Mastering Family Tree Maker Online Genealogy Course

Do you want a program that allows you to keep track of your family history research in one place? Whether you’re new to genealogy or you’ve been doing it for years, Family Tree Maker software is a great way to grow and preserve your family tree, and we'll show you all the tips and tricks for making the most of it. Join us in this four-week online course to discover the tools and features that allow you to easily manage and organize your research.

"This was a nice course for people like me to see live examples of how Family Tree Maker is used." - Kimberly A.

Course starts October 22, 2018

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SKU: R8338

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Make Your Family Tree Grow!

In this course, you’ll get lessons that will help you understand Family Tree Maker software from the first moment you open it to when you decide to generate reports and charts. You’ll learn how to upload an existing tree or start a new one, as well as how to sync with your online trees at and You’ll discover how to use the vast array of options to manage your information, create charts and reports, and search for your information on the web - all using this software.

"Great course. It really opens the door to utilize the outstanding features of Family Tree Maker. I have downloaded the course material and videos for easy and quick reference in the future. Hopefully, I will get good enough that after a while I won't need them." - Phil H., previous attendee

You’ll love Mastering Family Tree Maker if:

  • you bought Family Tree Maker software and you want to make the most of it
  • you want to make the most of this great tool to preserve your family history
  • like strong visual examples of how to use the software efficiently

In this course, you’ll learn:

  • how to use the basic and advanced features of the software
  • how to search and sync with and
  • navigation tips to move effortlessly through the various views (called Workspaces)
  • tricks for using the functionality to build and preserve your family tree
  • how to use the software to generate charts, reports and other publishing tools

How it Works

Our 4-week courses don’t require you to log on at a certain time of day to access the materials. From the course start date, you’ll be able to log in to view and download your lessons and start interacting on the discussion boards. Your instructor will check in a few times per week to answer all of the questions and provide feedback.

Course Outline

You'll get four lessons delivered through our online platform using video and strong visual elements so you can follow along for each trick, tip and technique. Plus, you'll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get answers from your instructor, Shannon Combs-Bennett.

Module 1: Introduction to Family Tree Maker

  • Introduction to the software
  • Create Your Tree
  • Add People to Your Tree
  • Family Tree Maker Best Practices

Module 2: Build Your Tree

  • Editing Your Tree
  • Adding a Fact
  • Different ways to View Facts
  • Facts Best Practices
  • Source Citations Workspace
  • Setting up New Source Citations
  • Source Citation Notes

Module 3: Using Workspaces in Your Research

  • The Plan Workspace
  • Filling in the Holes in Your Tree
  • Web Search Workspace
  • Places Workspace
  • Media Workspace

Module 4: Publishing and Advanced Tools

  • Publish Tools Workspace
  • Charts and Reports
  • Smart Story
  • Output Options
  • Top Navigation
  • Help Menu
Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU R8338
Product Type Course
Author/Speaker/Editor Shannon Combs-Bennett
Runtime 4 weeks
Skill Level Beginner
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