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Who Do You Think You Are? Family Tree Maker Version 4 (PC) New Version

by Avanquest Software
Windows XP / Vista / 7
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • The family tree software to accompany the BBC TV Series
  • Quickly and easily create a family tree starting with names, dates and events
  • Attach photos, documents and audio files to your tree
  • Search for information on the web and merge it directly into your family tree
  • Design and print charts to share with your family
  • Includes a free 1-month Essentials Membership to Ancestry.co.uk
  • Contains an online getting started guide for Family Tree Maker
  • Includes video clips and family trees of the celebrities featured in the first 6 TV series
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B003EYVF8U
  • Release Date: 10 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 674 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Minimum System Requirements

PC - Operating System:
Windows® XP SP2/Vista or Windows® 7

CPU Type and Speed:
1 GHz Intel Pentium III (or equivalent)

Hard Drive Space:

512MB of RAM

1024x768 resolution monitor

All online features require internet access

Age Restriction:

Customer Reviews

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent program, definitely recommended 26 Sep 2010
By GordonD
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The program loaded easily (despite a long delay when it looked as if nothing was happening) and converted my family data file (from an earlier version of the program) without a hitch. Once it was up and running the program was very easy to use - adding new individuals or changing existing information is straightforward. One thing I liked is that once you have selected a 'home person' (which can be yourself or anybody else) then any time you click on another individual within your tree, it shows you the family relationship between the two. No matter where you are in the tree, you can return to the home person by clicking on the little house icon on the menu bar. Changing the home person is done by two mouse-clicks - very efficient.

One star is deducted because you are limited to a horizontal pedigree layout on screen - if you want a vertical layout or a descendant display then you have to request a report which is formatted for printing. This means you can't click on an individual's name to see that display from their point of view but have to go back to the work screen first. The information is still available; it just takes an extra couple of steps.

I can't comment on the free membership of the ancestry website as I didn't try it, but even without this, the program is excellent value for money.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and cheerful 3 Mar 2011
It does exactly what it has to do and it is very cheap. If you are a beginner this is your product.I bought this one thinking that I would have to go to something more advanced and expensive. I was wrong. It is easy to use, very intuitive. Obviously, it could be improved but it is good enough for me: it can deal with all the information, pictures and media files can be linked to specific people... I am very pleased with it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker (2005) Versio 27 Feb 2011
By DanUK
Had this software for a number of years now - overall a pretty good program.

- simple interface (no instructions required)
- cheap (think I paid about £6 for it, with a month's free Ancestry membership)
- easy to enter all your details and logical navigation
- simple file format (easy to copy and backup a single file)
- works with 2000, xp, vista and 7 (tried with all and hasn't ever crashed)
- supports many file formats

- reporting is basic
- you're not allowed to have your database on a usb stick (why?!)

Overall a pretty good, simple to use program which whilst lacking advanced features just works nicely for getting your family tree into the computer and printing the lot out again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and great value 21 Oct 2010
By Suz
I bought this to replace an older version and have found it very easy to upgrade. I have also been able to use an existing Ancestry.co.uk account without any problems.
I really like the way the information is displayed with everything now so easy to find.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family tree maker V4 works well 10 Feb 2012
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I already have the official Family Tree maker program from Ancestry Co (£35) which I am quite pleased with. I bought the 'Who Do you think you are?' version to compare them. They are pretty well identical except for the improvements/ upgrades (which for me are insignificant) between this one 2010 (£6) and the £35 one 2011 . The newer version will export files in the older file format so there's really no problem.
The only reason to get the newer version is that it gives you 6 months free access to the Ancestry web site, which I have found well worth it, but if you don't need that or are already a member of Ancestry then you might decide there is no point in paying extra. The expensive version does come with a book to help you get going whereas you only get on line help with the £6 version, although there is a tutorial.
With regard to the book, it's well written and clear as a teaching aid when you are starting to learn, but as a reference book when you just want to look something up it's fairly poor with a limited number of entries.The same is true of the built in help files.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Jon Dev
Who Do You Think You Are? Family Tree Maker Version 4 (PC) New Version

If you already have the 2006 version of this program then hang on to it and keep using it. This latest updated version bears no resemblance to the superb original !!

I bought this because although my old 2006 version loaded and ran OK on my new Windows 7 64 bit PC, I was unable to export files and charts to Acrobat Reader, which could then be sent to friends etc whose family trees I had researched. The screen layout and navigation is completely different (and not as easy to use) and the Family Tree charts are very limited.

There is no "All-In-One" tree - as on the 2006 version, and the Family Tree view on this latest version is pathetic.

Needless to say I am not impressed - in fact downright annoyed - and would not recommend this to anyone who has the 2006 version. It's only virtue is it's price !! It may be OK for someone just starting out on family tree research, who will probably accept the poor chart layouts.

Why, why, why do software designers have to mess about with winning products - just update them as neccessary when our beloved Microsoft have to foist yet another operating system on the poor customers. I was quite happy with Windows XP, as were millions of others - but then came Vista (joke) and now Windows 7. No wonder Microsoft make such huge profits !!!!!!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good upgrade
This replaced an earlier version which was installed on XP.
This version was installed on Win 7 and works well it imported my existing family tree no problem, so nothing was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by hawthorn
1.0 out of 5 stars why fix it when it isn't broken?
I bought this to replace family tree maker 6 which was superb. IHAD TO DO THIS AS THE 6 VERSION WAS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS 7. This version is very, very poor. Read more
Published 4 months ago by david oconnor
5.0 out of 5 stars Big improvement over earlier versions
Makes a massive database which you can add to with so much information.
Links automatically to Ancestry search when it recognises names and dates. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr J Graham
3.0 out of 5 stars Version 4
Not one of my better weeks for trying to repair my 2006 version, (see my other mistake). Once again this was just a complete program of the 2006 version without any... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Peter Harrington
5.0 out of 5 stars The right item for what I required
I tried the rest so I went for the best.I wanted help and in this version I found it. GREAT
Published 13 months ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker 4
Bought this to replace my old one but it couldn't get all my family tree on so gave up and went back to the old one which was the 1st one out........very disappointed
Published 13 months ago by Mags
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker Version version 4
I had an eralier version but lent it to someone but didn't get it back. This version is not quite as good but find that it is getting better the more I get used to it.
Published 15 months ago by Ianto
3.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree
I would have preferred the family tree to have been set out vertically instead of horizontally.
It did pull up extra information that has been useful.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Sally D Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars FAMILY TREE MAKER
Love the way it instantly generates relationships so you can see at a glance what relation you are to the person you are entering details about. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Wendy Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent value
I was trying to help my Dad put together all his scrappy bits of Family Tree paper and being a complete novice (both of us) wanted an inexpensive and simple to use package. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dr. T. Watson
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