Family Tree Maker 2012 Released With Online Tree Syncing

By Diane Haddad just announced the release of Family Tree Maker 2012, the latest version of its desktop genealogy software. (Note that Family Tree Magazine is not affiliated with Family Tree Maker software.)

Current Family Tree Maker users have been looking forward to the most-touted feature in the 2012 version: TreeSync, which lets users sync their trees in Family Tree Maker with their online trees at—including attached photos and historical records.

“Now with the combination of, the Ancestry mobile app and the new Family Tree Maker, users can work on their family tree anywhere, anytime,” says Eric Shoup,’s senior vice president of product.

Other improvements in Family Tree Maker 2012 include:

  • easier user interface
  • upgraded help content and video tutorials
  • improved content-generation and editing options to create “Smart Stories” about family history and family members
  • ability to combine families into one tree, bringing step families and adopted individuals into the main family tree
  • simple generation labels and text boxes to make family trees more interesting and informative
  • upgraded personalization capabilities in charts, letting users add their own images, adding narrative text and displaying explanatory generation labels
  • ability to generate an index report of every person in a tree with birth, marriage and death dates
  • ability to chart the line of descendancy between an ancestor and any descendant in the tree

Read more about the new version at the website.

Family Tree Maker 2012 for PC starts at $39.99 and is available at, as well as retailers including Best Buy, Office Depot and The new software comes with a free membership or free trial to the historical record collections at, depending which package you purchase (you need internet access, of course, to access online features).

The next version of Family Tree Maker for Mac, when it’s released by the end of 2011, also will include the TreeSync capability.

Look for reviews of the new Family Tree Maker in an upcoming Family Tree Magazine.