- Get precise coordinates in the geo code place window by moving the pin
- Find relationships between two people feature now shows multiple blood relationships if they exist
- Search favorites selection is now at the top of the list of resources when searching the web
- Additions to the web search resources: Ancestry.com.au, Ancestry.ca, FindMyPast.co.uk, GuildOfOneNameStudies
- Pressing the left or right arrow key in family view moves to the previous or next marked person
- Crash fixes
- Performance improvements
- Updates to the manual
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Want a Family Tree Maker 2012 family group sheet with a pedigree chart at the top instead of a family picture? Your wish just came true.
What You Need to Know
Like the family group sheet report on which it is based, it has the option to included children from other unions, lines for extra children, individual thumbnail images, and preparer information.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the option to include other spouses. Nor does it give you the option of including an LDS section or section dividers.
How to Create a Family View Report
- Navigate to the family you want to be the subject of the report
- Switch to the publish workspace
- Select Relationship Reports from the list of publication types
- Double-click the Family View Report (or click once then click the Create Report button)
- Configure the settings
- Click the Generate Report button
- Click the Print or Share button
Load up your copy of Family Tree Maker 2012 and follow along with this video to create a one of these for your relatives.
GenealogyTools Members, download this video to your computer for your private use.
 FTM calls this option blended families.
 Extra lines for children make this a handy report to take on a visit to collect data.
Occasionally in Family Tree Maker 2012 you’re going to end up with duplicate facts. Actually, it will happen with any genealogy software; it’s not a situation peculiar to FTM.
What You Need to Know
Duplicate facts can appear up in your file by mistake and perhaps even from problems with TreeSync. I don’t have any hard evidence of that, I simply know from my experience with computers and programming that it’s possible. It doesn’t really matter why the duplicates are in there anyway. If you want them gone Family Tree Maker can help you merge them.
Ancestry released an update to Family Tree Maker 2012 today. Here’s a rundown of what’s in it for you.
Of highest importance if you’re having problems synching your FTM file with your Ancestry member tree (AMT), is TreeSync stability improvements. Those come with performance improvements too according to the release notes.
The update include bug fixes and improvements in several areas:
- Added support for media, notes, and sources during file merges
- Improved handling of media during Web merges
- Bug fixes for tasks, media items, and window resizing issues (on computers running Windows 7)
You can order Reunion 10on Amazon.com now. Right now there are three sellers. Well, two really. The third has the ridiculous price of $184.50 plus $3.50 shipping!
As with version 9, Leister Productions sells through Amazon at the full retail price, plus $5.00 shipping, for a total of $104.00. Small Dog Electronics is currently offering it at a discount: $89.99, plus $6.99 shipping for a total of $96.98.
 For what it’s worth, Small Dog Electronics is a company I’ve purchased Mac gear through in the past.
I went looking for an update to Reunion 10 after experiencing repeated crashes when editing source detail fields in notes this morning. Fortunately, there’s a fix in for that problem and many others.
It would be an improvement if there were a visual clue that an update is available. It wouldn’t have to be a dialog that pops up upon launching the application. It could easily be an icon in the status bar.
There are many bug fixes and issues corrected in this maintenance release so it’s a must have. To do so, click Help -> Check for Updates… in the menu bar and click the link in the resulting dialog box if it finds an update.
The review and guide tells you what you need to know before you buy or upgrade and what you need to know after you get it. The latter section contains videos that show you how to use some new features and how to do some tasks that have changed in the new version. There are separate articles for those topics as well and they’re linked in the review and guide, near the videos.
There are a ton of new features and changes. The review tells you what version 10 does that version 9 won’t, what version 10 won’t do, how to upgrade your family files, and my recommendation on whether or not to buy or upgrade among many other topics. Here’s the table of contents:
- What to Know Before You Buy-A Reunion 10 Review
- What Reunion 10 Will Do That 9 Won’t
- Why Not Stay with Version 9?
- Will It Mess up My Family Files?
- 5 Things Reunion 10 Won’t Do for You
- Can I Keep Reunion 9 on My Mac?
- How Much Does It Cost?
- Are There Any Discount Codes or Coupons?
- To Buy or Not to Buy
- How to Get the Most Out of Reunion 10
- How to Upgrade without Messing up Your Family Files
- When to Delete Reunion 9
- How to Do What You Used to Do
- How to Use the New Features
If I’ve missed anything or didn’t answer a question you have please leave me a comment on this article. I created this resource page for you. I want you to find it indispensable. Likewise, if I made any errors or anything is unclear to you, let me know.
I’ll be adding more instructional articles and videos to the site and inserting the videos in the review and guide page, so you may want to bookmark it and definitely share it with colleagues. Sign up for my email list so you won’t miss out. The form is in the sidebar to the right.
There’s a new Reunion 10 tutorial index page so you can find articles about Reunion 10 without sorting through the version 9 articles. That’s important because with the new user interface in version 10, the initial steps to many tasks have changed. The guide tells you how to find features you use in version 9, like listing sources. You can combine that knowledge with the version 9 videos to figure out to get the job done until I update the videos. The Reunion 9 tutorial index page will remain in place so you can quickly find help when you need it.
Please share your thoughts and questions about Reunion 10 in the comments below this article. I appreciate your feedback and will use it to choose and prioritize what topics to cover for you.
Last name auto-completion in Reunion 10 makes it quick and easy to enter surnames consistently. It’s also common for incorrect names to make their way into the list of last names Reunion 10 uses. You may mistype the name or change a name resulting in a name being in the list, but not in your family file anymore. Either way, you’ll want Reunion to stop suggesting the name.