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RootsMagic Essentials

By RootsMagic Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 1, 2009

RootsMagic provides a set of tools for designing a family tree. With simple directions and an excellent layout, family roots can be monitored from their earliest origins.

The program's interface had us hooked from the get-go. Its simple family tree display and easily entered info meant we never needed to consult the program's instructional Help file. While we were expected to do the research ourselves, the program provided a simple bracket system for mapping out our family's history. We were prompted to enter birth and death dates, photos, hometowns and other important information, which formed a web of details that created a clear picture of a family. One of its strongest suits was the tree's ability to make gaps in knowledge obvious. If a great great uncle was missing, the blank entry was surrounded by other family members with whom we could research and hopefully find the answer. The program appeared to offer a great feature in its simple Web-site-creating wizard. Unfortunately, we were unable to actually view the site due to trial limits, but if the site is as comprehensive as the wizard is, it will be good. While the program required a lot of research to get a full picture of one's family, it was ultimately worth it because of the helpful tools.

RootsMagic comes with the previously mentioned Web site limit and a 50-member trial limit.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 7.5.4

Ancestry integration: RootsMagic's TreeShare for Ancestry lets you move data between your RootsMagic files on your computers and your personal Ancestry online trees. RootsMagic's WebHints automatically searches Ancestry's extensive collections of historical records from around the world.

General

Release September 28, 2017
Date Added September 28, 2017
Version 7.5.4

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 23,980
Downloads Last Week 7
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Developer's Description

RootsMagic Essentials is a free, easy to use genealogy program that contains many core features from the award-winning RootsMagic family tree software. The free version includes extensive reports, and supports unlimited people, families, events, notes, and media. Print books, charts, forms, and lists. Also provides multiple database support, Unicode, SourceWizard, powerful merge features, and full GEDCOM support. Also includes full integration with FamilySearch Family Tree, and provides the only multi-provider WebHints from both FamilySearch and MyHeritage.