When you’re online Family Tree Maker connects directly to Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com