RootsMagic Essentials

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License: Freeware

Version: 7.5.4.0

Release date: 2017-09-21

Company: RootsMagic, Inc.

Language: English

Size: 31331 K

Category: Hobbies

OS support: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows8, Windows10, Windows Server 2003, WinOther, Windows Vista

(2016-01-06)

             Editor's Review

Award-winning RootsMagic is one of the easiest to use, yet powerful, full-featured genealogy programs on the market that makes family history real easy. RootsMagic Essentials is a free genealogy program that contains core features from RootsMagic. The RootsMagic interface provides a variety of ways to view your data and to access it to apply changes and additions. For instance, you can right click on the background in the Pedigree view or the Family view to bring up the Program Options dialog.

Program Options lets you select the behavior of the program, set display parameters, and set up the default folders you want RootsMagic to use to store your data and multimedia items.

The Program Options available are:
 General – Options specific to the program as a whole.
* Open databases from last session – Mark this checkbox to make RootsMagic load any files that were on screen when you last exited.* How to interpret ambiguous dates – Choose the format you want RootsMagic to use when interpreting ambiguous dates.
* Display news screen – Check this option to display the news screen at startup.
* Display welcome screen – Check this option to display the welcome dialog at startup if there are no databases to open. It will also appear when you close the last database without closing RootsMagic. This welcome dialog provides options to create a new database, to open (and select) an existing database, to import a file, to search for files on your computer, or to open recently opened databases. Checking Do not ask me this again will uncheck the option
* Ask for backup when exiting – If this checkbox is marked, the program will prompt you to back up your database each time you leave the program.
* When a database is opened or created - This allows you to choose how RootsMagic displays new databases as they are opened – tile all open databases, cascade all open databases or maximize the new database. RootsMagic allows you to open multiple databases at once (or multiple copies of the same database), so it needs to know how to display the multiple databases as you open them.
* Add date to backup file name – When this option is selected, RootsMagic will append the data to the back-up file name so you can differentiate backups made on the same date.
* Check for duplicates when adding people – If this checkbox is marked, RootsMagic will look through the database each time you add a new person to see if you might have already added the person. If it finds a person that might be the same, it will give you some options to continue or not.
* Let comma finish surname in RootsMagic Explorer – Mark this checkbox if you want RootsMagic to finish typing out surnames when you press the comma in the search screen.
* Let work like key – Mark this checkbox to have RootsMagic move from field to field when you press the Enter key in a dialog instead of closing the dialog.
* Enable live spell checking – Mark this checkbox to have RootsMagic underline misspelled words in notes with a red squiggly underline.  You can then right click the misspelled word to correct it.
* Use plain text when pasting to notes – Mark this checkbox if pasting text into notes is causing strange formatting.
* Use CountyCheck when entering places – Mark this checkbox if you want RootsMagic to check whether a county (US, Canada, UK, and Australia) existed on the date an event happened.
* Build thumbnails when opening Media Gallery – Mark this checkbox if you want RootsMagic to rebuild the thumbnails when opening the media gallery. Unchecking this can speed up loading the media gallery.

Display – You can choose the color scheme for the toolbars, etc, as well as the color (or background texture) for the main screens. You can also select: the font to use on the main screen in the Information area, on the navigation view tabs, and in the Family, Descendants and People views, as well as the font to use in the note editor.
* Main screen font – to use on the main screen in the Information area in the Pedigree, Family, Descendants and People views.
* List font – to use on the sidebar, explorer, and edit person screen lists.
* Note editor font – to use when you open the note editor.

File options are those options that relate to a specific database.  The File Options available are:
General – Options specific to the program as a whole.
* Root Person – Lets you select the root (starting) person for the database. Click the "Select" button to choose the new root person.
* Starting view when opening this database – Lets you select which view will be displayed when RootsMagic opens this database. You can choose from the Pedigree, Family, Descendant, People, or WebSearch view, or the last view displayed when you last closed this database.
* Starting side-list view when opening this database – Lets you select which view will be displayed  in the side list when RootsMagic opens this database. You can choose from the index, family panel, bookmarks, history, groups, or the last view displayed when you last closed this database.
* Date format – Select the format you want to use for displaying dates you enter into the database. As you enter dates in the program, you can enter them in any form you wish, and they will convert to the format you indicate here.
* Nickname format – Choose whether you want nicknames enclosed in quotes or parentheses.* Number to display after name on main screen – Lets you choose which number to display after the person’s name in the info area on the main screen. You can choose between the record number (which RootsMagic assigns), the reference number (REFN, which you can add as a fact), the FamilySearch ID, or no number.
* Display surnames uppercase - Mark this option to display last names (surnames) in capital letters, regardless of the way you enter them. If no check mark appears in this box, the surnames will display as you enter them.
* LDS Support - Mark this option to enable LDS support. This will enable printing of LDS information, and will enable the LDS ordinance template. Completed LDS ordinance information will appear (BEPS, where B=baptism, E=endowment, P=sealing to parents, and S=sealing to spouse) in the status area to the left of the name of the highlighted person.  A temple icon will also appear next to the name of every person on the pedigree, family, and descendant view if you mark those options.
* Problem alerts - Mark this option to enable Problem Alerts.  When this feature is enabled, RootsMagic will display an indicator next to the name of any person in your file who has a potential data entry error.  You can also choose which types of problems you want RootsMagic to check for each person.

Preparer – Some reports, as well as the GEDCOM export, have an option to print the preparer’s name and contact information. This is where you enter this information once and the program will add it automatically to your reports when you select the option to include it.

FamilySearch – Lets you enable FamilySearch support.

After going through all the options available in RootsMagic we end up with the conclusion that you may download this genealogy software without thinking twice which will definitely full fill all your needs that you are expecting from such type program.


Publisher's Description

5 Stars Award

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.

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Latest Versions History

Version: 7.5.4.0

Date Released: 21.09.2017

Release Notes: 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.

Version: 7.2.4.0

Date Released: 05.06.2017

Release Notes: 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.

Version: 7.2.3.0

Date Released: 24.01.2017

Release Notes: - New feature WebHints™. RootsMagic automatically searches your favorite genealogy record sites including FamilySearch and MyHeritage for possible matches to your data. As matches are found, a light bulb appears next to each person's name. - More new features, improvements and fixes.

Version: 7.2.1.0

Date Released: 04.05.2016

Release Notes: - New feature WebHints™. RootsMagic automatically searches your favorite genealogy record sites including FamilySearch and MyHeritage for possible matches to your data. As matches are found, a light bulb appears next to each person's name. - More new features, improvements and fixes.

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