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Developer(s)Developed for Microsoft by Vertigo Software[1][2]
Initial releaseApril 2007; 12 years ago (2007-04)[3]
Stable release
3.0 / 23 February 2009; 10 years ago (2009-02-23)
Preview release
4.0 alpha[4][5] / 13 December 2009; 9 years ago (2009-12-13)
Written inWPF
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
TypeGenealogy software
LicenseMicrosoft Public License,

Family.Show is a free genealogy program, created as a reference sample for Microsoft's Windows Presentation Foundation.[6][7]


Family.Show includes the following features:[8]

  • 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 historgram 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.[9] Some limitations are:[10]

  • 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.[11][12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Vertigo Software, Inc.XAML-Based Tools Help Custom Development Shop Speed Delivery, Focus on User Experience Posted: 7/3/2008 - Microsoft Partner Solution MarketPlace
  2. ^ From ClickOnce to Deep Zoom – an Interview with Tony Sokolowski - Newsletter April 2008 - Microsoft Expression Newsletter
  3. ^ Family.Show Version 1 was released in April in preparation for the MIX 07 conference
  4. ^
  5. ^ Family.Show 4.0 alpha - Download
  6. ^ Tim Sneath : Announcing Family.Show 2.0 - July 17, 2007 MSDN Blogs
  7. ^ Tim Sneath : Announcing Family.Show v3 – Our WPF Reference Application - February 23, 2009, MSDN Blogs
  8. ^ Microsoft sample showcases new technology, innovation in genealogy software- by Mark Tucker (19 Jul 2007) ThinkGenealogy
  9. ^ Vertigo: Family.Show - Are You an Amateur Genealogist? "But please keep in mind that Family.Show is not a “real product. It’s more like a concept car that we built for geeky programmers and designers" - Version 2.0 Now Available (July 17, 2007)
  10. ^ Microsoft sample showcases new technology, innovation in genealogy software- by Mark Tucker (19 Jul 2007) ThinkGenealogy
  11. ^ Family.Show - Release: FamilyShow 3.0
  12. ^ View Issue #7834: Structure of *.familyx files, Family.Show

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