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Our review of Family Tree Maker 2012:
Family Tree Maker 2012 Essentials will help you write your family history, display it in form of charts, and document your history for generations to come. The software comes with one month access to ancestry.com to help you look up family records and hopefully learn something more about your roots. The program facilitates collecting family information, stories, pictures, videos, and organizes them into beautiful looking family trees.
Family Tree Maker is broken down into seven major tabs: Plan, People, Places, Media, Sources, Publish, and Web Search. You find the tabs on top of the page and can easily switch between them, navigating to any section of the program. Your starting point is Plan where you decide to start a new tree or work on a current one and you can manage more than one family tree. This is also a place for notes on what to do next and prioritize tasks. The building block of a genealogical tree is information, so the more of it the better. You have three options to provide that: enter it manually, import info from a file, or download it from ancestry.com At this point you can start managing information in your database.
People tab displays a summary of all your information on the screen. This section is further broken down info Family and Person. In the Family section, the left pane lists all the names and provides filters and a search box. The center of your screen is occupied by small version of your current family tree that can go back 4 generations. It displays major connections between family members and includes basic information. You can click on any of the displayed individuals and more information on that person is on the right pane. Just below the tree you find the closest relationship of the selected person, such as: parents, spouse, children and some general data related to all of them. In the Person tab you can enter all the information you have related to any person in your database. Aside from name and birth date, you can include relationships of the individual, import pictures, videos, and stories, write notes, and include the sources of information. Each picture or video can be categorized and you can include a description. Because the program does not allow you to tag pictures, describing pictures is very valuable, as a Chinese proverb says that the faintest ink is more powerful than the best memory.
One tool that I like in particular is places. It allows you to link individuals with location and this way see how your family has moved around, if at all, throughout time. You can also map where the important family events took place. If your family has not moved a lot, perhaps it owed several homes and you can keep that on file. You might also decide to track where people wedded, etc. It is a neat spatial display of your family footsteps.
Sources tab might not appear that important at first, but that is where you report what your research is based on. If you work on a family tree with somebody else, there is more clarity on how the information was obtained and who the contact person is in case further research is required. It provides the opportunity to continue looking for information without wasting time by knocking on the same door twice.
Publish is arguably the most entertaining section of the software. That is where you prepare full-scale family tree and plethora of reports.
Family Tree Maker 2012 can prepare reports related to places, relationships, persons, media, or sources used. There are over 20 different reports to choose from. A family report is a summary of vital statistics on parents and their children, including individual pictures and a family picture (assuming those pictures were previously imported). You can also run custom reports and design them any way you want. You have many options on what to include in it as well as how to present it. These reports can become quite comprehensive, it all depends how much information you have on all the people in your database. The program also offers ten different family tree styles (charts): Pedigree, Vertical Pedigree, Descendant, Relationship, Hourglass, Horizontal Hourglass, Extended Family, Bow Tie, 180 Fan, and Family Tree. Each of those charts has a proper set of options that can modify it even more. In Pedigree chart you can include a background, add pictures, name the chart and save it for later. 180 Fan is a 180 degrees chart that can be modifies to 360, 135, 90, or 45 degrees. It’s a lot of fun just to play around and see what the software offers and how different ideas come out.
Family Tree Maker 2012 was chosen the best genealogy software by TopTenReviews.com and received Gold Award 2011 and the perfect score of 4 out of 4. The reviewer called it “wonderfully-designed genealogy software” with solid database. Because of its subscription to ancestry.com included (one month for Essentials version, 3 months Deluxe, and 6 months Platinum) the cost of the program is quite reasonable. Family Tree Maker 2011 received maximum score for the numerous features it comes with, ease of use, reporting and publishing, and finally documentation and help. The web site tutorials will help you get started to organize family history and “better understand your heritage.”