One of the comments I hear most is concerned with book-building: Where did it go? And will it ever come back? Thankfully, the people at Family Tree Maker have been listening. With this 2009 software update, you can once again create your own family history book from the convenience of your computer desktop.
Getting started is easy because you can use the facts, photos, charts, and reports you’ve already gathered in your file. Include some personal stories and anecdotes, add an automated table of contents and index of individuals, and you’re on your way to creating a book that your family will turn to for generations. When you’ve got your book just the way you want it, you can share it electronically over e-mail or take it to a copy shop to be printed and bound.
Months ago I started working on a biography about my grandmother in another desktop publishing program. I was worried that I’d have to duplicate the work I’d already done. Luckily the book-building feature includes an option that lets you import an entire text document—with formatting—into a book. Now I can continue adding photos, charts, and stories, and I haven’t lost any time.
If you’ve ever been intrigued by the idea of creating your own family history book, I encourage you to give it a try. It’s a rewarding experience that will benefit you and generations to come.
For tips and instructions on how to use the book-building feature, download a PDF here.