Family Matters 5 Beta
Welcome to the MatterWare Family Matters® Genealogy Software Web
page, for the new beta version, 5.00.xx, initially 5.00.01. Once out of beta it
will be designated 5.01. Development is ongoing with Microsoft Access 2010, and will be free
to all registered users. In addition to the
upgrade to a newer version of Access, the following features and changes have
Picture View now shows the picture and the associated
data on the same landscape-oriented page;.
Person List and Family List Views combined, and
expanded to include Sources, Repositories, Birthdays, and others ;
Separate Help and Manual files now integrated into the program;
Mouse scroll wheel allows scrolling within large text (aka memo) fields;
All form views and report previews remember their last size and position;
Output reports in PDF and other formats;
Menu bar and button bar integrated into Microsoft "fluent" ribbon;
Bug fixes reported and collected over the last few years.
Download-wise, I will post the zip files here:
If Access 2010 is already installed in your
computer, or the Access 2010 runtime is installed, that's all you will need.
As luck would have it, .accde files are different for 32-bit Access and 64-bit
Access. Family Matters is developed and compiled with 32-bit Access 2010. There
is also a version here compiled with Access 2007.
The zip-file includes all needed files with:
Famat2010.accde - the 32-bit Family Matters program, compiled with 32-bit
(Famat2007.accde - same, compiled with 32-bit Access 2007.)
FMempty500.accdb - empty Family Matters data file for use when a New
file is created (do NOT rename)
Installation is simply to unzip the files into a folder
such as ...\My Documents\Family Matters\. If you were a past user of Family
Matters 97, you may choose to unzip them into ...\My Documents\Famat97\, though
the former will be the preferred location going forward. There isn't a setup
file to run. To run the program just run Famat2010.accde with your 32-bit
Access, version 2007 or later. If you are using Windows 10 your computer
may set up the Access 2016 Runtime for you. If you do not have any version of
Access, go to the Microsoft web site to download and install the free 32-bit
Access 2010 Runtime at
Note that Access 2010 is recommended because that's the version used for
development, but the file format is also compatible with Access versions 2013
and 2016. If you already have Access 2007 or the 2007 Runtime installed,
Famat2007.accde is for you.
The menu-bar and button-bar as not as integrated into the ribbon as I'd
like. They are located in the ribbon-tab identified as Add-ins.
Versions of Microsoft Access other than 2010 have had little to no testing.
Currently no 64-bit version - please let me know if you need that.
Should you decide to participate, please email me with the following
- Do you have any version of Microsoft Access installed, and what version.
(Once running, the "About..." dialog will identify the version.)
- Did anything do wrong with the installation. If so, describe it.
- Did any error messages or errant operation occur when running Family
Matters. Please be as explicit as possible.
- What version of Windows are you using?
- Did you have an earlier version of Family Matters installed, and if so
- What version of the Family Matters beta release did you attempt?
- When running Family Matters, bring up the About dialog, click it, and
send me the information file that is stored.
- Send information describing any mis-operation, error messages, and
anything you'd like to see different.