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The Family Archive Viewer

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Have Family Tree Maker? Please note...

  • If you have Family Tree Maker 4.0 or higher (up to version 16) you don't need the Family Archive Viewer. Family Tree Maker 2008 and later editions are not able to read Family Archive CDs.

    Need help figuring out which version you have? Just open Family Tree Maker and go to the "Help" menu. From there, choose "About Family Tree Maker...". Your version number will be listed in the box that pops up.

  • If you have version 3.4 or lower of Family Tree Maker (that is, you purchased your copy of Family Tree Maker more than four years ago and haven't upgraded), it is important that you install the Family Archive Viewer into a different directory, such as C:\FAV. If you install the Family Archive Viewer in the same directory as your Family Tree Maker, you risk losing information in your Family File.

  • Before opening your Family File with the Family Archive Viewer, you should make a backup copy. If you open your Family File in the Family Archive Viewer, your copy of Family Tree Maker won't be able to open the file.


What is the Family Archive Viewer?

Download the FREE Family Archive Viewer now!

You may want to print out these instructions. To do this, turn on your printer, and then from your Web browser's File menu, select Print.

  1. Decide if you should download the Family Archive Viewer for Windows 3.1 or Windows 95/98/ME/XP. If you have a "Start" button in the bottom left corner of your screen, you have Windows 95/98. Note that the Windows 95/98/ME/XP version of the program offers more up-to-date features than the Windows 3.1 program.

  2. Click the appropriate link below to begin downloading the Family Archive Viewer. You may want to view the Known Issues about each version, if any, before you download.

  3. In the dialog box that your Web browser displays, choose to save the Family Archive Viewer on your hard drive.

  4. Once the file is saved to your hard drive, you can decompress (unpack) it:

    If you have Windows 3.1, go to Windows Program Manager, and from the File menu, select Run. Then, in the Command Line field, type C:\DIRECTORY\FAVWIN31.EXE, where "C:\DIRECTORY" represents the drive and directory to which you saved FAVWIN31.EXE. For example, if you saved FAVWIN31.EXE to a directory on your C:\ drive called "FAVIEWER," you would type C:\FAVIEWER\FAVWIN31.EXE. After entering this information in the Command Line field, click OK.

    If you have Windows 95/98/ME/XP, click Start and then click Run. Next, in the Open field, type C:\DIRECTORY\FAV60.EXE, where "C:\DIRECTORY" represents the drive and directory to which you saved FAV60.EXE. For example, if you saved FAV60.EXE to a directory on your C:\ drive called "FAVIEWER," you would type C:\FAVIEWER\FAV60.EXE. After entering this information, click Open.

  5. This starts the WinZip Self-Extraction program. The WinZip self-extractor will prompt you to click on "Setup" to install the Family Archive Viewer.

  6. The Family Archive Viewer's Setup program starts. Follow the instructions on the screen to install it.

  7. When installation is complete, you may start the Family Archive Viewer.

Family Archive Viewer Version 4.0b (for Windows 3.1)

If you are running Windows 3.1, download this version.

Please note that the download file is approximately 5 MB.

View Known Issues for the Family Archive Viewer for Windows 3.1

Download the Windows 3.1 Version of the Family Archive Viewer

Need help? Click here

 

Family Archive Viewer Version 6.0 (Windows 95/98/ME/XP)

If you are running a version of Windows between 95 and XP, download this version.

Please note that the download file is approximately 10 MB.

Download the Windows 95/98/ME/XP Version of the Family Archive Viewer

Need help? Click here

Known Issues for 4.0b, Windows 3.1 Version

As of October 8, 1997:
  • During the installation of the Family Archive Viewer, the Setup program will search for a compatible World Wide Web browser. Currently, the Family Archive Viewer supports Netscape version 2.0 or higher, Microsoft Internet Explorer version 2.0 or higher, or America Online version 2.5 or higher. If the Setup program finds more than one compatible browser, it will prompt you to choose which browser the Family Archive Viewer should use. If the Setup program does not find a compatible browser, your only choice will be to use No Browser. If you have a compatible browser installed on your computer, but the Setup program does not detect it, see the appropriate browser setup instructions in the Browser Issues section of our Online Issues page. If you install a compatible browser at a later date, rerun the Family Archive Viewer's installation program. At that point, you can tell the Family Archive Viewer that you now have a compatible browser.

  • When you start the Family Archive Viewer, you will see a dialog box asking you to insert a Family Archive CD. Your choices are Cancel and Retry. If you are using the Family Archive Viewer as a demonstration version of Family Tree Maker, click Cancel.

  • Installing the Windows 3.1 version in Windows 95 doesn't detect 32-bit browsers.

  • The Family Group Sheet does not print the preferred spouse in the list of children on the Standard Page when Include all spouses is selected. At this point in time the workaround is to go to Items To Include, select Standard Page from the right hand column, press Options and choose Include preferred spouse only.

  • Genealogy Report (Register report only) inserts two additional blank lines in the list of children who have no children of their own. You can use the other descendant-ordered Genealogy report, the NGS Quarterly, which does not exhibit this behavior. You can also copy and paste the Register report to a word processor to remove the blank lines and print the Genealogy report.

  • The Family Archive Viewer's setup program will allow you to install the Family Archive Viewer into a directory containing Family Tree Maker for DOS. This will not harm your Family Tree Maker for DOS or Family Archive Viewer program files.

  • If a file contains more than twenty individuals, the "Merge Specific Individuals" option is disabled.

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