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Family Tree Maker 2012 World Edition (PC)

by Avanquest Software
Windows 7 / Vista / XP
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
Price: £74.99
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  • Easily discover your family history with the NEW 2012 version of the World’s No. 1 selling family history software
  • Family Tree Maker 2012 World Edition is great for family historians whose ancestral journey will take them overseas!
  • NEW Tree Sync - Synchronise Desktop and Online Ancestry.co.uk trees – keep your tree up-to-date wherever you are!
  • 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
  • Includes a 6 Month ‘WORLDWIDE’ Membership to Ancestry.co.uk worth over 113 with access to over 7 billion global records
  • 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
  • Smart Stories – Write family stories that automatically update when facts change in your tree
  • Includes the printed Family Tree Maker Companion Guide with 400 pages of essential information on how best to research your tree
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  • Platform:   Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • Release Date: 14 Oct 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,147 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Share your unique heritage
Share your unique heritage
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Everyone has a family. Every family has a story. Family Tree Maker® 2012 World Edition can help you find yours!

With exciting new features to help you, Ancestry.co.uk™ Family Tree Maker® 2012 makes it easier than ever to discover your family story, preserve your legacy and share your unique heritage. And now, Family Tree Maker® 2012 World Edition provides the most extensive access to worldwide records, plus tools to create your own website and keep all your precious memories safe.

Interactive Training Tutorials give you step-by-step instructions, and hints & tips to help build your tree and you can also join Ancestry.co.uk's online community where you can find and share information with others.

Family Tree Maker® 2012 lets you easily:

  • Research and preserve your family story on your computer.
  • Create charts and reports to share with family and friends - View and share your tree from different perspectives: location, migration path, family name and more.
  • Integrate 7 billion global 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.
  • Write Smart Stories™ that automatically update when facts in your tree change. Features improved content generation and editing options.
  • Synchronise desktop and online Ancestry.co.uk™ family trees with the NEW TreeSync™ feature.


  • Access to Ancestry.co.uk's™ global record collections - including UK, Eire, Australia, Canada, USA, Europe and more, to help you trace your family tree worldwide. Even become part of the global Ancestry Community to share information, post queries and share tips.
  • Backup & Protect Software - Keep all your valuable photos, records, documents and certificates safe.
  • Create your Own Website Software - Create your own website to share your family tree and keep in touch with family members across the world.

Save to your desktop
Save to your desktop
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Family Tree Maker® 2012 features a host of new and exciting ways to discover your family story:

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.

Save to your desktop - Saves information you discover on Ancestry.co.uk™ to your family tree, complete with an electronic copy of the original record.

Maps and Timelines - View maps to see where your ancestors have lived and track your family's migration paths. And, highlight key events that have occurred in their lives.

Share your tree with other family members
Share your tree with other family members
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IMPROVED - Manage photos and more - Add photos, audio and video files, documents etc. into your tree. Easy-to-use tools help you manage them faster than ever before!

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

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 - location, migration path, family name, birthdays and more!

NEW - Blended Families View. See combined families including step families and adoptees at a glance.

NEW TREE SYNC™ - Build your tree using Family Tree Maker® and upload it to Ancestry.co.uk™. Whether you're working online or on your desktop, you can keep your tree in sync with just the click of a button (and even update it using our FREE iPhone and iPad apps.). Share your tree with other family members and choose who can view and update it.


Explore millions of fascinating records and delve into your family's past. Who will you discover? Ancestry.co.uk™ is the UK's favourite family history website. New records are constantly being added, so there are always new discoveries waiting for you. Search our records, start your family tree and we'll help you uncover your ancestors' stories.

6 Months 'Worldwide' Membership
6 Months 'Worldwide' Membership
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Family Tree Maker 2012® WORLD EDITION includes 6 months 'WORLDWIDE' Membership to Ancestry.co.uk™. Perfect for family historians with ancestors in other countries and where your family history journey will take you overseas. Enjoy unlimited access to Ancestry.co.uk's entire global record collection including UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada and the USA. From embarkation papers to immigrations documents and slave registers - if we have records, you can view them - wherever in the world you are!

Your 6 Month 'Worldwide' Membership gives you access to:

  • Unlimited access to our entire library of over 7 billion records
  • Guaranteed access to all our new releases
  • Emigration records from America, Canada, Australia and more
  • Overseas consensus, electoral rolls and birth, marriage and death records
  • Exclusive UK parish, military and immigration records
  • The UK census records from 1841 - 1911
  • Plus, all our other worldwide records

Backup and Protect Your Precious Memories

As you embark on your family history journey, you'll start to gather valuable information about your ancestors, including family photos, video clips, certificates and records, e-mails, music etc. Backup and Protect ensures that your PC and everything on it, is fully protected against disaster!

  • Safeguard valuable digital belongings from system crashes, virus infections and hard drive failures.
  • Automatic scheduling takes the hassle out of remembering to backup.
  • Backup to CD, DVD, USB drives, separate partitions, hard drive or network.

Create your own Website
Create your own Website
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Create your own Family Tree Website

One of the most rewarding parts of researching your family history is sharing the results with family and friends. Using Create your own Website, you can create your very own customised family website with a domain name and 14 days free web hosting all included!

  • Connect your family members from all over the world and stay in touch with loved ones.
  • Share photos, video clips, family recipes, stories, special moments and memories.
  • Fully customisable with no web design experience or html programming required!

Step-by-step instructions
Step-by-step instructions
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You'll also get:

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

Quick Start Guide for Family Tree Maker® 2012 (Electronic Version)
Get started with the basics of using the software

Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker® (400 page Printed Version)
Learn Family Tree Maker's most popular features with quick lessons that make research fast and fun.

PLUS, we've teamed up with some of the UK's best-known genealogy companies to bring you a host of fantastic offers designed to help with your family history journey! You'll find a subscription offer for Your Family Tree Magazine, money-off Living Relative Search and some great discounts on genealogical archive folders & storage boxes, Cassini family history maps and Hall of Names heraldic gifts.+

Press awards
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* Source NPD Techworld 31/5/09 - 1/8/10
†The Ancestry.co.uk™ 'Worldwide' Membership begins upon activation of the 6-month free subscription with a valid credit or debit card, but no money will be taken during the free subscription period. To ensure uninterrupted service, your membership will be automatically renewed at the end of the free subscription period for a further 6 months of paid subscription. 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 subscription is due to end, otherwise the full price of a 6-month 'Worldwide' membership will be automatically debited from your credit or debit card. Assuming that you do not cancel, at the end of the 6 months paid subscription period your membership will roll over into an annual membership that will automatically renew at the end of each year, unless you cancel before each renewal. 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 of 6th September 2011.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Money 19 Oct 2011
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First thing that should be noted are the differences between FTM 2012 and FTM 2011:
1. Tree Sync
2. Combined Family View (If a person has children with more than one partner then all children can be displayed on the same screen - I've found it useful but it is quite a minor detail)
3. Improved Smart Stories (They are better than 2011's Smart Stories, but they still read like a machine has written them - I wouldn't bother!)
4. New report and chart options - haven't tried these yet.
5. New tutorials - haven't tried these yet.
Also, for those updating from FTM Version 16, then apparently it will detect that & display an interface that looks more like older versions of FTM.
And that's about it as far as changes go.

It comes in a very big box with a 370 page guide to FTM 2012 - it seems quite comprehensive, though I haven't read it all yet. It also has 3 discs:
1. FTM 2012
2. Backup and Protect, a program called Perfect Image, Version 12 (I can't comment on this as I haven't installed it. FTM 2010 World Edition came with Version 11 of the same program for those who are interested.)
3. Create Your Own Website (Web Easy 8, exactly the same version as in FTM 2010 World Edition)

Installation on Windows 7 was straightforward and reasonably quick, but be aware that if you have a previous version of FTM on your computer the new installation will automatically convert your Family Tree Maker files to the latest version.

When you start the program, the Plan screen is the most different as it has a box for Tree Sync. Most other views look very similar to last year's version.
Tree Sync is the big difference as it allows you to update your tree and will automatically or manually make the changes on your Ancestry family tree.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
By romsey
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The advertising by Avanquest, the packaging itself and the description of the product on Amazon says that it "Includes a 6 Month `WORLDWIDE' Membership to Ancestry.co.uk". If you are aware of the pitfalls, you can get almost six month access to Ancestry databases.

If you contact Ancestry, or if you have any problems, they will tell you that you don't have a membership, only a six month long "free" trial. They say you bought the software itself and the access to Ancestry's databases came free. If it was free, why do Avanquest charge different amounts for the "Worldwide", "Platinum" and "Deluxe" editions, which contain substantially the same software ("Worldwide" contains some pretty useless addons not related to family tree software)?

The pitfalls for the buyer with this approach are:

(i) that you cannot use the membership you have already paid for until you provide them with valid credit card, debit card or direct debit details for them to automatically deduct a further subscription as soon as your 6 months membership expires whether you want to continue it or not.

(ii) if you have a problem with your bank account, or move it so a direct debit gets cancelled, your six month membership you have already paid for gets cancelled automatically.

(iii) a small point, is that you can't actually get a full six months membership, as you have to cancel at least two days before the membership ends to avoid getting charged for a further period of membership. You can't just say that I don't want to renew, but I'll have the full six months that I have already paid for.

I've given it a 3 star rating because the software itself is very good and the Ancestry databases, although less intuitive to access than findmypast, are very comprehensive. I would have given it a 5 star rating if it wasn't for the dishonesty in the way that the membership is handled.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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Before I begin, it might be useful to know that I have been an amateur genealogist for a few years, and have used several versions of Family Tree Maker (FTM). This is the top-of-the-range package from Ancestry, giving you access to all of its 7 billion historical records. The package comprises three items of software and a printed copy of The Companion Guide. However, the biggest bonus in the package is the six-month free subscription to Ancestry: the subscription is the main attraction. It gives access to all of Ancestry's overseas birth, marriage and death records, census records, parish records, immigration records, and so on. This is a fantastic resource if you have overseas ancestors (as a surprising number of families do). Obviously, if you are searching German census records they will all be in German, so you will need to understand some key words and phrases if you are to extract all the information available to you.

FTM comes with every package in the FTM range. It is the same software no matter which package you go for. It aims to provide everything you need to create your family tree. Its search tools and a few other features link very closely with the Ancestry website. While you are making use of the free six-month subscription to Ancestry, it all integrates very well. When your free subscription period has expired, if you don't want to continue with a new subscription, then all is not lost. The package still works fine; you just won't benefit from its web-based features. However, you do still get to use TreeSync to synchronize your family tree with a copy of it kept on the website. More about that later.
Of course, genealogy information comes from a huge array of sources, so don't worry about being tied to Ancestry.
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