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Installation was easy. After I exported my old TMG database files to a single .gedcom file, I used RootsMagic to import it. It was fast and the data loaded quite cleanly. RootsMagic lets you import GEDCOM files, Family Origins database and backup files, and PAF database files. Also, for anyone working with LDS, you can create and read TempleReady files and handle ordinances.
The interface is easy to use and it provides three views: Pedigree, Family and Descendants. You can access an individual or family by selecting the name from a list and loading it into the views. To modify an individual's data or relationships, you can right-click on the name (in any view or list) to access options from the popup menu. RootsMagic provides master lists for Sources, To-Do, Addresses, Repository, Correspondence, Places, and Fact types.Read more ›
In all of this time Rootsmagic has internally became a much better and stronger program. Unfortunately the one thing that has not gotten better or more powerful is the user interface. I laugh when I read a review saying Rootsmagic intuitive to use and learn.
Say you are a new user, you have managed to create a blank data base and now the time has come to enter people. By default your blank database is showing a pedigree chart. A normal person would click on the chart and expect to be able to start typing. This does not happen. Ok, so at the top of the pedigree chart are 4 lines, the first blank, the other three have b:, m: and d:. It doesn't take much to think that this must be where you enter a person, so an unsuspecting user clicks in this area and nothing happens.
Then and only then do your eyes continue up to the row of buttons and the menubar, because by now you are beginning to get desperate enough to look for the Help option. On the button bar and on the menubar you see an option called 'add' and 'Add' respectively. Bingo! A file begins. Then the adventure begins when you want to begin adding facts for your newly entered individual...dialog boxes galore.Read more ›
On the first point, the charting features (which were the feature I was most excited about) are designed to display only direct ancestors and won't display siblings, aunts, uncles etc on the family trees. If, like me, you are interested in tracking the branches of your extended family - displaying your links to cousins and great-aunts, this program is not for you. You can enter information on them, but it won't present the linkages to these people in a useful form.
My second problem is with the claims that the software is user friendly and intuative. It isn't. I'm not saying this as a limited and hesitant computer user. I'm saying this as a software product manager who uses and designs software for a living. Remember what user interfaces were like 15 years ago? Lists of text, poor or non-existant graphics, no flexibility, and certainly no drag-and-drop? Now you've got the idea. If, like me, you're entering geneological infomation from non-computerized records, the program will quickly make you wonder why your going to all the trouble. The interface is un-intuative and clunky, and your reward for your trouble is search functions (which I don't need) and family trees that don't display 90% of the people you've entered.
Bottom line, don't waste your time or money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been researching genealogy for many, many years and this is just a really hard to use program. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barb
I upgraded from FTM to RootsMagic. Based on other genealogists' reviews, it was a toss-up between RootsMagic and Legacy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by fearlessreader
RootsMagic is descent software. It has evolved greatly over the years. Five years ago it was my third favorite that I kept for some reports and when I wanted some reports to look... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dora A. Smith
If so, this software would definitely get one from me! I cannot afford an expensive program and began using RM6's free version. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cynthia Kay
I have had this software for about 4 months. Very happy with the program and give it five stars. WordPublished on July 20, 2013 by ironhead3
I will be attending a workshop on Roots Magic on Sunday the the 23rd. I am filling in my family but do not know where to go from there.
My husband is very into our family geneology and this program
has helped him to find out a lot of new information.
Roots Magic Family Tree Genealogy Software, this software did not offer what I was looking for. Too difficult to read a large Genealogy chart clearly. For me it was cumbersome.Published on August 14, 2012 by Cruiser