Ultimate Family Tree (UFT)

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by Palladium Interactive, Inc.
Ultimate Family Tree was developed in 1997 when Palladium combined the ease of use of its Family Gathering program with the power and capabilities of the ROOTS software it purchased from CommSoft. UFT became the standard for other programs to achieve. In 2003, Ultimate Family Tree was purchased by Genealogy.com, who dropped it in favor of their Family Tree Maker software.

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Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by John Sprague,  Mar 29, 2014

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

As a long time genealogist, I consider the ULT software the best ever made! Sadly, 20 years ago, this software was wonderful to work with and nothing produced today comes close to it. Genealogy.com made a big mistake by dropping it in favor of another less favorable software.

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Denise Moss-Fritch,  Aug 19, 2012

2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

This genealogy software was a Windows update to the old Roots software. I met the developers and staff at a couple of the San Francisco Bay Area genealogy shows in the late 1990s, so was very unhappy to see this software close after being sold.

About the only software today that comes close to matching UFT, and adding new features, is Genbox.

Biggest Pro: Citations for parts of a date or place
Biggest Con: Sold and not continued

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Richard Autry,  Jul 20, 2012

Not Rated

@ Pat. I had no problem running this in Windows 7

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Richard Autry,  Jul 20, 2012

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

This is a good program, but it just needs updating with neww windowds for the 1930 and 1940 census’

Biggest Pro: Covers most all genealaogical models
Biggest Con: does not have space for the e1930 and 1940 census’

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Daryl,  Jul 7, 2012

Not Rated

I have used reviewed Family Tree Maker 2012 and The Master Geneologist. Neither program even remotely compares to the Ultimate Family Tree. I will try to transfer this to a virtual XP environment on Windows 7 and will report if I succeed.

Anyone who can get their hands on the original code and update the program will have a goldmine.

Meanwhile I also work on downloading the material to other digital media. Fortunately Excel Export and Word Export are possible with great effort.

Biggest Pro: Format for data entry, reporting options, Event orientation, templates
Biggest Con: Cumbersome access to the data base

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by pat,  Mar 21, 2012

Not Rated

OOPS..SORRY. I just read than even LDS’s software’s support is/has been stopped! Who’d of thunk?

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by pat,  Mar 21, 2012

3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

Great program that I’m STUCK with and struggling to keep working. No provision was made in the software to export ALL of your data and research notes. So… if you have a large database you’ve accumulated for YEARS it becomes totally impractical to manually copy data to new software. But keeping the program running has now become a techie’s nightmare. It will neither load or copy/run in Windows 7. I’m trying now to see if I can get it to go in a Virtual XP environment. If anyone has tried this I’ll appreciate all pointers..
I’d strongly advise any newbie in genealogy to go ONLY with the software that’s non-profit supplied and supported and you know will still be out there 50 years from now. It may not be the best, but there’s only one that really meets the criteria and it’s free from the LDS Church. Bells & whistles don’t compensate for lost data.

Biggest Pro: Good software - only a 3 because of it’s technical limitations
Biggest Con: Support, support, support.

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Graeme,  Dec 31, 2011

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

A great program until dumped by vendor with another program to push. It produced what is still the best narrative report, no current software comes close to it. Likes it event driven approach and wish it was still around being developed today.

Biggest Pro: Even driven, great narrativer reports
Biggest Con: dumped and no longer being developed

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Sandy,  Oct 24, 2011

Not Rated

The closest software to UFT, there is only one, The Master Genealogist

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Connie Penquite,  Oct 15, 2011

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Now that UFT is no longer supported, I am looking to switch to another program. Does anyone have a suggestion as to which software is the closest to UFT.

Biggest Pro: Very easy
Biggest Con: no longer supported

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Ray,  Aug 27, 2011

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

I bought several UFT programs, It was the best program I ever bought. Now, there are new programs and I dislike everyone including a new one I bought last year.
I very much would like this program to come back. It was easy to use. I made several backups and now I can’t access them because you need the patch. I saved it now, am unable to find it.
Patch vs2.8 I think. I had this software running on windows XP home and it worked differently, but it worked.

Biggest Pro: This program was the best I ever got, and still want to run it. Even printed my entire tree.
Biggest Con: companies buy other companies just to put them out of business to sell you there products.

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Bill Wilson,  Jun 27, 2011

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Need to find a way or program compatible with Windows 7.

Biggest Pro: Ease of use
Biggest Con: UNable to load program into Windows 7

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by James Cluff,  Feb 4, 2011

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

I have had this software since the ROOTS days. I spent hundreds of hours imputing data into the program. For my money, it was (and still is) the best genealogy program on the market. The decision by the Family Tree Maker people to discontinue support while not making any provision for a FULL transfer of all data to their platform was nothing less than contemptible. I will certainly never buy FTM (unless they belatedly provide for a means to transfer all the data in UFT).

For those who still have it, UFT will run on Windows 7 but only on the 32 bit version. I think that even when they discontinued the support for it, the program required a Foxpro patch to slow it down for the more current computers.

If anyone is aware of a program which transfers all data (and not just using Gedcom, which limits the information sent), I’d love to hear about it. I’ve tried Generations, Reunion, Mac Family Tree among others. I can be reached at cluffjamesh@gmail.com.

Biggest Pro: Ease of Use; Printing of Reports
Biggest Con: Unsupported and (increasingly) unplayable on modern computers

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Paola,  Jun 10, 2010

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

I have spent years putting information into this program along with many photos and notes when we had a desktop now crashed. the backups on diskettes did not transfer well to the new desktop and I found more corrupted info when transferred to my laptop. No photos transferred at all. I pretty much need to reinvent the info now because so much is in the wrong family and the program itself is misaligned so I am unable to accurately add some info.
Has anyone had this happen? I am afraid to mess with it too much and lose what I have.

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Cheryl McDonald,  May 5, 2010

Not Rated

I’m looking for a copy of UFT to upload so I can convert all of my data to another software.

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Cheryl McDonald,  May 5, 2010

Not Rated

When Vista came out Microsoft came out with a platform in which you could run 16 bit programs on a 32 bit OS. Can’t remember what it was called. It would run partitioned like Linux runs on a machine. Try a local computer club to see if some one can help you locate that platform.

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by S,  Mar 27, 2010

Not Rated

UFT is a great program…. BUT it will NOT run on Windows 7. It will not load. It will not transfer. There is no way currently to get it to work in Windows 7. Any help to get it to convert would be appreciated.


Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by June Beason,  Apr 17, 2009

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

I have used this program since it was developed as a genealogy program as Roots in DBase. I have loved the ease of use and the economy of its various reports. Even now, I find new things to use in it. I think it is the best genealogy program out there even though it is no longer supported. It is my main program for my 5000+ individuals and I use it all the time for my family which is my main focus. In October 2008 I published a book using UFT and MS Word 2003. The program wrote right into Word with the names already marked for index. Then word allowed me to arrange the book the way that I wanted!

One of the best features is the family group sheet that lists the sources and the bottom of the sheet. Unlike FTM, this saves reams of paper and has the information at your fingertips. I have had no trouble with the updates that came through the years, finding them fairly easy to use.

My biggest disappointment is that the powers that be decided not to support it any more. Even today it is still one of the best programs out there.

Biggest Pro: Ease of use and ability to accomodate almost any information and print it in a cosolidated fashion.
Biggest Con: It is no longer supported

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Pierce Reid,  Jan 10, 2009

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

This program still runs on Windows XP and Vista.

The feature I like best is it’s event orientation: an event is not tied to an individual, but rather is linked to any individual associated with the event. Each individual is given a “role” . In this way, you only have to enter an event once, even if many people are associated and linked with it. For any individual, you can get an event list that will show all events they are linked to. You can navigate through your data base by finding events for one individual, display that event with the list of all others associated with that event, then jump to any of those individuals, and so on. Associated with each role is a standard sentence that gives the basic data base data for the individual, in a text report.

One or more people linked to an event can be marked “Principal”, which means the event will normally print for each of those people if they are part of a Family Journal report (when you request “all principal events”).

For example, for a census “event”, you can link all the people in the household, giving them the role indicated on the census form. For a “probate” of a will event, you can link the executors, beneficiaries, and even the lawyer who drew up the will. individuals can have two or more roles (e.g. executor and beneficiary). Individuals do not have to be alive at the time of the event (e.g. the deceased for a probate event).

Events have three possible dates: a free-form date that will be used in text type reports, a structured date used in tabular and chart type reports, and a sort date used to sequence events. Normally UFT creates the structured date and sort date from the free-form date (it is quite good at decoding various date formats), but you can set each one individually, if you want.

Events and individuals have regular text, footnote text, and research notes. The regular text is usually printed on text type reports (e.g. Family Journal). You can insert code into the regular text fields to indicate you want in index entry created for a person or place when the text is included in a report. This allows an index to be created using a word processor to format the report. Index entries in UFT are indicated by the individual or place number, so that index entries in the text will match those created by UFT for the persons or places referenced in the standard text sentence, no matter how many changes you make to the data after you enter the text. Index entries for individuals can include birth and death dates, so that you can get a unique index entry for each person, even when there are several with exactly the same name.

Event and role definitions are all table driven, so you can add or modify those definitions. If there is no pre-defined event template for an event you want to include, you can define your own. If an event template does not have a pre-defined role (e.g. if a census enumerator became “creative”), you can add your own. The standard role sentence template can be changed to suit your preference.

When support was withdrawn by the vendor, WhollyGenes enhanced The Master Genealogist (TMG)’s event tag structure (similar to UFT events) with roles, to encourage UFT users to convert. TMG’s “GenBridge” technology allows TMG to import UFT data directly from UFT data base or backup files, with very little data loss. However, their implementation of event roles is not as flexible, and the conversion causes poor English sentences to be produced under some circumstances.

Although UFT is not longer sold by the vendor, occasionally a copy appears on eBay.

Since UFT was designed to run on computers from the mid 1990s, on modern computers it is very fast. Most editing operations are done as fast as you can press the keys,even when using the many hot keys to bypass use of the menu bar. UFT also does not know about the Registry, included with Windows 95 and later versions. Therefore, you can copy the UFT program directory and data directory onto a USB flash drive and can often run it directly off that drive when connected to an institutional computer (e.g. at a library) that will not allow you to install and run more modern programs. Simply copying the UFT directory from one computer to another will allow you to run the program on the second computer. (All that is missing is a special Roots font used only if you have UFT print reports directly, rather than working with a word processor.)

Biggest Pro: Event orientation, flexibility, speed
Biggest Con: lack of support, aside from a message list on Rootsweb

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Carl Hoge,  Oct 2, 2008

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

This was a great program. It was very easy to understand and use. Timplates for sources made recording your sources easy and fast to use. It was a sad day when they stopped supporting this software.

Biggest Pro: Very intuitive and east to use
Biggest Con: It is no longer supported.

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