For 20 years, Family Tree Maker has been the #1-selling family history software. And Family Tree Maker 2011 is our best version yet - packed with more than 100 enhancements specifically requested by our users. Whether you're a seasoned genealogist or just starting your family tree, you'll enjoy all sorts of new and exciting ways to discover, preserve and share your family story.
New Narrative Tool
The new Smart Stories feature helps you record family stories. You can compose a story yourself or select facts, sources, and notes you've already entered in your tree and drag-and-drop them into your text. (Smart story text is linked to the tree so if a fact changes the information in your story will be updated automatically.)
You can choose between five different shapes when creating a fan chart: full circle, semi-circle, quarter-circle, etc.
Photos and Embellishments
You can add images to a chart and drag and drop them wherever you like. In addition, Family Tree Maker comes with a set of embellishments, borders, and backgrounds that you can use to decorate charts and reports.
Bow Tie Chart
Siblings can be included in the Bow Tie Chart.
Last Generation Shown Vertically
In descendant and hourglass charts, the last generation in the chart can be displayed vertically.
The book layout for the pedigree chart has been adjusted to make better use of space.
Fonts in Charts
Font size, type, and color can be changed based on fact types.
Save Report Settings
You can save the current report settings and use them as the preferred settings for that report.
The new Surname Report lists the surnames in your tree, including the total number of individuals with that surname, the number of males and females with that surname, etc.
New Descendant Reports
Family Tree Maker gives you four descendant report options: Register, NGSQ, Henry, and d'Aboville.
The custom report now has user-selected primary and secondary sorts. In addition, new options allow you to include age at death, number of children, age at first marriage, and more.
You can now sort the Kinship Report by relationship (for example, first cousins can be grouped together).
You can create a simple bibliography of source titles or an annotated bibliography that includes summary information, such as repository and reference notes.
Report Headers and Footers
You can define the headers and footers for a report.
You can now create an album for a person, relationship, or both.
You now have the option to display death dates in the calendar.
Expanded Web Dashboard
The expanded Web Dashboard now includes Member Connect activity, links to message boards, and notification of new Ancestry messages.
Uploading and downloading speeds have been improved. In addition, Family Tree Maker has increased ability to upload large files to Ancestry.com.
You can choose the type of Internet connection you're using. Then Family Tree Maker uses this information to tailor how it downloads information from the Web.
Locate Missing Files
If you've moved your media items and Family Tree Maker has marked them as "missing," the Find Missing Media tool can locate them all at once.
You can now assign categories to multiple items at one time.
Media Metadata Stored in Family Tree Maker
If your images contain metadata, the information will be stored. If the metadata contains a caption, date, or description, this information will be automatically entered for you.
Automatic Reference Numbers
Family Tree Maker can assign reference numbers automatically to individuals, relationships, or both.
Enhanced Foreign Characters Usage
Additional foreign language symbols and characters have been added.
Duplicate Person Alert
When you enter new individuals, Family Tree Maker analyzes the information and alerts you if it believes you may already have the individual in your tree.
You can now use the Fastfields feature for Description fields.
The interface has an updated look and feel. A new Ancestry color theme is also included.
Enhanced Index of Individuals
The Index of Individuals on the Family tab will now sort people based on name and then birth date.
Family Tree Maker comes with a set of default historical events that are used in timelines. Now you can edit, delete, and add to these historical events. In addition, Family Tree Maker looks at facts entered for an individual and displays the most location-appropriate historical events.
First-Time User Assistance
The first time you open Family Tree Maker, it will automatically search for Family Tree Maker (.ftw) files on your computer (Version 16 and earlier).
If many locations in your tree are from the same country, you can choose this as your "home" country. That way, Family Tree Maker will not display this country in fields, and charts and reports. Also, support for townships, parishes, and counties has been enhanced.
Family Tree Maker can now display information on initiatories and confirmations. These facts can also be included in charts.