New RootsMagic 5 Software Released

RootsMagic 5

Latest Version of Genealogy and Family Tree Software Now Available to the Public

SPRINGVILLE, Utah. — November 28, 2011 — RootsMagic, Inc. today announced the official release of RootsMagic 5, the latest version of the award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy and enjoyable.  With this release comes an update to the popular “RootsMagic Essentials” free genealogy software.

Family History Made Easy

A July 2009 review of RootsMagic 4 by Family Tree Magazine said, “Probably the best all-around genealogy program, RootsMagic offers a winning combination of features for both casual and serious genealogists.”

Throughout it’s 10-year history, RootsMagic has helped people research and share their family trees with innovative features such as moving people from one file to another with your mouse, a SourceWizard to help you document your work, creating a Shareable CD to give to family and friends, and running RootsMagic off of a USB flash drive when you are away from home.  RootsMagic also received the award for “Easiest to Sync” from FamilySearch for their work in interfacing with that system.

New Features

RootsMagic 5 adds many new features while making existing features even easier to use.  “This release includes something for everybody,” said Bruce Buzbee, president.  “Whether you’re a grandma wanting to share your family history with grandkids or a professional researcher trying to organize your work, RootsMagic 5 has something new for you.”  New features include:

  • Timeline View – put a person’s life in context with events from their own life and from the lives of family members.
  • CountyCheck – confirm and correct the existence of a county, state, or country on any given date from a multi-national database.  It can even show you online maps of county boundaries for that date.
  • Research Manager – avoid “reinventing the wheel” by keeping track of research goals, sources, and results that you have collected on a person, family, or place
  • “On This Day” List – bring your family history to life and view family events along with famous births, deaths, and historical events for any given day of the year.
  • Media Tagging – tag your media with people, families, sources, or places.  For example, tag an image of a census record with the people, families, and places mentioned in the record as well as the census’ source citation.
  • Plus over 80 other enhancements and features

Free “RootsMagic Essentials”

RootsMagic 5 is also available in an updated, free edition named, “RootsMagic 5 Essentials”.  RootsMagic Essentials contains many core features from the RootsMagic software and the two products are fully-compatible with one another.  “Many people are curious about their family history and don’t know where to begin,” said Michael Booth, vice president.  “RootsMagic Essentials is the perfect way for someone to get started, risk-free.”  RootsMagic Essentials is available for download at

Available Now

RootsMagic 5 is now available online at or by calling 1-800-766-8762.  New users may purchase RootsMagic 5 for only $29.95.  Users of previous versions of RootsMagic and it’s predecessor, Family Origins may purchase RootsMagic 5 for the upgrade price of only $19.95.

About RootsMagic, Inc.

For over 20 years, RootsMagic, Inc. has been creating computer software with a special purpose- to unite families. One of our earliest products- the popular “Family Origins” software, introduced thousands of people to the joy and excitement of family history.

That tradition continues today with “RootsMagic”, our award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history fun and easy. “Personal Historian” will help you easily write and preserve your life stories. “Family Reunion Organizer” takes the headaches out of planning those important get-togethers. And “Family Atlas” creates beautiful and educational geographic maps of your family history.

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Source: RootsMagic, Inc.

20 thoughts to “New RootsMagic 5 Software Released”

  1. I recently purchased RootsMagic 4 ~ what a wonderful surprise to receive an e-mail with a free upgrade to Version 5. Thank you so much!

  2. As a long-time user of TMG seeking powerful features in a user friendly environment, I am pleased with the energy behind your products. I really appreciate RootsMagic for letting me get on with research instead of in the way of it. Thank you.

  3. Thank you this is a nice Christmas gift… but a super cool gift would be the relase of RootsMagic for Mac! I’m using RootsMagic in a VirtualBox but it would be great if I could ditch the box….

  4. Downloaded yesterday and read this morning all the goodies that are new. Can’t wait to try them out.

  5. Can’t wait for Santa to bring it to me! I have been a fan of this program since the days of Family Origins. Thanks Bruce for all of your continued hard work, to make RM the best genealogy program out there!

  6. Just received my Roots Magic4 disk in the mail yesterday and now I get notice of the Roots 5 version is avaiable with a FREE upgrade for me Thanks ever so much.
    George Anderson.

  7. Last evening, someway I was trying on my Laptop to get the new Roots Magic 5 up and going. It was about 9:00PM and before I knew it I was getting a live video about the connection of Roots Magic with Family Search. I watched it intently for about two hours and about mid-night I had absorbed all I could and shut it down.

    We live in Legacy Village in Layton, Utah. Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you………

  8. What a wonderful surprise. I have recently received RootsMagic 4, still trying to learn to use it, and then to receive a free upgrade–very nice. Thank you.

  9. I have been researching for 20+ years and have used other programs Family Tree Maker etc This program is by far the best I have seen. Great job to the Developer.

  10. oh… I’ve been researching over 36 years and this is a great tool to use … been scanning all my paperwork and putting on the computer so I can get rid of all the papers (except for those with seals on them). Again, thanks for keeping this program going!

  11. I just got Roots Magic 5.0 installed. (January 1st). I remember when I first installed Family Origins Version 3 for DOS. I have bought every version of RM since then.

    Thanks for sticking with it.

    Jim in Texas

  12. I purchased RootsMagic 5 and have to say that I love it. It’s light, user-friendly and has features that I thought I’d have to purchase seperately. I was truly excited to find how easy it was to generate lists and reports. Having used other ancestry software in the past, they usually fell short. Fantastic Job!

  13. gotta get used to the new look–and ever4ything else. got my databases in there now!

  14. I am a long term customer from way back when it was called Family Origins. Good product for the everyday Joe to use. Understandable and simple when necessary. Keep up the good work.

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