Articles by Tana L. Pedersen

Family Tree Maker: The Editing Panel

Posted on March 7, 2011 in Family Tree Maker

The Family tab on the People workspace provides a comprehensive view of your tree. In previous weeks we’ve learned how to navigate your tree using the pedigree view on the Family tab and also how to add individuals on the family group view. This week I’ll show you the tools and features available on the editing panel… Read more

Family Tree Maker: The Family Group View

Posted on February 21, 2011 in Family Tree Maker

In a blog post on February 7th, I wrote about how to navigate in the pedigree view on the People workspace. This week we’ll talk about to use the family group view. The family group view displays a single-family unit—a couple, their parents, and their children. In this view you can add spouses and children and… Read more

Family Tree Maker Webinar Tonight

Posted on February 16, 2011 in Site, Family Tree Maker, Webinars

Tonight at 8:00 pm (EST) the experts at Family Tree Maker are giving a free webinar focused on printing and sharing your family history. You’ll learn how to: Design and print charts Run  reports Utilize the print functions available on each workspace Create individual and family slide shows If you haven’t already registered, it’s not… Read more

Family Tree Maker: The Pedigree View

Posted on February 7, 2011 in Family Tree Maker

The Family tab on the People workspace provides a comprehensive view of your tree. This is where you enter information about individuals and families in your tree—and where you will spend most of your time in Family Tree Maker. Over the next few weeks I’ll spend some time explaining each section of the workspace in detail. You’ll find tips and… Read more

Family Tree Maker Webinar on February 16th

Posted on February 3, 2011 in Family Tree Maker, Webinars

Family history is a great way to connect with your past. And Family Tree Maker can help you illustrate your family story and share it with friends and family members. Join us on Wednesday, February 16th at 8:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time) for a free webinar that focuses on creating charts, reports, and slide shows.… Read more

Family Tree Maker: Choosing a Home Person

Posted on January 24, 2011 in Family Tree Maker

Each Family Tree Maker tree you create will have a primary person or “home” person. By default, the home person is the first person you entered in your tree. And if you’re creating a tree based on your family, the home person is most likely you. However, you may want to switch the home person of your tree occasionally.… Read more

Family Tree Maker Tutorials

Posted on January 10, 2011 in Family Tree Maker

Have you ever wanted a personal tutor to sit at your computer and show you how to use Family Tree Maker? We have a solution. Family Tree Maker has a variety of short video tutorials (each about 3 to 5 minutes long) that can help you quickly learn how to add, organize, and share your… Read more

Family Tree Maker Is a Holiday Hit!

Posted on December 10, 2010 in Company News, Family Tree Maker

Every DecemberThe Oprah Magazine, announces its top holiday gift picks. And this year we’re excited to announce that our very own Family Tree Maker 2011 made Dr. Phil’s list of “Gifts to strengthen your relationship! Family Tree Maker software combines intuitive tools with robust features and flexible options, making it ideal for family history novices and… Read more

Family Tree Maker: Improving Performance

Posted on November 29, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

We all wish we had an unlimited amount of time to work on our family history. But since none of us do, it can be frustrating when the software you’re using seems to get in the way instead of helping. If Family Tree Maker starts running more slowly than you expect, here are six steps… Read more

Family Tree Maker: The Web Dashboard

Posted on November 15, 2010 in Family Tree Maker, Family Trees, Member Connect

When you’re online Family Tree Maker connects directly to so you can take advantage of the website’s valuable genealogy resources without ever leaving the software. One of these resources is the Web Dashboard. In versions 2010 and 2011 it gives you quick access to your subscription; you can log in to your account,… Read more

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