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Family Tree Maker 2011 Platinum (PC)

Platform : Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
4.0 out of 5 stars 123 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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  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Media: DVD-ROM
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  • ASIN: B003S3RLLW
  • Release Date: 15 Oct. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,145 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

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By Thomas Pots TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Feb. 2011
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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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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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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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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.

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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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I had previously been using FTM 2005 because I was too worried about losing 5 years of data whilst updating and did not really see the need.
BUT a desperate need to update my PC meant that even if I could transfer FTM 2005 to the new PC it would not be compatible with 64 bit & windows 7! so I took advice from the people at Ancestry who were very helpful, telling me exactly what to save.

When my new PC was up and running I tentatively installed the 2011 version - very easily actually (probably the easiest part of my PC changeover) then I did exactly what I had been told with my old files and "hey presto" there was all my data - although the screen was an entirely different format which I thought would be difficult to get used to at first but it has been quite simple and easy to become familiar with this layout.

Of course, as with all updates there are some aspects of the old format that appeal more but overall I am very happy with this version and wished I had updated sooner so that it was not such a big jump! The same thing applied to changing from Windows XP Pro to Windows 7 essentials (if anything I am less happy with that!).

The product is great value for money and the people at Ancestry were so helpful that the free subscription given with FTM is simple to add to your existing package making it a really good deal. I would recommend the platinum version as you do get a companion guide which I found useful to refer to for some of the newer functions and their uses.

The only slight niggle I have is that my saved photos and census records etc. do not necessarily link up with the ancestors as they did before and I will have to reassign them at some point but they are all there which is the main thing!
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