I received a complimentary copy of RootsMagic at the FGS conference last week and just started playing with it. I am very familiar with Family Tree Maker and have used it for several years. Already I have a question. Maybe one of my readers will be able to answer them. If not, I have the business card of the gentleman I spoke to at FGS2011 and will be happy to email him.
I uploaded my Gedcom and began investigating the toolbar under the person’s name that has Pedigree, Family, Descendants, People, and WebSearch. Now, I can search Ancestry.com and find documents for my people but how do I get those into RootsMagic? Just save them to my computer and then import? Do they not merge automatically somehow like Ancestry.com does with Family Tree Maker?
Here are some of the features that were explained to me at FGS2011 that I thought were fantastic.
- Print on demand books. These do not need to be printed at a specific location like Ancestry.com’s do.
- Share feature which allows you to select multiple people at a time to link a record or citation to. This will come in handy when I need to link a census record to multiple people!
- You can have more than one database open at a time.
- You can drag people from one database into another.
- RootsMagic To Go. Users can create a full copy of RootsMagic on a flash drive and take their database with them.
- Shareable CD or flash drive. This allows a user to create a file on a CD or flash drive and give it to a family member to view. The process puts a copy of RootsMagic on the CD or flash drive so the family member can view the database as read-only.
- You can have multiple databases open at once!
- They have free tech support via phone, email, and message boards.
- They do webinars.
- They have a RootsMagic blog.
Watch for future posts about my experience with RootsMagic. So far I like what I see.
Have you used RootsMagic? Do you prefer it over other programs? Why or why not?
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of RootsMagic at the FGS2011 conference to test.
- Midwestern Roots Family History and Genealogy Conference 2012 (generationsbiz.com)
- Follow Friday – Genealogy Lists and Message Boards (chicagofamilyhistory.wordpress.com)