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Family Tree Maker Platinum [OLD VERSION]

by Nova Development US
Windows Vista / 7 / XP
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews) 21 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Software for discovering your family history and preserving it for generations to come
  • Enhance family tree with charts, reports, photos, audio, video, and more
  • Sync desktop and online Ancestry.com trees together with TreeSync
  • View timelines and interactive maps; create keepsakes, charts, and reports
  • Includes Family History Toolkit, photo-retouching software, bonus gift disc, and a 6-month membership to Ancestry.com

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista / 7 / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Family Tree Maker Platinum [OLD VERSION] + Quicksheet Citing Ancestry.com Databases & Images + The Official Guide to Ancestry.com
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005N2CSLY
  • Item model number: 41391
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 15, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,045 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or just starting your search, Ancestry.com Family Tree Maker gives you more exciting ways to discover your family history than any other Genealogy software. Rich storytelling tools enable you to add photos, documents and videos right to your tree.

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Family Tree Maker Platinum 2012
At a Glance...
  • Discover your family history and preserve it for generations to come
  • Includes six months of access* to Ancestry.com, the world's largest online family history resource--locate ancestors in over 5 billion immigration, marriage, military, census records and more
  • Sync desktop and online Ancestry.com trees together with TreeSync, then keep your tree up-to-date from wherever you are
  • Enhance family tree with charts, reports, photos, audio, video, and more
  • View family history timelines and interactive maps
  • The Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker--learn to develop your family tree and personalize it quickly and easily
  • Family History Toolkit DVD--six invaluable reference books to help you with your research
  • Photo Explosion Album photo-retouching software
  • Bonus Gift Disc--give the gift of Family Tree Maker to a friend or family member

Family Tree Maker Platinum 2012

Family Tree Maker Lets You Easily...
  • Organize your family story privately and conveniently on your PC
  • Build your family tree as Ancestry.com searches 5 billion historical records, including immigration, marriage and census data
  • Get started quickly with an enhanced, easy-to-use interface
  • NEW! Update and share your tree from any Internet connection with TreeSync
  • IMPROVED! Create Smart Stories automatically with improved content generation and editing options
  • IMPROVED! Build your tree more easily with upgraded help topics and video tutorials
  • NEW! View combined families, including step families and adoptees, at a glance
  • IMPROVED! Print more informative family trees by including generation labels and text boxes
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Three versions to choose from... View larger.
An Unbeatable Value

Your six months of FREE access to 5 billion U.S. records on Ancestry.com practically pays for Family Tree Maker Platinum, plus the bonus photo-editing tools and the extra copy of Family Tree Maker to give as a gift.

Discover Your Family Story

Family Tree Maker 2012 Platinum makes it easy to discover your family history. With a six-month membership to Ancestry.com included, you'll have FREE access to 5 billion U.S. historical records, photos, news stories and other family trees. Collaborate with the largest, most active family-history community in the world.

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Helpful hints--just click the green-leaf icons. View larger.
Follow the Hints

Just enter what you know into your family tree. Hints (green leaf icons) will soon appear, linking you to historical records and trees that might hold answers about your ancestors.

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Easily sync desktop and online
Ancestry.com trees.
NEW: TreeSync
  • Sync desktop and online Ancestry.com trees
  • Keep your tree up-to-date wherever you are

Build your tree using Family Tree Maker and upload it to Ancestry.com. Whether you're working online or on your desktop, you can always keep your trees in sync with just the click of a button. (Even update your tree using our FREE iPhone and iPad app!**) Share your tree with other family members and choose who can view and update it.

1959 Military Record
1959 Military Record
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Create Smart Stories by simply dragging text and photos to the page--the story automatically updates. View larger.

Preserve Your Discoveries

Save To Your Desktop

Family Tree Maker saves information you discover on Ancestry.com to your family tree, complete with an electronic copy of the original record.

IMPROVED: SmartStories

Write Smart Stories in two easy steps using improved page designs and templates. Each time you edit your tree, Smart Stories updates automatically.

1930 Census Record
1930 Census Record
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Store photos and more right inside Family Tree Maker. View larger.
Manage Photos and More

Store photos, audio and video files, electronic records and more right inside Family Tree Maker. Easy-to-use tools help you to manage them faster than ever before.

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Download FREE Ancestry app from iTunes for updating and sharing your tree on the go.
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Try Ancestry's iPhone & iPad app**

Download the FREE Ancestry app from iTunes. Then easily update and share your tree on the go.

We Make It Easy For You

This version of Ancestry.com Family Tree Maker includes helpful extras. If you need help, view the NEW video tutorials, reference the Quick Start Guide or call our live U.S.-based customer support.

Six Months of Free Access to Ancestry.com

Access over 5 billion U.S. records on the largest family history website.

The Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker

Learn Family Tree Maker's most popular features with quick lessons that make research fast and fun.

Photo Editing Made Easy

Make every photo picture perfect with easy-to-use retouching tools in Photo Explosion Album.

Family History Toolkit

Access six invaluable family history reference books--volumes of information that can help you with your research--compiled on one DVD.

Calendar
Create books, birthday calendars and reports using professionally designed templates. View larger.
Chart
Choose from hundreds of chart options and add images. Then print at home--or professionally.
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Share tree info from different perspectives. View larger.

Share Your Family Tree

TreeSync Makes It Easy To Share Your Tree

Sync Your Tree To Ancestry.com. Then, family and friends can see the latest version of your tree without any software or subscription, and if you choose, even work on it with you.

BONUS-Gift Disc

Give the gift of Family Tree Maker to a friend or family member. We've included an extra disc for you to share (subscription not included).

Put Your Ancestors on the Map

View maps to see where your ancestors may have lived--and track your family's migration paths.

IMPROVED: Charts & Reports

View and share your tree from different perspectives--by location, migration path, family name, birthdays and more.

*U.S. membership term begins upon Family Tree Maker registration and activation of Ancestry.com subscription. A valid credit card is required to begin your Ancestry.com membership though you won't be billed unless you let your subscription automatically renew when the free 6 months has ended.
**Requires software download from iTunes



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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
269 of 279 people found the following review helpful
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Ok, so why would I rate this only two stars ("I don't like this") and still recommend to purchase? Despite all the flaws of the software (some discussed below) when the cost of the Platinum version of the software is equal to, or less than, the cost of a 6 month subscription to Ancestry.com this is still a good deal. The main reason is that Ancestry.com's genealogy resources and databases are so extensive and outstanding you'll still benefit from having access. For me, being able to retrieve Ancestry.com's scanned images of primary documents is paramount as it allows for an offline archive of primary sources. In the end, the software generally does what it purports to do and is a nice platform for me when I either don't have internet access, or no longer have an active Ancestry.com subscription.

Family Tree Maker (FTM) continues to have the feel of a platform that is annually tweaked, modified, appended, and upgraded in bits and pieces. FTM is due for a total rewrite from the ground up. Without that, the entire interface feels confusing and inconsistent. After six months of steady use of the 2011 version, and about 3 weeks using this 2012 version, I'm still constantly fumbling to figure out where I am, where my documents are, and just generally navigating around. You do eventually figure things out, but with a better and more consistently designed interface new users will have much less grief. I.e., if you are going to be a new user, you will have grief.

Good design would allow a user to search for documents for an individual, then quickly save an image to your local PC and automatically link the image to that individual. Makes sense to me.
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124 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Genealogists November 22, 2011
By Joe
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I have been a genealogist for over 20 years. Family Tree Maker was the program I used for most of that time. About 4 or 5 years ago, I decided to try out some other genealogy software applications. I recently came back to Family Tree Maker's current version.

Family Tree Maker is easy to use. You can go back and forth between an overview of the family and detail on an individual. I've used many custom fields, and include some in my reports.

One big plus for Family Tree Maker is that you can easily customize reports. This was a big challenge I had with RootsMagic. At a recent genealogy fair, both RootsMagic and Family Tree Maker had booths. I showed both companies the report I needed (descendant tree with certain fields). RootsMagic's staff said that they could not create this report. Family Tree Maker's staff showed me how to create the report (and I use this report regularly).

A big plus for this version is 6 months of Ancestry.com. This is a great service, and I use this for much of my research. This was my primary reason for purchasing the Platinum version. I also like the free copy of Family Tree Maker that you can give to someone else.

In short, if you are a genealogist or just want to create a family tree, this program is a great choice.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the casual or new genealogist December 2, 2011
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Genealogy has come a long way since home computers and then the internet sparked the genealogy bug in many people. Before these inventions, genealogy was all about visiting relatives and visiting historical archives and sites to gather your family information. The information was then recorded on paper, sometimes on standard forms like Family Group Sheets, Charts, etc.

Now, you can do most of your genealogy research from the chair in front of your PC, thanks to all of the research others have done before you that's available online. Family Tree Maker leverages that online access by partnering with Ancestry.com to effortlessly link pertinent online information into your own family tree on your computer. You can have FTM automatically check names and dates in the background for you while you type in the people you know about. Within a couple hours, you could have a genealogy tree filled back into the 1700s or earlier!

However, as a serious amateur genealogist with about 30 years experience, I can tell you that not everything you find online (or even some books) is true or accurate, even on Ancestry.com. One of the benefits of the old way of actually visiting relatives and sites was that you knew first-hand what your source was and how accurate it is. Much of the information on the internet is undocumented, and so must still be verified by you personally. Of course, you don't have to verify everything yourself if you are just casually gathering information for your immediate family. But if you plan to publish or distribute your data to others (including Ancestry.com and other online sites) then please verify and cite your sources.

OK, enough of the soapbox. :-) I think this software would be great for a new or casual genealogist.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree can't get much better than this ... November 26, 2011
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I'd never been one to explore genealogy because with my family background there were few records to explore. Many who immigrated through Ellis Island lament that names were changed and in the process their heritage was lost by the stroke of a pen. Similarly those of mixed American Indian backgrounds, as in my case, rely on oral family history. This past year I decided to explore Family Tree Maker Deluxe and was very pleased with what I discovered. My husband's family, unlike mine, was clearly "out there" so to speak and a wealth of information was there for the taking.

We were excited at the family history we were uncovering and deservedly my review was deemed "not helpful" by everyone reading it. I clearly remember stating that it was the best thing I'd ever gotten on Amazon, until of course, I received the Platinum edition. I played with the new edition for hours and my husband was not only thrilled, but amazed as he watched Ancestry.com records merge with what we already knew. Before I even began, I opted not to merge what I already had from the Deluxe edition with this one. I did however, back up all my work so I wouldn't lose it. This is up to the individual, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. I also printed out several records (pedigree charts) beforehand.

Now, if you simply want to get a taste of Ancestry.com's software I'd recommend that you try Family Tree Maker Essentials 2012. It will be an easy and inexpensive way for you to get an idea of how these programs work and either decide to upgrade to a more expansive software such as this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as older versions.
This is my fourth version of the Family Tree Maker program. I'm disappointed in format to print (publish) the descendant report. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ris218
5.0 out of 5 stars And got it at a great price since they were coming out with an even...
We've used Family Tree Maker for years. Bought this to update our old version. And got it at a great price since they were coming out with an even newer one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Beverly Short
2.0 out of 5 stars Pass...
Many better alternatives out there; the only attraction is the subscription to Ancestry. I have 3 Genealogy software apps and I do not use this one at all, it makes pretty charts... Read more
Published 3 months ago by JPN
1.0 out of 5 stars is no better than the free family tree software I was already ...
I received this last week and have been unable to activate the free 6-month membership to Ancestry.com as advertised on the product page. I contacted Ancestry. Read more
Published 3 months ago by N. Floyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
old version so are my relitives
Published 3 months ago by PW
4.0 out of 5 stars Ancestry.com product
I tend to use the Ancestry.com website more often than this software, but Family Tree Maker offers many feature not available at ancestry.com. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Perssonable
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
This is wonderful & user friendly. It works with Ancestery.com very well. Love it & it is worth every penny! It has a friend disk in it also... so two for the price of one!
Published 5 months ago by Judi Laughter
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker
purchased for my sister in law for a Christmas gift--she loves ancestory stuff and seems to enjoy having this to collect her data
Published 8 months ago by Deborah Fincher
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker
Well programmed. Very good on line and live help. Seems to be the program of choice for those taking on genealogical study at home.
Published 9 months ago by Dennis Briar
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad they came back with the Old version!
My husband started working on our geneology years ago and started with the Old Version of Family Tree Maker. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sharon Wenzel
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