07 August 2012

Announcing the SCGS Family Tree Maker User Group

The Southern California Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the formation of a user group for Ancestry’s Family Tree Maker genealogy software program. Meetings will be held at the SCGS Library in Burbank on the fourth Sunday of each month, from 2-4 p.m.

User group meetings will provide information for all levels of FTM users from beginner to advanced and serve as a forum for all to share their knowledge of this great software tool for keeping track of your genealogical efforts. The emphasis will be on how to record your information and how to use the program productively.

The first meeting of the user group has been scheduled as follows

Date:    Sunday, August 26, 2012
Time:    2-4 p.m.
Place:   SCGS Library
  417 Irving Drive
              (just north of Glenoaks between Scott Rd. and Buena Vista St.)

Family Tree Maker, now at version 2012, is a full-featured and very rich program for storing and working with genealogical information.
  • Over time, we can explore in depth each of the 7 major workspaces in FTM 2012 - Plan, People, Places, Media, Sources, Publish and Web Search - as well as popular features like TreeSync with Ancestry Member Trees
  • We will discuss options and the rationales for choosing various approaches – no single way is best for everyone
  • Experienced users can share tips with those wishing to migrate from earlier FTM versions.
At the first meeting, plan to share your genealogical interests, software version, and problem areas to help with setting agendas for future meetings.

For further information on the FTM user group contact Dick Humphrey: rlh1335@gmail.com


  1. This is fantastic news! I'll definitely be there. : )

  2. AGENDA: In our first meeting, we will carefully demonstrate the installation procedure for Family Tree Maker 2012 and then step through the creation of new tree files from scratch, older FTM versions, GEDCOM files and online Ancestry trees.