RootsMagic 7 Webinar on YouTube

You may have heard that RootsMagic 7 genealogy software is now available.  This free webinar discusses the changes between RootsMagic 6 and RootsMagic 7.  This is good to watch if you are thinking about upgrading your software or are trying to decide which genealogy software to own.

I’ve already decided that I am going to upgrade since I have version 5. But, I have to wait for Santa Claus to leave it under the tree.


RootsMagic 7 Genealogy Software Released

I’m so excited!  I’ve been working with RootsMagic 5 for quite some time.  But, I’ve been holding off to see if there would be an upgrade.  Looks like I’ll be asking Santa for RootsMagic 7 for Christmas!

RootsMagic 7 Software

Some features that folks might be happy about:

  • WebHints: New feature will check for matches and provide web hints from and
  • Ability to publish “multiple online family trees” on the web with easy editing features
  • DataClean:  Helps you clean up data issues within your database.  This includes NameClean and PlaceClean.  I can see how PlaceClean can be helpful.  I’ll be curious to see how NameClean works especially when one has a database full of foreign names.
  • Problem Alerts:  This feature will tell you if there are problems with the person’s information.  This will be helpful for this arthritic genealogist who sometimes hits keys that she didn’t mean to.

I have never used RootsMagic6.  So, I am not sure how many of these features are new or are revised.  However, they sound good to me!

If you’d like to know more about what is included in the software, here’s the what’s new page.  If you’ve never used RootsMagic, you can get a free trial download from their website.

I bet get my letter off to Santa soon!




SNGF: Creating Timelines

Randy’s Saturday Night Challenge for this week is to create a timeline.  I love playing with timelines!  This is going to be fun.

I chose my great great grandmother, Ana Jacinta de Mello, for this challenge.  I’m using RootsMagic 5 to create my timeline.

This is her timeline using the timeline feature (click on image for larger view):

Timeline for Ana Jacinta de Mello Pa

What I noticed right off the bat is that this timeline leaves out an important piece of Ana’s life.  It leaves off giving birth and children that died young.  I don’t think a mother’s timeline can be complete without this data.

I created an Individual List report on Ana to catch the details of her life that the Timeline report missed. (Click on image for larger version)

Individual List for Ana Jacinta de Mello

This is far more reflective of the events in Anna’s life than the timeline.  I only wish it had generated the report in date order, then the children’s births would be in the proper place.  (Note:  I have no idea why an empty child field came up at the end.  It’s not in my database.)

I edited a text version of the Individual List so it would reflect the proper order of events:

MELLO, Anna Jacinta de-2 (F)
Birth    30 Jan 1835 in Achada, Nordeste, Sao Miguel Isl.
Parents    Jose Francisco de MELLO-200 and Rosa PIMENTEL-2013
Baptism    8 Feb 1835 in N.S. da Annunciacao, Achada, Nordeste, Sao Miguel Island (age 0)
godparents    Jose Furtado and Anna de Pimentel (her aunt and uncle)
Spouse    Jacintho PACHECO-1
Marriage ca 1860, Sao Miguel Island, Azores
Child    Antonio PACHECO-52 (1850-1932)
Residence    1865 in Achada, Nordeste, Sao Miguel Isl. (about age 30)
Child    Manoel “Manuel Algravia” PACHECO Sr.-114 (1863-1945)
Child    Jose PACHECO Sr.-54 (1865-1916)
Child    Maria PACHECO-1859 (1868-    )
Child    Joao PACHECO Sr.-115 (1869-1906)
Child    Francisco “Frank Algravia” PACHECO Sr.-53 (1870-1937)
Residence    1870 in Rua Diveste (?), Achada, Nordeste, Sao Miguel Isl. (about age 35)

Child    Maria “Auntie Cosma” PACHECO-44 (1874-1951)
Child    Theodoro PACHECO Sr.-5 (1876-1914)
Emigrated on    SS Hansa; 14 Jul 1882 in Feteiras, Sao Miguel Isl., Azores (age 47)
Immigration    Sep 1882 in Honolulu, Honolulu Co., HI (about age 47)
Spouse    ??? SIMON-147
Marriage    HI
Death    4 Dec 1902 in Kilauea?, Kauai Co., HI (age 67)
Burial    aft 4 Dec 1902 in Kilauea Catholic Cem. (St. Sylvester’s), Kilauea, Kauai Co., HI (after age 67)

I think that’s better!