RootsMagic 4 Update Released (

We have just released a minor update to RootsMagic 4 (version  Note: We updated the list below to include a few issues we fixed in the,,,,,, and updates.

We’ve been busy adapting a lot of internal code preparing RootsMagic 4 for translation into other languages, but we decided to go ahead and release this update with some bug fixes in the meantime.  We realize it has been longer than usual between updates, but we had major parts of the program torn out during the language reconstruction.   But with that out of the way we will be getting back to a more normal update release schedule.

If you have the RootsMagic News screen come up when you start RootsMagic, it may have already notified you of this update.  If not, you can do “Help > Check for Updates” from the RootsMagic menu to download and install this update.

You can also download the update from

Here are the new, fixed, and updated items in this update:


  • Added “Online map” button to Edit Place Details form
  • Added “LDS facts” button to edit screen when LDS features are enabled
  • Calendar tool allows you to type in the year now
  • Better handling of shared events in group sheets
  • Individual Summary now includes shared events
  • Source list report includes shared events in citation list now
  • Direct Legacy import reads New FamilySearch links
  • Numerous spelling and corrections to source templates
  • AutoMatch feature added to New FamilySearch support
  • WebSearch doesn’t require user to re-login to sites when popup windows occur
  • Doesn’t add ‘Note: ‘ to place detail notes when importing from GEDCOM
  • Doesn’t hang when importing some GEDCOM filess created by FTM 2005 with illegal tags
  • Place details are now included in group sheet websites
  • People sharing an event are now included in narrative index if they are printed in report
  • Mapping events for a person (Tools > Mapping) now uses the place detail if it has lat/long entered
  • Father/Mother label on family view now reflects the settings chosen by user for the family
  • Merge screen now shows record number for the two individuals
  • “Primary photo” and “Include in scrapbook” checkboxes no longer appear on non-image media items
  • Outline, Henry, and D’Aboville reports now print marriage info before the spouse paragraph
  • Married children in Ancestor+Children narrative report don’t have their paragraphs abbreviated anymore
  • Deleting last item in a media album doesn’t cause crash anymore
  • Suffix and Prefix now print in relationship chart if there is room
  • Numerous bug fixes and performance enhancements for new FamilySearch features
  • Merging preserves the FamilySearch ID
  • Phantom vertical line in various screens on XP doesn’t appear anymore (
  • Groups list doesn’t display people by their alternate names anymore (
  • Family List (Search > Family list) doesn’t display people by their alternate names anymore (
  • Fixed a few New FamilySearch issues (
  • Fixed a problem with not being able to connect to New FamilySearch if the computer’s clock is off (
  • Fixed a compatibility issue with Windows 2000 (
  • GEDCOM now supports sentence templates that are over 256 characters (
  • GEDCOM now preserves custom sentences for events (
  • GEDCOM now preserves custom source templates (
  • Fixed living flag @ in sentence templates (
  • Place list report can now include place details (
  • Editing a shared event data or notes doesn’t hide shared event indicator anymore (
  • Surnames now print uppercase in pedigree charts when that option is turned on (
  • Fixed a couple of small issues with direct PAF import (
  • Deleted relationships don’t show in the NFS Share Data screen anymore (
  • Fixed some alignment issues with relationships in the NFS Share data screen (
  • GEDCOM imports LDS confirmation and initiatory events now (
  • Changed wording on select people screen buttons from “Mark people” to “Mark group” (
  • search in WebSearch uses surname, birth, and death year properly now (
  • Printing calendar with birthday and anniversary unchecked prints blank calendar instead of blank page (
  • Search criteria for general and family source use source conditions and not text conditions now (
  • Family Origins import now properly imports captions and descriptions for media items (
  • Pedigree charts now use selected date format (
  • “Start with what surname” in duplicate report and merging now works properly (
  • Duplicate merge doesn’t crash when cancelling anymore (
  • Added Gila Valley Arizona temple to temple list (
  • Fixed shortcuts (hotkeys) which were broken in the update (
  • “Fix broken media links” works now (
  • Fixed font issues in PDF (smearing and mangled characters) (
  • Fixed black text boxes when user has Windows “themes” turned off (or is using “Windows Classic” theme (
  • Fixed some issues with Family Origins import (
  • Fixed some issues with RootsMagic 1, 2, and 3 import (
  • Fixed some issues with FTM import (
  • Headers and footers don’t disappear on some pages of pedigree charts and some other reports (

March Mapping Mania: Save $10 off of Family Atlas!

Spring is slowly coming to RootsMagic headquarters. Snow is melting, plants are peeking out of the ground, and on a good day, we can shed our winter coats as we venture outside.  To celebrate, we are starting “March Mapping Mania”. From now through March 31, 2010, you can buy our Family Atlas software for only $19.95 (plus shipping). That’s a savings of 33%!


If you’ve never seen Family Atlas, then you’re really missing out. George Morgan of the Genealogy Guys Podcast said, “Family Atlas is a truly stunning new software product. A real winner!”

Family Atlas makes creating custom family maps fun and easy!  You start with an interactive world globe that you can explore.  Family Atlas lets you import your family data directly from RootsMagic or other genealogy software, and then create markers based on relationships, names, event types, and more.  You can even hand-enter set of markers such as “Civil War Battles”, “Places Where John Smith Lived”, or “Family Vacations”.


As places are imported or entered by hand, Family Atlas automatically matches them against its list of 3.5 million place names and locates them on the map.

Enhance your maps by adding lines, text, bubble pointers, title, legends and more.  You can even save your customized maps so that you can open and edit or print them later.


And when you are ready to make your map available for others, Family Atlas lets you print your maps, or save them to PDF or other popular graphics formats.

To see Family Atlas in action, be sure to watch our online video tutorial.

It’s never been easier to create completely custom family maps!  And for only $19.95, now is the perfect time to order your own copy of Family Atlas.  But hurry, our Mapping Mania only lasts until March 31, 2010!