way to copy and paste source citations
•relationship calculator
•search integration
•flexibility of the user interface
•view geographical migrations
•create family timelines
•opens and runs much, much faster than previous versions


Family Tree Maker Version 16 was awarded a CODiE Award in the “Best Consumer Productivity Solution” category in 2006.[69]