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Introduction

Introduction

This Fast & Easy book from Premier Press will help you learn Family Tree Maker 10 quickly, leaving you more time for researching your family history and requiring less time for learning how to enter it into a program. Family Tree Maker is a multifaceted program able not only to track your ancestry, but also to produce beautiful reports and books when you wish to share what you have found. Even if you have never used a genealogy program before, you will find that Family Tree Maker’s interface and options make it possible to keep track of even the most tangled of family trees. With the capability to include digitized images, Family Tree Maker gives you the opportunity to share more than just names, dates, and places. This book introduces you to many of the features available in Family Tree Maker so you can enjoy this hobby you’ve discovered. If you have used Family Tree Maker before, you may find some new tricks in the Advanced Methods section.

Who should Read this Book?

This book is written with the novice computer user in mind. In it, you are taken on a hands-on trip through the Family Tree Maker program. The many illustrations let you check your progress as you master each new feature or process. Even if you are familiar with computers, though, you may have only recently been introduced to Family Tree Maker. In either case, this book offers you an easy-to-follow tour of the program and all that you can accomplish. Comparing your own screen to the screen captures in the book allow you to easily see if you are using the program correctly. Finally, those who feel comfortable with the basic features of Family Tree Maker may find some shortcuts or new methods for working with the program, especially in the Advanced Methods section.

This book is organized by tasks. Some tasks may require many steps, and others may branch off into enhancements or additional features. A quick perusal of the Table of Contents should lead you right to the process you are trying to accomplish. Then it is just a matter of reading through the steps.

Special Features of this Book

As you work with this book, you will discover that the emphasis is on tasks. This is by design, so that you can master what you need in an easy-to-follow format. There are a couple of features, though, that will supply you with additional information as you work with the Family Tree Maker program.

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TIP

Tips offer you useful hints about features in Family Tree Maker that can speed up the task at hand or enhance your report output.

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NOTE

Notes offer additional information about Family Tree Maker or about genealogy and sharing your family tree.

In the appendixes you will find help for installing the Family Tree Maker software and useful tables of keyboard shortcuts to make your data entry speedier.

Happy family tree climbing!

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