MyHeritage releases Family Tree Builder 7.0

1 Posted by - 18 April 2013 - Feature stories

In our Issue 6: Sep-Oct 2011 edition we included a CD insert of the MyHeritage Family Tree Builder software and now that terrific family history tool has been updated for the big changes underway at MyHeritage!

MyHeritage releases Family Tree Builder 7.0 to bring the power of the cloud to genealogy software. Updated version of world’s most popular free family history software now syncs with online and mobile, opens new channels for the discovery of historical records and is also now available in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

MyHeritage, the popular family history network, today announced the release of Family Tree Builder 7.0, free genealogy software that combines innovative technology with easy-to-use features. The millions of family history enthusiasts and genealogists worldwide using Family Tree Builder to explore, document and showcase their roots, can now synchronize their family tree between different devices and enjoy sophisticated ways of making new discoveries via the cloud. Family Tree Builder 7.0 is available as a free download.

Using the new software, users can now optionally synchronize their entire family history between their computer and their online family tree on MyHeritage. This connection of genealogy software to the cloud enables users to access their family history anytime and anywhere. It also enables users to benefit from the renowned network effects of MyHeritage’s huge user community, with advanced matching technologies that automatically search millions of user-contributed family trees from around the world and a database of billions of historical records, to help users make breakthrough discoveries. The new version 7.0 adds new languages to cater to family history fans in the Far East, enjoys a graphical facelift and sports better looks.

“Feature-packed and cloud-powered, Family Tree Builder has become a must-have tool for anyone interested in family history”, said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “We’re proud to be bringing family history to the masses with the most technologically advanced, yet easy-use software for building a family’s digital legacy and preserving it for future generations. By combining helpful family tree tools for charting a family’s course through history, with an advanced sync system and Record Matching technology, new Family Tree Builder 7.0 offers an unbeatable journey to the past.”

New Sync System:
All family tree information is synchronized, including photos, videos, audio files, notes, sources, citations and other information, except private information such as DNA markers which never leaves the user’s computer. The family history data can now be privately and securely viewed, edited and expanded from any device – the user’s computer, the user’s online family site on MyHeritage – or via the free MyHeritage mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. Users have full control of who can be granted permission to view or add information. The new sync system also provides a backup of the users’ precious data.

Record Matching technology:
Whereas previous versions of Family Tree Builder already enjoyed Smart Matching™ technology, which brought users matches from the millions of user-contributed family trees on MyHeritage, the new version 7.0 is the first to enjoy the company’s successful Record Matching technology, recently praised by well-known genealogy bloggers and opinion leaders James Tanner and Randy Seaver as “magic”. Record Matching is a discovery-finder and a time-saver. It automatically researches every individual in the user’s family tree and looks for matching historical records with high accuracy. All historical records found are consolidated in one convenient report, which the user can then go over systematically. Record Matching is the world’s first and only technology capable of automatically finding newspaper articles about one’s ancestors.


Additional language capabilities:
Family Tree Builder 7.0 has been rewritten to support Unicode, which means that data can be entered in any language and saved accurately as entered. The software has been expanded from 37 to 40 languages, by adding support for the first time for Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese and Korean, as MyHeritage expands its global network into the Far East.

The full range of features in Family Tree Builder is ideal for beginners and professionals alike, and includes photo albums, automatic face detection technology for photo tagging, beautiful family tree charts, poster printing, reports and statistics, interactive maps, support for DNA, automatic consistency checks and much more. The software is based on the Freemium model. It can be downloaded and used for free for building an unlimited-sized tree on one’s computer. Premium features of the software can be unlocked for a one-time purchase and affordable subscriptions are available for online family sites of unlimited capacity and access to premium content.

Family Tree Builder 7.0 is available as a free download is available for Windows. The company is working on adding support also for Mac OS X and this will be available starting with the next version of the software.


Source: MyHeritage press release, 18/04/13


  • avatar
    Cheryle 23 May 2013 - 8:03 am Reply

    Is the new version 7.0 compatable with my Ipad

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    joy 27 June 2013 - 6:38 am Reply

    As a premium user of version 6.o if ever i upgrade to version 7.0 would it affect my subscription . Would there be an additional payment in order to avail the full feature of version seven? My I also ask the system requirement of MyHeritage premium version 6.0? Thanks alot!

  • avatar
    Aaron Godfrey 28 June 2013 - 1:37 am Reply

    Hi Joy
    There would be no additional payment required, you would simply benefit from the new features. The system requirements are Windows/XP/Vista/7/8.
    Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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    George 28 July 2013 - 8:50 pm Reply

    I would love to download the free My Heritage FTB7. I have been using My Family FTM2005 and would like to download FTB7. I had computer problems sometime back and made a back up of FTM2005. Am I able to transfer the “FTW Family File” of FTM2005 directly from the BACK UP folder to FTB7? I am using Win 8!

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    Aaron Godfrey 31 July 2013 - 6:37 pm Reply

    Hi George. FTB7 lets you import a GEDCOM. A GEDCOM is the file type that most family tree softwares use to save all the information. So the simplest way might be to export the GEDCOM from your software, and import it into FTB7. If you have any other questions please let me know, or visit

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    Kaye 20 September 2013 - 3:00 am Reply

    I have a problem with MyHeritge in that they won’t answer help emails. This is the third or fourth time. The only time they answered was when I threatened to cancel my membership and I was talked into an additional upgrade above premium plus. I have now logged into a review site and am concerned as to the reports of it being based in Isreal and being a scam. Are you able to clarify and also advise how to get a response. All I get is an automated response suggesting I try the online support. I can assure you, if the answer was there i would not have wasted time sending a query.

  • avatar
    Aaron Godfrey 22 September 2013 - 4:28 pm Reply

    Hi Kaye, please email me at aaron [at] and I’ll be able to provide assistance

  • avatar
    Ed Rip 15 December 2013 - 8:32 am Reply

    I have been using MyHeritage online, on my iPad, iPhone and my MacBook. MyHeritage Family Tree Builder offline program ran well on the Macbook using Fusion 5 and Windows XP. I recently bought a MacBook Pro 13 in retina running Fusion 6 and Windows 8.1. I have problems getting Family Tree Builder to work as it starts up and almost immediately come up with the error message. “can not create folder: vmware-host\Shared folders\Documents\Myheritage\”
    What is the fix other than Myheritage releasing a long time promised Mac version of the program.

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    David 24 August 2014 - 2:45 am Reply

    Dumbfounded, I’ve exported my FTM 2010 data into a GEDCOM file but it fails to:
    • accept any of the ‘Description Fields’
    • Also Known As, AKA data
    • Ancestral File Numbers,
    • Adoption,
    • Arrival,
    • Departure,
    • Military Service,
    • Origin,
    • Residence &
    • Partially accept my Source Information
    I’ve tried from the FTM Menu all variants for exporting but none of them correctly work.
    I’m using your 2014 Program Ver: and it’s just failing to correctly import.

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