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Family Book Creator and FTM 2017

This article is for Family Tree Maker users who have already purchased Family Book Creator and are looking for troubleshooting information.


Q: What is the latest version of Family Book Creator?

A: The latest version of Family Book Creator for Windows is Build 505, released in October 2018.  Build 505 is a free maintenance update for existing users. There are multiple improvements and fixes in this release. Here are some of the enhancements new to this version:

  • It is now optional to include calculated ages for brides and grooms and for deceased individuals.
  • The algorithm used to check if a person needs to be privatized based on the individuals' age has been enhanced.
  • A new numbering format for person reference numbers has been introduced to be used in books about your ancestors which are ordered by generations using the Sosa-Stradonitz (Ahnentafel) style.
  • The placeholder <Text> can now be used in Label fields for notes.

The full list of fixes and changes is available at this link.

The installation packages can be used for the first-time installation or to update an existing Family Book Creator installation. You may download the latest version of the installer package and updated FBC User Guide at this link.


Q: How do I install and activate Family Book Creator?

A: Sign up for the Family Book Creator newsletter through this page and you will receive a link to the download area by email.  If you have already signed up for the newsletter, click here.

Once you download and run the installer, open FTM 2017, open a family tree you'd like to use with the plugin, then go to the Tools menu, through Plugins to Export With Plugin, and click on Family Book Creator.  (see example below)

You will be prompted to enter the Name, Place, Email and Serial Number from the order confirmation email you received when you originally purchased the software.  If you run into any issues activating your license, please click here for detailed instructions and make sure to enter the serial number exactly as provided.


Q: I’ve been using Family Book Creator in FTM 2014.1, do I need to buy it again to use it in FTM 2017?

A: Good news!  The serial number you received with your license for Family Book Creator works for FTM 2017 as well.  Simply download and install the latest version of Family Book Creator and it will be available in FTM 2017. 


Q: Where can I go for more information?

A: There is a Quick Start Guide that takes you step-by-step through creating a family book available at this link.  As well, there is a list of Frequently Asked Questions found by clicking here.

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