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Family Tree maker

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Roy Report 1 Aug 2020 01:15

Hi guys I am just in the process of trying to find a tree maker, if you use FTM can you please tell me what you think of it.



KathleenBell Report 1 Aug 2020 07:10

I use a very old version of FTM (2005) and it is really easy to use. I would recommend it but I don't know what the up to date version is like although I would imagine that it is even better with more features.

Kath. x


ErikaH Report 1 Aug 2020 12:21

It depends what you're looking for. You need to ensure that any system you choose is 'right' for you.


Kense Report 1 Aug 2020 15:12

I use FTM2017 mainly as a backup for my Ancestry tree. if I can no longer afford the Ancestry sub then I will still be able to see all the images of records appended to the tree.

It is also useful for standardising sll the place names on the tree.


Andysmum Report 1 Aug 2020 16:34

I use FTM 2005, like Kathleen, and it is fine. As far as I know, the later versions are similar, but with more features and lots of extra "bells and whistles"!! In other words, what the manufacturers like to describe as new and improved - oh, and "exciting" :-S

One main difference between FTM and many others is that it is not a download. It is a CD, so you always have it in its original form, no matter how many updates they do.


ElizabethK Report 2 Aug 2020 10:20

Actually there is a choice,you can buy it as a CD or a Download.
My last two 2017 amd 2019 have been Downloads.


grannyfranny Report 7 Aug 2020 22:00

I've been using FTM for a good while, just the free version. It's good for making FT charts, you can print them off.