Compare our features with any other genealogy software, or better yet, download our free version and take it for a spin. See for yourself why Family Tree Magazine called RootsMagic, "Probably the best all-around genealogy program, RootsMagic offers a winning combination of features for both casual and serious genealogists." If you'd like to compare the differences between the full and free version, click here.
"RootsMagic is arguably the best genealogy program we've seen."
— Smart Computing Magazine
"Probably the best all-around genealogy program, RootsMagic offers a winning combination of features for both casual and serious genealogists."
— Family Tree Magazine
"My favorite for the best all-around program."
— Kimberly Powell, About.com Genealogy Guide
— Heritage Quest Magazine
"Easiest to Sync", "Best Dashboard", "Trailblazer"
— FamilySearch Software Awards
What's New in Version 9
With RootsMagic 9, exploring your family tree has never been simpler. Take a look at a few of the new features.
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Our innovative new Associations feature transforms your research by letting you easily keep track of the friends, associates, and neighbors that shaped your ancestors' lives.
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Color Code Sets and Labels
Bring your family tree to life with our enhanced color coding and color code sets, making it easier than ever to visually organize your research.
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New Data Tools
Find problems, clean-up errors, and quickly make changes, with a suite of powerful new data tools.
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Saved Search Criteria and Groups
Find what you're looking for quickly with the new "saved search criteria." Create groups of people based on saved criteria that are easily refreshed and updated with the press of a button.
What's New in Version 8
RootsMagic has been rewritten to work with the latest operating systems and genealogical technologies, including native support for MacOS. This foundation
ensures that we'll be able to support future technologies and amazing new features.
The new main window lets you switch between different screens (people, sources, places, tasks, media, etc.) without losing your place. The new "Couple View" and
expandable "Descendants View" give you new insights into your families.
You may now have more than one person's edit screen open at a time. You can also use other software features while the edit screen is open. All of a person's information
is now accessible from their edit screen. You can even view switch to the edit screen of any family member and then instantly switch back.
Searching at Your Fingertips
Lists of data now have their own search box, allowing you to quickly find matching items. Advanced searching tools have all been grouped together into one easy screen.
Save to Modern Formats
Reports and charts may be saved in newer, more compatible formats including Microsoft Word .DOCX, Microsoft Excel .XLSX, and .SVG.
New Wallcharts & Fancharts
Wallcharts have been rebuilt from the ground-up, giving beautiful new features and coloring as well as one of most-requested features- fancharts.
Reusable Source Citations
Reusable citations let you create a citation once and then attach it to multiple people or events.
To-do items, correspondence lists, and research logs have been brought together into streamlined "tasks". Tasks are easily attached to peope, sources, media, and more while being
quickly searched and filtered.
Better Places & Mapping
The Place List is now reversible and can directly show you all the events where the place is used. People and events can be quickly edited from the Place List.
The Map View shows you the location of each place and any desired group of people
Plant Your Family Tree
Whether you are starting from scratch, use another program, or already have a tree online, RootsMagic helps you bring it all together into a single, convenient spot.
Download from Online Trees
Already have family history online? RootsMagic can give you a headstart by downloading your tree from Ancestry and FamilySearch.
Import from Other Software
RootsMagic can directly import data from Personal Ancestral File (PAF), Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, The Master Genealogist, or Family Origins*. It also imports GEDCOM, the universal
genealogical data exchange format.
* Not all 3rd-party formats are currently supported on macOS or 64-bit Windows.
Stay in Sync with Online Trees
You get the best of both worlds- the power, privacy, and freedom of a personal tree on your own computer; and the communication, collaboration, and resources of online trees.
RootsMagic lets you share tree data back and forth with Ancestry and FamilySearch.
Create as many tree files as you like. Keep your own backups of your work on your own computer or on cloud backup services.
Open multiple trees at the same time. Need to copy a branch from one file to another? Just use your mouse to drag a person (or people) from one file to another.
Take Your Work With You
RootsMagic To-Go lets you put the RootsMagic application and your data on an ordinary USB flash drive. Take your work with you and run it on another computer.
No matter how tangled your tree is, RootsMagic lets you easily navigate all of the roots and branches.
All At Your Fingertips
The main window lets you work with files, people, places, sources, media, tasks, addresses, and more from one place. Just click on the sidebar to switch between screens without losing your place.
Add and Edit People
View and edit every piece of information about a person from a single edit screen. Add as many facts, notes, sources and media to each person and family. Share an event among multiple people and define each person's role in the event.
Search boxes help you quickly matching items in lists. Need more power? Use the Search Screen to search for a name or phrase anywhere in the file or online. Quickly search by surname or given names, genetic lines, or perform sophisticated searches easily. Even find women by their married names.
Map Your Family
View your family on a map! Simply select a family member from the list and RootsMagic will display the map (anywhere in the world), with pins where that person's events (birth, marriage, death, burial, etc) occurred.
Colors and Groups
Give Color Codes to people to see how they fit into the overall picture. Assign people to groups to quickly find and use them at any time.
Grow Your Family Tree
RootsMagic keeps your work organized while it helps you find new records, document sources of information, and track your tasks and work.
Automatically Find Online Records
WebHints automatically search for your family online. Find and view matching records from Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage*.
* Subscriptions may be needed to view some records from some providers.
Document Your Work
Record the evidence to back-up your work. Fill-in-the-blanks and the SourceWizard write and manages citations for you. You can even create your own source types.
From "To-do" to "Ta-da"
Keep your work on track with RootsMagic's task management. Set goals, choose tasks, log your research, and track what you've found (or haven't found).
Spot Possible Problems
Was John really born when his mother was 9 years old? Problem Alerts warn you of possible errors in your data as you're looking at it.
Keep your Names and Places Clean
The powerful DataClean tool finds and corrects problems in your person and place names.
Publish and Share
RootsMagic makes it easy to publish and share your family history in a variety of ways!
Over 100 Printouts
Customize and print colorful reports and lists. Save them to .PDF, Microsoft Word .DOCX, Microsoft Excel .XLSX, and more which you can use in other publishing softwares.
Design and print spectacular wallcharts and fancharts that really show the big picture. Add pictures and coloring to make your own unique masterpiece.
Full GEDCOM (Genealogical Data COMmunications) support means you can share your family tree with others, even if they use different software.
Share your family tree, notes, sources, and media with your own private website using our free My RootsMagic hosting service.
Create and customize full books complete with table of contents, chapters, indexes, and sources.
Make Shareable Drives
Our Shareable Drive features puts the RootsMagic software and your data on simple USB drive that you can give to friends and family.