Family Tree Builder

Family Tree Builder

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Genealogy comprises one of the largest categories of Internet resources, and it's a popular pastime with millions of people around the world, and more every day. MyHeritage's Family Tree Builder is a free genealogical tool that makes it super-easy to get started mapping out your family history using a variety of resources. It includes many up-to-date features, such as Face Recognition Technology for identifying ancestors in old photographs and the ability to publish your family tree online so others can compare their research to yours. It can import GEDCOM data, too.

We've seen many genealogy tools, but Family Tree Builder is one of the most complete freeware tools we've seen. The program's setup wizard requires registering for the free online database and publishing services, but it's quick and unobtrusive, and much of the information is optional. A Greetings message, Quick Start Wizard, and other assistance made getting started with Family Tree Builder a cinch, and we had no trouble accessing our new account, though we opted not to publish our test account online at MyHeritage's site. Family Tree Builder is centered on Projects, each of which can have a primary and secondary language. Its Immersive 3D Trees give it an up-to-date look and feel. Like many such tools, it uses wizards for adding family members and other data. We barely scratched the surface of this free tool's capabilities, but there's also a premium version that offers more features for users who outgrow it, including improved map support and advanced searches. We recommend starting with the freeware to see how you like Family Tree Builder, since you can save and export your data for use in other programs. We agree with Family Tree Builder's publisher that many users will like their tools.

Part of the fun of genealogy is the way your research and contacts tend to multiply, such as when you find a distant cousin who has researched your family from another starting point. It can bring families closer even as it makes them much, much bigger. With Family Tree Builder, small acorns can grow into mighty oaks more quickly than you'd think.

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4 stars

"Cause for sleep deprivation"

February 24, 2015  |  By kitte_aland

 |  Version: Family Tree Builder


While the interface in a way looks a bit Windows 3.1:ish it's easy to work with and certainly very powerful. FTB also emphasizes photo management which I appreciate. I have the PremiumPlus subscription through which I have found hundreds and hundreds of new relatives which keeps the midnight oil burning! All my support issues have been sorted out in a very helpful and thorough way.


If I compare the (free) iOS mobile app to the one from that supports their platform, it could be swifter and have some more features.
In the beginning syncing between FTP and the online tree was a BIG issue - more often than not it would not succeed - but I haven't seen that problem at all lately.
The map that shows location of adresses from the database is very buggy. If you try to drag the pointer to a customized location, you will get a javascript error. Same thing happens if you manually enter the GPS coordinates. I am sure it's fixable though.


Some small niggles aside the software is very user friendly and the search and merge funtion you get when you purchase a Premium subscription is very powerful. It costs quite a bit but for me it's worth it!

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5 stars

"Wonderful tool which my family members love & rely on."

August 21, 2014  |  By clkelso

 |  Version: Family Tree Builder


Over the years the program has continued to be updated and improved BUT my the number one reason for my ranking is their customer service. Every time I have emailed them with a problem, I have had a response in 24 hours and a description of the problem with the resolution. If it their boo boo, they step up and tell you what went wrong.

I saw the one star review of the individual who lost their tree. They didn't say they contacted My Heritage customer service, but, based on my experience, I can't believe they wouldn't have recovered all that lost work for them.

I have invited my family to view the tree and everyone who has done so, appreciates having it available.

My only criticism is you have to work to find the link to send them a support email. However, once you find it - they are on it.


You have to dig to find the link to send a support request email. I know they are trying to keep support costs down as most problems can be resolved using their FAQ's. I understand that, but if the FAQ's don't help, keep looking, you can contact them with your specific problem.

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1 stars

"Easy To Use But Not Free"

July 20, 2014  |  By A.Raspone

 |  Version: Family Tree Builder


Easy to navigate


Costs money to sync more than 250 people & projects can be unable to load after you get too many ancestors on it without paying.


This program is easy to navigate however it costs money to sync your families to the site & if you choose not to sync it beware that your project can completely get erased. I had found over 15,000 of my past relatives & I always saved the project which is supposed to save to your computer. However I went to open my project yesterday & guess what it is gone! I can open other projects I have but my personal tree is gone. The files are on my computer but the program refuses to load them. It keeps telling me there is an error with that project. So frustrating to have to start over. I guess I should have written it all out so I had a hardcopy. Looking for a new program so this doesn't happen again.

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Full Specifications

Publisher MyHeritage
Publisher web site
Release Date June 27, 2014
Date Added June 27, 2014
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Genealogy Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 35.27MB
File Name family_tree_builder_7138.exe
Total Downloads 136,309
Downloads Last Week 449
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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