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We have awarded RootsMagic our prestigious Bronze Award in this category, having reviewed 11 Genealogy Software. Read our review below to find out why...
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The impressive features list says it all; RootsMagic 7 is a feature packed award winning family history programme like no other. What is more, at just $29.99 it’s one of the most reasonably prices products out there. We reviewed RootsMagic 7 to find out whether or not its quality matched its quantity.
Luckily, first time users can download RootsMagic Essentials for free. We really appreciated this as it’s always nice to take software on a test drive before forking out your hard earned for it. Furthermore, RootsMagic Essentials is basically a stripped down version of RootsMagic 7. As such, you won’t be plunged into the sea of advanced features but rather be eased in with access to only the essential tools you’ll need to get started. This said, even with RootsMagic Essentials we were able to immediately uncover facts about our family history of which we were previously unaware.
However, as you delve deeper into your hereditary past, you will soon realize the importance of the advanced features only available with RootsMagic 7. This will not only open up new avenues in your quest, but will also ensure that you keep that increasing amount of documentation and information under control. There’s nothing worse than searching for hours for information you know you have but you don’t know where! Furthermore, producing credible, industry-standard reports requires a rigorous respect for referencing, sources, and bibliography; something difficult to attain without advanced software.
At some point most users will want to present their findings to family and friends; here is where RootsMagic excels. We’d be here all day if we listed all the different types of reports, lists, and charts that RootsMagic allows you to create at the click of a button. As such, it’s enough to say that however you wish to analyse and present your research, RootsMagic 7 will provide you with the ideal format.
Once you have decided how to present your family history, RootsMagic 7 also provides a variety of tools to help you share and disseminate this information. More traditional methods often involve creating a Family Book, CD or wall chart. These are great for sharing with your close family, but what about those living on the other side of the planet?
Luckily, RootsMagic 7 allows users to create their own website with adjustable format and privacy options which can be accessible online to anyone, regardless of whether or not they use Family Tree software. Not only is this an excellent long distance gift, but it is also a fantastic way to involve others in your project. Distant relative will be able to add new information from their family and send you interesting documents and media to enrich your family tree; often personal contacts are far better research tools than the best search engines!
To sum up, RootsMagic 7 is a slick family tree programme that manages to balance a huge amount of features with an easy to use interface. For this reason it sits comfortably in our Top10 of genealogy software. Industry experts have raved about RootsMagic for some time now and after having reviewed this product ourselves we can certainly see what all the fuss has been about!
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