Author Archives for Bruce Buzbee

Happy 30th Birthday, RootsMagic! Part 3: The New Full-Time Job

NOTE: This is Part 3 in our ongoing series documenting the history of our company. If you’re just joining us, be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2. As word of mouth spread about QubeCalc and InstaCalc, sales slowly picked up throughout 1987.  Then in August of 1987, we got our first “national” mention when Brit […]

Happy 30th Birthday, RootsMagic! Part 2: Getting off the Ground

NOTE: This is Part 2 in our ongoing series documenting the history of our company. If you’re just joining us, be sure to read Part 1. Now that I had both a company and a product, all I needed to do was figure out how to sell software.  My engineering degree certainly hadn’t taught me […]

Happy 30th Birthday, RootsMagic! Part 1: The FormalWare Co.

Part 1: The FormalWare Co. Happy 30th birthday to RootsMagic!  Well, not RootsMagic the program, but RootsMagic the company.  This month (October 14th to be exact), marks the 30th birthday of the company we now know as “RootsMagic”. Like a lot of people, RootsMagic has gone through a number of names, moves and changes since […]

FamilySearch Will Be Down Monday, June 27th

The FamilySearch website will be undergoing a technical upgrade Monday, June 27th starting at 12 midnight MDT (6am UTC), and may be down for up to 24 hours as they test the system. The entire FamilySearch system will be down, including the API that RootsMagic uses to interface with it, so during that time you […]

Give The Gift of Family: RootsMagic’s Best Holiday Sale Ever

With the holidays coming up, we often get requests from our users about buying copies of RootsMagic to give as gifts to their family or friends.  In what has become an annual tradition, RootsMagic owners can buy discounted copies of our software to give as gifts. A Dozen Years of Holiday Specials! It’s hard to believe this is […]

New RootsMagic 7 Software Released

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 […]

Tip: How to See When You Last Edited a Person in RootsMagic

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 […]

Tip: Customize the Add Person Screen to Save Time

Have you ever mumbled under your breath because RootsMagic didn’t include the field you always want to enter on the Add Person screen? When you add a new person in RootsMagic, the first screen you see is the Add Person screen.  It allows you to quickly enter the name, sex and a few basic events before […]

RootsMagic Adds Direct TMG Import

On July 29th, Wholly Genes Software announced that they would be discontinuing “The Master Genealogist” (TMG). Since then, quite a number of TMG users have contacted us directly and on our message boards asking what their options were for converting their data to RootsMagic.  While data can be transferred to RootsMagic via GEDCOM, TMG loses […]

Tip: Finding Errors in Your Data with Problem Alerts

Have you ever noticed a little triangle symbol next to a person’s name in RootsMagic and wondered what it meant?  It means there just might be a problem with some of the information you have entered for that person.  That little symbol is called a “Problem Alert”, and will show up if RootsMagic thinks there is […]