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Developer(s)Developed for Microsoft by Vertigo Software[1][2]
Initial releaseApril 2007; 13 years ago (2007-04)[3]
Stable release
3.0 / 23 February 2009; 11 years ago (2009-02-23)
Preview release
4.0 alpha[4][5] / 13 December 2009; 10 years ago (2009-12-13)
Written inWPF
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Platform.NET Framework
TypeGenealogy software
LicenseMicrosoft Public License,

Family.Show is a free and open-source genealogy program, created as a reference sample for Microsoft's Windows Presentation Foundation.[6][7][8][9][10]


Family.Show includes the following features:[11]

  • Data grid to edit person information.
  • Add photos easily via drag-and-drop and write rich text stories about family members.
  • A family tree diagram which supports panning, zooming and a time slider control to display the tree from a historical perspective.
  • Multiple sequential and concurrent spousal relationships.
  • Family statistics such as last name tag cloud, age distribution histogram and birthday list.
  • Partial support for GEDCOM 5.5, a de facto genealogy format.
  • Change the look of the entire application by choosing a different skin.

Family.Show is intended as a reference sample and not a feature complete genealogy application.[12] Some limitations are:[13]

  • Support of a single birth and death event per person.
  • No support for approximate dates (Abt. 1815, Bet. Jan 1707/08 - Jan 1708/09, Bef. 1931).

File format[edit]

Family.Show uses an Open Package Convention file format (*.familyx) to save family data, stories, and photos in one file.[14][15]

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