What’s New in FTM 2019? Plenty!

It's been thirty years since Family Tree Maker was born and it's only fitting that we introduced a new edition that takes this grand old brand to places its original creators could only have dreamed of. Where every change you make to your tree on your Mac or PC can be instantly and automatically viewed from any smartphone or tablet. Where you can turn back time to erase mistakes you made even a thousand changes ago. Where you can arrange for your tree to be passed on to a relative of your choice along with your Family Tree Maker license to ensure your legacy lives on. That's just a small part of the new world of Family Tree Maker.

TreeVault® Cloud Services

TreeVault Cloud Service
With TreeVault, Family Tree Maker is no longer an isolated desktop application, but rather the hub of a growing ecosystem of mobile apps and cloud services. View changes in your FTM tree in realtime on a smartphone or tablet. Know what the weather was like the day your grandfather was born. Sleep better knowing that an up to date copy of your tree is securely tucked away in the cloud, that someday will be passed on to the next generation for you. New services will be added over time, but here's the starting lineup:

Emergency Tree® Restore Service

TreeVault keeps a cloud copy of your tree updated every 15 seconds ready to hand back to you if your hard drive should crash or some other catastrophe strikes.

Family Tree Maker Connect

Family Tree Maker Connect

Family Tree Maker Connect 2.0 is a FREE mobile app (for iPad, iPhone and Android phones and tablets) that displays your latest FTM tree anywhere, any time - even when your computer is off. Handy for sharing your tree with relatives and getting comments back from them or for using your iPad as a second monitor with your continuously updated tree. The app includes a guest access* to our free collection of Famous Trees* made with Family Tree Maker and available for anyone in the TreeVault Cloud to view and make comments for corrections using Sticky Notes*.



AlbumWALK* is a free mobile app (for iPad, iPhone and Android phones and tablets) that allows to create talking photos with embedded SoundSpotTM recordings for every person in the photo, and then play them on the Media workspace in Family Tree Maker. With a TreeVault subscription you can import your entire family tree list into AlbumWALK and link each SoundSpot to a person in your Family Tree Maker tree.

Historical Weather®

Historical Weather allows you to set the scene for events in your family story with more than a billion historical weather records. And with Historical Weather Sentences* raw Historical Weather data are now auto-translated into reader-friendly sentences that can be added to Smart Stories and books. Dates will never be boring again.
Historical Weather

Guest Access and Sticky Notes

We've added the Guest Access* service to TreeVault. It allows anyone with an Antenna tree to invite relatives, friends, and others to view it in the free Family Tree Maker Connect app for smartphones and tablets. The tree owner and all guests of an Antenna tree can create special "sticky notes"* and assign them to people in the tree using Family Tree Maker Connect. These sticky notes are immediately passed to the tree owner for review right in FTM 2019, appearing as yellow "sticky note" hints.
Guest Access and Sticky Notes

Next of Kin® Service

Allows you to designate a successor to your TreeVault account to pass along your family tree. You will get a certificate that may be included with a will, providing instructions and passcodes for taking over your account along with your Family Tree Maker license.

* Coming soon: AlbumWALK, Guest Access, Sticky Notes and Historical Weather Smart Stories features.

Rich Color Coding

Rich Color Coding
One of the most frequent requests from genealogists using FTM 2017's color coding, was for "rich" color coding - not just coding the home person's ancestors but each ancestor's descendants as well. With FTM 2019, rich color coding is just one click away.

Turn Back Time®

This one might just be worth the whole upgrade. FTM 2019 keeps track of every one of your last THOUSAND changes. Made a mistake three days ago but your last full backup is three weeks old? Simply roll back to just before the mistake was made with a single click. Then use the comprehensive Changes Log to restore the moves you meant to make. Problem solved.

Profile Picture Perfection

Clean up the look of your tree with our new profile picture-cropping tool. Smart technology detects the person's face and zooms in just the right amount, then crops a perfect square so that it fits perfectly on each leaf of your tree. And best of all, the original photo is not touched.

Hints in the Index

Once found only on tree views, in FTM 2019, those little green Ancestry leaves and FamilySearch hints now appear in the people index too. So you can check for hints for a particular family name or for any saved list.

More FamilySearch Integration

Lots of news here starting with the ability to download an entire branch from a FamilySearch tree into FTM 2019. But the big news is historical record hints which you'll get when you match a person in your Family Tree Maker tree to a person in a FamilySearch family tree. Simple as that.