Archives for November, 2016

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 […]

The Winner of our 30th Birthday Contest


The votes are in and the winner of our 30th Birthday Contest is Kelly Leary, who wins a Shotbox portable light box! Here’s the winning story: The Nonagenarian by Kelly Leary At his 90th birthday party, my grandfather handed me his birth certificate and asked me if I could find his family. He was the […]

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 […]

Choose the Winner of our 30th Birthday Contest


It’s our 30th birthday and we asked our users to share about when they first “felt the magic”. We received so many great stories and experiences. The staff here at RootsMagic had a difficult time narrowing down the list to only 8. Congratulations to our finalists: Kathy Agard, Sunny O’Bryan, Kelly Leary, Clytee Gold, Patricia (Name […]

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, […]