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# Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Family Tree Maker 2010 Released
Posted by Diane

Capturing your family’s story in a meaningful way appears to be the focus of updates to Family Tree Maker 2010, released today from

New and improved features to this popular genealogy software will help you build your family tree, record memories, and organize photos, stories, videos and audio clips so you can more easily share your family's story.
More specifically, the updates include
  • better tools to create family books from information and photos in your tree

  • the ability to create and export slide shows from photos in your tree

  • scanner support that lets you add photos to your tree right from your scanner and organize them into categories at the same time

  • the ability to track relatives’ migration paths by mapping locations of events such as births, marriages and deaths with Microsoft Bing Maps

  • an improved relationship calculator that lets you view relationships between any two people in your tree

  • a new timeline report and updates to the family group sheet and genealogy reports

  • standard source templates that make it easier to cite a variety of types of sources

  • extended-family birthday and anniversary calendars
Like previous versions, when you’re connected to the Internet, Family Tree Maker 2010 automatically searches genealogy databases on for records about people in your family tree. You need an subscription to view any matching documents.

See an overview and screenshots of Family Tree Maker 2010 here. You can purchase it online for $39.95 (includes a two-week trial subscription); shipping is free for a limited time. There's no upgrade option. (Clarification here in response to a comment: There's not a lower-price version on the Web site for 2009 users looking to upgrade, but yes, you can upgrade from 2009 to 2010.)

The software also will be available in stores. | Genealogy Software
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 11:57:44 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [9]
Thursday, August 20, 2009 2:33:16 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
If there is "no upgrade option," how are users of earlier FTM versions supposed to use FTM 2010?
Thursday, August 20, 2009 5:03:41 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hi, Mike,
To clarify, I meant to say there's no lower price, upgrade-only version of the software. But you can upgrade from 2009 to 2010. I'll fix the post to make it clearer--thanks for asking.
Thursday, August 20, 2009 5:09:26 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Why they would not provide an ongoing upgrade path for loyal users is beyond me. RootsMagic does this perpetually.
Kevin S
Thursday, August 20, 2009 5:47:14 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Are we sure its been released yet. Most of those I know who have preordered havent received any shipping notices yet. I preordered and my credit card hasnt been billed yet. Amazon still shows a available date of 9/02/09 alas.
Jeff J
Thursday, August 20, 2009 9:59:07 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I received an email with a discounted price of $19.99 plus shipping about a week ago from them to order the pre-release. I am a paying subscriber to Ancestry perhaps that is why, also been a FTM customer since it first came out?? Also found a code online for 20% off the lower price. Ended up paying about $20 including shipping. Haven't received it yet though
Friday, August 21, 2009 11:44:11 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Can the 2009 Guide by Pedersen be used with this new copy, or
does it come with a newer version of this book?? A guide did
not come with my 2009 version of the program and I had to find
a copy on line and that added to the download price that i paid
less than a year ago.

Maureen Maloney
Monday, August 24, 2009 10:48:07 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hi! You can download a 2010 guide free from ; I'm not sure whether this guide is similar at all to the 2009 book by Pedersen, or whether is planning a new guide for the 2010 version.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009 10:30:47 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I received my copy of 2010 yesterday (upgrade price of 19.95). I haven't had it long but I have a few gripes. I have been using Family tree Maker since mid to late 1990's so I believe I'm pretty familiar with the progam. My last version was 2006. I imported my file just fine. The user interface will take some getting used to. They've gone the way of office 2007 it looks like with the icons and general feel of the program. Now for my gripes... When I go to a "book" that was created in 1997, the new program pulls up the "book" with a bunch of different tree's in it but all the formatting and "included items" are lost. It looks like I will have to go and set up the formatting and what I want displayed again. The book creation date was also lost. Seems kind of strange that a program that the whole point is to keep track of history would lose history on itself. I always thought it was neat to see when I started this "book". I have an email in to tech support to see if there is some way to fix this. If I get a positive resolution, I'll try to post back.

If you've never used the program before, it will probably be a pretty good program for you. If you have history with previous versions, it might be frustrating repeating work that you have previously done.
Saturday, August 29, 2009 11:25:09 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I received my copy of FTM 2010. My former copy was 2005 and every previous edition. Because of edition problems, I stopped upgrading after 2005. I loaded the 2010 software, then registered my copy. Then the problems started.

In 2010 you have to import your database(s) into the new software. The requirement seemed a little strange to me. Why can't the software just read my database without importing it? I can't find an answer to my concern yet, because without an imported database, the software is inherently inoperative.

My next problem arose after I spent 2.5 hours importing a single database into the software. When the import was 99% completed, the program froze and crashed. An error message appeared, stating "Import failed because of an unknown error." I had to use Windows Task Manager to abort the import, and to quit the FTM application itself.

I made two more attempts to import the database, taking an additional 5 hours of time. I only got the same result.

I've emailed FTM Tech Support THREE TIMES. So far, no response.
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