Family Tree Maker 2019 Review

Discover what you can do with Family Tree Maker!
Marc McDermott

Are you looking for a software package that will help you organize your family tree? If so, then the MacKiev Family Tree Maker might be the perfect solution for you. This genealogy software has been designed with both amateur and professional researchers in mind. It was created to be easy to use, which means that it is simple enough for beginners but also includes advanced features like merging data sets and exporting GEDCOM files.

Now let’s take an in-depth look at this software.


TreeVault Cloud Services features

TreeVault lets you keep a continuously updated copy of your tree ready for recovery in case disaster strikes. We all know that having a backup of our data is important, but we don’t do it because it’s too complicated and time-consuming. It only takes one crash to lose years worth of memories and photos. And if you’re like most people, your hard drive crashes at the worst possible moment. Having an offsite backup is the best way to prevent losing precious memories and documents when disaster strikes.

FTM Connect

Sharing your family tree is an important part of genealogy.  Unfortunately, it can be hard to share a detailed family tree on the go – especially when you’re not near your computer. Most people end up with just a few names and dates on their phone or tablet screen, which is boring and unhelpful for others who want to learn more about their history. FTM Connect solves this problem by providing an easy way to share your entire family tree no matter where you are or what device you have in hand! It’s free, so download it today from the App Store (for iPad) or Google Play (for Android). You’ll always have access to your latest updates wherever you go!

Historical Weather

Our family histories are more than just birth, marriage and death dates. We want to know what the weather was like on those days as well.  TreeVault Historical Weather™ can help you enrich your family history stories with color by telling you about the weather of that day in history. You will be able to better describe events such as where people were living, what they wore, how it smelled outside and so much more! TreeVault lets you search by location and date so you can find out the exact temperature on any given day throughout history. Now your stories will come alive with more detail as you paint your ancestors’ lives with rich descriptions informed by their actual experiences living through those times.

Next of Kin

We all want to preserve our family history, but it’s hard to know what will happen when we’re gone. What if you could pass along your Family Tree Maker account and the records you’ve collected over the years? It would be awesome if there was a way for people in your life who are interested in genealogy to have access to your accounts after you die.

Next of Kin allows you to designate someone as the successor who will receive your account and passcode after your death. They also provide a certificate that includes instructions and a unique code that must be entered before downloading trees. This ensures that nobody but the designated person has access to them.

Tree Browser

Tree Browser is a really cool tool. It makes it easy to find and view all of your trees in one place. You can look at family trees, GEDCOM files, and backup files too. And if you can’t find the tree file you’re looking for, Tree Browser will help you find it.

Rich Color Coding

When you are working on your family tree, it can be hard to see the lineages of people without making a complex report. But FTM lets you use colors to show what part of the family tree people are in.

In FTM 2019, there are two new things you can do with colors.

Select more than one color for the current person. You can now apply up to eight different colors instead of just one color.

Now you can color code the descendants of ancestors too. You will be able to see at a glance which people are blood relatives and which married into the family, or even how far away they are from the main branch of the family.

Smart Filters

In FTM 2017, you were able to save filtered lists. This is great for when you want to quickly create a list of all the people that meet certain criteria. However, once your list is created it’s hard to add more people who also fulfill those criteria without starting over from scratch. We’ve been waiting for this feature since FTM 2017! With Smart Filters in FTM 2019 we can now easily add more people who belong on our saved filters and they’ll be immediately added to them.  Now with Smart Filters in FTM 2019 we can easily edit and reuse saved filters in charts and reports so we don’t have to start over every time someone new meets the criteria of our saved filter lists.

Profile Picture Cropping Tool

This profile picture cropping tool is a new smart technology. It detects a person’s face and zooms in just the right amount. Then it crops a perfect square so that it fits on the tree. That way you have a good photo. The original photo is not touched, so it is safe, too.

The biggest problem with profile pictures is that they look too small. People try to crop their face and it looks weird, plus the original photo gets damaged by this process.

This new technology solves all these problems. It automatically detects a person’s face, zooms in just the right amount so that your head fits perfectly inside a square, then crops a perfect square around your head without touching the original image at all!

Turn Back Time

FTM 2019 keeps a list of your last 1,000 changes. You can make a mistake and if you have not backed up the information, you can use FTM to go back in time to before the mistake was made.

Charts & Reports

Creating a family tree is hard, especially if you have a large family. Family Tree Maker makes it easy to create beautiful charts and reports that will help you organize your research and keep track of what’s been done. It’s also simple to share this information with others over the Internet or by email. This software makes it easy for anyone—from beginner genealogy enthusiasts all the way up through professional researchers—to create beautiful family tree charts and reports that tell their own unique stories of heritage and identity.


Old family photos are precious, but over time they fade and get damaged. Photo Darkroom is a photo editing tool that can help you restore your old photographs to their original state. It’s easy to use with simple tools that anyone can use. You don’t need any previous experience in photo-editing software or design skills to do this. All you need is the desire to preserve our memories before it’s too late!  Photo Darkroom™ has the tools you need to repair and restore your favorite old memories without any previous knowledge of photo editing. This simple tool will allow you to easily remove scratches, stains, watermarks and creases from your photos while maintaining their original quality.


Who makes Family Tree Maker?

Family Tree Maker is made by Software Mackiev, a company that makes an array of computer programs. The company has people in the United States and Ukraine. It was created in 1997 by 8 people who are now 400.

Is Family Tree Make free?

No, there is no free trial. If you’re interested in free software, check out MyHeritage Family Tree Builder.

How much does Family Tree Maker cost?

Family Tree Maker costs $79.95 for a single copy and it can be downloaded at the link below. You can visit their website to learn about it or purchase it by clicking on this link: 

Do you need to pay in order to download Family Tree Maker?

Yes, if you want access to all of its features then you will have to buy a license that is $79.95 per person.

Where to buy family tree maker

Family Tree Maker can be purchased on their website for $79.95

USD, which includes free updates for one year from date of purchase. Each additional update to the same version after that first anniversary date will incur an annual fee

Does Family Tree Maker work on a Mac?

Family Tree Maker works on Mac OS X 10.10 or later, including macOS Big Sur 11.0

Can I put Family Tree Maker on more than one computer?

If you have more than one computer in your home, you can buy a Family Pack for just $20 more than the price of a single computer. For example, if one computer costs $79.95, then the Family Pack would cost $99.95 ($79.95 + $20).

Does Family Tree Maker sync with Ancestry?

In March of 2017, Ancestry and MacKiev replaced TreeSync with FamilySync, a newer syncing technology included in Family Tree Maker 2017. The ability to sync with Ancestry trees is no longer available in previous versions of Family Tree Maker, however it may still be used as a stand-alone program.

Does Family Tree Maker sync with FamilySearch?

Yes, Family Tree Maker syncs to FamilySearch and its billions of records, and allows it to automatically search the FamilySearch database.

Does Family Tree Maker support GEDCOM?

Family Tree Maker supports GEDCOM files, which means that if you’ve already built a tree in another program like RootsMagic or Legacy, then it’ll be easy to import them into here using an exported version of your own genealogy database – saving time on data entry!

Does Family Tree Maker work with Windows 10?

Yes, FTM 2019 is compatible with Windows 7 or later. It works on any computer running the operating system and supports both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit processor architecture

Can I use family tree maker on my iPad

Family Tree Maker Connect is an app that allows you to view your family tree on your iPad. It has been designed for use with FTM desktop genealogy software, so it will take advantage of all its features and allow users easy access wherever they are!

Can I download Family Tree Maker?

Yes, you can download FTM 2019. You don’t need to buy a CD-ROM in the mail. When you buy it or when you upgrade your software, you will get an email with a link for your operating system (Windows or Mac). Click on that link and then wait for it to download and install.

Is Family Tree Maker still available or has it been discontinued?

Yes, FTM is still available. Its latest version is 2019 and it’s better than ever! In 2016 Ancestry announced the purchase of Family Tree Maker by Software MacKiev. Software MacKiev has now taken over the sale and support of Family Tree Maker.

Can I upgrade Family Tree Maker?

Yes. For former users, you can get an upgrade to FTM 2019 at a reduced rate.

What is the newest version of Family Tree Maker?

The newest version of Family Tree Maker is FTM 2019 which was released in November 2019.

What is the difference between Ancestry and Family Tree Maker?

This is a common question because Ancestry used to own Family Tree Maker, but now they don’t. The biggest difference between Ancestry and Family Tree Maker is that Ancestry is a website and Family Tree Maker is an app. A website, like Ancestry, lives on the Internet and you use a web browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox to access it. An app, like Family Tree Maker, lives on your computer.


Whether you are a beginner or an experienced genealogist, this software has something for everyone. It is the perfect tool to help create your family history research and share it with others. If the price tag is something that concerns you, consider free family tree software like MyHeritage Family Tree Builder.

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