Okay, so when I first started experimenting with family history, I was told to get RootsMagic as a way to create a pedigree. When I first began, it seemed really weird and out of date and I honestly didn’t love it.
Fast forward a year, a program like RootsMagic was required for this family history class I’m taking in order to create Family Group Records and the like. Because everyone else was using RootsMagic and it was the program that all the professors used at my school, I decided to try it again. I still didn’t like it.
But at RootsTech, I went to a presentation about RootsMagic. Granted, a lot of it was people asking about basic stuff that I already understood, but it at least made me want to give it another shot.
So this time, instead of transferring all the copious amounts of chaos and information from FamilySearch into my RootsMagic file, I started the pedigree by myself. I input all of the information that I had and then continued to input more as my research continued. It was amazing! FamilySearch is great because of collaboration and such, but when I’m first starting out, I need to be more organized than the tree is on FamilySearch. I suddenly felt like I was actually making progress.
So what are some cool things about RootsMagic? (I promise I am not getting any promotional thing from this. Just so you know.) For one thing, they can help you with citations, which is always welcome. There is also this cool view, called “Family” view, which allows you to see all of the family with a list of siblings.
There are also hints that can connect to FamilySearch, Find My Past, and MyHeritage (they’re those little light bulbs in the image above). And, they are working on hooking up with Ancestry as well. (The secrets you learn at RootsTech…) If you buy the full version, you can “memorize” a citation and put it in all of the people or records that the citation is the same for.
Basically, I at least encourage people to try the free version. And if it doesn’t work for you, go out there and find something better!