Author Archives for Bruce Buzbee

An Open Letter on RootsMagic’s Sync with Ancestry


Years ago (back in the Family Origins days) I got burned giving a date for a feature we were adding, and I promised myself I would never do that again.  But users dislike uncertainty and like to press us for an estimated release date.  Usually, I just say something like “it will be done when it […]

Happy 30th Birthday, RootsMagic! Part 10: The New Partnership


NOTE: This is Part 10 of our ongoing series documenting the history of our company. If you’re just joining us, be sure to read Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. After Jamboree, Michael Booth and I began to work together on new graphics for the RootsMagic 3 I was finishing up. […]

Happy 30th Birthday, RootsMagic! Part 9: The Collector’s Item


NOTE: This is Part 9 of our ongoing series documenting the history of our company. If you’re just joining us, be sure to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8. When we finally released RootsMagic 1.0, the book I had written for it was still […]

Happy 30th Birthday, RootsMagic! Part 8: The Birth of RootsMagic


NOTE: This is Part 8 of our ongoing series documenting the history of our company. If you’re just joining us, be sure to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7. Shortly after I finished writing Family Origins 10, I realized that A&E wasn’t really doing anything to […]

Happy 30th Birthday, RootsMagic! Part 7: Missed Opportunities and Murky Waters


NOTE: This is Part 7 of our ongoing series documenting the history of our company. If you’re just joining us, be sure to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6. During the first few years that we licensed Family Origins to Parsons Technology, I built up some good friendships […]

Happy 30th Birthday, RootsMagic! Part 6: The Rise of Family Origins


NOTE: This is Part 6 of our ongoing series documenting the history of our company. If you’re just joining us, be sure to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. Now that we were basically a software “development” company rather than a publisher, I devoted full time to working on Family […]

Happy 30th Birthday, RootsMagic! Part 5: The Origin of Family Origins


NOTE: This is Part 5 in our ongoing series documenting the history of our company. If you’re just joining us, be sure to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. I made some friends at Parsons Technology during those early years, mostly in the “acquisitions” department.  One of those friends was Deb Winter, […]

Happy 30th Birthday, RootsMagic! Part 4: The Vegas Gamble


NOTE: This is Part 4 in our ongoing series documenting the history of our company. If you’re just joining us, be sure to read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. As our customer base for QubeCalc slowly grew, we began to get requests for a “more powerful” version of the program.  This really hit home […]

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 […]