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Broderbund Partners With A&E Television Networks and Genealogy.com To Launch Family Tree Maker(R) Version 9 - The #1 Software for Building A Family Legacy.

NOVATO, Calif., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ --

Broderbund LLC., a leading publisher of print productivity and rich media software and Genealogy.com, LLC, a division of A&E Television Networks, today launched Family Tree Maker(R) Version 9, a software product that helps individuals discover their family roots and create heirloom quality printouts, such as ancestor trees, books, multimedia scrapbooks and family home pages. This latest version offers new and enhanced features with sophisticated research tools to help beginner and expert users uncover ancestors and preserve family history. Family Tree Maker also incorporates robust Internet functionality, leveraging the strength of Genealogy.com's website, enabling access to family data and other tools and resources for building family trees.

"We are committed to improving Family Tree Maker, the #1 brand in its category for over ten years, and make it even easier to preserve, organize and share your family legacy," said Rob Armstrong, General Manager, Genealogy.com. "Discovering your family history should be fun, and with the holiday season around the corner, the new version is perfect for creating unique gifts for relatives to treasure forever."

The introduction of Family Tree Maker 9 coincides with the designation, by the United States Senate, of October as Family History Month. In a unanimous vote, the Senate cited the millions of Americans who are researching the history of their families.

Leveraging the power of the Internet

Family Tree Maker users get easy access to a wide variety of resources through the Genealogy.com website. For example, individuals can work offline on their ancestor tree and connect to www.Genealogy.com to ask for guidance on a message board, or comb through the website's extensive data. Family Tree Maker searches Genealogy.com's proprietary records for useful leads and information about ancestors. These records and indexes include Immigration, Birth, Death, Will, Cemetery, Marriage, Social Security, Military, Land, U.S. Census and Passenger Lists. Genealogy.com's website also includes free online classes, articles and advice from professional genealogists, and an extensive collection of proprietary data.

"Family Tree Maker represents the next generation of software products that use integrated web connectivity to enhance the product and user experience with more information and services," said Eric Winkler, vice president of Broderbund. "For the genealogy enthusiast, it's a way to connect with others who share an interest in discovering family roots and it's a smart and efficient way to research, organize and incorporate information into the ancestor tree."

New & Enhanced Features of Family Tree Maker Version 9

-- Individual Facts Card -- Display and edit the family information for a

specific individual while in any tree or report view.

-- Add Images to Sources -- The user can now attach scanned or other

digital images of source material directly to his source information

stored in Family Tree Maker with ease.

-- Show Siblings -- In addition to the wide selection of trees already

available in Family Tree Maker, the user can now show a more complete

heritage of a family member by also including siblings of direct

ancestors in all the Ancestor Trees.

-- Print photos directly from your scrapbook

Scrapbooks are a wonderful way to catalog and preserve precious

memories of an individual. Now, the user can print images directly from

his Family Tree Maker scrapbook or even from tree views that include

images.

-- Store e-mail addresses in your Family File

Many users are now using their computers to work on their family

history and correspond via e-mail with family members near and far.

Now, users can store e-mail addresses in their Family Files and include

them in their reports.

-- Quickly See Your File History

Family Tree Maker now includes a list of the most recently viewed files

at the bottom of the File Menu. Whether viewing a file sent by a

relative or working on multiple Family Files, the user will find it

easier than ever to move between files.

According to a 2000 study by Maritz Marketing Research, more than 60 percent of adult Americans (approximately 120 million people) are intrigued by their family roots, making genealogy one of the hottest hobbies around.

Pricing, Availability and System Requirements

Family Tree Maker ships September 26, 2001 and is available for Windows Me/98/95 and has been preliminarily tested on Windows XP. Family Tree Maker 9 is available at retail and through www.broderbund.com, at an estimated street price of $69.99 for the Deluxe Version, $49.99 standard version and $99.99 for the Collector's Edition. Other versions of Family Tree Maker 9 are available through www.Genealogy.com and www.AandE.com.

About Broderbund

Broderbund has become synonymous with innovative technology and high quality software, and is a leading publisher of productivity products worldwide. Its proprietary and licensed brands, including The Print Shop, PrintMaster, Family Tree Maker and Dragon Naturally Speaking, are category leaders. Broderbund's flagship brand, The Print Shop, has sold more than 17 million units since its introduction in 1984. The company has more than 40 million customers in homes, businesses and schools worldwide.

Broderbund operates expressit.com, the company's award-winning website, which is visited by more than one million people every month. It offers greetings, photo albums, more than one million graphics and other products and services.

More information about Broderbund can be found at www.broderbund.com.

About Genealogy.com

Genealogy.com is a division of A&E Television Networks. The company enriches the lives of its customers by providing the tools, resources, and community that empower them to uncover and share their unique family stories. Headquartered in Fremont, CA, it designs, develops, and markets genealogy software applications and online resources that enable family history enthusiasts to research, organize, and document their heritage at home or away. Its software programs are also distributed at retail by Broderbund. Developing software since 1984, Genealogy.com continues to be the leader in the genealogy technology space, producing the # 1 selling family tree software -- Family Tree Maker -- for more than a decade. The company also provides extensive online genealogy resources, including subscriptions that give researchers continuous, easy access to valuable family history information.

NOTE: Broderbund, the Broderbund logo, are registered trademarks of Broderbund LLC in the United States and/or certain other countries. Family Tree Maker is a registered trademark of Genealogy.com, LLC in the United States and/or certain other countries.

CONTACT: Farnoush Deylamian of Broderbund LLC, +1-415-382-2610, or farnoush.deylamian@learningco.com; or Juan J. Davila of A&E Television Networks, +1-212-210-1331, or juan.davila@aetn.com.

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