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Family Tree Maker, Essentials

by Nova Development US
Everyone 2014
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews) 42 answered questions

Price: $39.99 & FREE Shipping. Details
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Platform: PC Disc
  • 1-Month subscription to Ancestry.com included
  • Quickly and easily build your family tree
  • Update your tree on the go with TreeSync
  • Create family books, charts, and reports
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Product Details

Platform: PC Disc
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: September 30, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Product Description

Platform: PC Disc

Family Tree Maker 2014 Essentials

Product Features
  • Includes 1-Month subscription to Ancestry.com*
  • Quickly and easily build your family tree
  • Update your tree on the go with TreeSync
  • Create family books, charts, and reports
System Requirements
  • Windows 8 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit), Vista (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 675 MB for installation
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Display 1024 x 768 resolution
  • DVD drive
  • Internet connection required

Discover Your Family Story

Family Tree Maker Essentials makes it easy to discover your family history and build your family tree. With a 1-month subscription to Ancestry.com included, you'll have FREE access to 10 billion U.S. historical records, photos, news stories, and other family trees. Collaborate with the largest, most active family history community in the world.

What's New In Family Tree Maker Essentials?
  • Get started quickly with an improved user interface.
  • Easily bring extended family members into view using the new Family View option.
  • Update your tree with TreeSync from any computer with a Web browser or from your mobile device.
  • Get your questions answered via upgraded help topics.
  • More organizational tools let you sort children in families by birth order or view people by location.
  • Print your tree using new enhancements to charts and reports including customizable list reports.
  • Export a single branch of your tree with the new Tree Branch Export option.

Follow The Hints

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

Easily sync desktop and online Ancestry.com trees
Automatically updates when you select and drag new photos or text to the page
View maps to see where your ancestors lived and track your family’s migration paths

IMPROVED! - 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 access your tree using our FREE mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Windows 8.
  • Update your tree from any computer with a Web browser or from mobile devices.

Smart Stories

Write Smart Stories using simple tools and templates. Each time you edit your tree, your family story is automatically updated.

IMPROVED – Charts & Reports

View and share your tree with a variety of charts and reports – by family name, location, birthdays, and more.

Create books, calendars, and reports using professionally designed templates on your home printer, or export as a PDF for large format printing.

Helpful Extras Included

This version of Ancestry.com Family Tree Maker includes helpful extras. If you need help, view our video tutorials or call our live U.S.-based customer support. Plus…

  • 1-Month of Free Access to Ancestry.com - Access more than 10 billion U.S. records on the largest family history website. A 19+ value†
  • Family Tree Maker Quick Start Guide - Get familiar with the most popular features in Family Tree Maker in this easy to read guide.
  • Download Our Apps - Download our FREE Ancestry apps for your mobile devices, including iOS, Android, and Windows 8. Then, easily update and share your tree on the go!

*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 subscription though you won't be billed unless you let your subscription automatically renew when the free month has ended.

+Prices listed from July 2013, subject to change.

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 for a family history you’ll treasure for years to come.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Family Tree Software on the Market! November 25, 2013
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This family tree software integrates with the Ancestry.com website and if you keep a family tree, this is a very, very good thing.

There are three versions of this software package offered:
-Essentials: The software, a 22 page “Quick Start Guide,” and a 1 month membership to Ancestry.com.
-Deluxe: The same as “Essentials” above but with a 3 month membership to Ancestry.com
-Platinum: The software, a 314 page instruction book, a disc with photo-editing software (which I have not used,) and six months membership to Ancestry.com

This offer is only for the US membership to Ancestry.com, which is currently about $20 a month. If you do the math, the Platinum edition is worth about one hundred and twenty bucks of free membership! If you are already a member of Ancestry.com or if you already subscribe to the World membership level, you will receive credit for the US membership against what you owe. To receive this offer, you need to call the customer service number and speak to a very nice rep.

The difference between the Platinum edition and the Essentials edition of this software is the offer of free membership and what comes in the box. The software is exactly the same.

If you are new to Ancestry.com, a free one month membership may be all you need.

I have been nurturing a family tree (in cooperation with several far-flung relatives) on Ancestry.com for quite a while now. If you are even slightly interested in your family's history, Ancestry.com is an amazing subscription web site that is well worth investigating.

A massive data base that is constantly growing and evolving, Ancestry.com provides information about people who lived in almost every country in the world.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Potential Hidden Costs December 30, 2013
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On its own, the software is only as good as the knowledge you already have. When using the website Ancestry.com, the software becomes more powerful, giving the user access to the databases on the website.

I've poked around Ancestry.com a few times (without buying a membership) but this was the first time while using the software. The software itself is slow to load, getting stuck on “application initializing” pop-up. I would then close out the application and attempt to open it again. Once I was able to use the software, I found it fairly easy to use for the most part but could be more user friendly.

The one month free subscription to Ancestry.com which is included is only accessible by signing up on the website using a credit card. If you choose to do this you must also cancel the subscription by the end of the free month or your card will be charged for continued membership. I’m not crazy about this and would have preferred the free subscription was activated using a special code rather than my credit card.

Conclusion, it’s an okay software program but is best utilized only if you’re willing to pay for a subscription to Ancestry.com unless you can get all the information you need in during the free month.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Once it is Debugged. November 28, 2013
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Ancestry/com and I are old friends as I have been a subscriber for years and have built an extensive family tree. This product is very touchy to install and sync, though. It took me over a week of trying several times daily to get it to import any of my family tree and to begin to sync changes to the online tree and the new hard drive tree. Once it began to work, however, it has done an outstanding job and will allow me to share our tree with my siblings and our children. I do recommend it, but with the caution that you may have to spend some time with customer service to get it to work properly.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To upgrade or not to upgrade? June 9, 2014
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I intend to write this review for those who already use FTM (like I do) and are thinking of upgrading. Bottom line is yes, provided your use of the program is similar to mine. I suspect most users will not be like me though.

My database is very large (over 60,000 individuals). I have used several versions of FTM, two of which are based on the current basic interface that I believe started with FTM 2009. This interface is something I have always really liked. At least I personally have found it better than other genealogy programs out there. But there were some big flaws in the earlier versions that have been mostly addressed with FTM 2014.

In older versions, there was a sporadic problem with sluggishness in the sourcing feature that cropped up from time to time. The program does background crunching connected to the sourcing window that needs to happen before it is ready for my next input - this delay can last several seconds or even up to a minute or so. This could be very annoying and not related to whether the file was in need of compaction. There were also funky things happening with the background indexing, also contributing to this sluggishness. Basically these performance related issues don't seem to happen as much anymore with my version of FTM 2014 that I have been using for the last half year or so. (By the way, I encountered the performance problem on two previous versions on various computers and operating systems).

Other software packages have better validation tools - I knock off a star for that and the fact that.the relationship indicator still does not necessarily display, by default, the closest relationship from the home person. This relationship is shown in the tree view screen that allows you to edit the facts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to find as long as I continue to update ...
Format has changed a bit from an old version I was using, so I have to view some things a little differently. But I expect this to be just as indispensable as a former version. Read more
Published 3 days ago by W. E. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you!!!!!!
Published 15 days ago by James Hartzog
1.0 out of 5 stars Uffda
The older version was better. I am going back to it.
Published 18 days ago by gubben
4.0 out of 5 stars Easily syncs between all my devices
I just purchased the new downloaded version, after a long time away from the product. It easily loaded (I had none of the installation problems others have reported), imported my... Read more
Published 18 days ago by DandL's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Software
I ungraded an older version of another software without a hitch. Did not lose any data and Family Tree Maker is a snap to use. Arrived in two days and the price was great.
Published 19 days ago by P. A. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars I was amazed at how easy and how fast I was able ...
I was amazed at how easy and how fast I was able to build my family tree, to just about 50 generations!
Published 19 days ago by lucina phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No problems so far...as advertised.
Published 25 days ago by Cindy L. Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent program full of features.
There are a lot of genealogy software choices out there. I really like Family Tree maker. I've used it and grown with it for many years now. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Wes Brockway
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
It's OK, got it really to try to merge duplicates but it doesn't work as well as I had hoped, shows dupes that aren't and missed several.
Published 1 month ago by S. Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
works great
Published 1 month ago by thomas gray
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