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Family Tree Maker Deluxe [OLD VERSION]

Platform : Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8
3.3 out of 5 stars 325 customer reviews

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  • Family-history software--quickly and easily start your family tree
  • 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
  • Family History Toolkit and 3-month membership to Ancestry.com included
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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.


Family Tree Maker Deluxe 2012
At a Glance...
  • Discover your family history and preserve it for generations to come
  • Includes three 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

Family Tree Maker 2012 Deluxe

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

Discover Your Family Story

Family Tree Maker 2012 Deluxe makes it easy to discover your family history. With a three-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.

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.

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

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.

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

Store photos and more right inside Family Tree Maker. View larger.
Download FREE Ancestry app from iTunes for updating and sharing your tree on the go.
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View and share charts and reports (improved).
Choose from hundreds of chart options and add images. Then print at home--or professionally.
Create books, birthday calendars and reports using professionally designed templates.
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.

Try Ancestry's iPhone & iPad app**

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

IMPROVED: Charts & Reports

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

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.

3 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.

The Family History Toolkit

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

*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 3 months has ended.
**Requires software download from iTunes

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B005N2CS8M
  • Item model number: 41390
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 15, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 325 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,632 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Customer Reviews

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By Tante Maren TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 9, 2011
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I spent 5 long years doing family history research day and night. I sat in the Family Of Latter Day Saints Church Libraries until my arm was numb flipping through European church records on microfilm, which I photographed for documentation. I spent years looking through Ellis Island records, as our ancestors accents didn't give correct name spellings to those recording them in ship records. I spent years on Ancestry going through census records, overseas records and many military records- which proved invaluable to finding almost everyone. I spent a year going through local marriage, death, cemetery and birth records as well. I even found some countries have online web sites to find church, visa and census records- if you can teach yourself to read the language! Because of all the time and years it takes to find everyone and all the documents to verify what you find- my first advice to anyone starting research or creating a family tree is to put things in folders and store them on a disc, USB drive or other storage device. You will never be sorry, as trees and records do crash and programs unexpectedly shut down and when you back up your information- you will always have it!

This Deluxe Family Tree Maker has all the basics you will need to organize and store all your hard work about your family and ancestors. It shows you how to create a tree, document your research, add photos, maps, reports, charts and stories- even books. Don't count on the Trees already done on Ancestry, as the researcher could be totally wrong or have mistakes. If you want your family tree correct- do it yourself with all the documentation you find to back up your work. Besides all you will need to create your family tree in this Deluxe Set, you will also get 3 free months to spend on Ancestry's web site.
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I bought this because I was excited about having my tree backed up on my hard drive, yet able to sync. What a mistake!! My link got broken from computer problems (full crash). Their technical support said that to relink I had to delete the local copy completely and reload. I tried, with their help, and it still wouldn't load. After a week of waiting for "developer help" to get back to me, I tried again - and this time in the process of trying to get the local copy working, ended up deleting my ANCESTRY.COM tree! And all from WITHIN family tree maker - who would have thought that you could delete the online tree when you were inside the local sofware trying to back the online tree up!!

It clearly has a LOT of technical problems - the concept is good, but the reality isn't there yet. If you get it BE VERY CAREFUL!!! I've lost thousands of hours and don't even have an idea of where to start. I'm praying they have a way to recover it - but once again, am waiting on the "developers" and have no idea when I'll know anything. The tech support person said she couldn't even promise when they'd look at the issue - it could be weeks. TERRIFYING!!
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My last copy of Family Tree maker (2010) stopped working after a few months, so I was hoping this one would prove more reliable, especially since the folks at FTM decided that those of us reporting problems with FTM must all be crazy or something. FTM folks never came up with solutions for those who complained the software stopped opening altogether, and FTM instead claimed there were no problems!

That his version will automatically change/sync your ANCESTRY.com trees is a double-edged sword. If you sync your trees the "wrong" way (computer to ancestry.com) you may screw up your ancestry.com work, which is where most of my data is stored. If I sync it from Ancestry.com to my PC, that's ok. One wrong click though and I could ruin my years of research and work on Ancestry.com!

Upon loading this version of FTM 2012, I immediately got errors. Windows 7 didn't recognize the software, so I had to install it manually.

I'm running a 64-bit version of Windows 7, with a Pentium quad-core processor, 4 GB RAM and 500 GB of storage. This was more than adequate to meet the software requirements.

I tried a second time to install, and didn't get the error message this time for some reason. Upon loading other parts of the software while going through the install wizard, I got more errors. I skipped them or ignored them, and finally got through the install process. Luckily, it hasn't crashed on me yet.

The 2012 version synced up with my Ancestry.com account and database seemingly just fine. The new format looks a tad more user-friendly than past versions. It looks more like the Ancestry website, so therefore a bit more intuitive.
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Installing the program wasn't pretty. For unknown reasons, Family Tree maker allows multiple instances of the program to run although I didn't click it twice. The other issue with installation is the program pins it to your task bar, without asking, and your start menu, without asking. I have a very low tolerance for this kind of aggressive behavior form programmers. On to the next issue which essentially boils down to money. I wanted to know what I could do with Family Tree Maker without forking over a $155.40 a year for the privilege of accessing their database for a year, so I opted not to accept the initial 3 month offering to explore this. The answer is I can do very little. The nagging is in your face constantly.


Subject to the terms and conditions of this License and to Ancestry.com's receipt of any applicable payment, Ancestry.com grants to you the non-exclusive right to install and operate two (2) copies of the Product on computers within the same household only for personal, noncommercial purposes. This License, and the restrictions set forth herein, applies to the Software and the Content.

* Use the Product or permit use of the Product on more than two (2) computers, computer terminals or workstations at the same time;

This license prohibits the use of this Family History Toolkit software (the "Software") by more than one person at a time.

I am not a big fan of restrictive License Agreements, and this one seems especially harsh. Not only do they want to restrict you by computer (hardware) they want to restrict you by person (user). I've run into this before with Dragon Speak Naturally, but still, it is something that has to be mentioned up front.
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