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 select the test type.

Y-Chromosome DNA Tests

Y-Chromosomes are passed from father to son so they are useful for testing relationships and ancestry along paternal lines.  Just pick a testing laboratory from the list and RootsMagic 4 will display the markers used by that lab.  You can then easily record and retrieve the results.  Combine this with our searching capabilities, and RootsMagic 4 is the perfect software for your surname project.

Mitochondrial DNA Tests

Mitochondrial DNA is passed from mother to child so they are useful for testing relationships and ancestry along maternal lines.  Just pick the testing company and enter the results.

RootsMagic 4 supports more testing laboratories and testing markers than any other software currently available… so if you’re ready to dive into the world of genetic genealogy, we’ve got you covered.

Well, I’m off to sail the seven seas (or at least one of them) on the RootsMagic cruise.  If I have a chance to get a post up during the week I will do so, if not it may be a week before the next major feature is unveiled (and it’s a good one).  I have my laptop with me, and promise that the team and I will continue to work on getting RM4 ready.  My wife Laurie has already warned me not to have any fun until RM4 is released, so she continues to look out for you.  See you next week.

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We look forward to your use of the laptop during the cruise.
Lots of users are doing the DNA testing now if only for medical reasons.
Will there be a form for tracing family medical history?

This could help me answer a question pending for 15 years now. All the evidence is in place but no proof only strong suspicions, another great improvement.

Enjoy your sailing, I have just arrived in Miami and I was sailing but it was down the road, never seen rain like it…………..

This is an important feature. Perhaps RootsMagic will even go beyond basic DNA data storage and develop comparison, reporting, and tracking tools for this type of data. If it does, I believe it would be the only genealogy program to do so. This is a special wish of mine since I am tracking many surname projects now.

May be Y-DNA results of a person should be shown on his father, grandfather and so on pages?

The same thing about mtDNA and mother …