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4.0 out of 5 stars More bang for your bucks but online system better, 14 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Family Tree Maker 2012 Platinum Edition (PC) (CD-ROM)
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My history. I started an Ancestry.co.uk tree last year.
I got Family Maker 2011 to review- and found it really difficult to integrate with the tree online.
Installed Family Tree Maker 2012- absolute doddle this time to download my very large tree to the PC. I have the Deluxe edition which I am trialling first. But I assume that it would be really easy also to activate the 6 months free subscription included by signing in to my deactivated ancestry account (make sure you remember your password first!).

I just like the look and feel of the online system better. Even if your subscription has expired on the website, you can still look at your tree via an iphone/ipad app. You just can't add documentary evidence to it based on the site. If you really want to print off all your data you can with this program, and certainly trees can get very entangled if you have linked to other people's and want to see multiple descent lines.

The free premium membership is really for those who've managed to unravel their tree back to beyond 1837 and want to get their teeth into the parish records. This is always assuming that they have been digitised for your county- Warwickshire has only just been added since my last membershipe expired.

There is plenty there: birth marriages and deaths from 1837, UK census records from 1841 (boy, the wonderful computerised indexation was a massive improvement over searching through microfiches in the 1980s). Necessary for military records, immigration and Irish collections (I've only a few military links, emigration may explain some disappearances and to date no Irish relatives).
Practically if you have progressed a little and want a leg up in your researches this is not a bad purchase, but you can cope with just the online system.
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