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Family Tree Maker 2011 Platinum (PC)

by Avanquest Software
Windows XP / Vista / 7
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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  • Easily discover your family history with the new 2011 version of the World’s No. 1 selling family history software
  • Create family books and hundreds of different charts and reports to share with family and friends
  • Add photos, documents, audio and video files directly into your tree
  • Access millions of family history records with a FREE† 6 Month PREMIUM Membership to Ancestry.co.uk worth over £77
  • Integrate seamlessly with Ancestry.co.uk and receive hints and links to matching records in your tree
  • View timelines and interactive maps highlighting events and places in your ancestors’ lives
  • NEW – Write family stories that automatically update when facts change in your tree
  • Printed Quick Start Guide to Family Tree Maker 2011 – Get to grips with the basics and start building your tree
  • NEW – Printed Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker 2011 – Over 350 pages of invaluable information
  • Interactive Training Tutorials give you step-by-step instructions and hints & tips to help build your tree
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System Requirements

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

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  • ASIN: B003S3RLLW
  • Release Date: 15 Oct 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 856 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Everyone has a family. Every family has a story. Family Tree Maker 2011 Platinum can help you find yours.

With more than 100 enhancements to help you, Ancestry.co.uk Family Tree Maker 2011 makes it easier than ever to discover your family story, preserve your legacy and share your unique heritage.

Family Tree Maker 2011 lets you easily:
  • Research and preserve your family story on your computer.
  • Create charts and reports to share with family and friends.
  • Integrate with the 860 million records on Ancestry.co.uk and download new information directly into your tree.
  • Receive hints linking you to matching records on Ancestry.co.uk.
  • Add photos, documents, audio and video into your tree.
  • View timelines and interactive maps highlighting events and places in your ancestors' lives.
Ancestry.co.uk Family Tree Maker 2011 - What's New?
  • Write family stories that automatically update when facts change in your tree.
  • Organise photos, audio and video files and documents with drag and drop simplicity.
  • View more events that happened during your ancestors' lives. Even edit, delete or add your own historical events.
  • 5 new report styles and 4 new fan chart design.
  • Enhance your charts with new backgrounds and embellishments.
  • Automatically number every person in your tree for quick reference.
  • Improved integration with Ancestry.co.uk.
Family Tree Maker 2011 features a host of new and exciting ways to discover your family story:

Follow the hints

Just enter what you know and soon you'll see green leaves or Hints where we've matched one of your ancestors with historical records online. Click on the leaf to learn more.
Integrate with Ancestry.co.uk
Automatically saves information you find online directly into your tree, complete with an electronic copy of the original record.

Improved - Manage photos and more
Store photos, audio and video files, electronic records and more right inside Family Tree Maker. New tools help you to manage them faster than ever before.
New - Learn more from other members
Ancestry.co.uk has a helpful community of millions where you can find and share information with other enthusiasts. You could easily find other members researching your ancestors, compare notes and discover more together.

New - Free iPhone App**
Upload your family tree to Ancesty.co.uk and then easily view and share it on the go.

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

Improved - Maps and Timelines
View maps to see where your ancestors have lived and highlight key events that have occurred in their lives.

New - Create Smart Stories
Drag and drop facts from your tree to story pages that update automatically each time you edit your tree.

Improved - Charts and Reports
Choose from hundreds of customisable chart options and create reports that let you see and share your tree from different perspectives - by location, migration path, family name and more.
Share your tree
Upload your tree to Ancestry.co.uk and e-mail invites to your family so they can view your tree. You can even create books and birthday calendars to print.

Ideal for the family historian who wants to travel even further back into their family history, you can search key historical records including:
  • Census records including the 1841-1901 censuses for England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes from 1837-2005 for England and Wales.
  • Military records including British Army WW1 Records.
  • Newspapers and Periodicals.
  • The British Phone Books 1880-1984.
  • Deeds, court documents and wills.
  • University Alumni.
  • PLUS Pre 1837 parish and probate records.
  • Irish records collection.
Plus you'll also get:

Interactive Family Tree Maker Training Tutorials
Get step-by-step instructions, hints and tips to help you build and grow your family tree.

Printed Quick Start Guide for Family Tree Maker 2011
Get started with the basics of using the software.

New - Printed Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker 2011
Learn Family Tree Maker's most popular features with quick lessons that make research fast and fun. Over 350 pages of invaluable information.

Your Family Tree Magazine Subscription Offer
Subscribe to the most respected genealogy magazine for 1 year, and receive your first 3 issues for just £1. The magazine offers practical, expert advice on all areas of family research, plus an array of essential resources+

25% Discount on Ancestry.co.uk's My Canvas
Create beautiful pages to showcase your documents, photos and charts and print professional books and posters+

30% Discount on Genealogy Folders
A secure way to index your family history photos and other documents+
†The Ancestry.co.uk Premium Membership begins upon activation of the free subscription with a valid credit or debit card but no money will be taken during the free subscription period. To cancel your membership without incurring a charge to your credit or debit card, go to www.Ancestry.co.uk, simply login and go to 'My Account', click on 'Cancel Subscription' at least 2 days before the free trial subscription is due to end, otherwise 100% of the monthly Premium membership price will be automatically debited from your credit or debit card. Use of Ancestry.co.uk is subject to our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. See www.Ancestry.co.uk for full details. †† Based on the price of a monthly Premium package subscription at Ancestry.co.uk as at 1st October 2010. *Requires software download. All offers are subject to availability and may change without notice.
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
93 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last a decent upgrade to FTM 14 Feb 2011
By Thomas Pots TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The two previous upgrades have been little more than bugfixes and a couple of minor new features, which have been greeted by scorn in many reviews on Amazon. This upgrade is rather different, offering various significant improvements.

The addition of automatic person and relationship numbering is long overdue, but goes some way to solving the problem of getting the right "Joe Bloggs" in a Bloggs family full of Joes.

The extension of "fastfields" to description fields is very welcome. No more typing in "agricultural labourer" or "domestic servant" umpteen times! FTM now guesses what you are typing. This also removes many typographical errors.

The Timeline view benefits from being customizable. This is very useful, because users in the UK can now modify "The Boer Wars" so they appear in British or World historical events instead of just African. You can now add other historical events that are important to your family, or remove those that are not. This is American software, so it lists various events that mean nothing much outside America. It lists "Ford Model T Manufactured in Detroit" under "World History" but doesn't mention "The Blitz" or "VE Day" or "British National Health Service launched" at all, all of which are important historical events in Britan. Well now you can put all that right.

Having said this, the improvement has robbed us of the amusement to be had from seeing things like "Battle Of Little Big Horn" listed among the historical events that might be relevant to one's "agricultural labourer" ancestors living in Norfolk!

Places now actually understands that you are in the UK and not America. When you in the UK search for "Oxford" it no longer assumes you mean "Oxford Alabama".
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
I have be using FTM software for many a year and have always bought the latest version. The problem with this 2011 version is it will not import a reasonable sized previous version Family Tree File. The support is pathetic and extremely confusing even for a computer literate person. You are in a great deal of danger of losing your data if you do not take full back-ups of your existing FTM file (in my case FTM2010). The conversion of your file will take a long time almost 24 hours in my case, I have about 4000 names in my tree and when it is finished or half finished in my case, it had corrupted the file, is incomplete and does not work. I have tried all the fixes on their website and nothing works so have come to the conclusion this is the most appalling upgrade of software I have ever encounted, don't use it unless you are a new user and are starting from scratch - otherwise you will be sorry.
I've had to revert back to using the 2010 version after almost 4 months of trying to get 2011 version to work.

Come on FTM sort this problem out fix your software and stop ignoring the problem - post some understandable advice on your website or put some clear warnings on the box.
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker 2011 Platinum 13 Nov 2010
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Purchased in October as soon as it was released and I have used it nearly every day since. The free 6 months prescription to Ancestry.com makes the purchase a great buy. There some gliches with the latest version of FTM however these appear to have been corrected in an update released 10 November. I had been using FTM 2006 for three years which is an excellent programme but I was forced to change when I upgraded my computer to Windows 7. The FTM 2011 screen layout is very busy and not as user friendly as my 2006 version however I had no choice but to change. 2011 has many new features and greater flexibility, it is well worth the purchase.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker 2011 Platinum PC 7 Dec 2010
By Jaq
Easy to install and a very worthwhile upgrade. I upgraded from FTM 2005, and this is far superior especially with the hints when registered with Ancestry.
Note it's best to check everything is working ok before you register (although I had no problems).
The only downer I had is the All-In-One chart is rubbish. Luckily it allows you to keep FTM 2005 and FTM 2011 both installed on one PC, and so I could use the old proggy to create a decent chart.

Don't buy it thinking you can get plug-ins to add features you might want later. There arn't any, and haven't been since plug-ins were introduced (2009 I think).

Other than that an excellent product which still has room for improvment.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By Pam
I had a very early version of FTM and wished to update it. I was nervous about doing so in case I lost anything. I have Windows 7 premium and uploaded my old FTMs before purchasing the 2011 version. I had no problems at all, all my media was transferred and I successfully merged my paternal line with my maternal line. I adore it.

Pam
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Family Tree Software 2 Jan 2011
Powerful software with comprehensive 340-page printed manual included. Excellent charting capabilities. Dovetails with Ancestry.co.uk and Ancestry.com websites. Beginners and experienced researchers alike will find the easy way to merge information from Ancestry databases and member family trees particularly appealing. A little more advice on the best way (of several options) of linking facts to their associated documents would be helpful to novices, as would a few examples of how to set up documents such as marriage certificates as information sources. Minor complaints for an otherwise outstanding product--particularly good value if you take advantage of the free six-month Ancestry membership that comes with it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Charmane
5.0 out of 5 stars Garnet 72
I have tried lots of family tree software and this is the best. Probably could be improved by better printable charts.
Published 10 months ago by garnetstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
Wish we had the time to use it and discover all the hidden parts of the family history but that's retirement for you
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Angela Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker 2011
An excellent way to collect family tree data and set it out in an easy to follow way. It was easy to download but takes a little while to grasp the idea and how to use it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gina
5.0 out of 5 stars In use.
Seems to do most things very well once you get used to the various screens or should I say windows. Hope the files transfer to Mac.
Published 11 months ago by trainman
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker 2011 Platinum (PC)
Powerful software with excellent charting capabilities. It fits in nicely with Ancestry.co.uk and Ancestry.com websites. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pops
5.0 out of 5 stars Family history enthusast
Glad i choose this sysytem to use for my family history data base easy to follow and keep up to date
Published 12 months ago by B. Richardson
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker 2011 Platinum
I like many of the features on 2011 platinum but I find it not as easy to navigate as the 2005 edition that I have been using up till now.
Published 14 months ago by Don Ball
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely unhappy
So far not been able to download it on my machine. Am working with Ancestry to try and solve the issue. Read more
Published 16 months ago by June Christophi
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker 2011
The ease of use of the Family Tree software is excellent but the bonus with this purchase is the 6months access to Ancestry.co.uk
Published 17 months ago by Mr. James Smith
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