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.

Family Tree Maker 2012 Availability

Looking forward to getting your genealogy paws on Family Tree Maker 2012? I’ve got news for you!

It’s looking like the Family Tree Maker release date will be early next month and ship by the end of month. The Mac version is expected to follow by about 6 weeks.

I’ll keep you updated as I have more information and when I have the pre-order links for both the Windows and Mac versions of FTM 2012. I’m hoping to be able to pass on a great discount offer like last time.

While you wait, what features and changes are you most interested in?

Changing a Source Citation to Use a Source Template in Family Tree Maker 2011

Are you using the source template feature introduced in genealogy software Family Tree Maker 2011? It can help you and other genealogists locate the sources you’ve cited and determine the quality of the source. These important capabilities are the result of having the necessary information about the source.

The new feature makes available source templates for the quick formats created by genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills and published in her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition”.
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Duplicate Place Cleanup in RootsMagic 4

You may be surprised by the number of different ways you’ve entered the same place-name in your RootsMagic 4 software. This is especially true if you don’t routinely check for and correct duplicate place-names. I recommend putting this on your calendar to do periodically just like checking for “duplicate people.”

In this video you’ll learn how to quickly detect and clean up duplicate place-names.
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RootsMagic 4 on Your Mac

RootsMagic 4 in the Mac OS X DockLast week there was a post on the RootsMagic blog about running RootsMagic 4 on a Mac. I’ve had this topic on my list of future videos for a while and this post pushed it to the top.

As the post says, there are a few options for running RootsMagic on your Mac. You can use a virtual PC program like Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion, but those require you to buy and install a copy of Windows. Another option is to use the Windows emulator called Wine. I prefer a re-packaged version of Wine produced by CodeWeavers, called CrossOver Mac. It’s much easier to install! For only $39.95 you can run some Windows applications like RootsMagic on your Mac without the expense of Windows.

If you’ve wanted to run RootsMagic or are interested in checking out this fantastic genealogy software on your Mac, download the RootsMagic trial version and CrossOver Mac trial version, then follow along with this video which walks you through the fifteen minute installation of CrossOver Mac and RootsMagic 4.
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Creating a Filtered Pedigree Chart in Family Tree Maker 2011

Sometimes you want a chart or report that’s limited to a line of descent. For example, this is useful for submitting a pedigree chart to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) or their counterpart the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Unfortunately, Family Tree Maker (FTM) 2011 doesn’t enable you to simply select people in a line of descent, but I have a technique I show you in the accompanying video.
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Store Your RootsMagic Backups Off Site with DropBox

DropBox.com LogoYou can get peace of mind by configuring RootsMagic to automatically store backups of your data both on your computer and off site (on the secure servers at DropBox). All it takes is a free (up to 2 GB) account and this video to show you how to configure RootsMagic. Click here to get your free DropBox account (and earn me a small increase in space for the referral—thanks!). There’s a nice video on the DropBox page that will walk you through the installation and usage.

By the way, don’t try to store and use your database from your DropBox folder. It won’t work properly and may cause you to lose data. Just stick with backing up there.
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