PROVO, Utah, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Ancestry.com, the world's largest
online resource for family history, today announced the release of Family
Tree Maker 2008, a completely redesigned and ground-breaking version of the
world's No. 1 selling family history software. Family Tree Maker 2008
boasts an intuitive new interface and dozens of new features built on an
entirely revamped, modern platform - the result of a two-year,
back-to-the-drawing- board development process.
In one software bundle, Family Tree Maker 2008 provides users tools to
quickly build their family trees, record their memories and organize their
family photos, stories, video and audio clips. Users can quickly find and
import facts and historical documents about their family from the Internet
and print custom-designed family trees and books. With dynamic satellite
maps and customizable timelines, Family Tree Maker 2008 truly broadens the
capabilities that every family history program should include.
"Family Tree Maker 2008 redefines family tree building software,
providing users with powerful, unrivaled tools and resources to discover
and share their family stories," said Tim Sullivan, CEO of The Generations
Network, Inc., parent company of Ancestry.com. "The software's seamless
integration with the Ancestry.com Web site further solidifies Ancestry.com
as the family history authority both on and offline."
Family Tree Maker users can tap into Ancestry.com's unrivaled
collection of family history records and powerful search features - without
leaving Family Tree Maker. When connected to the Internet, Family Tree
Maker 2008 automatically searches Ancestry.com for historical documents
about the individuals in the user's family tree. With a few mouse clicks,
users with an Ancestry.com subscription can view and import these
historical records into their family tree.
"Family Tree Maker 2008 offers every user an intuitive out-of the-box
experience," said Megan Smolenyak, Chief Family Historian for Ancestry.com.
"Ancestry.com developers worked closely with industry professionals as well
as family history beginners to create a program that uniquely spans the
range of user ability with an easy-to-use interface that also offers
advanced, robust features."
The following new and updated features expand Family Tree Maker's
-- Interactive Street and Satellite Maps - Use Microsoft(R) Virtual
Earth(TM)* to access dynamic street and satellite maps that pinpoint
important locations in ancestors' lives from within Family Tree Maker.
A place-name database and hint engine helps users correctly enter
localities in a consistent format.
-- Web Integration -View and search any Web site from within Family Tree
Maker*. Once users locate information about their ancestors, they can
easily import appropriate images, text and even a cached version of the
Web page in to their family tree.
-- Individual Biographies - Create biographical sketches for each
ancestor, adding life facts, historical documents, photos and other
digital media. In addition, timelines highlight important personal,
family and world events that occurred during ancestors' lifetimes.
-- Media Organization -Upload and manage image, audio, video and other
media files. Users can attach these files directly to specific people
in a family tree to better illustrate their family story.
-- Publish Family History Books - Create customized, illustrated family
history books. Ancestry Press allows users to bring their family
history to life with professionally designed charts, timelines, reports
and pedigree charts, as well as photos, historical records and more.
The books can then be professionally printed and bound (or printed on
First released in 1989, Family Tree Maker ranks in longevity among
Microsoft Windows (first released in 1985) and Adobe Photoshop.
Family Tree Maker 2008 is now available for sale online at
www.familytreemaker.com for $39.95. The program is also set to be released
in select retail stores in October 2007.
* Internet access required for Microsoft Virtual Earth and other Web
With 24,000 searchable databases and titles, Ancestry.com is the No. 1
online source for family history information. Since its launch in 1997,
Ancestry.com has been the premier resource for family history, simplifying
genealogical research for millions of people by providing them with many
easy- to-use tools and resources to build their own unique family trees.
The site is home to the only complete online U.S. Federal Census
collection, 1790-1930, as well as the world's largest online collection of
U.S. ship passenger list records featuring more than 100 million names,
1820-1960. Ancestry.com is part of The Generations Network, Inc., a leading
network of family-focused interactive properties, including MyFamily.com,
RootsWeb.com, Genealogy.com and Family Tree Maker. In total, The
Generations Network properties receive 10.4 million unique visitors
worldwide and over 450 million page views a month ((C) comScore Media
Metrix, March 2007).