17    Apr 2013108 comments

New Release: Family Tree Builder 7.0

We're pleased to announce the release of MyHeritage Family Tree Builder 7.0 - the latest version of the world’s most popular free genealogy software - which combines innovative technologies with easy-to-use features.

Used by millions of people worldwide, Family Tree Builder lets you build your family tree and enhance it with photos, historical records and more. The latest version, 7.0, is packed with exciting new features and improvements.

Download Family Tree Builder 7.0 for free now

We've been working hard for more than a year to enhance Family Tree Builder to make documenting and sharing your family history even easier. We're taken the time to ensure this release is as robust as possible and have just completed a successful two-month beta program with some of our power users. Enthusiastic feedback from the first users to use version 7.0 indicates that this is the best version we've ever released.

The new version now syncs your entire family history in both directions between your computer and your family site on MyHeritage, as well as smart phones and tablets, and opens new channels for discovering relatives and billions of historical records with our advanced matching technologies. This means you can now access your family tree securely not just from your computer but also from your online family site, smart phone or tablet device, and even grow the tree and add more information and photos to it, any time and anywhere. All additions and changes will sync back to your Family Tree Builder software on your computer.

New Features in version 7.0

With a new graphical facelift for better looks and an updated user interface, Family Tree Builder 7.0 supports 40 languages, including Chinese, Japanese and Korean, now available for the first time.

Family Tree Builder 7.0's updated user interface

Already using an earlier version of Family Tree Builder? Upgrading to the newest version is easy and free. Your existing data will be backed up automatically and will not be affected. Perform a single sync, and you can start editing your family tree online, too, and begin using our free mobile app to edit the tree using iPhone, iPad or Android. If you're a new user, download Family Tree Builder 7.0 for free and start a new tree, or import your GEDCOM to get started.

Already have an online family tree on MyHeritage.com but not using the Family Tree Builder software yet? You can now download Family Tree Builder 7.0 for free. It will automatically prompt you to restore your tree from MyHeritage.com to your computer. After doing that your tree will be in sync, and you will gain a local copy of your family tree data, which is always a good idea for extra backup. Currently, editing a synchronized family tree online or via mobile is restricted only to the family tree's creator. As the site creator, you'll be able to share your family site with others, but only you can make changes. We'll soon be adding a permission system that will allow you to grant other family members the ability to edit the synced tree too, if you like collaborating with other relatives on enhancing the tree.

With Family Tree Builder 7.0 you can download your online family trees

What’s New in Version 7.0?


One of Family Tree Builder's main features has always been publishing, which allowed users to post their family tree directly from their computer to their online family site at MyHeritage, in one click. It has been available since version 2.0 of Family Tree Builder in 2008. Publishing has allowed millions of users to gain a backup of their data and enjoy the many benefits of the online family site, but it worked only in one direction, so the online tree was read-only.

As of version 7.0, publishing has been improved to become two-way publishing, i.e. full sync, which is an abbreviation of the term synchronization. This means that with Family Tree Builder 7.0, you can now edit your synced family tree online on MyHeritage.com or using our free mobile app, and changes made online (such as additions, edits and deletions) will be applied in Family Tree Builder on your computer in the next sync. Goodbye, read-only.

Setting up sync with your online family site

All family tree information is synchronized - including photos, videos, audio files, notes, sources, citations and anything that is added to the tree.

You can sync manually whenever you want, or schedule automatic sync to avoid ever having to worry about it.

Sync button

Click on the Sync button to publish your family site (click to zoom)

Simply put, sync completes the MyHeritage architecture and implements "genealogy in the cloud." Users can have one tree and, at any moment, use a computer, browser or mobile device to grow their tree and add more data, or simply access the tree and show it to relatives and friends.

Family Tree Builder 7.0 can sync many trees, each with its own family site

The benefits of online publishing are numerous. It provides an extra backup online to protect you against data loss in any incident involving your computer. Your valuable family history data will be immune to disk crashes, viruses or computer theft. It allows sharing your family tree with relatives and editing "on the go" with our free MyHeritage mobile app. Smart Matches and Record Matches will compare your synced tree to billions of family tree profiles and historical records to make discoveries for you.

Genealogy in the cloud

MyHeritage sync implements "genealogy in the cloud": access and edit your tree via multiple platforms and devices

Have you already downloaded the MyHeritage mobile app yet?  It allows you to access and edit your family tree wherever you are, now with support for trees synced with Family Tree Builder too.

How to Sync

On the main button bar, click the blue Sync button to synchronize the tree with your family site. The Sync menu gives you access to sync settings and the list of family sites in your control.

Sync your tree with your family site

Sync your tree with your family site

Each time a sync occurs, the following four steps take place:

Step 1 - updates from your family site are downloaded and applied in Family Tree Builder

Step 2 - Family Tree Builder prepares updates to send to the family site

Step 3 - the updates (including new photos) are uploaded to the family site

Step 4 - the family site processes the upload

The sync may be brief or long depending on how many updates have been made and how many new photos have been added. During the sync, you can click the "Continue Working" button and work on the tree while the sync takes place in the background. This is a useful new feature because you no longer have to wait while the process is taking place. If any conflicts are encountered during sync, you will be notified. Once the sync is complete, your family tree will be on your family site ready for you to view or edit it there.

Your tree on your online family site

Your privacy is important to us. Private data entered into Family Builder - such as DNA marker information, SSN fields and all fields marked as “private” by the tree creator - will not be synced with the online family tree.

Record Matching

As of version 7.0, Record Matching technology comes to Family Tree Builder, augmenting our existing Smart Matching™ technology to match billions of historical records on MyHeritage to your family tree. With a growing collection of records, advanced algorithms and a lot of server power, Record Matching finds matches that many users would not be able to make on their own, in high accuracy and effortlessly.

Record Matches

Viewing Record Matches in Family Tree Builder 7.0

If records are found for any person in your tree, a brown icon (usually on top of a large green button) will appear in the profile card in tree view. Click it to view the matches. You may confirm or reject any Record Match. We're adding very soon a set of screens to extract information from Record Matches into your tree, and automatically create sources and citations for you. For now, review the matches, and edit your tree to add any useful information they bring.

Click the green button to view Record Matches of any person

Record Matching is the first and only technology in the world to automatically find relevant matches for family trees in newspaper articles, books and other free text content. This is even better news for you because MyHeritage currently holds the world’s largest historical newspaper collection, dating back to the 18th-century, and uses it with this technology. That's in addition to finding matches in structured records such as birth, marriage, death and census records. In short, Record Matching helps you discover substantive information on the lives, personalities and achievements of your ancestors.

Viewing Record Matches of a person

Viewing Record Matches of a person

A Record Match can often lead to an exciting discovery and open the door for more research. You never know what you're going to get. Our collections include newspapers, census records, birth marriage and death records, headstones, military records, yearbooks and even wanted posters and mugshots!

Black sheep

Record Matching can reveal juicy information. Is there a black sheep in your family?

Record Matching on Family Tree Builder 7.0 replaces the obsolete Smart Research feature and the World Vital Records integration, that existed in former versions.

Some Record Matches can be viewed for free, while others require a separate data subscription on MyHeritage, not related to the Premium or PremiumPlus subscription of the family site.

Record Matching is a ground-breaking technology that will help you improve your family tree with evidence derived from historical records. It was recently praised by well-known genealogy bloggers and opinion leaders James Tanner and Randy Seaver as "magic". We hope it will work like magic for you, too.


MyHeritage is a worldwide family network. To facilitate the best support for different languages, the new version 7.0 of Family Tree Builder has been rewritten to support Unicode. All data can now be entered in any language and is saved accurately as entered. Previously, text and data could be stored in a single language, but users could not mix and match different languages.

The new Unicode support allows Family Tree Builder to record data entered by the users in any combination of languages and symbols.

Family Tree Builder 7.0 has been expanded from 36 to 40 languages, by adding support for the first time for Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Farsi and Korean.

Former versions of Family Tree Builder stored family tree projects in .ZED files (ZED stands for Zipped GEDCOM). As of version 7.0, Projects are stored in .UZED files (UZED stands for Unicode ZED).

40 languages are now offered on Family Tree Builder 7.0

Additional features

Family Tree Builder includes a very wide set of features, and is ideal for beginners as well as professionals. Its features include photo albums, automatic face detection technology for photo tagging, beautiful family tree charts, poster printing, reports and statistics, interactive maps, support for DNA results, automatic consistency checker and much more.

We've updated the look of Family Tree Builder 7.0 with new icons, category graphics, wizard images, and more. We also implemented feature requests and suggestions from our users, to make the new version a joy for family history lovers.

Showcase your family history in a Timeline

Photos add color to your family history

How much does it cost?
Whether you are upgrading or installing for the first time, Family Tree Builder 7.0, like all earlier versions, is free.

Even though you can add an unlimited number of people in the software, you’ll need a Premium or PremiumPlus family site to publish (sync) a tree with over 250 individuals into your family site. However, with a one-time purchase of a Premium or PremiumPlus subscription, Family Tree Builder becomes premium for life, requiring no further payments, with permanent free upgrades, unlike other products. A data subscription or pay-as-you-go credits is required to access historical records (users with a World Vital Records subscription get a complimentary MyHeritage data subscription). An affordable bundle is available to combine a Premium or PremiumPlus family site with a data subscription to give you the best of everything. With such a bundle you would still be paying less than half (in fact, close to a third) of the price of our main competitor, Ance$try.

The Premium version of Family Tree Builder adds several features to the free version, including:

  • Merging of Smart Matches - Smart Matches is a unique technology that intelligently matches your family tree to hundreds of millions of profiles in other family trees, to discover people you may not have known. Merging allows you to extract information from Smart Matches into your own tree.

Smart Match Merging

  • All-in-one charts - all your relatives plotted in a single chart.
All-in-one charts

All-in-one charts

  • Interactive maps to visualize your ancestors' journey through life.

Interactive maps

Packed with great features you will not find anywhere else, Family Tree Builder is a great tool for beginners or professionals interested in family history. Enhanced in version 7.0 with an advanced sync system, Record Matching technology, better looks and new language support, our technologically advanced, easy-to-use software will help you to build your family’s digital legacy and preserve it for future generations.

Family Tree Builder is currently available for Windows. We've started working on adding support for Mac OS X too. Mac users, please lend us your patience, we're working to bring Family Tree Builder to you too.

We invite you to register for our free Family Tree Builder 7.0 webinar to learn more about the product. In the webinar, MyHeritage's chief genealogist, Daniel Horowitz, will demonstrate the product, describe the new features and be happy to respond to any questions.

Download Family Tree Builder 7.0 today. We sincerely hope you'll enjoy the new version.

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Comments (108) Trackbacks (5)
  1. I am a premium user v 6 can I download v 7 Without having to pay new premium subscription and with out losing info in tree builder
  2. just waiting to sort out my account now
  3. where is the ability to presenting them as a hierarchical tree in the panel?
  4. Sounds great! Hope to download today!
  5. Hi Edwin and Jesper, please visit www.myheritage.com/help and submit your questions to our customer support team who will advise you further.
  6. Family Tree Builder is the most fantastic tool in the service of family history.
  7. Its fantastic!!!!!!!!
    synchronization in both directions and editing in apps!!!!!
  8. i just have basic can i download it and would i lose any of my info.
  9. I started with My Heritage Premium Plus account in Dec 2012. How do I do the free upgrade and if I do it will I loose my Premium plus account. I am afraid if i download the new version I will loose all my hard work. I cannot find any explicit instructions either on how to upgrade. Forgive me I am somewhat a cyber idiot!
  10. Downloaded Family Tree Builder 7.0 a week or so ago. I am enjoying working with this version. Much easier to work with and being able to make changes before confirming matches.
  11. Can I keep all the current information and photos I have on the 6.0 version as I has taken some considerable time to get this information
  12. Thank you!
  14. I am glad it, can't wait to try it. Thanks
  15. A great site I like the way I can see all family events.
  16. Hi David,

    Currently, only the original site creator can add data to a synced tree. Other site managers, as well as regular site members, cannot edit the synced tree on the family site, but they can still add photos to a family site.
  17. Hi Debra, Allison and Peter,

    If you have a previous version of Family Tree Builder, you can upgrade to the version 7.0 and your existing data will be backed up automatically and will not be affected.
  18. Hi when will a Mac verision be ready
  19. Do you have Family Tree Builder written for Mac. I would love to do this on my Macbook Pro rather than Windows.
  20. love family tree builder add carter family trees
  21. Hi John and Jack,

    Family Tree Builder is currently available for Windows. We've started working on adding support for Mac OS X too. For those Mac users, please lend us your patience, we're working to bring Family Tree Builder to you too in future versions.
  22. Hi.

    This is the most simple and easiest program that I have used so far ,as i have used quite a few. Just loving it.
  23. Hi,
    Glad to hear you are working on a Mac version. Have been with my Mac for over a year and do not want to go back to windows.
  24. I have, My Heritage Premium Plus account. How do I do the free upgrade and if I do it will I loose my Premium plus account. I am afraid if i download the new version I will loose all my hard work. I cannot find any explicit instructions either on how to upgrade.
  25. Have just downloaded this blog and will try it out shortly. Will also upgrade my original heritage program. I do appreciate the feed-back I get from you. Am 80 years old this coming June so am a little slow getting thru my family history as I have many new contacts providing information for my family. Again, thanks for the service.
  26. If your PC seems to start slower with the installation of the version 7 It's normal. The sync use up to 30 sec's on start. So disable it, and do the sync manually.

    Also check for new updates every week, Some error are corrected and some new ameliorations become available, such as the profile that now include the facts information and that gives now a real good history of a person in the profile that matches better his life
  27. Hi Dorothy,

    You can download Family Tree Builder 7.0 for free here: http://www.myheritage.com/family-tree-builder. Your existing data will be backed up automatically and will not be affected.
  28. Like the upgrade very well. Now my main historical software package.
  29. WOW !!
  30. Can't WAIT for Mac version!! Sounds great.
  31. looking forward to MAC version!
  32. Sounds great...still waiting for Mac versions from M y Heritage.
  33. Sounds good.
  34. I like it.
  35. agree
  36. Very good.
  37. Hope I get more confidence to complete my Heritage with this update. My family is already amazed at how far I have completed our family line. I have a few more birthdays & deaths to be completed first. Debbie
  38. Will be looking forward to a Mac version......I hope it comes out soon.
  39. Wonderful, I plan to download very soon.
  40. Thx,
    I will appreciate the updated version.
  41. I'd like to know my family tree.
  42. I Have committed myself to putting my Family History on record by starting on the MyHeritage.com
    Looking forward to see how it turns out!
  43. Good luck Tekaumarua! Let us know how it goes.
  44. new on this
  45. It is wondefull Projesct. Thank You very much!

    Benas J.
  46. This looks like an interesting new take. Thank you
  47. I appreciate very much having my website on MyFamily Heritage, but I have a question about this new Family Tree Builder v.7.

    Will this download to a Mac Computer?

    Many thanks for advising re this.
  48. Hi Esmé, Family Tree Builder currently works on Windows, but we've started working on adding support for Mac OSX too. Stay tuned for new updates.
  49. Can't find anywhere which version of Windows you are talking about. I just got a new computer with Windows 7 on it and have had some compatibility problems with some other programs. Is this family Tree Builder v.7 absolutely guaranteed to be compatible with Windows 7?
  50. Hi DeBushe,

    Family Tree Builder 7.0 is compatible with Windows 7.

  51. hello,everyone,it's a wonderful tool for all of us.Though my English is so bad ,I still want to find jewels from it!
  52. It's very good.
  54. It looks AMAZING!! I shall have to try it our!
  55. It look great.
  56. these are some of the biggest and most exciting changes I've been waiting for... i can't wait to try out the new, fully synched clients on all of my client systems....

    And, I'm eagerly awaiting the ability to give permission to others to help edit!

    Way to go! Fantastic!
  57. This is fantastic - well done
  58. Just started my Family tree on the window 7 the first of the year bur have had it on paper & note pads for over 50 years, Just now building my full tree on window 7 and love it. ever thing is great
  59. thank you it's wonderfull
  60. Very excited to see your note about your working on making this viable for Mac users too. The online software is great but I would love to have a version of this I can work on "at home" too. Please keep us updated on that progress!
  61. I have V 6. will all my data from 6 automatically transfer to 7
  62. Hi Marjorie,

    All your data will be transferred when you update to version 7.
  63. Love my heritage
  64. Looks to be quite a update to earlier years to get information into the tree and more pictures.
  65. Have 27 grandchildren and 31 Great- grandchildren. Hopping this will help. timewise
  66. For the latest FTB 7.0 updates, please visit here (copy and paste to your browser) http://www.myheritage.com/support-post-761991/ftb-7-versions-bug-fixes
  67. Can't wait for the Mac version of Family Tree Builder! Hopefully soon
  68. Pleease - I wait very much for the Mac version!!!
  69. I believe there is an upgrade to V.7, I saw a note as I was closing my computer down. It said something about fixing problems with v.7. How do I find out where I can download this upgrade?
  70. Hi Marlene,

    For the latest FTB 7.0 updates, please visit here (copy and paste to your browser) http://www.myheritage.com/support-post-761991/ftb-7-versions-bug-fixes
  71. building family tree now. How do I change the title of the site i chose previously?
  72. Hi Roberto, you can change the title on your family site by clicking on "site settings" -> "general" -> and edit the title field to the preferred name and save.
  73. Gerald Milligan 29Th. Aug. 1936
    Just downloded this version and looking forward to getting into it. Just love the Family Tree.
  74. looking forward to this version.
  75. cant wait for Mac version. I really Hope its coming soon
  76. Thanks for the new version. I am looking forward to using that. Can I do the editing to change a name?
  77. This is new for me.
  78. I will have great time working on this great program.
  79. I am waiting for the Mac version of the Family Tree Builder, and in the meantime, I will go on using the online family tree on MyHeritage.com.
    Do you have any idea of when the Mac release will take place ?
  80. The Mac is still not out?
  81. Hi Michelle,

    We do not yet have a Mac version, but we hope to work on one in the coming year.

    Thanks, MyHeritage Team
  82. ok thanx
  83. We are waiting for the Mac version a long time already! any news as to when it's likely to come?
  84. tasarım güzel ama hala çok eksikler var mesela veri girilirken şunlar tanıyormusun gibi seçeknekler işi kolaylaştırır
  85. Hi Thomas,
    We are working on a Mac version, and we hope to have one out next year.
    MyHeritage Team
  86. Thank you for letting me download the new version of Family
    Tree Builder 7.0.
  87. Too bad I can't use it on my new mac! Frustrating!
    Is there a target date?
  88. Hi, We are working on a MAC version and hope to have one out in the next year. No date yet, but stay tuned!
    MyHeritage Team
  89. Family Tree Builder looks interesting, but it's not compatible with my computer. Any chance of a Linux version soon?
  90. Hi Alastair,
    The Mac version is next- that's what we're working on now, and hope to have it out later this year. Thanks for the suggestion for a Linux version.
    Esther / MyHeritage Team
  91. Hi Esther
    I'm joining in with my fellow Mac users
    I would love to use your program and am looking forward to the mac version
    After all I have the iPhone, iPad and PowerBoo so a Mac Version would really make this the greatest
  92. Hey Esther
    I am also looking forward to the mac version :)
  93. I am a CHinese user. For this part of country, typically name is displayed Last name first and wife does not change last name when married. Please feedback to your developer. It is great your are working on a Mac OS version. Can not wait! Thanks.
  94. can't find my family , gottwald is the name
  95. Hi,

    To change the ways that names are displayed in the family tree in Family Tree Builder, please go to Tools > Options. There you will see the category 'Names', and you will have the option to both change the order that names are displayed, and to change the preference of having women take their husband's last name when marrying.

    Esther / MyHeritage Team
  96. I'm also very much awaiting the MAC version of Family Tree Builder. Please keep us posted on expected release date!
  97. Hi Carolyn,

    Thanks for the feedback! We're working on it, and hope to have one later this year. Stay tuned.

    Esther / MyHeritage Team
  98. OK, great! Wheres the Mac version??
  99. Excellent program. I have been waiting for a good program like this one for the past ten years. Now I can go full swing to build my family tree. This is the most user friendly one and I love the picture capabilities. Thanks
  100. excellent program i use this wave side last10 year and fillup our family data last400years ago and published it on myheritage.com
  101. Excellent Program indeed.I will down load version 7.0
  102. Looking forward to the MAC version - can't wait for it to come
  103. Hello, nice to read that there is a tree builder version 7.0
  104. I have My heritage should i also have family tree builder..Why whats the difference and do i keep both as i have paid to be upgraded to the premium plus.?
  105. Hi Josie,

    Family Tree Builder is our free software to build and edit your family tree on your desktop. It will sync directly with your online family tree, as well as with our mobile app so you can access your family tree from your desktop, on your mobile and online. You can use whatever is more preferrable and can sync between all three.
  106. Great way to build family tree
  107. Es muy completo
  108. Great software but have been unable to use for over a year now (laptop died and was replace with a Mac). Really hope the Mac version appears soon as this is definitely the best software I have used for genealogy recording and display.

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