Family Tree Journal

by Cherry Tree Software (Rick Cherry)
One of the first genealogy shareware programs, first released in 1987. Won a Shareware Industry Award in 1993 as the Best Home and Hobby Software.

Unsupported • Windows • Full Featured • Builds Website
Overall55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
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Family Tree Journal Review by Tom Rawlinson,  Oct 1, 2016

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

I’ve used this software since around 1993. I came here when I updated from XP (which would run it) to Windows 10 (which will not).

Biggest Pro: Runs from a single floppy disk, both program and 700 names with many biographies and books.
Biggest Con: Clunky DOS interface. But all data files are in text format, making search and replace a doddle.

Family Tree Journal Review by john,  Dec 15, 2014

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

works on win7 professional just wished someone would have kept producing it. It would be a money maker

Biggest Pro: works on win 7

Family Tree Journal Review by A.D. Wade,  Nov 26, 2014

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

My father, Paul Wade, used this program exclusively and extensively in putting together genealogy books on both the Wade & Williams Families of Athens, Tennessee. Later, he went on to publish his 500+ page book entitled From Chuck-A-Luck to Fiketon in March of 2001 about the Settlers of the Rogers Creek area.

The program was intuitive and easy to use and my dad just simply loved it. A few times he contacted Rick Cherry about it’s features and was always impressed with his explanations, as well as him offering to modify the existing code to make it do even more things.

Biggest Pro: Rick Cherry was willing and able to modify his code to include new features users asked for.
Biggest Con: The INDEX generated in the books, always somewhat confused me.

Family Tree Journal Review by Isetta Crawford Rawls,  Aug 20, 2014

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

I’ve used this program since 1993 when I was given my first computer, in three versions. It has served me well. I understand it, and find the different printouts useful:
Journal of all (3,900+) names
Booklet for one name or family branch
Box chart
Family groups of parents-and-their-children
Family time line–of births-deaths-marriages
List of all birth dates, dates of death, or 3 unique categories
Alphabetical, chronological, or numerical index

Rick Cherry and his beloved wife were geniuses. I can still use FTJ.exe (original floppy), FTJ121.exe (downloaded 1997), and FTJWin.exe (downloaded 2004). But my new tablet won’t download it. Either it doesn’t work on iPad Air, or they think it’s too old and want to force us to buy more expensive and complicated programs.

My desktop isn’t working right, so although I can use any version on it, I can’t yet get any files copied, moved, or transferred to this tablet. HELP!

Biggest Pro: It works!
Biggest Con: The box chart no longer gets the Le

Family Tree Journal Review by Mary W. Jones,  Jul 22, 2014

Not Rated

Actually, in am very much interested in a family tree software that has a journal print out.