The Christmas season is upon us and, for many of us, our thoughts turn to traditions, gifts, and family. It can be difficult to find a personal, meaningful gift that won’t end up stashed away in a box in the attic. With that in mind, here are 5 easy gifts that you can make with RootsMagic that will really bring families together.
1. Family History Book
There’s nothing quite like a solid, printed book. And RootsMagic’s Publisher feature does the heavy-lifting for you! With a few clicks, you can create a beautiful book complete with a table of contents, chapters, footnotes, endnotes, bibliography- even an index!
2. Shareable CD’s and DVD’s
If you’re looking for something a little more high-tech than a book, how about a computer disc? RootsMagic can create a Shareable CD that has all of your data and media on it as well as a special reader version of RootsMagic on it.
With a few clicks, you can personalize the disc and burn as many copies as you need to give to family members. They only need to pop the disc into their computer to view, explore, and even print their own family histories.
3. Family History Website
Are you looking for a free and easy only way to share your family history? The new RootsMagic 7 Online Publisher can create beautiful, dynamic websites with pedigree, family and individual views as well as supporting notes, sources, and media. And with our free MyRootsMagic hosting service, your genealogy has an online home with the click of a mouse. You can keep your website private for only your family or share your gift with the world.
A wallchart makes a visible yet decorative reminder of your family history that will beautify any home. You can use RootsMagic’s built-in wallcharts or use the Charting Companion software.
And once you are ready to have your chart printed, be sure to use our chart printing service.
Of course, what could be better than giving your family or friends the gift of RootsMagic itself? In what has become an annual tradition, you can buy discounted copies of our brand-new RootsMagic 7 software for yourself or to give as gifts.
During this special holiday sale, you can order copies of RootsMagic 7 for just $19.95 (plus shipping). Even better, you can order our other products at that same $19.95 price.
There is no limit on the number of discounted gift copies you can buy during this limited time offer which will expire December 20, 2014. You will receive the full program for each copy you order.
SPRINGVILLE, Utah. — November 25, 2014 — RootsMagic, Inc. today announced the official release of RootsMagic 7, the latest version of the award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy and enjoyable. With this release comes an update to the popular “RootsMagic Essentials” free genealogy software.
Family History Made Easy
Family Tree Magazine said RootsMagic is “probably the best all-around genealogy program” and “offers a winning combination of features for both casual and serious genealogists.”
Throughout its 13-year history, RootsMagic has helped people research and share their family trees with innovative features such as moving people from one file to another with your mouse, a SourceWizard to help you document your work, creating a Shareable CD to give to family and friends, and running RootsMagic off of a USB flash drive when you are away from home. RootsMagic has also received numerous awards, including the award for “Easiest to Sync” from FamilySearch for their work in interfacing with that system.
RootsMagic 7 adds many new features while making existing features even easier to use. “This release includes something for everybody,” said Bruce Buzbee, president. “Whether you want help finding records, or an easier way to share your family history with family, RootsMagic 7 has something new for you.” New features include:
The industry’s only multi-platform record hints, providing automatic hinting from both FamilySearch and MyHeritage. Simply click the WebHint bulb next to a person’s name:
View the hint summary for both FamilySearch and MyHeritage…
Then click through to see the actual records.
Our all new accounts which let you easily publish and maintain multiple online trees. From a single screen you can easily publish, view, change settings, refresh, or delete multiple trees.
Your trees can be public or private (password protected), and since your new online tree is database driven, you can change settings (like privacy settings, home page title and description, etc) for your website without having to re-upload your database again.
Quickly find and fix possible problems with names and places. You choose which problem types to look for, and RootsMagic will display a list of all names or places with any of those problems. You can accept RootsMagic’s suggestions, or just part of them, or hand customize the place right from DataClean.
Compare any two RootsMagic databases for a side by side comparison. Easily transfer people, names, events, notes, sources, or media between the two files.
Plus dozens of other enhancements and features
Free “RootsMagic Essentials”
RootsMagic 7 is also available in an updated, free edition named, “RootsMagic 7 Essentials”. RootsMagic Essentials contains many core features from the RootsMagic software and the two products are fully-compatible with one another. “Many people are curious about their family history and don’t know where to begin,” said Michael Booth, vice president. “RootsMagic Essentials is the perfect way for someone to get started, risk-free.” RootsMagic Essentials is available for download at http://www.rootsmagic.com/try.
RootsMagic 7 is now available online at http://www.rootsmagic.com/rootsmagic or by calling 1-800-766-8762. New users may purchase RootsMagic 7 for only $29.95. Users of previous versions of RootsMagic and it’s predecessor, Family Origins may purchase RootsMagic 7 for the upgrade price of only $19.95.
About RootsMagic, Inc.
For over 20 years, RootsMagic, Inc. has been creating computer software with a special purpose- to unite families. One of our earliest products- the popular “Family Origins” software, introduced thousands of people to the joy and excitement of family history.
That tradition continues today with “RootsMagic”, our award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history fun and easy. “Personal Historian” will help you easily write and preserve your life stories. “Family Reunion Organizer” takes the headaches out of planning those important get-togethers. And “Family Atlas” creates beautiful and educational geographic maps of your family history.
For more information, visit www.rootsmagic.com.
Source: RootsMagic, Inc.
You stare at the list of names you have entered into RootsMagic over the years, and think to yourself “I wonder how long it has been since I’ve worked on that guy’s line?”.
As you make changes to your data, RootsMagic keeps track of the date you last edited each person. You may not have noticed it, but if you look in the bottom left corner of a person’s edit screen, you will see the date you last made a change to that person.
This is done automatically for you, and it isn’t something you can edit directly. There are a number of useful purposes for the “Last Edited Date”, and I’m here to show you a couple of them.
First, if you would like to just see which people you recently worked on, you can customize the People View in RootsMagic to not only display the date last edited, but also to let you sort your database by that date. Switch to the People tab in RootsMagic, and click the “Customize this view” button.
RootsMagic will open a form that lets you choose which columns you want to display in the People view. On the left side are the available columns, and on the right side are the columns you want displayed in that view.
There are 3 steps to adding a column… 1) find and highlight “Last edited” in the list of available columns, 2) click “Add to view”, and RootsMagic will move that field into the right column, and 3) highlight “Last edited” in the right hand column and use the “Move up” and “Move down” buttons to choose which position to display that column. I moved it to right after the “Sex” column as seen below, but you can put it anywhere you want (except the very first column which is always the person’s name).
Once you have added the “Last edited” column, you can easily sort the People view on that date by just clicking the header over the column. Clicking it a second time will sort the list in the opposite order. You can quickly and easily see either the people you have edited most recently, or the ones you haven’t touched in the longest amount of time.
There are a number of other areas where you can use the “Last date edited”, but the most useful is probably when you are selecting people. Whenever RootsMagic lets you select a group of people for something (such as a report, creating a GEDCOM, or creating a named group), it will display a list of the people in your file where you can check (or “mark”) the people you want to select. That screen will have a button named “Mark group” which will display a menu letting you choose to “Select people by data fields”.
The screen that then pops up lets you enter the “criteria” for marking people, and one of the fields you can select by is “Date last edited”. By selecting that field, you can select people whose “Date last edited” is before a date you enter, or after a date you enter, or you can even do something like:
Date last edited IS AFTER 1 JAN 2014
Date last edited IS BEFORE 1 JUL 2014
to select people you edited between January and July of 2014.
The “Last date edited” is available in most places where you want to search, select people, sort, or even display in custom reports.
So while you may not remember whom you last edited or when, RootsMagic does. And with a little customization, RootsMagic can give you exactly what you want to know.