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RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – Sharing Events


Can I get a witness? Here is that new edit screen from the last preview, and I’ve unblurred the new magic button. “Share”.  This feature (sometimes called “witnesses”) lets you share a person’s fact or event with other people in your database.  Click the Share button for a fact and RootsMagic 4 lets you select […]

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – The New Edit Screen


Well, I’m finally caught up from the RootsMagic cruise, and ready to wrap up the last 5 or 6 new features coming in RootsMagic 4. Welcome to the new edit screen.  Now, before you say “It’s different so I hate it”, let’s talk a little bit. One big problem in most genealogy programs is all […]

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – Named Groups


If you have ever selected a group of people for a report or search and wished you could save that group of people to use again later, then your wish has been granted.  The fifth (and final) tab of the side list is the Groups tab. Click the Groups button to add, edit, or delete […]

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 […]

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – Custom Reports


RootsMagic has always been heads and shoulders above the competition when it comes to custom reports, but we have found ways to make them even better in RootsMagic 4. Easier Design Screen Anyone who has designed a custom report in RootsMagic knows that it takes special concentration and good hand-eye coordination to get fields to […]

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – New FamilySearch


And while we’re on the subject of web searches, it’s time to unwrap one of the features we get the most questions about… New FamilySearch support.  First, go read about New FamilySearch on Wikipedia (you have to scroll down the Wikipedia article a bit to find out about “New” FamilySearch) and then come back and […]

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – And the 5th tab is…


WebSearch. And why is it that every time a tab is disclosed another blurred one (2) appears? RootsMagic 4 makes it easier than ever to search online for information about your family.  Just switch to the WebSearch tab and RootsMagic will do an online search for the currently selected person.  And if you want to […]

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – Mapping


RootsMagic has long had the ability to display an online map for places in your database (it was even a recent “tip of the month” in the RootsMagic newsletter).  We have expanded that capability in RootsMagic 4. When you open the mapping feature in RootsMagic 4, you will have a list of (1) all the […]

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – Places and Geocoding


Have you ever been entering a place and wished you knew what county, province, state or country the place was in?  RootsMagic 4 now provides a worldwide place database with 3.5 million places in it.  Just pop up the place search and enter what you know about the place and RootsMagic will display matching places.  […]

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – Sentences


Have you ever wanted to tweak the sentence for a single fact without having to change the global sentence template for that fact type?  RootsMagic 4 now lets you customize the sentence for any fact in your database.  If you are happy with the default sentence for your fact, you don’t have to do anything.  […]