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Rootsmagic 4 Now Available

SPRINGVILLE, Utah. — March 25, 2009 — RootsMagic, Inc. today announced the official release of RootsMagic 4, the latest version of the award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy and enjoyable. With the release comes a free trial version of the software as well as a discount offer for owners of other software products.

Impressive New Features
“RootsMagic 4 is the biggest release in our 20-year history of making genealogy software,” said Bruce Buzbee, president. “We’ve updated RootsMagic to work with the latest genealogical technologies available today, while staying true to our mission to make family history easy, accessible, and fun.”

RootsMagic 4 boasts an impressive list of new features including integrated web search, improved SourceWizard for citing sources, sharing events among multiple persons, creating pre-defined groups of persons, person and place mapping, recording DNA tests, and improved navigation and data entry. RootsMagic 4 is also one of the only desktop genealogy programs certified to work with “New FamilySearch”.

Freeing Your Data
“A common request that we hear from people is that they don’t want their data to be trapped in their computer,” said Michael Booth, vice-president of development. “One of the most popular features in RootsMagic 3 is our ‘Shareable CD’ which puts your data and pictures onto a CD or DVD along with a special copy of RootsMagic. You can then give the discs to family and friends and they don’t have to buy or install anything. It’s all there on the disc.”

“We’ve taken that a step further in RootsMagic 4,” explains Booth. “One unique and exciting new feature is ‘RootsMagic To-Go’. It allows you to install RootsMagic onto a USB drive and transfer data between it and your computer. This gives you the freedom to take RootsMagic and your data wherever you go- to work, on vacation, to the library- anywhere.”

Free Trial
A free trial version of RootsMagic 4 is available at http://www.rootsmagic.com. The trial version allows a person to import their data, add information, and play with RootsMagic’s major features without any time limitation. “We’re so excited about this new release, we wanted to give everyone a risk-free option to try it for themselves,” said Buzbee.

Users of other genealogy software products will find it easy to experiment with RootsMagic 4 using their own data. RootsMagic can directly import data from PAF, Family Tree Maker (through 2006), Family Origins, and Legacy Family Tree. It can also read data using the popular GEDCOM format.

Pricing
RootsMagic 4 is available for only $29.95. Existing RootsMagic and Family Origins users may upgrade for only $19.95.

Discount Offer
For the first time in company history, users of other genealogy software programs can receive a competitive upgrade discount. Through May 31, 2009, users of Personal Ancestral File (PAF), Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, or The Master Genealogist may purchase RootsMagic 4 for only $19.95, saving $10 off of the regular price.

More information about the competitive upgrade can be found at http://www.rootsmagic.com/upgrade.

About RootsMagic, Inc.
For over 20 years, RootsMagic, Inc. has been creating computer software with a special purpose- to unite families. One of our earliest products- the popular “Family Origins” software, introduced thousands of people to the joy and excitement of family history.

That tradition continues today with “RootsMagic”, our award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history fun and easy. “Personal Historian” will help you easily write and preserve your life stories. “Family Reunion Organizer” takes the headaches out of planning those important get-togethers. And “Family Atlas” creates beautiful and educational geographic maps of your family history.

For more information, visit www.rootsmagic.com.Source: RootsMagic, Inc.

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Genealogy Software Recommended By FamilySearch

Congratulations to our sponsor Rootsmagic for receiving “Desktop Productivity” and “Desktop Syncing or Tree-Cleaning” awards from FamilySearch!  Rootsmagic 4 has just been released to the public in Beta form and is available for free download at the Rootsmagic website.

2009 FamilySearch Software Award Recipients Announced

SALT LAKE CITY—FamilySearch announced the recipients of the 2009 FamilySearch Software Awards at the FamilySearch Developers Conference in Provo, Utah. The 12 recipients were recognized for their outstanding and innovative work in advancing products and technologies that integrate with FamilySearch’s emerging suite of products and services.
 
The annual FamilySearch Software Awards has been established to encourage and recognize software development that benefits the family history and genealogy industry. “We are excited to announce the recipients of the 2009 FamilySearch Software Awards. The awards formally recognize the software achievements of those developers and companies that are making important contributions to the family history and genealogy industry,” said Gordon Clarke, FamilySearch Web services product manager.
 
The Best Features awards this year were decided by a panel of judges for the industry. The Develop Choice Awards are decided by the vote of members of DevNet.FamilySearch.org, an online community of developers. The awards were given for the categories of best Application (API) Library, Most Useful to Developers, and Potential Future Impacts.
 
The following recipients were announced and presented at the FamilySearch Developers Conference: 
 
Desktop Productivity
·         Incline Software’s Ancestral Quest for the “Best Listing Tool”
·         Ohana Software’s FamilyInsight for “Best Standardizer”
·         RootsMagic’s RootsMagic 4 for “Best Dashboard”
 
Desktop Syncing or Tree-Cleaning
·         Incline Software’s Ancestral Quest for the “Most Comprehensive Syncing”
·         Ohana Software’s FamilyInsight for “Best Person Separator”
·         RootsMagic’s RootsMagic 4 for “Easiest to Sync”
 
Desktop Use of Media
·         Progeny Software’s Charting Companion  for the “Best for Desktop Printing”
 
Web Productivity
·         US Family Tree’s Grow Branch  for the “Best Web Site Feature for Publishing”
 
Web Use of Media
·         Generation Maps for the “Best Web Site Feature for Printing”
·         TreeSeek for “Best Web Site Feature for Mapping”

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RootsMagic 4 Genealogy Database FREE Preview

The folks at RootsMagic have done it again! They’ve managed to take a terrific product and make it even better!

At the recent Family History Expo in St. George, Utah I had a chance to get a tour of RootsMagic 4 with company founder Bruce Buzbee. Stay tuned to this blog for that interview.
Here are the latest details straight from RootsMagic…

SPRINGVILLE, Utah. — March 4, 2009 — RootsMagic, Inc. today announced RootsMagic 4 public beta, the latest version of the award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy and enjoyable. During the public beta period, all are invited to download and experience the software, free of charge.
Impressive New Features

“RootsMagic 4 is the biggest release in our 20-year history of making genealogy software,” said Bruce Buzbee, president. “We’ve updated RootsMagic to work with the latest genealogical technologies available today, while staying true to our mission to make family history easy, accessible, and fun.”

RootsMagic 4 boasts an impressive list of new features including integrated web search, improved SourceWizard for citing sources, sharing events among multiple persons, creating pre-defined groups of persons, person and place mapping, recording DNA tests, and improved navigation and data entry. RootsMagic 4 is also one of the only desktop genealogy programs certified to work with “New FamilySearch”.

Freeing Your Data

“A common request that we hear from people is that they don’t want their data to be trapped in their computer,” said Michael Booth, vice-president of development. “One of the most popular features in RootsMagic 3 is our ‘Shareable CD’ which puts your data and pictures onto a CD or DVD along with a special copy of RootsMagic. You can then give the discs to family and friends and they don’t have to buy or install anything. It’s all there on the disc.” “We’ve taken that a step further in RootsMagic 4,” explains Booth. “One unique and exciting new feature is ‘RootsMagic To-Go’. It allows you to install RootsMagic onto a USB drive and transfer data between it and your computer. This gives you the freedom to

Free and Available Now

RootsMagic 4 beta is available now for free at http://www.rootsmagic.com/preview. “We’re so excited about this new release, we wanted to give everyone a risk-free option to try it for themselves,” said Buzbee. Each person who wishes to participate will be given a registration key which will allow them to download and experience the software for the duration of the public beta period.
Users of other genealogy software products will find it easy to experiment with RootsMagic 4 using their own data. RootsMagic can directly import data from PAF, Family Tree Maker (through 2006), Family Origins, and Legacy Family Tree. It can also read and write data using the popular GEDCOM format.

The public beta also gives users the chance to give feedback and suggestions to improve the software. “Customer feedback is essential to us. All of the changes and improvements in RootsMagic 4 are in direct response to needs and desires expressed by our users,” said Booth. Buzbee added, “We’ve already received invaluable comments and suggestions from the early testers and we’re looking forward to hearing from the general public.”

About RootsMagic, Inc.

For over 20 years, RootsMagic, Inc. has been creating computer software with a special purpose- to unite families. One of our earliest products- the popular “Family Origins” software, introduced thousands of people to the joy and excitement of family history.

That tradition continues today with “RootsMagic”, our award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history fun and easy. “Personal Historian” will help you easily write and preserve your life stories. “Family Reunion Organizer” takes the headaches out of planning those important get-togethers. And “Family Atlas” creates beautiful and educational geographic maps of your family history.

For more information, visit http://www.rootsmagic.com/ .
Source: RootsMagic, Inc.

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It’s A New Year: 10 Strategies for Your Family History Research

Everyone’s busy making New Year’s resolutions right about now, so it’s a great time to be thinking about the committment you’re going to make to your family history research.  If you follow these ten strategies I can guarantee you will have amazing success with your research in 2009!

#1 Enter what you find into your genealogy database at the time you find it.
When you sit down to your computer, open your genealogy database BEFORE you search for the first record. As soon as you find a record you may be excited and on fire but STOP, DROP, AND RECORD that information before you take another step!  I made a committment to this principle after investing an hour and a half and several $$ locating a record only to find out I had found it 3 months earlier and failed to enter it into my database.  Remember, the definition of insanity is when you hit your head against a wall and it hurts, and then you do it again expecting a different result.  It’s going to hurt if you don’t enter what you find when you find it!  Recommendation: Rootsmagic Genealogy Software

#2 Enter source information for what you find when you find it.
It’s not enough to enter the information into your database, you need to make note of where you got it.  In the beginning...when I found a primary record that completely contradicted information that I had previously entered into my database, I was stumped as to which “fact” was correct because I had failed to document my source of the original information.  I later found a sticky note that revealed it had come from a great aunt with a less than pristine memory.  Armed with documented proof of the true facts, I corrected my family tree and vowed to sourcing each “fact” as it surfaced.

#3 Make an appointment with yourself
You’re an important and busy person and that means you need to get on your own calendar!  Make an appointment for a realistic amount of time to do your research.  Then write it on your calendar, log it in your palm pilot, or wherever you keep your official calendar.  Then stay committed to it.  When that hour or two rolls around, you’ll have a blast and will thankful that you made time for yourself and your heritage.

#4 Make an appointment with Family History: Genealogy Made Easy
Lunch time is a great time to listen to the newest episode of the podcast, or refresh your memory by re-listening to a previous episode.  (That’s the beauty of podcasts - they are pre-recorded and you can listen whereever you are!)  Episode run about a half an hour which is a perfect fit for a mid-day break.  Why not share the show with your friends or co-workers?  Invite a few folks to bring their brown bag lunch into your office or conference room for your own private weekly “genealogy class.”

#5 Call your oldest living relative IMMEDIATELY
Listen to Episode 2 for a refresher on this topic and then DO IT!

#6 Post these goals above your computer monitor
A reminder a day keeps procrastination away.

#7 Post your family tree online
This year reach out to the rest of the world and find out who else is researching your family tree.  There’s no point in re-inventing the wheel.  Stay tuned, because I’ll be devoting an entire episode to this subject!

#8 Tap into FREE resources
By keeping costs down where you can you will have the resources to spend on those records you want most that are going to cost you.  Listen to Episode 8 for great FREE research ideas.

#9 Stay Current:  Sign up for my free Genealogy Gems e-newsletter
I send out about two e-newsletters a month that will give you links to new podcast episodes for Family History: Genealogy Made Easy and The Genealogy Gems Podcast, blog posts, new records that have just come online, and tons more.  I won’t share your address with anyone, but I will share LOTS of great tools and ideas!

#10  Have FUN!
One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2008 was to have more fun.  If you run against a research brick wall, or database that is temporarily down don’t fret.  Have fun!  Here are some fun video goodies for you:
The Socks to America - a Sockumentary ala Ken Burns!
A Son’s Tale - A tongue in cheek family history.
Our Summer Vacation - A wild genealogy road trip
For more videos visit the Genealogy Gems TV Channel

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I’m Dreaming of a Ancestor-Filled Christmas

As I discussed in Episode 4 of Family History: Genealogy Made Easy, it’s important to get the word out that you are the “Family Historian” in the family.  You’ll be surprised the goodies that make their way to you once you develop that reputation.  Here’s the perfect way to start the ball rolling:  Infuse Christmas this year with some Ancestral Cheer by creating a gorgeous Family History Christmas Wreath

 

This wreath is easy and fun to create!  No previous crafting experience necessary!  I will walk you through the process step-by-step in my FREE 4 part video series.

Start with the video Family History Christmas Wreath Part 1  In this video you’ll get a close look at this “Future Family Heirloom.”  This is the perfect project to show off your vintage family photos, and to use those little bits of broken jewelry from Grandma and other trinkets that help tell the story of your ancestors.

        

Then continue on with the remaining videos:

View Part 2
View Part 3
View Part 4

When you’re done you’ll have a wonderful show piece that I guarantee your relatives will do a double take on when they enter your home this Christmas.  They’ll point to a photo tucked in the wreath and ask you “who’s that?” and there will be your opening to tell them about how you are researching your family tree!

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Some Inspirational Music To Search For Ancestors By

I am really pleased to announce that Enya has a new album out for the holidays and it is the newest sponsor of The Family History: Genealogy Made Easy Podcast.

Enya, one of the most successful female artists of all time returns with a winter-themed album for the holidays. Featuring two traditional Christmas songs and 10 originals that evoke the changing Winter landscape and the cheer that Christmas brings. Enya’s And Winter Came… is the perfect soundtrack for spending time with your loved ones this holiday season.  And I can’t think of any better music to search for ancestors by, can you?!  Download Enya’s And Winter Came directly from iTunes and start enjoying it today.

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Finding Your Family History Just Got Easier!

Whenever I meet someone and they ask me what I do for a living, I think to myself “what is my title?”  Genealogy Podcaster?  Family History Lecturer?  Author? Genealogy Homey?  But no matter how I explain it, once they hear the word “genealogy” they usually say something like “Oh, I’ve always wanted to find my family tree, but I just don’t have time!!”

Hog Wash!! (Do people still say hog wash?)  That reasoning may have worked ten years ago, but with the explosion of online genealogy resources it doesn’t wash today.  What once took months to find, now can often just take a few minutes.  And if what you’re looking for isn’t online, chances are the Internet will lead the way to quickly tracking down the items physical location.

Discovering my family history has brought me such joy and exhilaration, that I want everyone to be able to experience it.  And that’s why I have created this new podcast Family History: Genealogy Made Easy.  In each episode I’ll bring you success stories that will inspire and motivate you, and then I’ll give you the tools to do it yourself. 

I’m not saying that genealogy is “easy” or that there won’t be challenges along the way.  In fact, the challenges are what can really make it fun!  But the hardest part of finding your family tree is often just GETTING STARTED!  And then grasping what’s possible and knowing how to find it.  That’s what this show is all about. 

You probably don’t have hours to spend each week on research.  But you likely have one quiet hour on a Saturday morning or during your lunch break to listen to the week’s episode and then put it into action.  If you follow this simple plan, you will discover your family heritage while creating a legacy for future generations.

So what are you waiting for?  Get started right now by listening to Episode 1 of Family History:  Genealogy Made Easy.

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