Original author(s)Developed for Microsoft by Vertigo Software[1][2]
Initial releaseApril 2007; 17 years ago (2007-04)[3]
Stable release
3.4[4] Edit this on Wikidata / 18 October 2020
Written inC#
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Platform.NET Framework
TypeGenealogy software
LicenseMicrosoft Public License

Family.Show is a free and open-source genealogy program written in C# and running on the .NET Framework.[5][6][7] Microsoft partnered with and commissioned Vertigo Software in 2006 to create it as a reference application for Microsoft's latest UI technology and software deployment mechanism at the time, Windows Presentation Foundation and ClickOnce.[8][9][10] The source code has originally been published on Microsoft's CodePlex website.[11] It has since been forked and development continues independent of Microsoft on GitHub.[12]


Family.Show includes the following features:[13]

Family.Show is intended as a reference sample and not a feature complete genealogy application.[14] Some limitations are:[15]

The software is licensed under the Microsoft Public License.

File format

Family.Show uses an Open Package Convention file format (*.familyx) to save family data, stories, and photos in one file.[16][17]

See also


  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. ^ Error: Unable to display the reference properly. See the documentation for details.
  5. ^ Family.Show – an excellent WPF demo app | Tim Anderson's IT Writing
  6. ^ Family.Show | FHQS
  7. ^ Amateur Genealogists: take note of Family.Show | Ars Technica
  8. ^ Tim Sneath : Announcing Family.Show 2.0 - July 17, 2007 MSDN Blogs
  9. ^ Tim Sneath : Announcing Family.Show v3 – Our WPF Reference Application - February 23, 2009, MSDN Blogs
  10. ^ Vertigo Software: I See Dead People with WPF | Inside Out | Channel 9
  11. ^ Family.Show - CodePlex Archive
  12. ^ GitHub - fredatgithub/FamilyShow: Fork of the Family show project from CodePlex. This is a genealogy application.
  13. ^ Microsoft sample showcases new technology, innovation in genealogy software- by Mark Tucker (19 Jul 2007) ThinkGenealogy
  14. ^ Vertigo: Family.Show Archived 2008-02-25 at the Wayback Machine - 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)
  15. ^ Microsoft sample showcases new technology, innovation in genealogy software- by Mark Tucker (19 Jul 2007) ThinkGenealogy
  16. ^ "Family.Show - Release: FamilyShow 3.0". Archived from the original on 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
  17. ^ View Issue #7834: Structure of *.familyx files Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine, Family.Show