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How do I upgrade from a previous version to Family Book Creator 2019?

Family Book Creator 2019 is the latest major release of Family Book Creator. It is compatible with Family Tree Maker 2017 and Family Tree Maker 2019 on Windows. Please review "What’s new in Family Book Creator 2019?" to learn about the many features introduced in Family Book Creator 2019.

Do I have to pay for the upgrade?

Family Book Creator users who purchased a license for Family Book Creator in 2019 or 2020 are entitled to get the upgrade for free. For users who purchased a license before January 2019 the upgrade fee is 50% of the standard product price.

The following scenarios are possible::

  • Upgrade your existing installation for free
    In order to upgrade please download and install Family Book Creator 2019 on a computer with an activated copy of your previous Family Book Creator edition. When you launch Family Book Creator 2019 your existing license information will be validated and, if your license was purchased in 2019 or 2020, your copy of Family Book Creator 2019 will be automatically activated, because the serial number you are using is valid for Family Book Creator 2019 as well!

  • Upgrade your existing installation and get 50% off
    To take advantage of the 50%-off deal, you need to install Family Book Creator 2019 on a computer with an activated copy of any previous Family Book Creator edition. When you launch Family Book Creator 2019, your existing license information will be validated and, if you have a pre-January 2019 issued serial number, the 'Welcome' dialog box will appear with an 'Order Upgrade' button, which allows you to order a new license for Family Book Creator 2019 at a 50% discount. If you are not ready to upgrade now, you may use the trial edition to explore the latest release while you decide.

    Get 50% off!

Download and install

Family Book Creator is distributed on a try-before-you-buy basis, which gives you the opportunity to try out the Evaluation version for a period of 30 days to make sure it works on your computer and to allow you to preview its many features. There is no need to uninstall your previous version of Family Book Creator; Family Book Creator 2019 will be installed as a separate application.
You may download the latest version of the installer package and updated FBC User Guide from the FBC Download Area at  https://www.familybookcreator.com/media/files/downloadarea_en.html


Do I have to upgrade to the latest release?

No. If you don’t want to use the new features of Family Book Creator 2019, you can just keep on using your older version. However, we do recommend that you download and install the latest release of Family Book Creator 2019 and use the Evaluation version to explore its many new features for yourself.

Note: The latest update for Family Book Creator 2017 is a free maintenance release, which includes multiple improvements and fixes and also makes the product compatible with Family Tree Maker 2019 on Windows.


Do I need to keep the old version on my computer?

No. After you have successfully upgraded to the latest release there is no need to keep previous versions. You can safely uninstall your old edition.


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