Billed as the best genealogy software tool to print out your family tree records. Family Tree Heritage 9 allows you to easily correct any mistakes in your family tree. If you are wanting to merge trees then this is easily done with this program. Its’ main advantage though is that it is great at printing out records.
Family Tree Heritage 9 Product Details
|Family Tree Heritage|
|Normal Price (Windows)||$39.99 (US) – £39.28 (UK)|
|Normal Price (Mac)||$59.99 (US) – £38.65 (UK)|
|Platform||PC Disc and Download|
|Compatible||Windows and Mac|
|Connects||FamilySearch (FREE) and Ancestry (PAID)|
|Place To Buy in US||Amazon US (Windows) – Amazon US (Mac)|
|Place To Buy in UK||Amazon UK (Windows) – Amazon UK (Mac)|
|Also available for Amazon Prime customers!|
This Family Tree Heritage 9 review will explore the features that are included in the genealogy software program and how it can benefit you!
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Family Tree Heritage 9 – An Overview
Besides creating and building your family tree you can also search your ancestors online with this genealogy software program. The makers of this program also allow you to simply copy your tree from the Family Tree Maker program into this one. There is also a YouTube video showing the easy two step process.
Please note: The intention behind this is the claim that Family Tree Maker is retiring. This is not the case though as the new developer Software Mackiev are continually selling and updating the software.
Credit: Family Tree Heritage
The user interface shows your family tree as a five generation chart.
Up to five generations can be displayed at a time from the user interface. From this chart you can easily add new ancestor details or edit any of their information. Selecting any ancestor will show you their spouse as well as their children. Adding source citations is also simple with this program.
Web hints will also appear next to a person’s name. I will discuss web hints later on.
A number of charts and reports can be produced with this program. Although it must be pointed out that there is not a great number of these to chose from. However, a color coding filing feature is implemented that will help you easily track your ancestors. This system has proven quite popular with genealogists.
Family Tree Heritage 9 lets you produce both ancestry and descendant charts. If you want to display these charts larger than the standard A4 then it will be able to create wall charts instead.
Pedigree, family charts and family or individual records and reports are also included. You can also publish a family book showcasing your work if you wish. A book is a great way to show your research to your family. It can also be a great present as well.
How Family Tree Heritage 9 Can Benefit You?
As with many genealogy software programs available on the market today Family Tree Heritage 9 connects with popular genealogy sites. The beauty of this is is that it can help you further trace your ancestry. The sites supported by this program are FamilySearch, Ancestry and Rootsweb.
You can also add any other genealogy site to this list if you wish. However, if you do find new information on these third party sites then you will have to enter it in manually.
I did mention earlier that web hints will appear for people in your tree. The web hints will show whether there are any records available on these genealogy sites that may concern your ancestor. So if you do find your ancestor among these records you can add their information to your tree.
However, there is no built-in web browser so you will have to load up a separate Internet window and switch between both of them. This can be a hassle for you as you go from one to another. By doing this you may lose track of where you actually are in your research.
The FamilySearch, Ancestry and Rootsweb genealogy sites do have a mass of records that are available to you. However, do bare in mind that there is an additional subscription to pay if you wish to use this service.
But it is worth considering as you will have millions of records available to you which can further your research. And the added bonus is that you can connect with other members who may share an ancestor of yours. These sites are a great resource for the genealogist and I have gained significantly from using their services.
But wait there’s more!
While adding ancestors and information to your family tree errors may inadvertently creep in. One advantage of this program is the ability to adjust errors in bulk. So for example if you have incorrectly spelt a place name then you can simply alter it once and it will change all occurrences.
You may have two trees that you have been working on separately. Family Tree Heritage 9 will allow you to merge two trees together where there is a common ancestor. This will mean that when you work on your family tree you will then not have to open up more than one file. And if you are like me it can be confusing working on more than thing at a time, especially concerning genealogy research.
You may decide to work on your family tree via Ancestry or the FamilySearch website without using Heritage 9. Later on if you decide that you want to work on your tree using the program then you can simply export your tree as a GEDCOM file. This is another great tool in the genealogist arsenal.
I have already highlighted a few disadvantages with this program. Them being the number of charts and reports that you can produce with this program is limited compared to other genealogy software programs. The design of these are also simplistic. However, the main aim of this program is for you to print out your records and sources to use for your research.
If you do need support when using this program then this is offered through online resources on their website. But there is no video tutorials and no FA support.
Pros and Cons
❌ No online searching capability within the program
❌ No same-sex relationships
❌ Doesn’t sync to web
❌ No web hints
Despite the setback that this program has it is still a good option to buy if you just wish to organize your family history. The merging of trees and the ability to scan for errors are also very good features of Family Tree Heritage software.
This program does have a number of flaws but it is still a useful tool for the genealogist. This program is really suited to the researcher who just wishes to print out their records in a simple style. No fancy presentation just pure research.
For me a genealogy software program such as Family Tree Heritage 9 is a must for tracing your ancestry. You can not only create a tree, but build and edit it as well. Creating reports and charts is also a great benefit of such a program. Can you imagine just hand drawing these all the time that you have an addition to make to them?
Also, the main advantage of any program these days is the option of checking out what sources of information there maybe on genealogy search websites. It will be a pain to switch between the program and this tool, but it is still a great way to further your ancestry research.
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