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Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree shows how rewarding and informative building a family history can be. Genealogy instructor Jeff Sengstack teaches how to find lost ancestors, connect with living relatives, and collaborate with others to grow a family tree. He explains how to use the Family Tree Maker application along with Ancestry.com and other internet sites to track down census data, immigration records, and other important documents, and then organize family tree data. Jeff also presents tips on how to scan old photos, create video slideshows, and build family web sites. Exercise files accompany this course.
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In this course, I'm going to feature Family Tree Maker. This is the granddaddy of all family tree software. We are using Version 2010. If you haven't purchased it yet, one way to do that is to do that online from the Ancestry store. You probably will go first to familytreemaker.com and then go to Store and the first item in the Store will be Family Tree Maker 2010. There are various versions of this, but the version that you probably want to buy is the one that's available here on top, which is $40. They charge different prices if you buy packages for Ancestry.com membership.
Now, we are going to install it, and show you how to do that. If you have already installed it, you can just take a pass on this. But let me show you how that works. When you get this in the mail, you just put the CD inside your CD drawer and then Auto Start will kick in, and it will start taking you through the steps for the install. So this window will come up and just double-click on Run setup. Go ahead and click on Next. This is the ubiquitous agreement that we all have to agree to, if we want to actually run the software. So click Yes.
Then typically, you would accept the default file folder location. So I'm just going to click Next here and then it starts installing. Once it's finished its work, you click Finish. When I click Finish, it's going to launch Family Tree Maker in this particular case, but I'm going to uncheck that for now just because I want to just finishing it up without having it actually open up. When it's done, it adds an icon to your desktop, which is how you'll access it later.
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