Family Tree Maker 2011 – With More Than 100 Enhancements

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The following press release concerning Family Tree Maker 2011 has been received from Ancestry:


No. 1 Selling Family Tree Software Offers Simplicity and Depth for Recording Family Histories

PROVO, Utah, August 31, 2010 – today announced the release of Family Tree Maker® 2011, an improved version of the world’s No. 1 selling family history software.

For the last 20 years, Family Tree Maker has provided tools that make it easy to build family trees, record memories and organize family photos. Family Tree Maker also enables users to capture stories, and attach videos and audio clips in a way that will help them easily capture and share the story of their ancestors both on-and offline.

“Family Tree Maker 2011 delivers significant improvements on many fronts. By incorporating changes recommended by a diverse base of novice and experienced family researchers, we have arrived at what we believe to be our best release yet,” said Eric Shoup, Senior Vice President of Product at “With the recent surge in interest in family history, and Family Tree Maker have an important role to play in creating new family historians.”

Without leaving Family Tree Maker, users can search the robust collection of family history records on and simply incorporate matching results directly into their tree. Family Tree Maker 2011 automatically searches for historical documents about the individuals in the user’s family tree when connected to the Internet. Family Tree Maker 2011 comes with either a free trial or subscription to Family Tree Maker makes it easier than ever to discover your family story, preserve your legacy and share your unique heritage. Of the more than one hundred enhancements added to the software, the following are some of the new and improved features found in Family Tree Maker 2011:

  • Smart Stories™ – Ready to start on an ancestor’s story? The Smart Story editor makes it easy to drag and drop text and photos from your tree into story pages that will update automatically when you make changes to your tree.
  • More Complete and Relevant Timelines – Find and add more events to your ancestors’ lives. Add, edit and delete your own historical events and apply historical events by time and geography.
  • New and Improved Charts – Enjoy four new fan chart styles. Enhance charts with backgrounds, borders and embellishments. And use fonts you can change based on fact type.
  • Improved Integration with – has millions of members all over the world. Now you can find out if any of them are searching for your ancestors by viewing Member Connect activity on your home page, plus links to related message boards and new messages in your inbox. You’ll also enjoy faster uploading and downloading of your tree.
  • New Media Management Tools – Drag and drop, cut and paste, and even categorize multiple items at the same time. You’ll also find a new tool that will help you locate missing media files.
  • Enhanced Reports – Enhanced ancestor and descendant reports, added a surname report and allowed you to sort custom reports, plus you can now save and reuse report settings.

Family Tree Maker 2011 will include either a printed or electronic Companion Guide to help users quickly master the simple and even advanced tasks. The Companion Guide will come with easy-to-understand screenshots of the software.

Family Tree Maker 2011 is now available to purchase online at starting at $39.95. The program is also set to be released in select retail stores.

Internet access required for all Web integration.

About Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world’s largest online family history resource, with more than one million paying subscribers. The company has digitized and put online more than 5 billion records over the past 13 years. Ancestry users have created over 18 million family trees containing nearly 1.8 billion profiles. has local Web sites directed at nine countries, including its flagship Web site at

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©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Tombstone Tuesday August 31, 2010


Today is Tombstone Tuesday. If you have your own genealogy or family history related blog, you can participate in Tombstone Tuesday. What is it?

Tombstone Tuesday is a daily blogging theme used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

To participate in Tombstone Tuesday simply create a post which includes an image of a gravestone of one or more ancestors and it may also include a brief description of the image or the ancestor.

Here are the latest Tombstone Tuesday posts from our member genealogy bloggers:

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Deadline for SCGS Jamboree Call For Papers – September 1st

SCGS Jamboree 2011

Don’t forget! The deadline for submitting your presentations to the Southern California Genealogical Society so that they may be considered for the SCGS Jamboree 2011 is Wednesday, September 1, 2010! SCGS is now using an online portal to collect your biographical information as well as the presentation information.

And if you need some direction and guidance on preparing a bio, a genealogy resume or even answering a call for papers, don’t forget my new book, Approaching the Lectern: How to Become a Genealogy Speaker, which is available in print, e-book and Amazon Kindle formats.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee