Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on November 15, 2010 in Family Tree Maker, Site Features

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, view your subscription expiration date, and access your Ancestry Member Trees. The Dashboard can also display a live news feed that tells you the latest news from and Family Tree Maker.

To view the Web Dashboard, go to the Plan workspace. You can click the Options link to select what types of information will appear and how often the data will be refreshed.

And new in 2011, the Dashboard contains Member Connect activity, links to message boards, and notification of new Ancestry messages. Simply click the link to access the record or message on


  1. Douglas Griffeth

    I need to transfer my online family tree (Griffeth Family Tree) to my newly installed Mac version of 2010 Family Tree Maker. I am the editor, but not the creator of this tree with more than 10,000 ancestors. The person who created the tree is the husband of a distant cousin.

    Please tell me how I can download my tree to my desktop.

    Thank you.
    Douglas Griffeth

  2. Tana L. Pedersen

    # 7
    Douglas, because you are not the creator of the tree, you cannot download it. However, you can request that the owner download a GEDCOM of it for you. This option is available in your tree when you click the Tree Settings link at the top of window.

  3. Clara Owen

    Tana I am wanting to purchase The Companion Guide to FTM for my iMac. Which one is for the new software for iMac. It seems as if I have waited for years for the software now I need your guide. Thank You, Clara Owen

  4. Don Albers

    Please design a merge icon in the online tree. I do not use a resident PC connection. I do not fell that retirees should be forced to upgrade to a FTM program when they are upgraded each year. I have a bunch of duplicate individual names and if I delete one it was the wrong one, Need to merge the two names. This missing online merge is very frustrating [ VERY FRUSTRATING] when it it is not there.

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