Dunedin Family History Group

Otago and Southland related research

Roots Magic

Roots MagicPros
•Easier to use than previous version
•Excellent sourcing and printed reports
•Solid documentation
•Can create web pages and sharable CDs

•Search functions could stand improvement
•No Mac version

•Reviewers call RootsMagic  one of the best genealogical programs for the PC. The latest version carries on the product's tradition of being simple enough for a novice to pick up, while having enough advanced features that it's tough to outgrow. The program, which underwent a serious overhaul, includes five main views plus a sidebar for navigation. Users can add unlimited numbers of facts for each person, source all pieces of information and import data from Genealogical Data Communication (GEDCOM) files. It also creates data CDs and publishes web pages. You can even run the program from a USB key, great for sharing the family tree when visiting relatives. It also supports DNA test results. Download.com editors are impressed with its sheer ease of use, noting their pleasure in never having to consult the help section of the software. Some users may be eligible for a free upgrade from version 3. First timers may want to try out RootsMagic Essentials (Free download) first, which lacks some of the more advanced features like web site creation.

In its thorough evaluation, Family Tree Magazine praises the app's ease of use and generous features. TopTenReviews.com gives RootsMagic 4 a 4-star overall rating plus a Bronze award. Download.com editors rate RootsMagic 4 highly in a rather brief review, praising the app's simple directions and excellent layout.