Shares Well With Others
2/1/2005
Q. I'd like to share my large Family Tree Maker 10 database — ideally, on a CD — with family. Copying the program and its data would violate copyright laws and make the data changeable. Is there a way besides pages of PDF files?
Q. I'd like to share my large Family Tree Maker 10 database - ideally, on a CD — with family. Copying the program and its data would violate copyright laws and make the data changeable. Is there a way besides pages of PDF files?

A. A CD-ROM is a great way to share your family history. Most genealogy software lets you create reports in HTML format for the Web — but instead of posting the files to your Web site, you'd just copy them onto a CD-ROM. Your relatives can view the files on a PC or Mac using a Web browser, such as Internet Explorer. Hyperlinks will work just as they do on a Web site, and you can include as many pictures as you want without worrying about long download times.

Family Tree Maker, however, can't make HTML-format reports. You'll need to create a GEDCOM file (the universal genealogy file format) by selecting File>Export File>Entire File (or Selected Individuals). Then use another genealogy program or a utility program to generate HTML files from the GEDCOM. Unfortunately, since Family Tree Maker won't create GEDCOM files with multimedia links, you'll have to add your pictures in the other program — and that's not possible in a utility.