Sherwood Electronics Launches Branches, a Genealogy Program that has a Google Earth-like Graphical Viewer for Genealogy and Family History Data

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Branches is a full-featured Windows ™ genealogy software program that solves the problem of handling the large amounts of data found in genealogy and family history applications. Branches combines database and graphics software to produce a modern approach to storing, viewing, managing and sharing genealogy information. Branches allows all information in a genealogy database to be viewed on one screen using techniques similar to Google Earth™, from a global view down to a signature on a source document.

Sherwood Electronics Laboratories, Inc. announces the release of Branches, an innovative new Windows™ program that uses advanced mapping concepts, similar to Google Maps,™ to visualize relationships and manage family history records.

Computers are an indispensable tool for genealogists, both for research and for tracking data. Information about billions of individuals and family trees is available online. Unfortunately, many of today’s computer software tools are too complicated and do not help genealogists handle this information explosion. Traditional programs fail to show relationships in a way that helps users get a complete picture of their genealogy.

Branches solves this problem with a simple graphical interface that lets users view their entire genealogy on one screen, then zoom down to the smallest detail, like a signature on a birth certificate. This patent-pending family structure shows all relationships: fathers, mothers, children, multiple spouses, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. at the same time.

Jack Sherwood, one of the key developers, says, “Because of the visual environment, Branches makes it easy to share data and collaborate with other researchers. Simply draw a box around the part of your tree you want to share, and click ‘Export’. It’s that simple. Branches will even find photos and scanned documents, and copy them to a folder so you can e-mail them along with the data file.”

You can see Branches at the National Genealogical Society conference, booth #926, in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 28th through May 1st. A full featured, 30 day trial version of Branches is available for download at

Sherwood Electronics Laboratories, Inc. has been in business over 27 years and has developed numerous hardware and software products for the mainframe, mini and PC computer environments.


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