Family Tree Maker

Using the leading family tree program



This is considered an advanced course.


1st DAY OF CLASS: Purchase and Install Family Tree Maker 2009 or later on your computer before day one of class and bring a flash/thumb drive with you on the first day of class (512 MB minimum)


The student is expected to know how to use their computer.

To make your Family TreeMaker learning experience appropriate to your needs, please bring the following information with you to class on the first day.

Information Needed for the Class:

As a minimum, you will need:

WebSites Used for Research that are Demonstrated During your Class

There are many websites where information may be located. Each person's genealogy research will be different except for the basic information. Some sites are better at recording vital statistics, some started keeping records earlier than others, so you will need different aids in locating information you will need. Only some websites are listed here. During class, you will be introduced to some of these websites in addition to learning how to use the Family TreeMaker software application program.

www.rootsweb.com This is the homepage for many websites and includes mailing lists via email that you can join. You can also check the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) from this page.

www.nara.gov This is the website for the U. S. National Archives. Much information is available here. You can also order military records for people who were in the military for wars before WWI.

www.usgenweb.org This site has each state listed and is currently updating records especially death records.

www.familysearch.org This is the Latter Day Saints website. The Mormon Church has the SSDI, the 1880 U.S. Census, the 1881 UK census, Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index (IGI) and their library catalog.

www.castlegarden.org This was the port of entry in New York City where immigrants arriving before Ellis Island. The person's records are located at this website.

www.ellisisland.org This contains the Ellis Island records started in 1892.

http:\\freebmd.rootsweb.com This website contains birth, marriage, and death records for the UK.

National Archives, Morrow, Georgia This location will also be discussed in class to define the records available.

Each class meets two times (sessions) for 3 hours (6 hours total).

Each class holds six (6) students - one per computer.