Thursday, June 20, 2013

RootsMagic Advances to FamilySearch Family Tree Share+ Certification - Sources are Here!

The following is from RootsMagic.

Big News About RootsMagic and FamilySearch

Two (count'em two) big news items to share with you today...
  1. RootsMagic is Now Share+ Certified by FamilySearch (which for one thing means you can now view and copy sources between RootsMagic and FamilySearch).
  2. On June 30th, RootsMagic (and other products) will no longer be able to write to the (old) "New FamilySearch" site.
Read on for more details...

We are pleased to announce that an update to RootsMagic 6 is now available which has been "Share+ Certified" (note the "plus") by FamilySearch for use with their new "Family Tree" system.  This means that RootsMagic is the only software certified to collaborate and share data with FamilySearch Family Tree!
Last March, RootsMagic became the first software certified to share data with FamilySearch Family Tree.  Today's update brings in many collaborative features for FamilySearch that can only be found in RootsMagic.  These include enhanced discussions, viewing and copying sources between RootsMagic and Family Tree, as well as viewing a change history for a person and reversing incorrect changes.  There are also many enhancements and improvements to existing FamilySearch features.
What is FamilySearch Family Tree?
FamilySearch Family Tree is a new way to organize and record your genealogy online. It is free, is available to everyone, and provides an easy way to discover your place in history with free tools to help you preserve and share your family's story for generations to come.
In Family Tree you can:
  • See what the system already contains about your ancestors.
  • Work with others to fill in missing information and correct errors.
  • Add sources and explanations to show that information is accurate.
  • Find and merge records that are about the same person.

How is FamilySearch Family Tree different than "New FamilySearch"?RootsMagic, the genealogy software named "Easiest to Sync" with New FamilySearch, now brings the same power and features that you love to FamilySearch Family Tree- with more to come!
Family Tree has most of the features that are available on New FamilySearch. It has some new features including the ability to edit and delete most any information about a person, a detailed history of changes made to people, and the ability to add sources to back up your conclusions. While "New FamilySearch" has primarily been available to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family Tree is available to everyone.

Goodbye, "New FamilySearch"FamilySearch has announced that they will be shutting-off the ability to make changes to their (old) "New FamilySearch" website on Sunday, June 30, 2013.

This means that previous releases of RootsMagic (4, 5, and pre-6.1) will no longer be able to write data to New FamilySearch after this date.  Users of these older versions of RootsMagic should upgrade or update their software to take advantage of the latest FamilySearch support and features.

We have released a new update for RootsMagic 6 users, version  This update includes the FamilySearch Family Tree tools mentioned above, as well as some smaller fixes.  To see a list of what is new and fixed, visit:
If you haven't already downloaded the update, look for the "Update Available" indicator in the lower right corner of your RootsMagic 6 program screen, and click on it.
More to Come!
In the coming days, we'll be blogging more about RootsMagicand how you can use it to share and collaborate with others through FamilySearch Family Tree.  We'll also be adding new features and enhancements to our Family Tree support.  In the meantime, enjoy the update!


Dianne Kerr said...

Renee - I was unable to watch the Roots Magic webinar yesterday on syncing sources. Is this going to be available to watch on line?

Dianne Kerr said...

Renee - I was unable to watch the webinar yesterday on syncing sources. Will this be available on line?

Renee Zamora said...

Yes, it will be made available online. It might be a day or two.