RootsMagic Archive

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – Supercharged SourceWizard


Sources are awesome.  They are the lifeblood of the genealogist, and sometimes a frustration we would just as soon skip.  But we all know how important they are.  Documenting our family history is the greatest genealogical gift we can give our family.  Sure we can pass down a bunch of names, dates and places, but […]

We’re Still Working


Still waiting to hear about sources?  Well, I’m still anxious to write about them.  I just wanted to post a brief note to say that I haven’t forgotten about the blog.  We are buried in programming right now and I haven’t had time to do much of anything else. Based on a couple of comments […]

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – A Brief Note About Reports


After my last article on the new report engine in RootsMagic 4, I noticed we were getting a lot of questions and comments regarding individual reports, mainly whether we have enhanced or added a particular report.  Let me clarify a couple of things about RootsMagic 4 and reports. As I have previously mentioned (and as […]

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – The New Report Engine


Sorry about the delay since the last blog entry.  I’ve been swamped with programming and presentations so I’ll try to get these last few features out a bit quicker. As with the rest of RootsMagic 4, the report engine has received an overhaul to not only add new functionality, but to make it easier to […]

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – Evolution


Way back when I first started previewing RootsMagic 4, several eagle-eyed readers noticed that the file extension of the RootsMagic database had changed from .RMG to .RMGC.  There was some speculation (quite accurate speculation I might add) about what that simple change actually means. One thing that it means is that RootsMagic 4 has been […]

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – Sharing Events


Can I get a witness? Here is that new edit screen from the last preview, and I’ve unblurred the new magic button. “Share”.  This feature (sometimes called “witnesses”) lets you share a person’s fact or event with other people in your database.  Click the Share button for a fact and RootsMagic 4 lets you select […]

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – The New Edit Screen


Well, I’m finally caught up from the RootsMagic cruise, and ready to wrap up the last 5 or 6 new features coming in RootsMagic 4. Welcome to the new edit screen.  Now, before you say “It’s different so I hate it”, let’s talk a little bit. One big problem in most genealogy programs is all […]

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – Named Groups


If you have ever selected a group of people for a report or search and wished you could save that group of people to use again later, then your wish has been granted.  The fifth (and final) tab of the side list is the Groups tab. Click the Groups button to add, edit, or delete […]

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – All in the Genes


DNA anyone?  By popular demand RootsMagic 4 now lets you track all those DNA tests you are spending so much money on.  And unlike some programs, RootsMagic 4 will let you track both Y-Chromosome (paternal-line) and Mitochondrial (maternal-line) tests.  Just choose to add a DNA test to a person and RootsMagic will ask you to […]

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – Custom Reports


RootsMagic has always been heads and shoulders above the competition when it comes to custom reports, but we have found ways to make them even better in RootsMagic 4. Easier Design Screen Anyone who has designed a custom report in RootsMagic knows that it takes special concentration and good hand-eye coordination to get fields to […]