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Current Version: 3.7.1  (November 17, 2007)

Version 3.7.1 includes some minor enhancements and a number of problem corrections.

For information on the new features, enhancements, and problem corrections in this version, please review the release notes.

Trial Period

The Genbox Family History downloads are full versions that offer a 30-day trial period for unregistered users. Use this time to try out the program before you purchase it, to see if it is just as wonderful as you hoped. The program is fully functional during the trial period. After the trial period, the program will go into "read-only" mode. Data entry will be disabled, but all other features will still work. You can view your data, make charts and reports, and export.

Note: If you are still in the 30-day trial period and want to update to the latest version, you can download either the full version or the patch files and install them normally. 

Updating to the Current Version

If you already have a previous version of Genbox installed, you can download either the full installation or an update file to update your system to the current version. Only the program files will be updated; your data will not be affected.

NOTE: If you encounter problems when trying to start the new version, it may be necessary to uninstall the previous version first, then reinstall the full installation. If you are an unregistered user, uninstalling the program may cause the evaluation period to expire immediately. If this happens, send an email to

1098 Installation Error Problem

If you have a newer computer and encounter a "1098 Installation Error", this problem is likely due to hardware enforcement of Data Execution Prevention.

To correct this problem:

  • Go to Control Panel, System.
  • On the "Advanced" tab, click the button for Performance Settings.
  • Click the "Data Execution Prevention" tab.
  • If the bottom of this page says "Your computer's processor does not support hardware-based DEP", then this is not the source of the problem.
  • Otherwise, choose "Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select", then click the "Add..." button.
  • In the Open File dialog, locate the files gbxinit.dll and genbox.exe in the folder where Genbox was installed and select them.
  • Back on the DEP page, you should now see "gbxinit" and "genbox" with checkmarks.
  • Genbox should now start successfully.

Download Full Installation

Click one of the icons below to download the full installation of Genbox Family History (6.87 MB):

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This installation file is for all versions of Windows. It can safely be installed on top of a previous version, without losing any of your data.

Download Update

If you have already installed a full version of Genbox Family History (version 3.1 or later) on your system, and are using a slow internet connection, you can download one of these smaller files to update to the latest version.

NOTE: The update files only install the program file, language resource file for English (US),  and the GBXDBINI initialization file. The necessary system files are not part of the update. Chart and Report Definitions, the Help File, additional language resource files, spell checker files, icon files, and other ancillary files are not included in these updates. 

Genbox 3.7.1 Update for Windows 95/98/ME: GenboxUpdateA  (2.05 MB)

Genbox  3.7.1 Update for Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista: GenboxUpdateU  (2.06 MB)

Additional Languages Pack

Translation is underway on 26 languages. Once a translation reaches 95% complete, it becomes part of the standard distribution. Translations for 11 languages are currently part of the standard distribution, and can be installed from the full installation download.

Included in Full Distribution:

  • Danish
  • Dutch (Netherlands)
  • English (United States)
  • English (United Kingdom)
  • French
  • French (Canada)
  • German
  • Polish
  • Russan (NEW in Version 3.7.0)
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian

Translations for the following languages are less complete. As a service to those who might find the partial translations useful, an additional languages pack containing just these partial translations can be downloaded.

Included in Additional Languages Pack:

  • Afrikaans
  • Czech
  • Dutch (Belgium)
  • Filipino
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Lithuanian
  • Norwegian (Bokmal)
  • Norwegian (Nynorsk)
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Vietnamese

Genbox 3.7.1 Additional Languages Pack: GenboxALP  (702 KB)

Download Help File

The program help file is included in the full installation, but it is not included in the the update files. The program help file can be downloaded separately from the link below. The help file was last updated for version 3.7.1.

Genbox Help File (1.29 MB)

The program help file has been designed to provide context-sensitive help while using the program. When the F1 key is pressed, or when "Help" is selected from the menu, or when a question mark (?) button is pressed in a window title bar, the help file will open in a separate window.

Download User's Manual

The information available in the program help file has been organized into a printable Microsoft Word document (520 pages). It has been supplemented with many screen shots to illustrate the program's operation. The Genbox User's Manual is available for download here, as a ZIP file. This manual has been updated for version 3.6.5.

Genbox User's Manual (Microsoft Word, 7.93 MB zipped)

The Genbox User's Manual is also available as a PDF file, sized for A4 paper (8.3 x 11.7 in.). This manual has been updated for version 3.6.5.

Genbox User's Manual (PDF, 7.26 MB zipped)

Download Genbox Data Initialization File

The GBXDBINI.GDZ file is used by Genbox when creating a new Genbox database. It is included in both the full installation and the program updates. It is also available from the link below. It has been updated for version 3.7.0.

GBXDBINI.GDZ includes event templates for the following languages:

  • English (119)
  • Danish (114)
  • German - Germany (116)
  • Norwegian - Bokmal (102)
  • Dutch - Belgium (100)
  • Polish (70)
  • Portuguese - Portugal (20)
  • Russian (115)
  • French - France (13)
  • Italian - Italy (6)
  • Swedish (5) 

Genbox Data Initialization File (358 KB)

System Requirements

Genbox Family History runs under Microsoft Windows 95 or later versions (Windows 98, 2000, Me, NT, XP, Vista). Internet Explorer 4.0 or later is required.


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