Which software do I need? To help you make the right decision about which software to buy we have produced a table of features and indicated which ones are available in each piece of software. Although the list of features is not exhaustive we feel that it covers some of what might be important to you.
My History stocks the following software:
Family Historian v4 Family Tree Maker versions 2006, 2008, 2010 & 2011 GenBox Hereditree RootsMagic The Master Genealogist
For a comparison of the above products click here.
Family Tree Maker Explained
History of Family Tree Maker
Users of earlier versions of Family Tree Maker may be confused about the origins of the program, so we have produced a quick potted version of its history.
Jan 1994 First version written by Ken Hess and launched by Banner Blue Software
Oct 1994 Second version published by Banner Blue Software
May 1995 Banner Blue Software was acquired by Broderbund
Oct 1985 saw the launch of Family Tree Maker v3
Aug 1998 Broderbund acquired by The Learning Company and Family Tree Maker v5 published
May 1999 The Learning Company was acquired by Mattel Incorporated and Family Tree maker v6 published.
Autumn 1999 Mattel formed Genealogy.com
April 2003 Genealogy.com was acquired by MyFamily.com and in the late Summer Family Tree Maker v11 was published.
August 2004 MyFamily.com launched FTM 2005 in the USA
October 2004 MyFamily.com launched FTM 2005 in the UK
September 2005 MyFamily.com launched FTM 2006 in the UK
September 2006 MyFamily.com launched FTM v16 in the USA
Version 16 was launched to correct two minor errors but it was only for customers in the USA. FTM 2006 and v16 were the last of the old series. The Family Tree Maker v2006 & v16 were the last of the traditional family view layout that just showed the parents and children on a single screen with their basic BMD details. The grandparents were also shown with names only on the same screen.
September 2007 Ancestry.co.uk launched Family Tree Maker 2008 UK edition in the UK (ver. 17)
September 2008 Ancestry.co.uk launched Family Tree Maker 2009 UK edition in the UK (ver. 18)
February 2009 Release of Service Pack 1 (build number 18.104.22.1685) for FTM 2009
May 2009 Release of update to Service Pack 1 (build number 22.214.171.1245) for FTM 2009
Sep 2009 Release of Family Tree Maker 2010 (build number 126.96.36.199)
2009 Release of update to Family Tree Maker 2010 (build number 188.8.131.52)
Nov 2010 Release of Family Tree Maker 2011 (build number 184.108.40.2068)
Nov 2010 Release of update to Family Tree Maker 2011 (build number 220.127.116.116)