FTM Users: Join MyHeritage and get Family Tree Builder with an Unlimited Size Family Site for Free

FTM Users: Join MyHeritage and get Family Tree Builder with an Unlimited Size Family Site for Free

As you may have heard, Ancestry® has recently announced that it will no longer sell its Family Tree Maker® (FTM) software as of the end of this month, with further plans to discontinue support for the program.

At MyHeritage, we believe there is still a place in the world for genealogy software, and there is value in the ability to work offline, and enjoy more powerful functionality that many websites cannot offer. We also believe that people should be able to discover and preserve their family history on whatever platform they are comfortable with. That’s why we are constantly innovating new technologies and enhancing our website, mobile apps and our Family Tree Builder genealogy software.

MyHeritage Family Tree Builder

MyHeritage Family Tree Builder

So for all disappointed FTM users looking for alternative genealogy software, look no further! MyHeritage Family Tree Builder is the ideal tool to continue growing your family tree, and open new frontiers of research. You’ll enjoy its innovative technologies and easy-to-use features.

Family Tree Builder is FREE and you can use it to build a tree of up to 100,000 individuals on your computer. This is not an imposed size limit, but rather a technical limitation, but if you have a larger tree, you can use our new version that’s in beta.

Download Family Tree Builder now

Family Tree Builder is also available for Mac through the Family Tree Builder Mac Extension.

Download Family Tree Builder Mac Extension

Former FTM users: after installing Family Tree Builder, we recommend that you sync your family tree with your MyHeritage family site. You’ll get many benefits such as enhanced Smart Matches and Record Matches, ability to view and edit your tree using our free mobile apps, robust online backup of your tree data, and more.  If you choose to sync, we will be happy to gift you with unlimited tree size capacity on your online family site, which is normally limited to 250 individuals on a free account. Simply email our support team at upgrade@myheritage.com to ask for this free upgrade. Feel free to email us if you have any questions regarding the transfer of your data to Family Tree Builder.

To proceed, export your current family tree from FTM or Ancestry® into a GEDCOM file, download and install Family Tree Builder using the links above, import your GEDCOM into Family Tree Builder, and let the good times roll.

For assistance on how to export your current tree as a GEDCOM file from another genealogy software or website, read our quick step by step guide.

Family Tree Builder 7.0 features full tree syncing, Smart Matches and Record Matches, photo tools, charts, maps, consistency checks and much more.

In early 2016, we will release Family Tree Builder 8.0, which we have been developing for the past two years. Some of our power users are currently testing it in beta, and are enthusiastic about the new version’s improvements.
We’ve invested significant resources to rewrite the program’s internals in order to support very large family trees (up to 500,000 individuals), with faster performance.

You can learn more about the features of Family Tree Builder 7.0 or watch the video below:


MyHeritage Team


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  • Linda Guth

    December 12, 2015

    I have always felt the MyHeritage Family Tree Builder was the best software out there and have used it for years. Not only that, but I’m the Education Coordinator for a local Genealogy Society and when demonstrating various topics by using FTB, I end up inadvertently advertising our software almost every time I teach a class. When asking the class attendees if they have any questions about what I’m teaching, there’s always a question or two just about the software itself.

    I am so, so glad you are keeping Family Tree Builder & will continue to make improvements. I love this software!

  • Catherine Kruse

    December 13, 2015

    Thank you for allowing the Family Tree members connect with your tree, I have used Family Tree for years and am hesitant about changing but I have been using your site for a few weeks and feel pretty confidant that the quality will be as good (if not better) than my original program.

  • Ann Tyson

    January 6, 2016

    FTM has deteriorated substantially the last year, and Ancestry certainly is not concerned about the customers who have invested and used this program. Am anxious to see how this one works.

  • thomas kenah

    April 25, 2016

    I’ve been trying to join MyHeritage so I can move my two trees from ancestry. Is there a phone #?

  • jenny

    May 2, 2016

    So glad that I joined My Heritage – much easier to navigate especially as I am a novice on the computor. Have alredy found many people in my tree. Thanks again!