Course curriculum

    1. Meet Your Instructor & Introduce Yourself

    2. Course Overview & Outline

    3. A Note to Mac Users

    4. Course Access: November 14 - December 11, 2022

    5. Learn To Use the Course Player

    6. Contact Us

    7. Before we begin ...

    1. Introduction to Family Tree Maker

    2. Create Your Tree

    3. Working with GEDCOM Files

    4. How to Download from the FamilySearch Family Tree

    5. Add People to Your Family Tree Maker Tree

    6. Using the Index and Color Coding

    7. How to Add Profile Pictures for Your Ancestors

    8. Best Practices

    9. Try it Out & Ask A Question

    1. Editing Your Tree in Family Tree Maker

    2. Adding a Fact

    3. Three Ways to View Facts

    4. Best Practices for Using Facts

    5. How to Undo Changes via the Change Log

    6. Take Note

    7. Sources in Family Tree Maker

    8. Try It Out & Ask A Question

    1. Plan Workspace

    2. Filling in the Holes of Your Tree

    3. Web Search Workspace

    4. Places Workspace

    5. Media Workspace

    6. How to Embed Sound Recordings in Pictures

    7. Try It Out & Ask A Question

    1. Publish Workspace

    2. Charts

    3. Reports

    4. Smart Stories

    5. Sharing Your Charts and Reports

    6. Tree Vault

    7. Edit and Tools Menus

    8. Help Menu

    9. Try It Out & Ask A Question

    1. Download the lesson text for Windows

    2. Download the lesson text for Mac

    3. Please take our survey

About this course

  • Free
  • 2 hours of video content


A contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine, Rick Crume has written for other genealogical journals in the United States, as well as Canada and Great Britain. Specializing in online research, genealogy software, DNA testing and British genealogy, he has spoken at genealogy conferences across North America and presented many webinars.

Rick Crume


How Family Tree University Courses Work

  • Course

    Our courses consist of four or more written lessons that may also contain videos, slide shows, and other elements. There are self-directed quizzes and/or exercises to help you apply your knowledge. In addition, you'll have access to discussion boards where you can ask your instructor, questions about the materials during the course dates.

  • Instructor

    Instructor access for the duration of the four weeks, so you can ask questions about what you've learned.

  • Access

    Our courses are designed to be easily accessible! Once you've registered for the course, you'll be able to log in on the start date to see all the lessons. Each lesson is available within your browser. You can work at your own pace.

  • Materials

    All the materials will be available for download, and you'll have access to the course materials online for about a year after the start date. After the course end date, it will go into read-only mode, so you'll still be able to reach the materials, but you'll no longer have access to the instructor or message boards.

  • What You'll Need

    Please ensure that you have internet access and that your browsers and computer system are fairly up-to-date. The course materials are designed to be compatible with most devices.