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Category: Genealogy Software (AKA Family Tree Software)
Website: http://www.myheritage.com/family-tree-builder

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Be Forewarned
11 January 2021
Reviewer: Anonymous Genealogist from USA

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If you want to simply compile a database of your family tree members--and do NOT want to create an on-line account, especially if you have NO desire to have your information stored and/or published on the so-called cloud, then this is NOT the program for you. Since the on-line account is mandatory, then I presume a 24/7 internet connection is as well, which many of us do NOT have.

They say it's free to download, but WITHOUT forewarning you on their website (that I could see) or at the start of the download process that you will have to sign-up in order to complete the installation, which is as far as I am concerned a devious trap. Also, if in internet connection is necessary to use the program as I mentioned above, then they also fail to forewarn you of that vital information, which is necessary to make an informed decision on which software package to download and use.

Since you cannot op-out of this requirement for an on-line account, you must go about uninstalling the program, which of course is not an issue except for the fact that it leaves artifacts of itself in various folders and in your registry, the latter of which is no simple task to remove. Over time all these artifacts tend to slow down your computer.

So, my advice is that if you do not have access to a 24/7 internet connection and/or do not want to have yet another on-line account, publish, or store your information on the cloud, avoid this program.

In summary, I would not recommend Family Tree Builder (by My Heritage) to a friend.

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