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 and now 5.00.02. 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 been incorporated:

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:

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.

Known shortcomings:

Should you decide to participate, please email me with the following information: