Family Matters Genealogy Shareware

Ziff-Davis Net 5-Star Rated Software Family Matters 97 Splash ScreenFamily Matters 3.31 was a finalist in the Family Internet category in the 1998 Ziff-Davis Shareware Awards competition.

This is the MatterWare™ Family Matters Genealogy Software download page. Your registration can be ordered by going to the on-line order page. The cost of registration of Family Matters Shareware is US$35. There's also a CD available with everything on it. If you are a user of Family Matters versions prior to 4.00, you are already registered for Family Matters. You must be using at least version 3.20 for Family Matters to be able to automatically upgrade your databases (otherwise contact MatterWare for assistance). If upgrading, don't install Family Matters into the same directory you have your old 3.xx Family Matters in. To return to Family Matters home page, click here

ANNOUNCEMENT: Family Matters version 5 is now being developed. Initially a beta version is available, designated 5.00.beta. Development is with Microsoft Access 2010, and is free to all registered users. Details are on the Family Matters Beta page.

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Current Users

You do not have Microsoft Access, and choose not to download an Access runtime from Microsoft. Download and install FM423.zip (about 14MB), or obtain it from one of the worldwide sites listed below.  For current Family Matters users to upgrade to the latest version, pick up the latest FM423UP.zip (about 4.8MB). Look in versions.txt (included with the upgrade) to see where to copy the included files. Mostly, they'll be going into the folder 'C:\Program Files\Family Matters 97\' if you installed accepting the defaults. Or, download Famat97.zip (about 2.2MB) if this is a minor revision, and you've recently upgraded.

If you have Access 2000 or 2002, and you use it to run your copy of Family Matters, download FM423UP_2k.zip instead (about 4.4MB), and follow the same directions. Or, download Famat97_2k.zip (about 1.8MB) if this is a minor revision, and you've recently upgraded.

If you have Access 2003, 2007, or 2010 and you use it to run your copy of Family Matters, download FM423UP_03.zip instead (about 4.4MB), and follow the same directions. Or, download Famat97_03.zip (about 1.8MB) if this is a minor revision, and you've recently upgraded.

But, if you are using Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 10, following the "New User" instructions is safest, because Windows now has protections against copying into the Program Files folders.

You have Access 97 Download and install FMn423.zip (about 5.9MB), or obtain it from one of the worldwide sites listed below. If you already have a non-US version of Access 97, this is definitely the file you should choose.
You have Access 2000 or 2002. Download and install FMn423_2k.zip (about 5.5MB). 

 

You have Access 2003, 2007, or 2010, or the free Access 2010 Runtime downloaded and installed from Microsoft. Download and install FMn423_03.zip (about 5.5MB). 
You have Access 2016. Access 2016 is not compatible with Family Matters. You will need to choose one of the above options.
FindMySoft has awarded Family Matters its Safe-To-Install award, and has Family Matters on their web site for download.
SimTelNet has Family Matters available at many mirror sites around the world
Ziff-Davis Net 5-Star Rated Softwarezd5star.gif (1031 bytes) From Ziff-Davis Net and read their review (5-Star rated) and download
If you are currently logged on, America OnLine has Family Matters in their Genealogy Forum

Each of the above files contains everything you need to install. Download the file, and then unzip it. Next, RUN the Setup.exe program from your START menu. Choose a different directory to install into (usually "C:\Program Files\Family Matters 97\") from the one in which you unzipped Setup.exe into.

Once have registered your copy of Family Matters, you will have the ability to store as many families and persons in as many different files as you wish. If you have not yet registered, the only limitation is that once you have reached or exceeded twenty families in a data file, you'll not be able to enter more. (Hint: a GEDCOM import can exceed it by thousands.) Payment of the registration / order fee will provide you with a UserID, Key Code, and the latest version by mail. (But then, if you've downloaded from here, you already have the latest version.) If you're now convinced that this is a great value, go to the on-line order page to order Family Matters now! You'll still have your registration codes by the end of the day, or at worse another day or so!

If you would like to send me e-mail about MatterWare and Family Matters, click here. Just make sure you tell me which version we're talking about, and anything else that's relevant.

To return to Family Matters home page, click here.

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