Free Genealogy Software Adds Maps, Albums and More

By Diane Haddad

Family and genealogy Web site released an updated version of its free, downloadable of Family Tree Builder software that lets users create maps, chat with relatives and organize multimedia albums.

According to MyHeritage, Family Builder is the world’s most popular free family tree software, with more than 5 million downloads. It’s available in 35 languages, which certainly makes it attractive to a worldwide audience.

Key features in the new release include:

  • a map module that lets you display where your family lived over the years, map relatives’ addresses and quickly find your photos associated with a particular place
  • a new toolbar that provides direct access to family Web sites on MyHeritage; birthday reminders; and a text, audio and video chat system called Family Chat
  • an improved album lets you organize photos, videos and documents, and adds slide shows

Family Builder runs on Windows. If you’ve used it, click Comments and let us know what you think.