Family Tree Maker Software

There is rather a lot of choice when it comes to family tree maker software. While some family tree maker software can be quite costly, there is also a good deal of family tree maker software that you can pick up free. Either way you need to be sure that you know what you are getting.

So if you are planning to create a family tree, and you don't know where to start, have a look at the range of different software programs that are available.

Popular Family Tree Maker Software

Funnily enough, one of the most popular software packages is called Family Tree Maker. While it is sold, you can get a copy of it free to try out. The starter kit will enable you to fill in four generations of your own personal family tree. It will also give you tips of how you can find references to your ancestors in various historical records.

The latest version of this particular software is Family Tree maker 2010 which is integrated with the Ancestry.com web site. In the new version, you can create slideshows from the photos uploaded to the tree and publish keepsakes and books that you can share with members of your family. Another interesting new feature is that you can view family migration paths with interactive maps that highlight places and various events that occurred in the lives of your ancestors.

One of the most popular free software packages that you can use to build your own family tree is called MyHeritage Family Tree Builder. Version 4 is 25 MB in size and it will take you 10 minutes to download. You do have to register with the MyHeritage website, and if you want to make use of features like Smart Research, which accesses more than a hundred of the most important genealogy web sites on the Internet, then you are going to have to open an account. The thing is, you don't just buy the package instead you have to pay a monthly fee of $5 - payable annually in advance. The MyHeritage software is easy to use and it creates an attractive, easy-to-read 'tree'. So work out the long term costs before signing up for a paid-for version of this family tree maker software.

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