A Sneak Peek from the Underground Labs

Top Secret

I’ve managed to climb out of the RootsMagic underground labs for a quick break and was able to sneak some top-secret documents past the watchful gaze of the RootsMagician. I’m excited to give you an exclusive look at some long-awaited new features coming to RootsMagic 7. (Keep in mind that these features are still under development and may change before they are officially released). So here’s your first look at two of these new integrations with Ancestry.


Our upcoming TreeShare for Ancestry allows you to connect your RootsMagic data with an Ancestry Member Tree.


Once connected, you can quickly find differences and share data between the two trees.



RootsMagic 7’s WebHints feature automatically searches for matching records from many providers including FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage. And coming soon to this list is Ancestry! Just click on a light bulb next to a person’s name and you’ll see the WebHints screen:


Click on “Ancestry,” and you’ll see a list of matching records from Ancestry’s many collections. This is familiar territory for those who have already used our WebHints.

But this is where the similarities to the other record providers end. Instead of just viewing the records, you can click on information contained in the Ancestry record and copy it into your own RootsMagic file. It can even incorporate images and source citations!


Become a Tester

Currently, these features are being put through their paces by a group of testers. As the features become more polished and stable, we expand the group of testers and repeat the process. If you’re interested in becoming a tester and get early access to these features, you can sign up at here.

Well, it looks like my break is about over and it’s time for me to return to the underground labs. Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed this quick glimpse at these exciting new features coming to RootsMagic 7. Don’t forget to sign up to be a tester and- uh- please don’t tell the RootsMagician where you heard about all this.

61 thoughts to “A Sneak Peek from the Underground Labs”

  1. Sound very impressive and working on genealogy all the times I used Ancestry to found some of my family tree so written up papers. so I can’t wait when it come up sooner so can save my time

  2. Are you only using users with large databases as testers? I signed up early on but have separated out my different lines into different databases so all of them are relatively small.

    The facility to download the data from Ancestry makes this a fantastic upgrade – The current webhints is frustrating because there is no way to directly utilise the information it reveals and it often duplicates data sources already in my record wasting time.

    Reply: We need testers with all sizes of databases.
    Renee, RootsMagic

  3. Signed up to offer to be a tester, would be nice to hear back with a yes or no once decision is made, I use RootsMagic with FamilySearch and if the Ancestry link up is as good or better than that system it will make RootsMagic into a very impressive piece of software

  4. This is great. I just got the latest update to FTM (2014.1) And not Roots Magic wont recognize FTM files. Cant wait to go directly to Ancestry Trees.

    Reply: RootsMagic’s partnership will Ancestry allowed us to direct import all versions of Family Tree Maker (FTM) up to version 2014. Family Tree Maker 2014.1 is now owned by Software MacKiev. RootsMagic is no longer able to direct import Family Tree Maker 2014.1 ( or later versions due to file changes.

    You can read more about it on this Knowledge Base article.
    Importing MacKiev Family Tree Maker version 2014.1 or later

    Renee, RootsMagic

  5. Checking Find my Past and Heritage, we have to pay to see, will this also be with Ancestry?

    Reply: A subscription to Ancestry is not included in the purchase of RootsMagic.
    Renee, RootsMagic

  6. Thank you! I saw this demonstrated at the Demo Booth at Roots Tech. Can hardly wait for it!

  7. When can I finally sync my Ancestry Tree with my RootsMagic Tree?

    Reply: When it is stable and ready for release.
    Renee, RootsMagic

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