Family Tree Maker 2012 Overview Video

The accompanying video will show you the major elements of Family Tree Maker 2012. At its most basic, Family Tree Maker consists of the following workspaces.

  • Plan
  • People
  • Places
  • Media
  • Sources
  • Publish
  • Web Search

The workspaces group related features. They are made up of tabbed views and panels that you use to plan, research, analyze, preserve, and share your genealogy.

This video will give you a feel for how Family Tree Maker 2012 looks and operates. This is more helpful than for other genealogy software because there’s no trial version of FTM 2012.
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Index of Individuals Report in Family Tree Maker 2012

It’s hard to believe that a report of all individuals in your tree wasn’t already in Family Tree Maker! Ancestry has corrected this oversight in FTM 2012.

Now you can print a report listing the persons in your tree. It can be all of them, but doesn’t have to be.

You can make a report listing the immediate family of a person. The selected can be changed by using the pedigree navigation bar at the top of the screen.

The index of individuals report can also be made to list selected individuals. This works just like on other reports.

The report lists individuals in rows with their name and birth, marriage, and death dates in columns.
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Family Tree Maker 2012 Discount Coupon Code

Update: Sadly, this coupon code no longer works. You can still get 40% or 20% off by clicking on this link.

I just found a 20% off coupon code. I tried applying it to the full and upgrade versions of Family Tree Maker 2012 and it worked!

The full and upgrade versions are already on sale with %40 and %20 off respectively. The code reduced the sale prices by an additional %20.

The price of the full version dropped from $31.99 to $25.59. The upgrade version, on sale for $23.99 became $19.19.

Here’s how to get the double discount:

Click on this link to visit the pre-sale page, click the “Upgrade info” link if you don’t need the full version, click the “Buy Now button”, enter this code, G5JXTRY, in the box labeled “Redeem Coupons” and click the “Apply” button.

Shipping and tax will still apply.

Family Tree Maker 2012 Ship Date

Wondering about Family Tree Maker 2012 ship date? There hasn’t been a definitive statement from Ancestry yet. We’ll have to go on the timing announced with the pre-sale.

In August, Ancestry announced that the pre-sale would begin early in September and the Family Tree Maker ship date would be the end of the month. They made the timing for the pre-sale start. This is good news gives me confidence that FTM 2012 will ship by the end of September.

I will keep you updated as better information becomes available.

P.S. If you haven’t ordered, Click here to learn more and buy Family Tree Maker 2012–the pre-sale ends the 28th.

Add an Existing Person as a Spouse in Family Tree Maker

Adding a spouse in genealogy software Family Tree Maker is intuitive when it’s a person you haven’t yet added to your tree. What’s not intuitive is how to connect two people who are already in your tree. Take heart though; it’s easy once you know the trick.

The term for linking people in Family Tree Maker is attach. Without knowing that it can be difficult to find the topic in the built-in help index. Looking in the table of contents for “add spouse” will yield instructions for adding a new spouse, but not attaching one. You won’t need the built-in help though because I made a video to show you how it’s done.
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How to Chart a Direct Line of Descent in Family Tree Maker 2012

It’s sometimes helpful to have a chart showing an ancestor and only those descendants in a direct line of descent to another person. There is a descendant chart in genealogy software Family Tree Maker, but before FTM 2012 it included all of the descendants of the selected ancestor.

Family Tree Maker 2012 introduced an option on the descendant chart that enables you to focus the list of included descendants on just those in one line of descent.
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Family Tree Maker 2012 Blended Family View

One of the new features in Family Tree Maker 2012 will help you see the relationship of children to parents at a glance. It’s called blended family view.

Blended family view is activated by clickinh a new button above the children list on the person view in FTM 2012. When on, the list of children includes all the children of the selected person, even those born of another partner. Watch this video to see Blended family view in two different scenarios.
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Pre-sale of Family Tree Maker 2012

The pre-sale has begun. The Family Tree Maker 2012 release date is set. Ancestry is temporarily offering 40% off an upgrade or 20% off a full copy. That makes the upgrade price $23.99 and the full version $31.99. The sale ends September 28th. Click here to learn more and buy Family Tree Maker 2012.

Be sure to click the “Upgrade Info” link under the “Buy Now” button if you need the upgrade.

What else is new in Family Tree Maker 2012 besides the much anticipated TreeSync?

  • Blended family view — shows combined families, including stepfamilies and adoptees at a glance
  • Improved Smart Stories — give you new tools for adding and editing details
  • Chart personalization — lets you personalize charts by adding text and displaying generation labels such as parents, grandparents and great–grandparents
  • Index of individuals report — lists every individual in your tree, plus their birth, marriage and death dates
  • Customized fact sentences — let you change wording and choose what data is included in sentences that Family Tree Maker generates for certain reports and Smart Stories
  • Descendent charts between two people — make it easy to choose two individuals in your tree and create a descendant chart that shows their relationship

P.S. There is now a coupon code for Family Tree Maker 2012 that takes an additional %20 off the pre-sale price.

New in Family Tree Maker 2012

There’s a post on the FTM Beta Sync board by the FTM 2012 development lead. He lists the following as the new features in the upcoming Family Tree Maker 2012 release:

1. TreeSync - Ability to synchronize your tree between FTM and Ancestry.
2. Blended family view - Easily show all of the children for two spouses whether they
   are children of one or both of them.
3. Index of Individuals Report
4. Chart improvements
 - Show generation labels
 - Add text anywhere on a chart
 - Option to limit descendant chart to the direct line between two people
5. Report improvements
 - Custom fact sentences (used in genealogy reports & Smart Stories
 - Automatic Smart Story generation includes primary individual, spouse, and children
 - Research notes report changed to "Notes Report" with options to include
   other types of notes

With the exception of TreeSync, there’s nothing much there; that puts a lot of pressure on the Ancestry.com synchronization feature!

Now that the pre-sale has started, you can click here to learn more and buy Family Tree Maker 2012.