Family Tree Maker Software Reviewed by Kay Cromwell
If you’ve spent any time at all on your family tree, you’ll see just how quickly all that information adds up. Keeping organized is one of the biggest challenges for beginner and expert genealogists alike. A good software program, like Family Tree Maker from Ancestry.com is a great way to make organize all that data.
While there are many genealogy software programs, I’m just going to look at the most popular one in this article. Since it’s from Ancestry.com, you know it’s backed by one of the top names in genealogy. The 2011 edition is close to $40.00 and can be found online with ease.
Of all the programs out there for genealogists, this one gets the best reviews. Some of the best features in Family Tree Maker that make it so popular are its varied supplemental charts, timelines, and family trees. But another very popular feature is its multi-media ability. You can easily upload your own photographs, videos or audio clips to make your family tree really spring to life. Using Ancestry.com and this software together can really speed up your research process. They’ve really worked carefully to make sure that the software they designed is fully integrated with their online research tools and their printing services. It’s quite easy to convert your family tree information into books, or beautiful posters.
The best way to use this software is to collect as much information as you can before adding it to the program. This will save you from having to keep revisiting the same sections of your family as time goes on. The types of information that you can add for any one individual includes both the essentials (date of birth/death, marriages, children, etc.) as well as points of interest such as hobbies, work, accomplishments, etc.
I just love the interactive map feature which helps you see where any given location is. If you have relatives in an area of the country – or even a foreign country, I think you will really like this feature too.
Sharing your family tree is especially easy with this software because it is very easy to upload it to a personal website and share it with other family members. Sometimes this even results in previously unknown family members “finding” you. Wouldn’t that be exciting!
Of course, there are less expensive alternatives available online. One of the better ones is from My Heritage. They offer a program that is also highly rated by genealogists even though it doesn’t quite have all the features of Family Tree Maker. It’s easy to use, and easy to upload to the internet. You can also tag people in your photographs so that visitors to your tree can see who people are.
Whichever program you choose, I know you’ll enjoy working on your family tree for years to come!
About Kay: Kay has been researching her family tree ever since her niece had a homework assignment more than a decade ago. She’s traced her family back to the 1600s and enjoyed every minute of it and believes that you will too. To learn more about genealogy software, please visit: Family Tree Maker Software Reviewed