Last year, we announced we were working with Ancestry® to integrate Ancestry Hints® and Ancestry's records and online trees with our software. After months of development and the feedback of thousands of testers, we're pleased to announce the release of RootsMagic 7.5, a free update to RootsMagic 7 that adds two amazing new features: TreeShare™ for Ancestry and the addition of Ancestry Hints to RootsMagic's WebHints™ feature.
TreeShare for Ancestry
RootsMagic's TreeShare for Ancestry will let you move data between your RootsMagic files on your computers and your personal Ancestry online trees. You can transfer people, events, notes, source citations, and even pictures between the two systems.
RootsMagic users also gain the ability to easily share and collaborate with others by giving family members access to their Ancestry online tree. Using the new TreeShare feature, family members can then synchronize the latest changes and additions to both the online tree and their desktop computers.
Ancestry Hints Integration
RootsMagic leverages the Ancestry Hints capability, and as possible matches are found, users may conveniently review them from within the software. RootsMagic then lets you add new information and media from matching records into your file.
Free RootsMagic Essentials Software
For those that are just starting their journey into the world of genealogy, RootsMagic offers "RootsMagic Essentials"- a free version of their software with a limited set of features tailored towards beginners.
If you have an account with Ancestry, RootsMagic Essentials includes the ability to upload your file to Ancestry or download your existing online trees from Ancestry. If you are a subscriber to Ancestry, RootsMagic Essentials also allows you to search and view all of the content in your subscription. Those wishing to compare and transfer individual records between RootsMagic and Ancestry will want to use the full-featured RootsMagic software.
The update is free for users of RootsMagic 7 and RootsMagic Essentials 7 and is available via direct download or through the "Check for Updates" feature within RootsMagic. To learn more about these features or to take advantage of a special offer for Ancestry users, please go to http://www.rootsmagic.com/ancestry.
We're Celebrating with a Giveaway
To celebrate this monumental release, we're holding a special giveaway. We're giving away a 1-Year Ancestry World Explorer Membership as well as 3 Ancestry DNA Testing Kits. To enter, go to our RootsMagic TreeShare Giveaway entry form.
RootsMagic Calendar of Events
Do you have a RootsMagic user group, or another RootsMagic related activity you would like us to promote on our Calendar of Events? Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details for your user group or activity, and we'll make sure to get in on the calendar. For a user group, provide the name and address for the group, as well as what day you meet (for example, Second Saturday of every month at 12:30pm).
Reading Past Issues of RootsMagic News
Did you know that we archive all of our newsletters so you can read past issues going all the way back to 2010? Just visit:
for links to all of our newsletters starting with the October 2010 issue.
Download Anytime Guaranteed
Misplaced files, crashed computers, deleted programs- they happen to the best of us. So when you purchase software, it can be comforting to have a copy on CD as a backup, in case of an emergency. But CDs take up space, can be lost and broken, take time to be shipped, and are out-of-date when the software is next updated.
Downloading software is fast, convenient, and doesn't hog space on the bookshelf. Wouldn't it be great to have the speed and convenience of a download and the security of a CD?
With RootsMagic's "Download Anytime Guarantee", you have the best of both worlds. Simply put, you can download our software anytime you need, even if it is an older version of one of our products.
Computer crash? No problem. Just go to our download page to install the software again.
Lost your registration key? Again, no problem. Just ask for it and we'll email it to you within minutes.
If you've purchased our software and ever need to download and install it again, we've got you covered.
RootsMagic User Group on Facebook
Our RootsMagic User Group on Facebook is now over 15,000 members strong. The Facebook user group makes it easy to connect with other RM users, ask questions, share ideas, and otherwise discuss how to use the software. And if you are a Family Tree Maker user with questions about switching to RootsMagic, you are invited as well.
The group is accessible to anyone with a Facebook account, but for those who don't have (or want) a Facebook account, we still have our regular RootsMagic forums available.
Even though the group is listed as a "closed group", most requests for membership will be approved. This is to help prevent any spam or ads. Spammers will be banned from the group.
To join the RootsMagic or Personal Historian users group on Facebook, visit:
and click the green button that says "+Join Group". A group administrator will then approve you (there are multiple admins but this can take a little while if none of them happen to be online at the time) and you will then have full access to the groups.
A Note About Help
While we try our hardest to make our software as easy to use as possible, we also realize that a program with as many features as RootsMagic can sometimes seem intimidating. That's why we try so hard to provide as many ways to get help as we can.
On the other hand, we are a small company (yes, we try to look big) and can often get buried with the amount of support calls and emails we receive. But the one thing we don't have a shortage of is great customers who are willing to help each other.
Way over half the support requests we receive are answering "how-to" and "can the program do this" kinds of questions. Did you know that we have message boards, mailing lists, and other ways to talk to other RootsMagic users to get answers to a lot of these questions? We also have online classes (webinars) and tutorial videos (RootsMagic TV) to help you learn how to use the features of your software. We have an entire knowledge-base of answers to frequently asked questions.
To see all the different ways you can get help with our software, visit this page:
Does this mean we don't want you to contact us when you have a problem or discover a bug? Certainly not. But it will help us to better serve all of our customers if we can concentrate on those issues which only we are able to address rather than questions which are in the help file, knowledge base, or can be easily answered by other users.
We have a great RootsMagic community of users. I want to give special thanks to all those who are helping each other on the message boards, mail list, in user groups and family history centers, and whereever else you may be.
Free MagicGuides for RootsMagic
Magic Guides are free how-to handouts for our users that cover a single RootsMagic topic step by step, along with both illustrations and tips. Magic Guides are in .pdf format and are viewable and printable with any PDF viewer. They may be freely copied and distributed (but not sold), so they can be used as handouts in user group meetings or when teaching RootsMagic classes.