Family Tree Maker: Downloading Your Ancestry Member Tree

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on November 1, 2010 in Family Tree Maker, Family Trees

Two weeks ago at Boston Ancestry Day, I was asked a lot of questions about how to download an Ancestry Member Tree into Family Tree Maker. I think there are many of us who have a main “working” Family Tree Maker database but also have trees on Ancestry.com that we use for sharing and gathering information.… Read more

Family Tree Maker: Embellish Your Charts

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on October 18, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

One of my favorite enhancements in Family Tree Maker 2011 is the ability to add photos and embellishments to charts—anywhere I want. It’s a simple thing, but the result is beautiful family trees I can’t wait to share. You can use your own backgrounds, borders, and embellishments (basically any image file on your computer) or take… Read more

Family Tree Maker: Smart Stories

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on October 4, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

If you’ve always wanted help starting a family history book, this is the tool you’ve been waiting for. Family Tree Maker 2011 introduces Smart Stories™— a narrative tool that helps you quickly fill up those blank pages by letting you use facts, sources, and notes you’ve already entered in your tree. Simply drag-and-drop the text… Read more

Family Tree Maker: 2011 Webinar Tonight

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on September 15, 2010 in Family Tree Maker, Webinars

Tonight at 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time the experts at Family Tree Maker are holding a free webinar to discuss the features in the latest version of the software. You’ll learn how to: Use Smart Stories—a new narrative tool to help you create and share family stories. Create new fan charts. Dress up your charts using photographs… Read more

Family Tree Maker: More about 2011

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on September 14, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

The announcement about the release of Family Tree Maker 2011 produced so many questions I decided that a follow-up post might be helpful. Unfortunately I won’t be able respond to every comment that was left but hopefully I can cover some of the bigger issues. What is happening with the Mac version of Family Tree… Read more

Family Tree Maker 2011 is here!

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on August 31, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

You’ve been waiting patiently and it’s finally here! Family Tree Maker 2011 introduces more than 100 enhancements (many based on customer requests) to help you create your family story like never before. Here are just a few of the exciting new features you’ll enjoy: Smart Stories—a narrative tool. If you’ve always wanted help starting your own family history book,… Read more

Family Tree Maker Webinar on September 15th

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on August 27, 2010 in Family Tree Maker, Webinars

Family Tree Maker 2011 is almost here. Join us for a free webinar on September 15th at 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time and discover why it’s the best version yet. You’ll learn how to: Use Smart Stories—a new narrative tool to help you create and share family stories. Create new fan charts. Dress up your charts… Read more

Family Tree Maker: Unrelated Individuals

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on August 9, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

I recently found a death index entry for an infant that bore the unique surname of my great-grandfather. I didn’t want to add the infant to a specific family because I wasn’t certain that they were related. But I also didn’t want to lose the information in case I discovered a relationship with the baby… Read more

Family Tree Maker: Duplicate Place Names

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on July 26, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

Occasionally you may find that you’ve duplicated the names of locations in your tree. This might be because you ignore a place warning for a location or you’ve named one location differently. In Family Tree Maker 2009 and 2010, you can merge two locations together. That way you won’t lose the facts associated with either… Read more

Family Tree Maker: The Compact File Tool

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on July 12, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

Compact File. You may have noticed this option on the Tools menu. But what it is? As you work in your trees you will add and delete quite a bit of data. However, even when data has been removed from a tree, the file may still remain at a larger size. You can use the… Read more