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Family Tree Maker 2006 Deluxe [Old Version]

by Encore
Platform : Windows XP
25 customer reviews

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  • 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

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • 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: #18,515 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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162 of 163 people found the following review helpful By rrs on January 3, 2006
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 By Jan--Kindle Customer on 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 By J. M. Kelly on 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 By Mary Ann Barrett on 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 By Lois A. Schultz on 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 By Julie Manwarren on 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 By S. Bursch on 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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