The following news release is from Paul Nauta, FamilySearch.

SALT LAKE CITY—Recipients of the 2010 FamilySearch Software Awards familysearch-logo-4-7-09were announced at the FamilySearch Developers Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 14 recipients were recognized for their outstanding and innovative work in advancing products and technologies that integrate with FamilySearch’s emerging suite of products and services.

The annual FamilySearch Software Awards has been established to encourage and recognize software development that benefits the growing demands and needs of family history consumers. “The awards formally recognize the software achievements of those developers and companies that are making important contributions to the family history and genealogy industry,” said Gordon Clarke, FamilySearch developer services product manager.

The Best New Product awards were given to applicants in different platform categories. Products with specific features deemed important to the growth of the industry received the Best New Feature award. Community Player awards recognized individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the software developer community.

The following recipients were announced and awards presented at the FamilySearch Developers Conference:

Best New Product Awards

  • The MagiKey for the “Best New Windows” product
  • Arcalife for the “Best New Web site”
  • MobileTree for “Best New Mobile” product
  • FamilyInsight for “Best New Macintosh” product

Best New Feature Awards

  • OurFamilogy for “Best Research” feature
  • SharingTime for “Best Collaboration” feature
  • Genetree for “Best DNA” feature
  • Ancestral Hunt for the “Best Geo-Mapping” feature
  • FamilyPursuit for the “Best Groups” feature
  • Photoloom for the “Best Media” feature
  • FamilyChArtist for the “Best Print” feature
  • AppleTree for the “Best Celebrity Tree” feature

Community Player Awards

  • Gaylon Finlay, Incline Software, “Bug Hunter” award
  • Michael Booth and Bruce Buzbee, Roots Magic, “Trailblazer” award

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons can access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.