Notes from the past…

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #25: Genealogy Database Software


Database programs have revolutionized the way we store and record our genealogy. Which one is your favorite? What are some of the tools and perks of the program that enhance your family history research? Share a link to the company website or vendor so others may learn more about this product.

As part of this addiction of mine, I have tried just about every Windows genealogy database program. Then, about 4 years ago, I purchased RootsMagic… and have never looked back.

To me, RootsMagic is the simplest to use, creates the types of charts and reports that I prefer and does the best job of handling sources and creating citations. It is easily customizable, is complete with multiple calculators and other tools, creates adequate websites, even has its own portable version in RootsMagic To-Go.

Help is readily available through both the website and the RootsMagic Facebook page. I am extremely impressed that the program’s creator, Bruce Buzbee, frequently personally answers questions and offers his expertise both on Facebook and through the RootsMagic homepage and RootsWeb help group.

Frequent program updates are available and currently there are over 40 recorded “how-to” webinars available free of charge at RootsMagic’s website.

I can’t say enough about RootsMagic! (Well, actually, I could mention one more thing: when will the iPhone app be available?) :)


52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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2 thoughts on “52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #25: Genealogy Database Software

  1. I myself use Family Tree Maker. I like the fact that with my subscription to Ancestry, it’s easy to add the sources which come up with a click of the mouse.

    Regards, Jim (Hidden Genealogy Nuggets)

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