News from RootsMagic and an Exciting Indexing Experience

We recently had a nice surprise – RootsMagic released version 7 of their popular software!   Many of you know that we are RootsMagic enthusiasts.  The free RootsMagic Essentials version continues – so you can try that for free.

What’s New?  Three features we are excited to be trying:

(1).  Webhints – automatic hinting from both FamilySearch and MyHeritage – literally a lit lightbulb appears next to a name – you click on the bulb and follow the link!  – bulb goes white after you check the hint  – great potential! Peter tried and tried this feature and all he got was hints from old IGI extracted files with no images.   Linda started to look at Lightbulbs her – you may have to sign in to FamilySearch and MyHeritage when asked but you don’t need to have a tree at MyHeritage – and the first one she looked at was from a Swedish Parish church record which had the exact date of the baptism to go with the birth date that Linda already add!  Peter is still wondering why he hasn’t found anything good like that when he clicks on a light bulb!  He’s clicked on lots of light bulbs and Linda has just clicked on one!!! Linda clicked on her second light bulb and got an obituary of her dad from the Medicine Hat News!!!  Great!  – maybe Peter should let Linda click on light bulbs for him? Linda clicked on her third light bulb and got a copy of her wedding announcement from the Medicine Hat newspaper!!!! Peter still looking for something useful!!!!  Apparently MyHeritage has digital back issues of Medicine Hat News!

(2).  DataClean – “Quickly find and fix possible problems with names and places.  You choose which problem types to look for, and RootsMagic will display a list of all names or places with any of those problems.  You can accept RootsMagic’s suggestions, or just part of them, or hand customize the place right from DataClean.” Tried quite a few place cleans . . .  finally a tool to help me get the details separated from a place name without me re-typing them!  Look like powerful tools with lots of options!

(3). File Compare – “Compare any two RootsMagic databases for a side by side comparison.  Easily transfer people, names, events, notes, sources, or media between the two files.”   

Interestingly the data file structure is the same for both RM7 and RM6. 

There are many other features!

Watch the beginning of a webinar on RM7 at   The webinar starts by reviewing the 3 new features we mentioned above – you can hear what Bruce Buzbee, President of RootsMagic has to say! – and then goes on to discuss new features for creating web sites from your files  – very powerful – if you aren’t interested in doing this you can stop the webinar!

For more information on the changes go to Sue Maxwell’s blog where she has 2 articles on RM7 – 

No native Mac version yet . . .  but there is a new version of MacBridge.  Happily they seem to have left all the existing features where they are on the menus!  Thank you! 

Upgrade prices are reasonable US$19.95 – and they have a Christmas special for gift purchases US19.95 at

Go to their blog article dated Nov 26  for details

Indexing – both of us try to do some indexing at Indexing is the process of entering information from scanned images of historical records into an online, searchable database.  This is vital to making the world’s records searchable online.  This week Peter was thrilled when he got to index the obituary for Steve Jobs! – kind of appropriate for him don’t you think!

Please try indexing – go to, click on the link to Indexing and at least try the Test Drive.

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