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Family Tree Maker For Dummies
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2000
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Pluses: This book has clear instructions and good hints on entering family information, and some of the tougher jobs such as exporting and importing files. The book has a unique section, not in the "official" manuals or companion publications: Chapter 16, "Ten Ways to Avoid Calling Technical Support". Here there are hints here that have never been published. Chapter 15 "Ten Things That Can Save You Time" has more short cuts than in the "official" publications. The short cuts are either not in the manuals or hard to find. All users will find some of them useful. The book also covers some of the fine points of Genealogy and computer management: Cite sources and Back Up, Back Up are two examples.
Minuses: The authors examples are a ridiculous genealogy of household pets,"Greyhound Canine" and "Tabitha Zee Feline". Their example did not allow the complexity of a real family. The animal parallel was distracting from the excellent work explaining the program. Some information and relationships which are in many family files were not covered.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2000
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This is a good book for people who are new to Family Tree Maker software. The authors take you step-by-step through the different screens, explaining how to enter data, make changes to it, and print it out in the various formats. They also show you how to search the web for data and how to import to your database and export it to a friend or relatives database. All in all, it's an easy to follow book that will help you feel comfortable using this program.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2011
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This book is more than 12 years out of date! Shame on me for not noticing the publication date! Shame on Amazon for selling this as new!

Out of date and does not match the program I bought it with. The 2011 FTM program is the newest version and the book is geared for Vs. 7. Waste of money.

Amazon should withdraw it from their stocks!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Out of date and does not match the program I bought it with. The program was the newest version and the book was way out of sinc. Waste of money.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I have been researching my family for quite a few years now. I have used several versions of Family Tree Maker, what used to be a great program for storing and processing the data collected.

I purchased Family Tree Maker for Dummies in the hope that I would receive some tips on improving my techniques and systems. The ad said that "It works for all versions." I am not satisfied that it does. I have achieved no information that I didn't already have. In addition, the new versions of FTM are very different and, where a book of this type could be very beneficial, they aren't included.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2001
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I think the book is helpful in many ways. However, I think buyers should be advised that the book is not compatable with some older versions of Family Tree Maker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2014
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This didn't work for me. I have family tree maker 2008 . I am not sure which one this works with. I really could use a newer version. Thanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2014
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Book is too old. Talks to technology that is history. CD's and formats described are no longer used. Very little is germane to Family Tree Maker 2012.
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on December 28, 2008
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Got this book to help with my FTW entries. Have done a lot, but in the first few chapters, I find that there is lots more to do, like to add facts about things, like what is the source of a graduation from high school, or what is the source of the degrees.
This is NOT a book to read from cover to cover. Start working with FTW, then when you get some data entered, read the chapter on what you've done, and you can go back and "touch it up" a bit for more interest for your family.
Well written, and easy reading, like most of the other "Dummies" books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2014
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I agree that this version is so outdated that it is useless. Do not buy.
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