Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Genealogy Software—Gotta Get It Now!

I am very excited today as this is the day that I download some new genealogy software to my computer as a belated birthday present and reward to myself for starting this blog. (BTW, sorry for no posts the last week. The virus that is going around Kansas City got a hold on me and didn’t let go for a whole week!) I don’t upgrade to new versions of software every time something comes out, so I am woefully behind in my software acquisitions.

I used Family Tree Maker back in the day, but I found that we were star-crossed lovers, completely incompatible. It just didn’t think the way that I think. I discovered this when my local genealogy society, the Johnson County (Kansas) Genealogical Society [JCGS] asked me years ago to offer a series of classes on using FTM. I kept wanting to do something specific with FTM, and it refused utterly. (In full disclosure, I have absolutely no memory of what that thing was. Ah, the joys of becoming a senior citizen.)

So, I switched to RootsMagic and have been in love for a long time. I have been waiting for them to release RM 8 but have given up and am buying RM 7. For Ancestry.com Members, RootsMagic is offering a discounted price of $20 for its current software. I plan to download RM 7, upgrade it to 7.5 immediately to take advantage of the software’s new Ancestry.com capabilities, and then get an upgrade as a free download of RootsMagic 8 when it comes out. All this for just $20! I should mention that I have absolutely no financial connection with RootsMagic besides using their product, and clicking on the link will not be an affinity purchase where I make any money whatsoever. I just love their software and want to promote it.

Speaking of promotion, one year I cornered a nationally-known genealogy speaker in the ladies’ room at the National Genealogical Society's “NGS Family History Conference” in Chicago and asked her what genealogy software she used. She said that she could not promote it as an expert, but between us, she used RootsMagic. If it was good enough for her, it was good enough for me! I was pleased that she used the software I had chosen for myself. I went ahead and bought a copy in the exhibit hall and have been very happy with RootsMagic ever since.

I hope that you will find a genealogy software package that you love as much as I love RootsMagic. If you wish to try it out before buying it, they do have RootsMagic Essentials as a free download. Someday, when funds allow, I hope to purchase other RM products: Personal Historian, Family Atlas, and Family Reunion Organizer. When I do, I will let you know what I think.

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Coming Up Next: My Philosophy regarding GEDCOMs

Coming Up Soon: Of Census Predictors and Custom Facts


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