Family Tree Maker 2011 Updated to

The first bug-fix release is out for’s PC genealogy software Family Tree Maker 2011. The update lists the following fixes:


  • General performance improvements throughout the program
  • Resolved memory usage and performance problems with larger images in Smart Stories
  • Performance and size improvements to enhancing merged images from
  • Re-enabled right-click functionality in Web Search
  • Resolved issue of media not being merge properly during Web merge
  • Resolved issue of extra media links appearing after file import
  • Resolved issue with multiple empty pages in book preview after importing file from previous version
  • Resolved issue where user is unable to modify reference notes in Sources workspace

It also states that there’s full list of fixes here.

Where are Notes About Facts in Family Tree Maker 2010?

Notes attached to characteristics and events (so called facts) are a good place to store proof statements and arguments. Strangely, these are not enabled by default in Family Tree Maker 2010. In this video I show you how to enable fact notes and provide some valuable tips about how these notes export in GEDCOM format. I also show you where the same type of notes can be found in other PC and Mac genealogy software. This may make it easier to figure out which notes go where when importing a GEDCOM in Family Tree Maker 2010.
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Charting Direct Descendants in Family Tree Maker 2011

I noticed a question about charting direct descent that went unanswered on the Family Tree Maker software forum (actually, there was one answer, but it said there was no feature to accomplish this). Here is the kernel of the question:

“Along these lines is there a way of naming two people and creating the chart showing how one is descended from the other?”

There is a way to do this. It’s called a relationship chart. In this video I show you how to create a relationship chart that shows direct line of descent.
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A Quick Way to Create a Lineal Focus Group in The Master Genealogist

Focus groups are sets of people you can define in PC genealogy software The Master Genealogist. Actions within the program, like reporting and exports, can then be focused on this group.

One useful focus group is one which contains a subject’s patrilineal
and or matrilineal lines. Learn a quick way to create such a focus group in this video.
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Locate Missing Media in Family Tree Maker 2011

Image and other media files can go missing in Family Tree Maker 2011 when you move them around in Windows Explorer. The 2011 release of Family Tree Maker includes a new feature that locates the files for you. Learn how to use it in this video and get a sneak peak at the file system I use and recommend for storing genealogy files outside your genealogy database software; I’ll publish a series of videos on this soon.
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Automatic Numbering in Family Tree Maker 2011

Family Tree Maker 2011 joined the rest of the genealogy software world in their 2011 release by adding an automatic numbering feature. It can add numbers to individuals and relationships. You can add a prefix or suffix. Best of all, it doesn’t stomp on identification numbers you may have manually entered. In this video I show you how to set it up and how manually entered numbers are handled.
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Managing Historical Events in Family Tree Maker 2011

The historical events you can include in timelines are now manageable in Family Tree Maker 2011. You can add new events and edit and delete any of the events as well.

I noted the absence of a historical event for the 1918 flu pandemic in the set that comes with the product. In this video I show you how to add this event and how to edit and delete other events. You’re welcome to use the 1918 flu pandemic entry I wrote and added to FTM:

Event Title: 1918 Flu Pandemic

Event Date: bet Mar 1918 – Jun 1920

Place: World

Category: World History

Description: This influenza pandemic spread widely across the world between March 1918 to June 1920. It affected primarily young, healthy adults. Unbeknownst at the time, the flu caused an overreaction of the body’s immune system. The healthiest people were at greatest risk of death due to the strength of their own body’s reaction to the virus. It is estimated that 10% to 20% of infected people died as a result of the flu. Current estimates hold that 50 to 100 million people worldwide were killed. [Read more…]