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Family Tree Maker 2006 Deluxe [Old Version]

by Encore
Windows XP
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Easy-to-use genealogy program for researching family history
  • Access more than 5 billion records through Ancestry The world's largest online resource for family history documents and family trees.
  • Search through the world's largest online family history collection
  • Design personal keepsakes and projects with pre-designed templates
  • Share your family tree with friends and relatives

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000AAYAY2
  • Item model number: 21917
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,178 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

Research your family history with Family Tree Maker, the #1 selling genealogy program for 15 years. Access more than 5 billion records through Ancestry.com. Search through the world's largest online family history collection which includes the U.S. Records Collection, Naturalization Records, Immigration Records and much more!


Tracking your family roots is more than just a hobby, it's taking care of your family legacy. Whether you've already tracked back through three generations of family history, or you're just starting, Family Tree Maker 2006 Deluxe will make your task a whole lot easier and a lot more fun. In four easy, fun-filled steps, you can be sharing your family tree with friends and family world-wide.

Family Tree Maker makes it easy to enter information about your ancestors and relatives. View larger

Build a family tree with ease. View larger

Use online information databases such as Ancestry.com to find members of your family tree. View larger
Step One: Build Your Legacy
All you need to start with is the information you already have, such as a name, marriage details, and a birthplace. Simply gather your information into a convenient place, and you'll be on your way to building your legacy. The improved "edit individual" function simplifies the process of entering basic information about a person. It also makes it easier for you to see related sources for that person and allows you to enter up to one megabyte of text to assure that your get the results you want.

Step Two: Searching for Your Ancestors
With the help of the U.S. Records Collection, Naturalization Records, Immigration Records, and the Ancestry.com search engine -- the largest online collection of family history information available -- Family Tree Maker 2005 will now take over. Just plug your information into the search fields, and in no time at all you'll have sorted through over 1.3 billion names to find the right matches. Family Tree Maker 2005 will then compare the results with the data that you have side-by-side. With the "web merge" feature, you can import the information directly into your file -- instantly.

Step Three: Design Your Own Tree
Using custom-built templates and design features, you can now build your own heirloom-quality family trees, charts and reports that bring your family legacy to life. The "charting companion for Family Tree Maker" feature lets you view, customize, print and publish generations of your family tree. You can choose from a variety of formats and more than 16 million color options.You can even add your own photos or images to your tree charts and to your family group sheet report. Once your tree is built, it's easy to navigate through generations of your family, and can even quickly jump to people on your tree with the convenient "bookmark" feature. And the "history feature" automatically tracks the last 30 individuals you edited, enabling you to jump to recently changed people.

Step Four: Sharing Your Legacy
Once you've created your family tree, it will be time to share it with your family and friends. Family Tree Maker 2006 Deluxe will also help you publish your family Web page or email your trees around the world, and you can even create and print professional quality family albums. A beautifully printed and well-researched family tree will make the perfect gift for all of your family members no matter the occasion.

New Features for 2006
Family Tree Maker 2006 Deluxe features streamlined data entry ability, making the task of entering your information easier than ever before. The search criteria that you use in your genealogy searches can now be customized to better match your search needs, and a plethora of useful research tips provided by the software can help to greatly improve your research.

In addition, along with Family Tree Maker 2006 Deluxe, you now get a one-year subscription to Ancestry.com (a $100 value), an introductory genealogy consultation (a $30 value), an official training DVD (a $15 value), Family Tree Workbook in PDF format (a $20 value), and a copy of Standard Ancestry Reference Library Software (a $50 value).

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162 of 163 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Genealogy Software Available...except January 3, 2006
By rrs
I've used Family Tree Maker for over 7 years - I've been through about 4 upgrades and just ordered 2006. It's reliable and very easy to use; however, I hate the way that it's incorporated into the web. I give FTM 5-stars for use "off line use" only. I do like the way that FTM interacts with my ancestry.com primary resource information - but, I would hesitate to recommend using this function for non-expert users of FTM. Make sure you do backups of data on a regular basis to be able to revert to an earlier restoration if your data becomes inaccurate/unstable.

I like the way that FTM handles GEDCOM imports & exports and the fact that many of my fellow serious genealogy researchers use FTM. Beware of using FTM published disks and any online information. Data is only as good as the person that originated the data.

One cavaet - don't EVER upload information from your FTM files onto any FTM related site. They will use the information to publish their "world tree" cd's.

I do like having the scrapbook, notes, address feature on FTM. I can keep jpgs of my ancestors in the file with their individual records.

FTM is a workhorse genealogy program. I have over 5000 names in my database and FTM accesses my data file with no hesitation.

Cons: Newer FTM files can never be used on an outdated version of FTM (which continuously is upgraded). There's a viewer available for any FTM files, but it severely restricts what you can do with the information. E.g., if a relative sends you a FTM file produced by a newer version of FTM (than you have on your computer) you won't be able to import the info into your data file. You'll end up inputting all the information by hand and will need to use the free viewer.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading, Bad Service, but Good Software May 25, 2006
I have been very happy with the program itself, but the internet and customer service components have been a great dissapointment. The product of 1 free year is very misleading. Any advanced searching you need to do cannot be accessed (such as image viewing) after one month and the yearly subscription is around $200.

A note to new geneologists, the One World Family Tree is nearly useless. It is a good place to get leads, but I have found so much incorrect information, and it is prepetuated by others who just download the information unchecked into their own online trees, that it has acutally taken me longer to research when I have used it. If you do use it, make sure you get a second, first hand source (if you can still view the images that is).

Lastly, I have had noting but problems with customer service. On the three ocassions I have contacted them, it took them much longer than the said 24 hours to reply. Everytime they told me I had to contact someone else and had me going in circles. The free FTM Users Guide was one of the reasons I contacted them, as it took nearly 4 months to arrive--I don't really need it at this point as I have struggled through on my own trial and error.

The program is great if you have information you want to organize, just don't rely on the promised services or the internet component to get you much futher than a starting point.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family tree maker 2006 deluxe October 27, 2005
This is a great improvement over previous editions; much easier to use and amend. The only reason for a 4 instead of a 5 is that they don't appear to honor special advertised offers of free 1 year memberships in other genealogy data bases when program not purchased directly from Encore. Very frustrating when expecting access and being told to join each one.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker 2006 Deluxe September 30, 2005
I have used Family Tree Maker for about 16 years. I am always amazed at the things FTM develops to better help us. I would recommend this item to anyone who just getting started in Genealogy or to anyone who has been into charting their past for a long time.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker 2006- Great Product March 18, 2006
I really like this version of Family Tree Maker. It is user friendly, and really helps to organize your genealogy files. I also very much appreciate the free one year subscription to Ancestry.com. This has made it much more convenient to review census records and other records available through Ancestry.com
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy for Genealogy Lovers! February 23, 2006
I have used three different family tree programs and this one is by far my favorite. It has a lot of 'extras' that make it better to use. It was very easy to download the gedcom file from my previous program and I loved that I received the ancestry.com membership with it. My only complaint is that I haven't yet found where my picture files went to. It may be that I am still learning this program and just need to go back and go through the tutorial that came with it. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase. I highly recommend this version of Family Tree Maker Deluxe.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars FTM 2006: Did not meet my expectations September 27, 2006
I purchased the Family Tree Maker 2006 software because it was supposed to come with some Charting Companion software. The Charting Companion software contains support for additional chart formats that are not supported in the base FTM product. One of those charts is especially useful since it greatly minimizes the amount of paper used for descendant charts. Sadly, this chart was not integrated into the base FTM product.

When I took delivery of the FTM software, the Charting Companion software was not included in the installation materials. After much cajoling of the vendor's support staff, I was finally allowed to download the Charting Companion software from their website. During the installation of the downloaded software, a fatal error occurred which required the restoration of my XP system. On the off chance that the error was spurious, I ran the installation again and got the same results. To their credit, the support staff offered a workaround for the installation problem, and the workaround was successful. However, none of the software's publishing mechanisms worked. Every one got a fatal error when a chart was to be published to the PDF format.

The FTM software appears to get good reviews, but it did not meet my expectations. It's unclear to me why the product needs companion software to construct and publish useful charts. Why aren't these chart formats integrated into the base product? Based on my experiences, I cannot give the product a good review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker is a Good Product.
Don't recall ordering this or getting it. Just writing this to get it out off my account.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too complicated
My previous versions were easier to operate. They keeping adding bells and whistles and changing functions. I am having difficulty withbreportsvthatbusedbto be easy. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Island Cook
2.0 out of 5 stars Works, but you'd better be computer savvy
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Published on August 17, 2011 by Mugwhamp
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Published on November 30, 2008 by David R. Mcneely
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Program
This is my first Family Tree Program I've bought. I will wait abit yet to upgrade. So far it has been great loading all the information on my family.
Published on July 26, 2008 by N. Marple
5.0 out of 5 stars FamilyTree Maker 2006 Deluxe
I hadn't updated my Family Tree Maker program since number 6 and this version (2006) loaded easy, fast and was simple to use. Read more
Published on February 10, 2008 by Jeanine Eaves
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product!
With this program I was able in just a few months, to develop a huge database of information. The program is easy to use and I never had any problems accessing (for free) the... Read more
Published on November 10, 2007 by jacynda
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker 2006
This is a very easy to use family tree data base. I was an unwilling participant in family tree gathering information, but the program just drew me in. Read more
Published on August 5, 2007 by Addie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Program
Family Tree Maker is easy to use. My only complaint is with the Ancestry.com web site. You are supposed to receive free searches with the program, however, they ask for a credit... Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by S. Cardin
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best!
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