When I started researching in the early 2000’s, I wanted to use a software program to help me keep organized. I decided to use Personal Ancestry File (PAF). But, now this software is discontinued, I decided to venture out and try another software program. I tried various programs, but the one I decided to use for my personal and client use is Roots Magic 6. I found it to be user friendly and many of my genealogy friends highly recommended it.
Their slogan really hit home to me, “Software to Unite Families”, as that is what I am attempting to do, unite families for myself and clients. Roots Magic has a free version and a subscription version. After using the free version, I was excited to start using Roots Magic 6. If you want to see the differences between the free and subscription version, visit their Roots Magic Features page. There are some new features that Roots Magic has in this edition:
- Publish Online
- Enhanced Timeline View
- CountyCheck Explorer
- Web Tags
- Find Everywhere
- Enchanced Searching & Selecting
- Enhanced WebSearch
- Enhanced Place List
- Much, much more!
My favorite part of this program is the ability to do great reports and charts. It prints off very professional reports on Ancestry and Descendants. It has the ability to use NGSQ (modified register), NEHGS (register), Outline (indented), Henry (indented), and D’Aboville (indented). The reports give you the option to print off your sources and indexes of names and places as well. There is the capabilities to add media such as stories and photos, and incorporate them into your reports.
The two features I hope to utilize more in the upcoming year is the “To Do” list and the “Research Manager”. I think these two tools will help me stay organized and help me keep track of future genealogical research goals, plus what I have done in the past, so I will not duplicate work or resources.
There are many great genealogical software programs out there. I suggest you take advantage of their trials and/or free versions to see what features appeals to you. I did this, and felt Roots Magic 6 was the program for me.
I feel I found a program that I am comfortable with, it is user friendly, and I am very excited about using their reports and charts for personal and client use.