Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com) recently launched its Family Tree Maker 2010 software. Some of the new features include: →Improved integration with Ancestry.com. Easily download your Ancestry.com family tree, including photos and stories, directly into Family Tree Maker 2010. →New and improved charts and reports. Tell a richer family story with numerous improvements to charts and reports, including a new timeline report, improved family group sheet and genealogy reports. →Better ways to organize photos and other media. Easier and faster ways to add, link and categorize photos and files in bulk. →Photo slideshows. Create and share slide shows based on images included within your family tree. Slide shows also can be exported to share. →Family books made from your tree. Create a book about your family history to share. →Standard source templates. Cite the right information in your records with access to powerful sourcing tools that let you document and rate each citation. →Relationship calculator. Quickly calculate the relationships between any two people in your tree. →Scanner support. Add photos to your tree directly from your scanner and organize them into categories at the same time. →Extended family birthday calendars. Easily create and share calendars that show family birthdays and anniversaries. →Extensive geographical migrations. View a person or family timeline with event locations, such as births, marriages, residences and death, mapped geographically to show migration paths you can follow through time. →Improved performance. Faster load times and quicker performance across the application. For more information, go online to www.familytreemaker.com. The program is available for $39.95 at the Web site or by calling (800) 262-3787.
GenSmarts programGenSmarts (www.gensmarts.com) is a program that can analyze family data from more than 12 genealogy database computer programs and suggest records for future research. The program can be downloaded for $24.95 or bought on compact disc for $29.95 from the Web site listed above or by calling (800) 517-0092. The regular CD includes a one-hour tutorial with instructions on installation and configuration. The deluxe CD includes an additional 2.5 hours of training and commentary. If you have a question, event, idea or an experience to share, e-mail Sharon Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.