Family Tree Maker® users have a new home at RootsMagic; Upgrade offer with Free Book and Magic Guides

Family Tree Maker users have a new home

In a blog posting today, announced the retirement of its Family Tree Maker® (FTM) genealogy software.

“True to this focus, we’ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide product enhancements and support that our users need. With that, we’ve made the decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015.”

Family Tree Maker support and online features will continue through the coming year. During this “sunset period”, many Family Tree Maker users will want to transfer their data into another desktop application that is actively being developed and updated such as RootsMagic.

We understand that change isn’t easy, so we’ve worked hard at putting together some new tools and supports to make the transition to RootsMagic as painless as possible for Family Tree Maker users.

A New Home

Over the past few years, thousands of Family Tree Maker users have made the switch to RootsMagic.  They’ve enjoyed its amazing new features such as color coding, Problem AlertsShareable CD’srunning straight off of a flash drive, FamilySearch integrationDataClean, multi-provider WebHints, Mac and Windows versions with a single license, and more!

But don’t take our word for it.  Here’s what some of our satisfied-switches have had to say:

“Had [Family Tree Maker] for years, did a couple of upgrades, but switched to RM, imported my FTM database and never looked back. I’m a happy camper!” — Paul

“I think you will find that RootsMagic has a much easier and more complete data entry than FTM. I have tried FTM several years ago and RM was so much more logical in data entry and report generations.” — Keith

I used [Family Tree Maker] on and off for years. Every time I would try to get serious about citing my sources I would get so frustrated with the software I would just give up. I finally got smart and started to look around for a more user-friendly program and found RootsMagic. I love it! I am now methodically transferring all my data from FTM to RM and citing everything as I go with more confidence and less frustration! — Kathy

“I’m all Mac and switched [from Family Tree Maker] back in Feb 2015. So glad I did.”— Sondra

Update Discount for Family Tree Maker Users


To make the transition as painless as possible, we’ve set-up a special website at that includes training videos, testimonials, and more.  And for a limited time, we are offering Family Tree Maker users the full-version of RootsMagic for the amazing low price of only $20. If you choose the download option, we will also include the PDF book, “Getting the Most out of RootsMagic” absolutely free (a $14.95 value).  You must visit to receive the discount.

Of course, we also offer a free version of RootsMagic named RootsMagic Essentials that offers basic capabilities for those who are just beginning their genealogy journey.

Free Videos and Magic Guides

We’ve also put together special videos and printable “Magic Guides” to help you with the transition.  We encourage our users to download these guides and freely share them with any Family Tree Maker users who may benefit from them.

We’re Here to Help

If you’re a Family Tree Maker user, we understand that change isn’t easy. But with a little of your time and a little help from us, you’ll be just as comfortable with RootsMagic as you were with Family Tree Maker.

UPDATE: Good news! Ancestry and RootsMagic have entered into a partnership to bring the Ancestry integration features to RootsMagic. See here for more details.

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 our 12th year offering holiday pricing for gifts, and to celebrate we are going to do our best holiday offer ever!

During this special holiday sale, you can order gift copies of RootsMagic 7 *AND* the book “Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic” for just $20 (plus shipping).  That’s right, both the program and book together for $20.  Or you can order copies of Personal Historian 2 *AND* the brand new book “Personal Historian 2: The Companion Guide” for just $20 (plus shipping).

Even better, you can order our other products for just $19.95 each, or you can order our 3 best sellers (RootsMagic, Personal Historian, and Family Atlas) plus both the RootsMagic book and the Personal Historian Book together for just $59.95.


RootsMagic 7 / Book Bundle for $20

RootsMagic 7 (Windows / Mac) AND the  book Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic” together for just $20 (plus shipping).  Save $24.90!


Personal Historian / Book Bundle for $20

Personal Historian 2 (Windows / Mac) AND the brand new book “Personal Historian 2: The Companion Guide” together for just $20 (plus shipping).  Save $24.90!


RootsMagic Family History Suite for $59.95

Our 3 best sellers (RootsMagic, Personal Historian, Family Atlas), and both the RootsMagic and Personal Historian books together for just $59.95 (plus shipping).  Save $59.80!

There is no limit on the number of discounted gift copies you can buy during this limited time offer which will expire December 19, 2015. You will receive the full program and book for each copy you order.

To take advantage of this offer, just visit:

While ordering online is the quickest and easiest way to order, you can also order by phone at 1-800-ROOTSMAGIC (1-800-766-8762).  With the volume of calls you may need to leave a message to be called back and you’ll need to mention the code HOLIDAY2015 when you call.