Connect with your Past and Bring Family History to Life

New Genealogy Software from Avanquest™ Family Tree Maker™ 2010 Reveals Fascinating Insight into Ancestral Lineage

News release
4th November 2009


Avanquest Software, a leading developer and publisher of business and consumer software for the global PC market, has announced the release of™ Family Tree Maker™ 2010. The world’s number one selling family history software now includes new tools and features that enable both beginner and experienced genealogists to bring family history to life. The software also includes free Essentials membership to™*, enabling seamless integration with the UK’s leading family history website**.


Family history enthusiasts can benefit from the multitude of new features and organisational tools in Family Tree Maker™ 2010, such as improved integration with™ to search for ancestors and information to add to a tree. Users could discover a host of unknown and interesting facts in family history resources such as Census records; Birth, Marriage and Death indexes; WW1 military records; passenger lists and much more. The software provides access to powerful sourcing tools, using documentation and citation rating to accurately reference information.


Family Tree Maker™ 2010 features new timelines, family group sheets and genealogy reports that enable users to tell a richer family history. The software includes easier and faster ways to add, link and categorise photos and files, with the ability to add slideshows for a fun and interactive project. New scanner support enables favourite print photographs to be added directly to a tree. There is also the option to publish trees as attractive books to share with family and friends.


Users can enjoy the software’s fresh new look with an updated relationship calculator for quickly working out the connection between any two people in a family tree. Locations of events such as births, marriages, residences and deaths can be displayed using Microsoft® Bing™ maps, to show migration paths which can be followed through time. Extended family birthday and anniversary calendars can be used to ensure that important dates are not missed. Faster loading times and quicker performance makes Family Tree Maker™ 2010 the ideal solution to building a family tree.


Family Tree Maker™ 2010 Deluxe Edition (£39.13) comes with three months UK Essentials membership to™, worth over £32. Family Tree Maker™ 2010 Platinum Edition (£58.71) comes with six months free UK membership, worth over £65.* 


Both packages contain a ‘getting started’ guide and interactive training tutorial to help beginners master the basics of family history. Additional benefits include a 20% discount on™ DNA testing and a 25% discount on MyCanvas™, a web publishing tool for showcasing photos and charts as well as printing professional books and posters. Users can also receive three free issues of Your Family Tree Magazine when buying an annual subscription***, plus savings of up to £44 on Arrowfile genealogy products to organise and safeguard family history documents. The Platinum Edition also includes The Family Tree Maker™ Little Book of Answers, perfect for users with unusual family circumstances.


For genealogists whose research will take them overseas, Family Tree Maker™ 2010 World Edition (£97.86) offers a six month worldwide membership to™*. This provides access to a global collection of records with additional bonus materials including SendPhotos, for editing and enhancing family photos before sharing the finished images in albums and slideshows; Backup and Protect Suite to ensure all family data is protected; and Create Your Own Family Tree Website with three month’s free web hosting and a domain name* to share finished projects with family and friends.


Notes to Editor:
* Subscription Activation - Terms and Conditions apply

The™ Essentials Membership begins upon activation of the free subscription with a valid credit or debit card but no money will be taken during the free subscription period. To cancel your membership without incurring a charge to your credit or debit card, go to, simply login and go to 'My Account', click on 'Cancel Subscription' at least 2 days before the free trial subscription is due to end, otherwise 100% of the monthly membership price will be automatically debited from your credit or debit card. Use of is subject to our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. See for full details.
** Based on market share of visits among all UK websites in the Hitwise Lifestyle - Family industry category, January-June 2009
*** Terms and Conditions apply


Sales information:
Family Tree Maker™ 2010 Deluxe Edition: £39.13
Family Tree Maker™ 2010 Platinum Edition: £58.71
Family Tree Maker™ 2010 World Edition: £97.86
Available from all leading PC retail outlets and
Published by: Avanquest Software Publishing

Minimum System Requirements:
Windows® XP SP2/Vista™ and Windows 7, 500 MHz Intel Pentium® II (or equivalent), 460 MB for installation / 256 MB of RAM, 2X CD-ROM (required for installation), 800x600 resolution monitor.


About Avanquest Software
Avanquest Software is one of the world’s leading software developers and publishers, with operations in Europe, North America and China, and marketing its software titles through Retail, Corporate, OEM and Direct-to-Consumer channels. The company is committed to innovation in the design, development and publishing of world-class, easy-to-use and affordable software. Avanquest Software is listed on Euronext (ISIN FR0004026714) since December 1996. Additional information is available at or


About is officially the UK’s leading family history website. It has more than 820 million searchable family history records in major collections including the England, Wales and Scotland Censuses from 1841 to 1901, the England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes, 1837-2005, World War One British Army Service and Pension Records, UK and Ireland Parish and Probate Records and the British Phone Books, 1880-1984. was launched in May 2002 and belongs to the global network of Ancestry websites (wholly owned by Operations Inc.), which contains four billion family history records. To date more than 11 million family trees have been created and over one billion names and 22 million photographs uploaded. 8.2 million unique visitors log on to an Ancestry website every month (comScore, June 2009).

The Ancestry global network of family history websites:  in the US, in the UK,  in Canada, in Australia, in Germany, in Italy, in France, in Sweden and in China.

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