We're excited to announce our upcoming new edition, FTM 2019, which will be launching this summer.  We've created this FAQ to answer common questions about the release.

If you have a question that isn't answered here, please stay tuned - this is a preview of what's to come and we'll have more to share soon!



Purchase and Upgrade Questions

Family Packs and Plugins

Product Information




Q: I'm new to Family Tree Maker, where do I find more information?

A: To learn more about Family Tree Maker in general, just go to www.familytreemaker.com, where you will find an overview of key features, an FAQ, and other helpful links.


Q: How can I pre-order FTM 2019?

A: The special pre-sale offer for FTM 2019 went out only to current owners of FTM 2017.  If you haven't seen the email yet, please check your junk and spam folders, and make sure you're checking the email that you used when you purchased FTM 2017.  If you're still unable to find the offer, please click here to come to live chat so we can assist you.


Q: I don't have FTM 2017 yet, should I buy it now at the current price or wait?

A: It’s your choice. You can get FTM 2017 right now if you’re eager to get started and then you’ll get a free upgrade to FTM 2019 when it’s available later this year (just go to the Store in the upper-right corner of www.familytreemaker.com).  Or you can make sure you are on our mailing list (sign up at www.familytreemaker.com) and watch for special offers right before the new edition is released.


Q: What is the pricing for the pre-order upgrade to FTM 2019 and the TreeVault services?

A: Please refer to the special offer page for the current pricing we have available to owners of FTM 2017.  One year of TreeVault Services (regularly $20) are included in the pre-sale offer free of charge.  Also note that the prices themselves are in local currencies and are meant to be closely equivalent to US pricing.


Q: If I purchase now and change my mind next week, can I get a refund?

A: Yes.  You can get a full and immediate refund on a pre-order purchase through live chat any time before FTM 2019 is released.


Q: If I accept the free year of TreeVault now, will my credit card be charged at the end of the year automatically?

A: No. Your card will not be charged unless you tell us at the end of the year when we ask you about it that you love TreeVault enough to subscribe for $1.99 a month.  No gotchas here.


Q: I've recently purchased FTM 2017 with a special offer to receive FTM 2019 as a free upgrade, is there anything I need to do?

A: Don't worry, we have your purchase recorded, and will email you information on how to pick up your free copy once we release the new edition.  This applies to those of you who took advantage of a special upgrade offer we sent out late April or purchased FTM 2017 at any of our shows since RootsTech this past March.


Q: Do I need to buy a DVD or USB version, or just the download?

A: The backup DVD and USB are optional add-ons and not strictly necessary - they're useful if you prefer to install from physical media, or to have on hand to easily reinstall if you need to.  The USB also contains utilities and instructions for transferring tree files, as well as 14 GB of free space for file transfer and/or storage.



Q: Do I need a Family Pack license?

A: Only if a) there's more than one computer in your home, AND b) there's more than one FTM 2019 user there.  So for example, if you are the only FTM 2019 user in your home, you can have it on both your desktop computer and your laptop and do not need a Family Pack license.


Q: I already have a Family Pack license for a previous edition.  Do I need to buy a new one for FTM 2019?

A: Yes, assuming you want to install and use FTM 2019 on all of the computers in your home.


Q: Will Charting Companion and Family Book Creator be updated for FTM 2019?

A: Yes, both plugins will have updates available from their publishers when FTM 2019 is released.  For more information about the plugins, click here for Charting Companion and click here for Family Book Creator.



Q: Why would I want to upgrade to FTM 2019 from my current version?

This is a pretty big upgrade, with many new features that you may find helpful in your family history research.  For a preview of what's to come, click here.


Q: When will FTM 2019 be released?

A: This summer. (Boston summer, not Sydney).


Q: WHEN this summer?

A: As we start final beta testing, the answer is “when it’s ready”.  We don’t set a launch date until we get an “all clear” from our testers.  Based on where we are right now, we can happily narrow it down to this summer and that's really the best we can do.  So please be patient and know that you’re getting a great deal if you are taking advantage of the pre-order savings.


Q: Will FTM 2017 still sync with Ancestry after FTM 2019 is introduced?

A: Yes.  No change there.


Q: Will FTM 2017 still be supported after FTM 2019 comes out?

A: Yes.  We are already planning an update for FTM 2017 (23.3) that will provide as many of the FTM 2019 bug fixes as possible to FTM 2017 users.  We believe users should only have to upgrade if they find the new features worth the money, not to get bugfixes.


Q: What are the system requirements for FTM 2019?  Are there versions available for tablets and phones?

A: FTM 2019 is a desktop application for Windows PCs and Macs, with minimum system requirements shown below.  With this new edition, we have also created a separate FTM Connect mobile app to use in conjunction with TreeVault Cloud Services, which allows you to view your FTM 2019 anywhere, at any time.

System Requirements for Windows:

- Operating System: Windows 7 or later, including Windows 10
- Hard Disk: 900 MB available disk space
- Memory: 2 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended)
- Display: 1024 x 768 resolution
System Requirements for Mac:

- Operating System: OS X 10.10 or later, including macOS Mojave 10.14
- Hard Disk: 900 MB available disk space
- Memory: 2 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended)
- Display: 1280 x 800 screen resolution


Q: What are the system requirements for FTM Connect?

A: FTM Connect requires iOS 12 or later.  Minimum requirements for Android will be available closer to release.

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