There are many who love FTM; there are a huge number that can't stand it. I'll try
to be honest: it's easy to use, and it makes great box charts (some of the best I've seen, and they give a lot of control
over how those charts look). They have other good points, but the company that manufactures it can be aggravating.
I also have a long list of things that they don't do right, or at least didn't do right in v. 7 (in my opinion,
at least) in regard to data entry and reports. That company (Genealogy.com) also produced an excellent software program, named Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) which
was ranked as the second best genealogy program for a PC. The best? By almost unamious common agreement, The Master Genealogist (TMG) produced by WhollyGenes Inc., a small company in Maryland, USA. What did Genealogy.com
do with UFT?? They discontinued it in May 1999. To be fair the designers were attempting to upgrade the program and simplfiy
the code. Despite their best efforts they couldn't do it. Genealogy.com wanted UFT users to become FTM users (in
their dreams). Knowing it was discontinued, and that e-bay received a good number of copies of UFT, and they were
going cheap--I couldn't resist it. I purchased a copy of UFT, version 2.7. There's a free upgrade to version 2.8 on
their website, which I took advantage of. The last version was 3.1, and version 3 was bug-full. The only thing
3.1 did was to correct some of the bugs.
A few of my thoughts on U.F.T. and why T.M.G. is better can be found here.
In November 2000 I gave up on FTM and moved my entire genealogical database to
The Master Genealogist v.4.0c Gold. It's excellent; you can do almost everything with it. The current version is 7.04. Version
7 is the long awaited 36-bit program, and it does even more of everything. It was rumored that version 8 was
to be released by Christmas 2010. I'm writing tis in August 2011 and version 8 still has not been released, although
a public beta of version 8 is available for those who are using Windows 7. TMG v. 7 does not work properly
in Windows 7 (at least the 64-bit version). Version 8 does. All we know is that once all the bugs are fixed and
all the features are added version 8 will be released.
When UFT was discontinued Wholly Genes made an offer to the users of UFT that they
could obtain, at half-price, The Master Genealogist---once an upgrade was released that would incorporate several UFT
features into TMG. My guess is that many of the UFT users took that offer. I no longer have UFT on my computer,
partly because I'm no longer using the computer I had then, partly because the operating systems have advanced to far and
left UFT behind, it being written for an earlier operating system, and mainly because I found The Master Genealogist
much better and UFT remained unused and more unfamilar, and therefor more difficult to use.
When my grandparents HALTEMAN married the article in the local newspaper declared
that he was from a prominent Philadelphia family. We laughed at that--what was so prominent about them?? Besides, he wasn't
from Philadelphia but from nearby Montgomery and Chester Counties, Pennsylvania. When I started my genealogy I found out--gradually--whom
he was related to. I found he was related to some very old and quite prominent families in that area. He descends from the
founders of Germantown, which is part of Philadelphia. His family was also the easiest of my four grandparents to trace.
The family tree of the WOLFRAMs that I mentioned? My cousin got most of his
information from his father, my grand-uncle. I enjoyed correcting that tree, mostly in finding the correct places.
My cousin thought my great-grandmother died in her hometown, where she is buried. She actually died in my hometown.
My mother then recalled that my grandmother once said that she was in this city to visit her mother-in-law, and that it was
before my father married and moved here. The things you find out...