Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Family Tree Builder software (from released an upgrade to the Family Tree Builder software last August (I just found out about it) that they offer FREE to download. The current download is Version 2.0.0 Build 657. The Genealogy page for is at

The Family Tree Builder software is described as:

"Download Family Tree Builder, our free genealogy software for putting together your family tree. It's not only completely free, and free of ads and spyware, but it's also one of the best genealogy software programs you'll find. It has original, easy-to-use pages that let you grow your family tree visually. It runs in 23 languages and lets you create and print your family tree in several languages. Bring your family tree to life with photos and documents and use our ground-breaking face recognition technology to annotate your photos and discover the identity of people you don't recognize in your old family photos. In a few mouse clicks, you can publish your family tree to the Internet on your own family Website and share it with family and friends!"

You can see some screen shots from the Family Tree Builder software at

There is really only one way to evaluate genealogy software, and that is to test it for yourself. I downloaded the updated software (I had downloaded Version 1 last summer, but had not done much with it since) and loaded my 20,000 person genealogy database as a GEDCOM file. It loaded very quickly - I'm thinking it took less than 30 seconds (I should time these, I guess, if I'm going to make comparisons. Memo to self - do it!).

I will show some screen shots and provide my review of this software in future posts.

If you are looking for genealogy software, you might consider Family Tree Builder.

The web site has many more features - including a powerful Genealogy Database Research engine, a collection of over 3 million searchable Family Trees, a Face Recognition opportunity, and more.

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