RootsMagic 4 Family Tree Software Officially Released

Latest Version of Leading Genealogy Software Now Available to the Public

SPRINGVILLE, Utah. — March 25, 2009 — RootsMagic, Inc. today announced the official release of RootsMagic 4, the latest version of the award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy and enjoyable. With the release comes a free trial version of the software as well as a discount offer for owners of other software products.

Impressive New Features

“RootsMagic 4 is the biggest release in our 20-year history of making genealogy software,” said Bruce Buzbee, president. “We’ve updated RootsMagic to work with the latest genealogical technologies available today, while staying true to our mission to make family history easy, accessible, and fun.”

RootsMagic 4 boasts an impressive list of new features including integrated web search, improved SourceWizard for citing sources, sharing events among multiple persons, creating pre-defined groups of persons, person and place mapping, recording DNA tests, and improved navigation and data entry. RootsMagic 4 is also one of the only desktop genealogy programs certified to work with “New FamilySearch”.

Freeing Your Data

“A common request that we hear from people is that they don’t want their data to be trapped in their computer,” said Michael Booth, vice-president of development. “One of the most popular features in RootsMagic 3 is our ‘Shareable CD’ which puts your data and pictures onto a CD or DVD along with a special copy of RootsMagic. You can then give the discs to family and friends and they don’t have to buy or install anything. It’s all there on the disc.”

“We’ve taken that a step further in RootsMagic 4,” explains Booth. “One unique and exciting new feature is ‘RootsMagic To-Go’. It allows you to install RootsMagic onto a USB drive and transfer data between it and your computer. This gives you the freedom to take RootsMagic and your data wherever you go- to work, on vacation, to the library- anywhere.”

Free Trial

A free trial version of RootsMagic 4 is available at  The trial version allows a person to import their data, add information, and play with RootsMagic’s major features without any time limitation. “We’re so excited about this new release, we wanted to give everyone a risk-free option to try it for themselves,” said Buzbee.

Users of other genealogy software products will find it easy to experiment with RootsMagic 4 using their own data. RootsMagic can directly import data from PAF, Family Tree Maker (through 2006), Family Origins, and Legacy Family Tree. It can also read data using the popular GEDCOM format.


RootsMagic 4 is available for only $29.95.  Existing RootsMagic and Family Origins users may upgrade for only $19.95.

Discount Offer

For the first time in company history, users of other genealogy software programs can receive a competitive upgrade discount.  Through May 31, 2009, users of Personal Ancestral File (PAF), Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, or The Master Genealogist  may purchase RootsMagic 4 for only $19.95, saving $10 off of the regular price.

More information about the competitive upgrade can be found at

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.

22 thoughts to “RootsMagic 4 Family Tree Software Officially Released”

  1. Bruce, Michael and crew;
    A job very well done. Now sit back and relax for a day or two:-).
    Really, this is a fantastic improvement over all your previous work and will win you many Kudos’s for the extraordinary effort. I hope you gain a million new users, as it is the best..


  2. Bruce: Are you going to offer a manual like you did for the earlier versions?? I always found it useful and would gladly purchase one for V-4

    Jim Honer

  3. Well done to all and I wish you the very best with what I think is an excellent piece of software. I was very impressed with the trial and even more so with the personal handling of some of my queries.

  4. Congratulations to Bruce and all who developed RM4. Now, when we can access NFS here in Utah, our excuses for not doing family history won’t hold much water!

  5. What a great piece of work. Congrats. Bruce and all others. Hope you are geared up for the orders.

  6. Great job Bruce!!! I have been using Family origins then shifted to roots magic when it came out. Thanks for all your help along the way.

  7. You win again. I have been using your product from Family Origins through all versions of RootsMagic.This is super.

  8. Overall–tremendous upgrade.

    First time I have been able to seamlessly import data from Legacy 7.0 without some key items and formats being lost.

  9. I bet you’re glad *that’s* over. Oh, but it isn’t, is it?
    Definite congratulations. I certainly like what I’ve seeing so far with the beta versions. (
    Take the weekend off.)

  10. Hi Bruce & Team
    It has been fun testing RM4 since you first put a beta version, when I get paid later next mouth I will get a full copy

  11. I’ve got mine and it is WONDERFUL! I am singing its praises to every genealogist I know. This will revolutionize my documentation abilities. Now: when can I get a version for MAC?

  12. Well done all. I have been using the UK V4 for a couple of weeks now and am very pleased with it and the improvements over previous versions. The only thing I would liek to see is instructions in the packaging about the use and instalation of the British Dictionary. I got there in the end!

    Many Thanks

  13. I just downloaded Roots Magic 4 and this is the easiest to use and learn. Any PAF Users should try out this software. Information in PAF downloads very easy. Job Well Done!

  14. I want to thank you for creating such a wonderful product. I used to use Family Origins and when they stopped upgrading, I went to Legacy (my mistake) as it is not very user friendly. My sister in law told me she is using RootsMagic and it was just like FO but better. I am so glad to have RM as I feel like I am home again. What a wonderful job with makeing it so user friendly and also being able to access the NFS. Great JOB!

  15. I am enjoying usisng Rootsmagic 4. It is much easier than trying to enter the temple data by hand and helps me find records I might otherwise overlook. Ann Robinson

  16. I just got my RootsMagic Ver. 4 loaded on my computer. I put a PAF I already had on my computer and it works great.

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