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Although RootsMagic is the easiest to use genealogy software available, it is also one of the most powerful.
The Main Screen
RootsMagic has three main views: the Pedigree View, the Family View, and the Descendants View. You switch between the three views by simply clicking on the tab for the desired view. All three views are fully navigatible using either the mouse or arrow keys. Double clicking on a person's name brings up the data entry screen for that person. You can even open multiple databases side by side.
The Edit Screen
The RootsMagic edit screen lets you add an unlimited number of facts for every person (i.e. birth, death, marriage, occupation, religion, description, etc). If you want to add a fact type that isn't in RootsMagic' predefined list, you can simply create your own fact types. RootsMagic also allows notes and unlimited source citations for every fact.
Tabs on the top of the edit screen allow you to enter notes, sources, photos, addresses, and to-do list items for each person.
The RootsMagic Explorer
The RootsMagic Explorer is the heart of RootsMagic' search system. The Explorer makes it easy to find and edit anyone in your file. Quickly search by surname or given names, or perform sophisticated searches easily. Even find women by their married names.
And you can easily edit any person in the search list with the click of a single button.
Sources - Documenting Your Family History
RootsMagic provides a powerful source list which lets you add, edit, delete, and print the sources of your information. Simply add the source once, then when you add a fact to a person and want to document where that information came from, you simply point to the source in the source list.
And best of all, the RootsMagic SourceWizard will help you write properly formatted sources regardless of your expertise.
RootsMagic offers a large selection of printouts, all available from a single report dialog. Pedigree charts, family group sheets, wall charts, 7 styles of narrative reports (where RootsMagic writes the sentences for you), numerous lists, mailing labels, calendars, relationship charts, individual summaries, photo tree, and blank charts. And if that isn't enough, RootsMagic even provides a custom report generator, so you can create your own specialized lists.
Publish Your Family History
Publishing your family history has never been easier. The RootsMagic Publisher lets you combine multiple reports and charts into a single document, and will automatically create a table of contents and full index for the book. You can include photos, notes, sources and other text in your book. You can even add cover and title pages, copyright page, dedication, and more.
Send your book directly to your printer, or save it to a PDF file to burn on a CD or email to family members.
Create Spectacular Wall Charts
RootsMagic lets you create beautiful full color ancestor, descendant, and hourglass wall charts. You have full control over the positioning, size, colors, fonts, and other aspects of every object in the chart. With simple mouse control you can resize an individual’s box, or drag it to another location on the canvas without breaking the family links. You can change colors of individual boxes, or change the font or color of the text in the boxes. You can even customize your chart by adding additional text, pictures, or shapes to the chart, and you can change the background image or color.
Make Shareable CDs™
You've worked hard to collect and organize your family history, and now RootsMagic makes it easy to share that history with your family and friends. Your Shareable CD™ will feature a custom home page with your own title, photo, description, and contact information, and will include a read-only version of RootsMagic to show off your data and multimedia items.
Merging Duplicate Records
RootsMagic provides the most powerful and easy to use merge capabilities available. RootsMagic will automatically look for duplicate individuals and display them in a list with the most likely matches listed first. Simply click a button to merge the duplicate pair, or mark them as "not a match" so that they won't show up in any future merge sessions. Plus, RootsMagic features SmartMerge technology to let you quickly merge all those "for certain" duplicates.
RootsMagic can generate professional looking web sites automatically from your data, in narrative format, pedigree chart format, family group sheet format, or a combination pedigree / family group sheet format.