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Online genealogy company Ancestry.com has released Family
Tree Maker 2011, an updated version of its genealogy desktop software.
You can purchase Family Tree Maker with a full Ancestry.com subscription or a free
trial. The software also comes with either a printed or electronic Companion Guide.
It starts at $39.95 online at FamilyTreeMaker.com and
at some retail stores.
The 2011 version has more than 100 improvements, including:
• Smart Stories: An editor that lets you drag and drop text and photos from
your Family Tree Maker tree into story pages that update automatically when you make
changes to your tree.
• Timelines: You’ll be able to find and add more events to your ancestors’
timelines and add your own historical events.
• Charts: The 2011 version has four new fan chart styles. You can enhance charts
with backgrounds, borders and embellishments, and change fonts based on fact type.
• Improved Ancestry.com integration: A hallmark of Family Tree Maker is its
ability to search Ancestry.com’s records collections for people in users’ family trees
when the computer is connected to the internet. An Ancestry.com subscription is required
to see results. Uploading and downloading of your tree is faster in version 2011,
and you can see your Member Connect activity and related message board posts right
on your home page.
• Media management: Drag and drop, cut and paste, and categorize multiple items
at the same time. A new tool helps you locate missing media files.
• Enhanced reports: Ancestor and descendant reports have been enhanced, and
there’s a new surname report. You can now sort your custom reports, and save and reuse
Ancestry.com is holding a free Family Tree Maker 2011 webinar Sept. 15 at 8 pm Eastern. You
can register by clicking here.