Who Do You Think You Are? Family Tree Maker Deluxe Review


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  • Review Price: £19.97

Have you ever wondered if you’re related to royalty or if your ancestors came from overseas? Well, I’m guessing quite a few of you have because tracing your family tree seems to be the in thing at the moment. So, it’s no surprise that GSP has jumped on the bandwagon and released Who Do You Think You Are?, the official software to accompany the hit BBC show of the same name.

This new Deluxe Version packs in the Who Do You Think You Are? software, a free 90-day trial subscription to Ancestry.com, and a full training DVD to show you how to get to grips with the software. The whole lot will set you back a mere £20 and considering a year’s subscription to Ancestry would normally cost you £79.95, that three month subscription alone makes the package a real bargain. So the perfect accompaniment to a burgeoning interest in genealogy then? Well, not really.

Inserting the main software disc, things start off well with a slick flash intro page greeting you. There are options to install the software, view the family trees of celebrities that appeared on the first two Series of the TV show (the third series is on a separate disc), take a tour of the software, and watch video clips of the show. Now, normally I hate these sort of flashy menus, especially as when, like this one, they fill the whole of your computer’s screen, but on this occasion I was won over by how well done it was. The simple graphics are slick and navigation is simplicity itself.

Also impressive is the software installation, which guides you through the process step by step, even throwing up useful bits of information like how the registration and online subscription works.

Even ignoring the fact the software apparently has issues with Windows Vista, things are still going well when you start the software. A ‘first run’ startup screen appears asking if you’d like to start a new family tree, open an existing one, or view the tutorial. Of course, being new to the software we went straight for the tutorial.

Now, you could argue that the tutorial only being available online is a bit mean, but this software does state quite explicitly that it’s to be used in conjunction with online genealogy records so you are expected to be connected when using it. Also, the sheer brilliance of it more than makes up for this complaint – this has to be the best tutorial we’ve ever used!

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