SNGF: Santa Brought Me RootsMagic7

Randy Seaver’s new Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge asks what I got from Genea Santa.  Well, I’ll show you what I got…

RootsMagic 7 genealogy software

Yes, I got RootsMagic 7!!!!  Woo hoo!!!

I’m excited because I was still using RootsMagic 5.  More importantly, I got RootsMagic 7 right after it was released.  When I got RootsMagic 5, they upgraded to 6 two months later.  Grrrr!  So now, I get to have the brand spanking new version.

Of course, I installed it Christmas night.  Did you expect me to be able to wait until the next day?

The look and feel is the same as the previous version.  The big thing that I am thrilled about is the little warning symbol on entries.  I have arthritis and although I type almost as fast as I did before arthritis I do not type as accurately.  (Don’t tell me to slow down.  The slower I type the worse it gets.)  I can now easily see the inconsistencies in dates, missing gender, and so forth.  This is a wonderful addition!

I’m not all that thrilled with the light bulb MyHeritage suggestions.  I don’t have a subscription to MyHeritage.  But more importantly it has to do with my immigrant ancestors.

I’ve mentioned before that I have what I call New Immigrants.  What I mean by that is I have no roots in America prior to 1847 (that I know of at this time).  The majority of my immigrant ancestors came between 1882 and 1907.  Many of the databases at MyHeritage besides the census aren’t much use to me.  The light bulb does link to show links to my WikiTree entries.  There’s some comfort in that.

There is still much to explore with RM7.  I saw something called “web tags” that I need to figure out.  I’m excited as all get up and have already done some input just to play around.  I think I will watch some of their webinars to familiarize myself with the changes.  They are free, so what the heck!

Thank you Genea Santa!  I am very happy with my gift.





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!