Family Tree Maker

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File Format
Name Family Tree Maker
Extension(s) .ftm, .ftmb, .ftmm, .ftmd, .ftw, .fbk
Wikidata ID Q20643957
Released 1989

Family Tree Maker is genealogy software for Windows & Mac. Originally developed by Banner Blue Software, was purchased by Broderbund in 1995. Versions 1-2 were under the Banner Blue title.


File format

An encrypted SQLite database is used for version ??

.FTW format is based on the "OLE2" document container format. All FTW files contain a file within the OLE container call "GENERAL.DB". Version of software used to write the file is at byte 4 followed by the following ascii string. "File Format (C) Copyright 1993 Banner Blue Software Inc. - All Rights Reserved"

file extension by version

  • Family Tree Maker versions 1 - 2 for Mac (.*FTMD or *.FTMM)
  • Family Tree Maker versions 1 – 4 (*.FTW, *.FBK) 1989-1996
  • Family Tree Maker versions 5 - 16 (*.FTW or *.FBK) 1998-2006
  • Family Tree Maker 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 for Windows (*.FTM, *.FTMB)
  • Family Tree Maker 3 for Mac (*.FTM, *.FTMB)
  • Family Tree Maker 2010 and 2012 for Mac (*.FTMM, *.FTMD)
  • Classic Family Tree Maker Files (*.ftw)



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