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Family Tree Maker 9.0 Collector's Edition

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Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • ASIN: B00005M0IC
  • Item model number: 381163
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 9, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,370 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description


Although not as concise as family tree software the comes on DVD-ROM, version 9 of Family Tree Maker Collector's Edition from The Learning Company has trimmed the CD library down to 11 discs, putting a lot of their searchable databases online. While you'll still do some disc-swapping when searching on CD, the online searches can take only seconds with a high-speed connection, letting you view, download, and interact with over 200,000 researched family trees at the World Family Tree Collection (a two-month subscription comes free with Family Tree Maker Collector's Edition).

In addition to the extensive online searches, Family Tree Maker also includes several CDs typical of family tree software, including two family history discs, military records, and the Social Security Death Index from 1937 through 1999.

But it's the program's organizational tools that home genealogists will really appreciate. Family Tree Maker walks you through the steps of creating your own tree, displays entire family groups on a single page, and offers a variety of ways to personalize your tree. In addition to adding images for individuals, Family Tree Maker lets you insert audio and video clips to a tree as well as use a variety of borders, colors, and fonts. The click-through interface is intuitive for the average user, with wizards that step you through most of the creation and sharing processes.

Unique tools, such as the Personal Research Journal, help users keep tabs on tasks that need to be done for a tree, while the Relationship Calculator will automatically figure out the relationship between any two individuals in your family file (so you can see just how far removed that weird cousin Vera really is).

Family Tree Maker makes it easy to share your tree with family members in a variety of ways. You can display your tree in different formats for printing if you want to share hard copies, but you can also upload your tree to the free home page provided at Genealogy.com. In addition to the tree, you can also share slide shows, multimedia scrapbooks, and photos at the home page.

While searches with Family Tree Maker sometimes resulted in the same costly dead ends as other family tree software (where you have to purchase additional CDs or subscriptions to see the results of your search), for the under-$100 cost, it offers a lot of tools and databases to get the beginning genealogist well on the way to branching out his or her family tree. --J. Curtis

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better for the total genealogy newbie December 17, 2001
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This product is a real mixed bag. Some CDs, which is nice, but most of the data included is limited to a one year online subscription. The software is ok, but the search is buggy (too many names will cause it to bomb and automatically reboot your computer in an unsafe manner). And you can't import pics from from another piece of software - it's time consuming to fix all the bugs it creates if you're trying to convert from another piece of software. Also - I've not found much new data helpful to my tree - most of what I've run across I've already found for free on the internet. (...)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Buy the 7.0 version and you'll get a better value March 5, 2002
My sister-in law purchased this package recently and thinks it great. Personally, I thought [it] was a little pricey, so I found a new, unopened copy of the Collectors Edition for version 7.0 and paid [less]. We were suprised to find that just about all of the disks as far as databases and registries are concerned were pretty much exactly the same. The upside to buying version 7.0 is that you also get a video tape, the softcover "Geneology online for dummies", and little "organizer box" to put all the disks in. Those didn't come in the version 9.0 box that my sister-in law bought so she bought the book seperately for $... on sale. We both get the free membership to Geneology online so as far as having access to current and updated information they are equal. I'm sure there are some slight differences in the new version, but I don't know if they would be worth spending ... additional [money] on. The 7.0 collectors edition is hard to find unless you get it from an online auction ..., and it is well worth paying .... If you were planning on buying the "For Dummies" book and just a 1 month membership at Geneaology.com then you're basically getting the 7.0 collectors edition for free.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars April 2, 2015
By Tom
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Great Service & just what I wanted.
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