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What's New in Family Tree Maker 2019?

What new features will there be in Family Tree Maker 2019?

Here's a sneak preview of features that will be included in the upcoming release of Family Tree Maker 2019.  There will be more information to come as we get closer to release.


Fire up the Time Machine!

In Family Tree Maker 2019, you can now turn back time!  FTM 2019 keeps track of every one of the last thousand changes you've made to your tree, allows you to review them and even roll back those changes if you need to correct a mistake.

For example, maybe you realize that you made some changes three days ago, but your last full backup is three weeks old and you don't want to re-do all of your hard work.  You can roll back to just before the mistake was made with a single click, then use the comprehensive change log to restore the work you've made since then.  No need to worry - problem solved!


FamilySearch Integration 2.0

Our first FamilySearch integration in Family Tree Maker 2017 only provided family tree hints.  In FTM 2019 you will now have access to historical record hints - just match a person in your FTM tree to a person in a Family Search family tree and historical record hints start to appear.  You can also now download a branch from the FamilySearch Family Tree - an excellent way to use FamilySearch to bring your family tree into Family Tree Maker to research and grow it further. 


Hints in the Index

Most current FTM users are quite familiar with Ancestry hints (and FamilySearch hints in FTM 2017), until now found only on Tree views.  In FTM 2019, Ancestry and FamilySearch hints appear in the People index too.  You can now easily check for hints by looking through the index, be it for one family name or any saved list.


Smart Filters

In FTM 2017 we introduced the ability to save filtered lists, a much-requested feature from those who are actively researching specific family members or lines.  Now those lists just got smarter, with filters that can actively gather any new people that meet that filter’s criteria that are added to your tree.  For example, if your filtered list is for military service, when you add two more service men or women to your tree, they’ll be added automatically to that list.  In addition, you can edit filter criteria and reuse saved filters to use when you're creating charts and reports.


Folder Counters

Stop peeking into folders to see if there’s anything in there.  Numbers on your folder tabs now show the number of items stored in each one.


Profile Picture Cropping Tool

Clean up the look of your tree with our new profile picture cropping tool. Smart technology detects the person’s face and zooms just the right amount, then crops a perfect square so that it fits perfectly on each leaf of your tree, leaving the original photo untouched.


Tree Browser

Get what you’re looking for quickly with this new window into your tree files.  Wherever your trees may be - on Ancestry, on your hard drive, or up in the cloud - you'll find them all in one place, with an easy-to-use search tool to quickly find the one you're looking for.  For each tree you’ll have everything you need to know at your fingertips - does that FTM tree have a linked Ancestry tree, and if so, under what name?  And if there's no link to an Ancestry tree, simply click Download in the tree browser to get synched up.


Rich Color Coding

One of the most frequent requests from genealogists using FTM 2017’s new color coding was for “rich” color coding - not just coding the home person’s ancestors but each ancestor’s descendants as well.  With FTM 2019, rich color coding is just one click away.


TreeVault Cloud Services

Brand new optional services - all for $1.99 per month (or $19.95 a year). It starts with a private, secure antenna tree that’s automatically updated in realtime with each change you make to your tree using FTM 2019 on your Mac or PC.

  • Emergency Tree restore puts your antenna tree copy back on your computer, handy if your hard drive crashes or some other catastrophe strikes.
  • FTM Connect is a FREE mobile app that displays your latest FTM tree anywhere, at any time, on an iPhone or iPad (coming soon for Android) even when your computer is off.  Handy for sharing your tree with relatives or for using your iPad as a second monitor with your continuously updated tree.
  • Historical Weather puts color in your family story with more than a billion historical weather records.  With insights into the past, you can enrich your family history stories, adding detail to descriptions of events to get a feel for what life was like for your ancestors.  For example:
    • Before: James Smith was born on March 4, 1923.
    • After: There was a cold driving rain on that windy morning of March 4, 1923, when John Smith was born.
  • Next of Kin Service - As a TreeVault subscriber you may designate a successor to your TreeVault account.  You will get a certificate that may be included with a will, providing instructions and pass-codes for taking over your account along with your Family Tree Maker license and access to free updates.
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