Mark Olsen – What’s New in Family Tree Maker

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Thursday, May 16 @ 11:00 AM


Mark Olsen is the Family Tree Maker Ambassador to historical and genealogical societies around the world working to support their members as they use Family Tree Maker. Mark is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Family History with a Spanish records emphasis. He has been working in the genealogy industry since 2007 and has been the Family Tree Maker Ambassador since 2016.


We will discuss Family Tree Maker and its current features with many tips and tricks to make your use of FTM more effective.  We will also demonstrate the recently announced FTM 2024 with some amazing new features.

We will also discuss Family Tree Maker partner products – Charting Companion and Family Book Creator – both are amazing plug-ins that can help you create incredible charts, graphs, and books.

This class is for all levels of genealogists whether you are just getting started or very experienced.

What’s New in Family Tree Maker – Q and A Discussion
Discussion encouraged – this is a discussion, like an engaging active user group session.
The class will jump from question to question (questions take precedence) and topic to topic but I will also attempt to follow this rough agenda outline.

  • Introduction
    • What is Family Tree Maker
    • Software – not an app
    • Private – Secure – Powerful
  • How to start using Family Tree Maker
    • Plan – Create – Open – Download
    • Ancestry
    • FamilySearch
    • TreeVault
  • Seven workspaces
    • Plan – People – Places – Media – Sources – Publish – Web Search
  • Some of the main features (not in order)
    • Customize View
    • Add people
    • Add facts
    • Color Coding
    • Filter
    • Split Trees
    • Merge Trees
    • Many other features
    • Sources
  • Syncing with Ancestry
  • Publishing
    • Charting Companion
    • Family Book Creator

Members are FREE – We look forward to seeing you in person or on ZOOM you do not need to do anything else.

Guests MUST register using the form below.

Guest Registration

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