Capturing your familys story in a meaningful way appears to be the focus of updates to Family Tree Maker 2010, released today from Ancestry.com.
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 youre connected to the Internet, Family Tree Maker 2010 automatically searches genealogy databases on Ancestry.com for records about people in your family tree. You need an Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com 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.