5 Things I Love About the New Family Tree Website!

5 Things I Love About the New Family Tree Website!

Visit our website at FamilyTreeMagazine.com and you might notice something different about us. Yes, we’ve had some work done. Here’s what I’m digging about the new FamilyTreeMagazine.com website.

Visit our website at FamilyTreeMagazine.com and you might notice something different about us.

Yes, we’ve had some work done.

It’s more than just a nip here and a tuck there. We had a complete online overhaul, involving a few dozen people and innumerable working hours to restructure features and benefits, reorganize content and redesign how it’s presented to you.

Here’s what I’m digging about the new Family Tree website:


1. Everything’s in one place.

Now, you’ll access our main site, blogs, Family Tree Magazine Podcast, Family Tree Shop and Family Tree University, all from the new FamilyTreeMagazine.com.


2. Search it all at once.

To search, type a topic, such as census records or Civil War, into the search box at the top right. You’ll get results both from our online articles as well as the products and courses available in our shop. Just click whichever results interest you.


3. Better browsing.

We’ve streamlined the new website’s organization so it’s easier to find what you want. Look under Free Genealogy Forms & Resources to download our popular free forms and ebooks, and listen to the Family Tree Magazine Podcast.

Click Best Genealogy Websites to peruse our consolidated list of 101 Best Websites. You’ll find genealogy advice, including the Photo Detective and Genealogy Insider blogs, under How-Tos & Tutorials. And don’t miss the link to our FamilyTree Kids site!


4. Register for free.

Create a free FamilyTreeMagazine.com account by visiting our Subscribe page and clicking Registered User. (You even can register with your Facebook or Google account.) This gets you our weekly email newsletter, access to all our free content, and limited viewing of Premium articles.

(If you already get the email newsletter, you’ll still want to register with the new site to get the freebies. Use the same email address and you’ll continue to get just one copy of the newsletter.)


5. View all subscription options.

Our Subscribe page on the FamilyTreeMagazine.com new website lays out all our online and magazine subscription options—from free to VIP—so you can easily choose the level you want. Be sure to check out our upgraded Premium membership, with access to view unlimited Premium articles and videos. (Our former Plus members automatically have become Premium members.)

As always, we welcome your thoughts and questions. We hope you enjoy the new FamilyTreeMagazine.com!

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  1. I do not find the new site very user friendly especially for beginners. I teach a beginning family history class at our local community college and think my students would be frustrated with this site (I know I have been.) Took me quite a while to find many of the charts and forms I recommend to my students. And your former URLs don’t work or transfer to the new. It will take me awhile to get used to the new look.

  2. To those who have left negative comments, please realize that you must go to their home page, click on it, then scroll down to the bottom and you will find the free stuff. Also note their podcasts are and have been free.
    As to the paid items, we in genealogy would love to have everything free but that isn’t the case. All companies must make a profit so as to pay employees. That is just a good business practice. The books they sell on sale quite often at terrific prices. Family Tree is the best for we genealogists. Thanks to them for recognizing the reason for change.

      • You can access our home page by clicking on the Family Tree logo at the top of the site, or the word HOME in the main navigation bar.

        To find the free downloads, either use the FREE GENEALOGY FORMS & RESOURCES link in the navigation bar, or scroll down on the home page until you see the FREEBIES heading. There are three options for E-books, Forms and Podcasts.

  3. Where did my downloads go? US migration Map, Marriage record form , basic charts and worksheets…..plus others….total 9
    I entered my email but so far…5 hours later…….nothing in my email. The page said….check your email it’s on the way!!! Where did they go??
    Also…where did the link to my account go?

    • Patricia, sorry to hear about your troubles! The emails delivering the downloads come from familytreeservice@fwmedia.com, and they should arrive within minutes. Please check that the emails didn’t go into your spam/junk folder, and that the above email address is an approved sender in your email settings. We haven’t been able to replicate your problem, and aren’t receiving other reports of the downloads not delivering, so this is likely related to your specific email settings.

      To access your account, use the Sign Up/Sign In link in the top right corner of the site. Upon logging in, you will see “Welcome, Patricia!” — click that to access your account information.

      If you don’t find the download messages in your junk folder, feel free to email FTMedit@fwmedia.com with a list of the forms you were unable to get, and our editors will gladly send you the files.

      ~ Allison Dolan, Publisher

  4. I have never found their site user friendly to begin with and I don’t appreciate the “new” site at all. Can’t get registered – either with my old password or by asking for a new one and have no access to information about my subscriptions. And I am now receiving about 3 e-mails a day with advertising. The quantity of ads (between magazines and e-mail) is incredible. I am capable of deciding what material I need for my research without being constantly pushed. I will be oping out of Family Tree in the future.

  5. the print icon doesn’t work very well. it prints the entire page — in very tiny lettering — and not just the article. have to copy and paste into a document to print anything. maybe should make them downloadable instead. has been a month and the site is still not very user friendly.