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Family Tree Builder

Publisher:MyHeritage Ltd.
Language:English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Greek, Other, Portuguese, Turkish
Platform:Vista, Windows
Requirements:No special requirements
Install:Install and Uninstall
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Publisher's Description:

Family Tree Builder - Family Tree Builder 3.0 is a major update of the world's most popular free genealogy software. Enjoyed by more than one million users worldwide, it packs the most innovative features developed for genealogy in the past decade, such as Smart Matching Technology, Smart Research, Face Recognition and Online Family Tree Publishing.

Smart Matching finds family trees that overlap with yours, helping you discover new relatives. Smart Research automatically researches your family tree on the most important genealogy databases on the Internet.

Visual Data Entry lets you grow your family tree visually. Create a new family tree, or import a GEDCOM file from another program. Create and print attractive charts, reports and books. All-in-One charts include everyone in your family tree. Build your family tree in 34 languages. Enter a family tree in multiple languages. Print bi-lingual charts and reports, great for family reunions. No other program can do this.

Enjoy the most powerful photo handling in any genealogy program. Associate photos with people, families and facts. Create a virtual cemetery for tombstone photos. Add documents, video files and audio files to your family tree with ease. Use breakthrough Face Recognition Technology that detects people in your photos, identifies and tags them for you.

Publish your family tree to the Web in a few mouse clicks - and share it with your family in a private setting. Your photos, videos and documents can be published online too.

Amateur users will appreciate the friendliness and ease of use. Automatic backups ensure you'll never lose your precious data. Advanced users can customize every aspect; maintain multiple names and facts with full source and citation cross-referencing, conduct powerful searches, convert dates between calendar systems, and more.

Best of all, Family Tree Builder is absolutely free, without any ads. A joy for amateur hobbyists and professional genealogists. Download Family Tree Builder today!

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Version from 2008-03-05


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Latest User Reviews:

Firstnoel54 2011-05-09 09:07:44 #

I found it cumbersome to use and difficult to figure out how to make family connections once I was able to get names into the right places. Additionally, in order to see how it was going to look for the entire family I would have had to pay for a full years subscription. I would have been willing to purchase a months worth as I am making a family tree for a young man (great nephew) who is currently in a residential care facility and would like to have some idea of who his family really is. I will not be doing this on a regular basis and will have no need of a full year. So I will be going with different software even though it will require me imputing all the information again.

Keithkraker 2011-03-24 09:43:50 #

This is a sweet little piece of software. Using the free version it is simple to construct a family tree with significant data about each family member entered. With an upgrade to the premium version new features are unlocked that work to automatically correlate entered data with other family trees that might already exist in the data base. Quick and easy to use too!

Lindaallen334 2010-11-07 17:01:31 #

I think this is an interesting genealogy program. For some reason, it kept making my screen jump. Also, I was very surprised to see the monthly charge for using it. Unpleasantly surprised. So, I removed it from my computer.

Janatmsn 2010-10-19 07:56:40 #

I can't use family tree builder right now because you don't have one for a mac. I thought I saw one for sale on Amazon-I need to check into that. I like tree builder.

Janisilene 2010-10-14 20:24:07 #

I downloaded the free version and am enjoying the education I am getting by filling it out. It has been quite easy to find my way around. Thank you for providing this freeware!

Mick 2010-07-21 00:47:40 #

excellent. straightforward to use, not too many attempts to get you to buy into something else. Download needed updating but otherwise really good. i am very pleased that this free software is available.

Alc Gedcom 2010-07-05 19:25:11 #

This is the easiest program I've used to date. I'm so appreciative that it is free.

Dorothybarton 2010-06-25 21:14:09 #

Thanks for creating such an easy to use program and sharing it freely.

Kennethkyi 2010-05-15 20:54:09 #

Re your e-mail, I found that i could not download the Family Tree Builder and until i get more information about setting it up have decided to wait awhile. My fault , nothing to do with your builder.My friend tells me its super. Ill have to ask him to help me
Thank you and have a nice day

Ysimguzel 2010-05-10 21:58:51 #

I found out that this program is so useful.Thank you

Hfrancis65 2010-05-03 22:48:33 #

I was hoping for a free program which was compatible with my Macbook Pro but No Luck!!!!!

Michel Fanti 2010-03-27 07:08:59 #


I have a question for you:

Is it possible to operate MyHeritage Family Tree Builder Linux Unbutu? and if so how?

Thank you


Webcompdevloper Programmer 2010-03-26 21:44:34 #

all in one..

N8JUQ 2010-03-08 07:43:43 #

I trying to install FTB into Linux Ubuntu, but I'm having trouble with the packages, its not the software, but me.

Kd316 2009-10-08 18:01:57 #

I'm learning to use the program and am pretty satisified. with the results so far.

Neil B 2009-07-24 02:46:12 #

Haven't as yet had enough time to evaluate the program, but I did have a sort of trial run and found out that it would not project my full family tree, I have 2 sons and 1 grandson and which ever way I chose to look at the family tree it missed either one or the other of my sons off. It may be that I am doing something wrong so I shall continue to experiment.


Capepj 2009-06-02 19:06:48 #


Academic because I have a Mac: thought the download was ok for that, but I guess not.

Reich Julie 2009-05-31 18:15:28 #


As far as gone it´s great.

Prestwidgew 2009-05-03 14:53:20 #

As I've been using it for less than 24 hours it normally takes me a few weeks to form a conclusion. I think the app changed my default search provider and I didn't care for that. It also bounced me into a web page when I started it today and I didn't care for that either. I'm getting used to the navigation and it looks like something that will grow on me in a short time. Overall it's a very nice proggie so far.

Bobduquettefl 2009-04-06 15:39:01 #

Yes, I have a Mac with OSX 10.5.6 software. i can't figure out how to launch the program. I can find any instructions. Please help.

Thank You

Metyme2 2008-08-09 11:00:41 #

Family Tree Builder

Your product is very nice, I've been using FTM and haven't been to pleased with it. There are a few request I would like to add to your list if you don't mind:

1. The ability to list a child as step-child. There are situations when a child has a biological parent, but one of the parents re-marries or it's a not talked about situation. If this was added, would it work without creating duplicate siblings of the same person?

2. Is there a way you could add a military section?

3. I love the fact that I can change the colors to suit my taste. Ancestry never caught onto this. Could there be a way to add an image behind the chart (watermark crest or faded image).

4. This program would be great if you could use it on your iPhone. I'm always on the go and being able to sync data on the fly would be a definite advantage.

5. Is it possible to have a home screen dashboard when the software opens?

6. A Gadget or widget would be nice.

You have done a great job with this program and have advanced it further than FTM.

Rich_madden 2008-07-21 09:57:49 #

Thank you for this great free program

This is a very nice program. I am still learning to use it, but I like what I see and how easy it is to use.
Rich Madden

Ake 2008-07-04 13:36:33 #

lack of statistics

Trying out the Family tree builder I find it very easy to use - I especially like the pictures and that one is able to identify and associate persons within the image. I however, lack a very important feature, statistics! Nowhere can I find a way to look at average age, adresses, number of children etc. This is a feature that I find essential and it would not be so difficult to add this feature to the program.

Jtimleck 2008-06-01 16:45:58 #

Getting started... but not sure yet..

As a free software this puts others to shame - period. However one of the things I don't
necessarily like is whether or not data input can be simplified. See, for example Family
Tree Maker (2005 is the version I use). There are two kinds of researchers I think -
hobbiests and "historians" (for lack of a better way of putting it. The former want pictures
and pretty interfaces. The latter want simple and quick (tab to tab for data entry boxes)
and a fast rendering and computing system. Now to be clear, I use a mac and I LOVE
intuitive interfaces but when it comes to this, for me, it's about *database* management -
not pretty pictures - I want to enter data first and foremost. And to be fair I've not been
able to play with this that much just yet, so it takes time to re-acclimate one's self to a
new software. But I still keep coming back to **keeping a windows machine** **just** to
do my genealogy work because all the mac programs are "bloated". Again, maybe a
stripped down, fast user, version could be considered - I want to see Father + Mother and
children and marriage ALL on one page - needing to move from page to page is a waste of
time if/when instead all the children could be on one page (again, I have to check your
options more first, so if this criticism is unwarranted, disregard).

Finally - great as it *appears* to be it CRASHES and CRASHES and CRASHES (running Win
XP, Service Pack 3 btw - the computer is out of date admittedly with a 500 Mhz chip -
768MB RAM). This is a real bad problem - a real "turn off" (and I saw others say the same).
If we can send you crash reports I'd be happy to.

Good luck with this - could be a Giant Killer quite frankly -

Andrew Timleck

Nice very Nice 2008-05-02 23:52:35 #


this program is really excellent and I have to say that designer of the software deserves more than this price and rewards he or [team] is genious.

With best regards
Naeem Iftikhar

argonaut 2008-04-13 23:05:56 #

A Must Have

Seamless use of the software. Imported the .ged file was a breeze and the interface, WOW. Lots of other features too. Thanks for the great software.

Jaydees 2008-04-04 03:49:14 #

Great Program

I have had a really good time using this program. It is very user friendly. I have had the oppotunity to try other programs and found them not as easy our as attractive set up as this program.

oumou 2008-02-12 12:46:43 #

It`s good but not perfect

All in all I'm very content with this program.

I had some problems concernig the constellation of having halfsisters and -brothers... It took me some time to find out how this works.

I also was irritadet that although you defined the relationship between two people as "friends" or "seperated" they still appear as spouses in their maindescription (only the relationshipdescription changed) (This ist at least the case in the german version)

I think it is a pity that the option "name of birth" is obly possible with women and not men, although at least in my area the more and more men decide to take their wifes name after their marriage.

Annother thing is, that you can choose the option "widowed" but this option doesn't generate itself automatically if you define one person as dead.

Thats all I could find until now.

Jochen 2008-01-02 08:01:41 #


Good Program. It helps me organizing my families roots.

Andynoble 2007-09-23 03:40:54 #

Runtime error

Can't operate as runtime error occurs & forces shutdown; (Vista OS)

Wfoskey 2007-09-16 05:57:14 #

Can`t register.

Will not allow you to register and use all features. Always gets a cannot communicate error. Looks like a great program if not for this.

Bill Dietrich 2007-09-09 10:08:31 #

using version

- Previous versions crashed a LOT; this version has crashed once
in the 30 minutes or so I've been using it. I have to save project
after every single data entry, to make sure I don't lose anything.

- no way to link from a person to a tree/person somewhere else
on the web, created by some other program ?

- when press Alt-Tab in Windows XP Home, FTB shows up as program "blank"

Using older versions:

- couldn't register through program/installer; had to go to web site,
register there, then back to program. Then it downloaded a 16 MB update !

- app keeps crashing if I try to delete all children of some person

- app keeps crashing if I have no connection to the internet ?

- no way to put in a partial birth date, such as 13 Nov ???? (error says died before birth)

Lorna 2007-08-18 13:38:55 #

First Opinions

I have only just started to use this software and so far so good. Need to play with it a bit more but I'm chuffed.


Ian 2 2007-08-08 18:38:11 #

Initial impressions

My initial impressions are that it is very good. Most things are pretty obvious for anyone who is familiar with windows. The download was easy and also the installation. So far I have entered five generations and not run into any problems. The reports are great.

The one feature that has given me most difficulty is setting a photo as the personal photo. I have managed this but the route isn't obvious. I would suggest that a better solution would be to be able to select the required photo, with a mouse click menu, similar to setting a picture as a desktop background. Alternatively having a radio button against the particular photo in the list of photos that come up with the person's details under photos. Having no programming knowledge that may be easier said than done.

The help menu is obviously there for future development, however in the meantime a brief tutorial showing the basic functions for a person's details would be nice and speed up things for the first time user. This isn't a place to waste time though because as I said most things are pretty obvious.

A good job so far. If I find anything that causes me grief I will let you know.

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