Tips Archive

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: Recovering Lost Registration Keys


Have you misplaced your keys again?  Not your car keys, but the registration keys for your RootsMagic software?  If so, you’re not alone.  Requests for lost or misplaced registration keys is our number one tech support issue, but you can actually retrieve them yourself. Just visit our website at http://rootsmagic.com and hover over the Support […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tip: Keep Your File in Shape with Database Tools


Occasionally things break.  And when they do, we break out the tools to fix them.  Sometimes we even use tools preemptively to keep things from breaking later.  Databases are no different, and RootsMagic provides database tools to check the integrity of your database, or even fix issues like “phantom children” in your database.  To open […]

Tip: Keep Private Notes Private


You just discovered some information about an ancestor that you want to document, but you know there are some family members that are going to throw a fit about it.  How do you document that information, yet be able to publish your family tree without sharing that information?  The answer is with private notes. Private […]

Tip: Finding Anything Anywhere in RootsMagic


One of your ancestors fought alongside Davy Crockett at the Alamo, and you’ve entered that information into your RootsMagic database.  Unfortunately you don’t remember which ancestor it was, or how to easily find him.  Luckily, RootsMagic makes it easy to find anything, anywhere in your database with Find Everywhere. Find Everywhere does exactly what it […]

Tip: Finding a Person by Nickname or Married Name


 “Why can’t I find that person?  I know I entered them into my database!”  Maybe it is because you know them by a different name than the one you entered for them. We are taught to enter the full birth name for a person, but that person may have changed their surname when they got […]

Tip: Make a Map of Your Family’s Migrations


Here at RootsMagic HQ, today is “Pioneer Day”, a local holiday where we celebrate our ancestors and the diverse peoples who settled this area. One fun project for Pioneer Day (or any day for that matter) is to make a map showing where our ancestors lived and how they migrated and moved about. There is […]

Tip: Saving Your Spot in RootsMagic Using Bookmarks


  Every person in your family tree is important, right?  As much as we may hate to admit it, sometimes certain persons are more important than others.  For example, imagine wandering around through the outskirts of your family tree when you realize it’s time to shut down for the night.  You wish there was a […]