Posted by Ancestry Team on December 13, 2013 in Family Tree Maker

We are pleased to announce the release of Family Tree Maker Mac 3, an updated and expanded version of the No. 1-selling family history software. Starting at $39.99, it comes packed with new features including a new Family ViewTM that lets you control how you see your family tree and add or edit information while viewing extended family relationships.FTM Mac 3 Cover.jpeg

Other improvements in Family Tree Maker Mac 3 include:

New tree branch export — a new, simplified export option makes it much easier to export a single branch of your tree to Family Tree Maker or a GEDCOM file.

More organizational tools — save time with the option to sort children automatically by birth order and view people by location, grouping them by country, state, county, and city.

Mac and PC compatible files — now you can open your Family Tree Maker tree on a Mac or PC without needing to convert it.

New and improved charts and reports — more options and views let you display an individual’s ancestors, spouses, and children together. Also, the Index of Individuals Report has been expanded with options for anniversary, birthday, and contact lists and more.

More editing options — save time with the ability to copy and paste facts including linked source citations, media items, and notes. Also, if you have multiple versions of the same fact, you can merge them without losing any information.

Improved TreeSync — lets you easily synchronize your tree in Family Tree Maker with an online tree.

  • Now you can synchronize even more of your family tree information such as photos, documents, source template data and customized notes.
  • Access and update your family tree from anywhere—your computer,, even your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
  • Easily share your tree with your family and work on it together. Family and friends can view the online version of your tree without software or a subscription.
  • Collaborate with the largest, most active family history community in the world on Keep your online tree private or make it public so that others researching your family can find you. You may connect with others who have insight on your ancestors, discover rare family photos, or even find relatives you didn’t know you had.

And More — There are dozens of other improvements and enhancements in every area of the software. From improved data entry to new options and features in many charts and reports, Family Tree Maker Mac 3 is our most advanced Mac software yet.

To purchase Family Tree Maker Mac 3, visit our store* where you can also save 25% right now!


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  1. Richard Bourcier

    I have tried in vain to purchase FTM3 for Mac but your affiliate offers service only to USA customers. I’m in Canada and wonder when I can buy a download here.


  2. Marilyn Boling

    The program downloaded with no problem and transferred my FTM Mac 2 file over fine. BUT I have been trying for hours to upload and link my file to Ancestry probably a dozen times now with no success. I repeatedly get the Sync failed message after the program attempts to upload my data. No clue in the “help” menu. Should I call it the “non-help” menu? Guess I will have to call tech support — and who wants to do that?

  3. Richard – thanks for posting. The software is only available in the US currently. It will be available in Canada, the UK, and Australia in the near future. We will update the blog post and clarify.

    Marilyn – Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble. We have a large collection of help articles on the help website. Here’s one that should be helpful to you-

    While it was written for Mac 2, all of the steps will still apply to Mac 3.

    If you’re still having trouble the member services department is standing by to help out. 1-800-262-3787

  4. Julie

    Earlier I might have looked forward to this new release, but after learning that all the $$$ Ispend on an Ancestry WORLD subscription does still not allow me to get charts/trees printed BECAUSE I LIVE IN CANADA (OMG), well it’s turned me right off. Contrary to public opinion, we CANUCKS are not second class or less. Hello Legacy Family Tree. No problems with them accepting our money.

  5. Christopher Frantz


    I found this post and noticed that V3 will be available in UK in the near future. The problem is that I have tried to download V2 from that site for about half a year, without luck.

    I live in Sweden, and for some reason the PC version is free here if one have an account, but one can’t even buy the Mac version.

    I hope that you will be able to add Sweden to your list of countries where V3 will be downloadable.

    Happy holidays !

    Christopher Frantz

  6. Noel Wagg

    Bought FTM Mac3 disc from USA with the understanding that PC files could be transferred without reformatting. Not so.

    Installed FTM Mac3, tried to copy PC files and was told PC format doesn’t sync with Mac3. website doesn’t help either.

    Noel Wagg

    • Trevor Thacker

      Sorry for the inconvenience, Noel. Trees in Family Tree Maker 2014 for the PC can be imported directly into Family Tree Maker for Mac 3 without having to first be converted. However, files in version Family Tree Maker 2012 and older will need to be converted prior to opening with Family Tree Maker for Mac 3. Instructions for doing that can be found here:

  7. Tom Kennedy

    Try to download an existing family tree on and link to FTM 3 for Mac. Although the correct file from showed up, it was absolutely no way to download. Called tech support, and got a referral to a higher level. They stated they are aware of the problem, and are working on. They could not give me a timeframe for resolution. Seems to me, something as simple as this should have shown up in basic testing for new software.

    Bear in mind, ancestry subcontracted this software for the Mac to a software house call Mac Kiev or something. Found out about this by hitting the about in the software. Basic file handling synchronization should be no big deal. I am pretty upset. The guy handling the FTM three project should be no accountable.

  8. Elizabeth Bowers

    I have FTM2 for Mac and I just downloaded FTM3 for Mac. Now I have 2 versions of FTM. I thought when I downloaded the upgrade that all my information would go on the new version. I am not sure what to do now.

    • Trevor Thacker

      Hi Elizabeth, each version of the program is independent, meaning that Family Tree Maker for Mac 3 is an entirely new program and not an update to Family Tree Maker for Mac 2. In this case, you can choose whether or not you want to uninstall Family Tree Maker for Mac 2. With Family Tree Maker for Mac 3, you can open the program and the program should automatically recognize the local tree files on your computer and ask if you’d like to import them to Family Tree Maker for Mac 3.

  9. Mary Lovell

    Totally dissatisfied with Nova Development!
    Purchased Family Tree Maker for Mac 3 and the back-up CD on December 21, 2013.
    1/10/14 had not yet received the CD; called and was informed the CD was at that time on backorder, and would be shipped via 2nd day air.
    1/24/14 Received FTM not FTM for Mac CD. Called & received apology for error in sending wrong CD. Was promised correct CD would be sent immediately and should be received within 3-5 business days.
    2/4/14 STILL NO RECEIPT OF PAID FOR CD. Called again. Was told they saw all previous conversations, and there was no evidence of order shipping. Promised to send out 2nd day. I requested a copy of the new FTM for Mac Manual as compensation for the previous errors made by Nova Development. I was told this was not permitted. I was then told my order was shipped out via Fed-X yesterday, that the CD was on backorder. I told her that did not make sense, that I was told on 1/24 it was in stock and I would have it in 3-5 business days. I requested to speak with the supervisor, was told he was in a meeting and not available, but would call later; but no manual would be sent. NOVA DEVELOPMENT has no problem with selling, but is unwilling to give good customer service. This is ridiculous….. Placed order 12/21/13 now three calls and still no product!!! I have NEVER experienced customer service this poor!

  10. Raquel Turner

    2 things I have noticed so far. First, it is slower, for example if I enter a date, I then have to wait several seconds before I can go to the next line and enter a place. 2nd problem, and this is bigger, is that I don’t have an option when importing a media file to have it copied to my media folder. So if I then delete it from my desktop, or wherever I may have had it temporarily, it is then gone forever. Ftm for Mac 2 would let me copy it into my media folder.
    Also I upgraded for the sole reason of having better options for working with my media items and I don’t see any improvements at all. Is there a place to watch tutorials on a better way to work with media?

  11. Paul Robida

    The download from Ancestry went flawlessly. Syncing was done automatically and worked well

    Several bugs still remain so I recommend waiting before purchasing.

    When adding a new person in ftm3 it takes just under five minutes to add it as the program goes into a long think and you can’t cancel the process….you must wait for it to complete. Also….adding text in the description box hangs quite often so a simple word may take a minute or two to be added. It also crashes once or twice per hour.
    I contacted tech support about it but they said that these are known issues and that the developer will be offering a “patch” to fix the bugs. They’ve been working on the patch for a few weeks but they could not give an anticipated date of release. I’d wait to buy until the issues are resolved.

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  13. Denise Brown

    I have just upgraded from FTM 2010 for Mac N19.2.4.247 to the new FTM for Mac 3 and in the conversion of my existing file the new file has not brought across the Source Titles. Help please.

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