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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Overall343.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 5 3.96
201714 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00
201653.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72
Earlier284.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 5 4.20

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Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Larry,  Mar 3, 2017

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

Does it run on windows 10??

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Ernest Heller,  Nov 25, 2016

Not Rated

for patch 26 download try a look at: Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Frequently Asked Questions

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by James Keough,  Nov 22, 2016

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

Again, as most others have said, “UFT is the best”. However, can’t find the patch 26. Anyone have it or a WORKING link?

Biggest Pro: User friendly
Biggest Con: No support

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Anquestory,  Nov 19, 2016

Not Rated

This is a reply to Ernest Heller. I believe you will find that when you generate a gedcom in Ultimate Family Tree, you will find that the data which will not load into another program is actually there. That is because Ultimate Family Tree utilized an unique protocol that so far as I am aware (I am NOT a programmer, merely one of the original beta-testers of the software) that allowed users to create custom gedcom tags, the problem being that those tags would be readable only in programs using the protocol, and so far as I am aware, no other developer adopted it.
Thus, you would need to open the gedcom file in a program that does not automatically add formatting code when a file it has opened is saved. Notepad would be best. You can then do a cut and paste of the contents into whatever other program you are using.

Biggest Pro: Unlimited text fields. All commands have keyboard short-cuts. Customizable
Biggest Con: no longer supported

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Ernest Heller,  Nov 11, 2016

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

Am still using UFT! Will load to Windows 7. Used Patch26. Found on the internet. have it in virtual mode - VMWARE! Found on the internet also. Works faster under Windows 7. I have version 2.0. Since UFT is no longer supported and I don’t know yet if I can take it to Windows 10 I would like to go to another software. Version 2.0 makes a GEDCOM file using family 5.3. It does not send all of the source records/data.

Does anyone know how to get UFT to use family 5.5 to make a GEDCOM file?

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by clyde crap,  Feb 5, 2016

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

3.0 will not install

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Dianne,  Jul 26, 2015

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

Incompatible with 64 bit windows. Program will not run.

Biggest Pro: Unable to find out because it will not run on window 7
Biggest Con: will not run in widows 7

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Ruth,  Jul 4, 2015

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

Bought this to run on Windows 98 originally (I think I had the 2.1 trial version!)
Upgraded to the latest and added the patch to run in Windows XP.
Last year, I upgraded to Windows 7 and couldn’t get UFT to run. I went with XP Mode, installed UFT on it, and it worked fine. (I back up using TrueCrypt, so as XP Mode sees a mounted TrueCrypt container as a flash drive plugged into XP Mode, backing up was quick and easy.)
This year, I was bought a new laptop with Windows 8.1 installed. After about 2 or 3 days, me and “tech support” (a family member) managed to get Hyper-V virtual machine with XP installed and then it was easy to install UFT.
However, unlike XP Mode, Hyper-V seems an antisocial hermit and backing up now involves mounting and “going offline” with virtual hard drives and it takes ages to back up.

What I’m trying to say is Windows 7 XP Mode will run UFT just fine. Windows 8 will run it on Hyper-V if you use an XP virtual hard drive but makes backing up difficult.

UFT was the first family tree program I used. I particularly like the display because it shows events AND the family tree in all directions from one person. The person display shows the parents, spouse, siblings AND children, so it’s quick and easy to move around the tree. NO other program I’ve tried shows this.

I tried The Master Genealogist and it does at least import most of your data from UFT. It is more powerful if you’re going through multiple generations but less user-friendly, and you lose the all-directions name display. The only way to see siblings, kids and parents is to go into the tree view, which means you can’t see the events on the person.

I took to backing up the entire folder when I noticed I lost the background “bookshelf” when restoring projects from a backup. I still have to use the disc to install the program, though.

With UFT, I have a massive project that’s been ongoing for 14 years. I’ve tweaked some of the event settings and various bits and pieces. If I find another program with a similar display, I’ll do a switch-over. Until then, I’m stuck with going around the houses trying to keep UFT running and backed up.

If anyone is missing files, I’m happy to send them. Email solitaire%$daxel$%@$gmail%$.com without the %$ signs and say which you’re missing, if you know. I’ve got the patch but can’t remember which file it is offhand. (If you install UFT on a virtual machine and it says it can’t find the VH_plbook file or something when you try to run it, don’t worry - it’s just looking in the wrong folder. If you look through the folders in UFT, you’ll find it. Click on it and the program will be happy again. Mine regularly does it for 2 files every time I reinstall.)

For me, the display is the most important thing. I rarely use the reports. I’ve transferred huge amounts of data into spreadsheets in case I ever lose UFT, but I can’t store all of it. Ideally, someone needs to take the UFT display and write a bog-standard 64-bit program that can calculate kinship and create reports. Then they’d make a fortune.

I give 4 stars because they stopped making it. :P

Biggest Pro: Shows parents, siblings, spouse, children and events in one window
Biggest Con: Not supported anymore

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Margie,  Feb 27, 2015

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

This comment is for those users of UFT who want to continue using their program and might need operating tips, or patch as a previous reviewer mentioned.
http://www.rootsusers.org/FAQs/FAQ_UFT.html has what you are looking for.

Biggest Pro: Lives on with users and support group online
Biggest Con: Hard to find good replacement program

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Joyce Johnson,  Feb 21, 2015

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

I started with Roots in Mountain View, CA in the late 1990s. I managed to successfully operate the software through DOS, Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows 7 Pro (with virtual XP Mode). The downside was difficulty printing. This was caused by a poorly designed sharing feature between Win7 with its drivers and XP Mode drivers.

I have relented and installed my UFT Version 3.0 with all the added fixes into an HP refurbished Windows XP pro computer. That may sound like surrender, but at my age I want to complete as much as I can without the hassle of poor compatibility. So far so good.

Maybe Windows 10 will come to the rescue, but it is not too likely.

Biggest Pro: Ease of use, great reports, great screen presentation.
Biggest Con: No support and few experts

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by LFG,  Jun 14, 2014

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

loved the program….but where did all the old data loaded on the web go? I had saved a very big family tree project and uploaded. since, my pc has crashed and I only have a printed copy left. any idea where I can find the original web stuff i loaded? if you do..please email me at bdgguy69@yahoo.com

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Mary W. Jones,  May 20, 2014

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

Ultimate Family Tree was the best I have seen. The other family software does not seem to have what Ultimate had. The Family Journal in Ultimate I really enjoyed.

Ultimate offered a variety of reports that I enjoyed. I am updating my family tree. I have the disks from Ultimate but they are not compatible with the software I have.

I am interested in the Family Journal so that my family can go step by step. I bought the Family Tree Maker but it is nothing compared to Ultimate.

Is there a 2014 version of the Ultimate Family Tree?
Ultimate Family Tree was the best. I don’t know why you guys changed it. Can we go back to it?

Biggest Pro: It was easy to follow. The Family Tree Maker is not easy to follow

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT) Review by Karen Q,  Apr 24, 2014

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

Quite a few years ago, I was very excited about genealogy research. When UFT couldn’t be loaded onto my new computer, I purchased Family Tree Maker, and tried importing my family tree. When I realized that all of my source information was “messed up,” I became discouraged and haven’t done much since then. Now that I’m retired, I decided to try again and have started trying to correct errors that are in the source files. I’m beginning to think it’s an impossible situation. Notes I made are in the title of the source, source names are in the wrong places. People who were entered as a presiding minister, bridesmaid, godparent, etc., are in my family tree, and I have no idea who they are unless I use both my old computer and have both programs open. Wish someone would update and reintroduce a program that’s compatible with UFT!

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.

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