• Manufacturer: RootsMagic, (800) 766-8762
• System requirements: Windows XP or newer; runs on Mac OS X with MacBridge for RootsMagic 7, $14.95
• Demo/trial version: a free version, RootsMagic 7 Essentials, has many of the full program’s core features
• Biggest draws: ease of use, data entry, documenting sources, reports, publishing your tree online
• Drawbacks: nothing major
Pedigree, Family, Descendants and People tabs make it easy to navigate around your family tree. Most functions are arranged logically in the main menu and toolbar, but don’t overlook the media gallery in the Lists menu.
Documentation and publication
For documentation, select the template for a source type and fill in the boxes. You can keep research logs for people, families, events or places.
New in this version, RootsMagic automatically searches record databases on <www.familysearch.org> and <my