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Original author(s)Bruce Buzbee
Developer(s)RootsMagic, Inc. (Originally: FormalSoft Inc)[1][2]
Initial releaseFebruary 4, 2003; 16 years ago
Stable release
Operating systemWindows, Mac OS, Android, iOS
TypeGenealogy software
LicenseFreeware and Retail

RootsMagic is a genealogy software program designed and written by RootsMagic, Inc, a United States software design and development company founded by Bruce Buzbee in 1987.[4] Bruce originally wrote the program Family Origins.[5][6][7]


RootsMagic is a genealogy program that assists family historians in tracking, organizing, printing, and sharing family history.[8][9]

Rootsmagic 7 User Manual

  • The software was originally developed as Windows-only, but is now available in Mac OS X.
  • It is designed as a single-file database
  • It is set up to import or export data from or to the Ancestry.com website.
  • It allows backup to a hard drive, flash drive, CD, to DropBox, or to Google Drive.
  • It has four navigation views:
    • Standard pedigree view, with five or six generations visible;
    • Family view (allows to look at the family unit, and navigate back and forth between generations;
    • Descendants view (two to seven generations);
    • Timeline View, showing a chronological list of events in the subject's life, including major events in their parents' siblings' and children's lives
  • 'Drag and Drop' feature to allow copying individuals, families, and entire extended families from one database to another.
  • It has a function to create user website files, and maintains its own free website (MyRootsMagic.com) for customers to publish their own genealogies.


Latest Version Of Rootsmagic For Mac

Retail Version
  • RootsMagic version 1.0 was released 2003-02-04[10][11]
  • RootsMagic version 2.0 was released 2004-05-24[1][11]
  • RootsMagic version 3.0 was released 2005-09-08[10][11]
  • RootsMagic version 4.0 was released 2009-03-25[1][11]
  • RootsMagic version 5.0 was released 2011-11-28[9][12]
  • RootsMagic version 6.0 was released 2012-11-19[12][13]
  • RootsMagic version 7.0 was released 2014-11-25[14]
Free Version

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  • RootsMagic Essentials was released 2009-11-18[1][11]
  • RootsMagic Essentials was updated with the version 5 release 2011-11-28[9]
  • RootsMagic Essentials was updated with the version 6 release 2012-11-19[13]
  • RootsMagic Essentials was updated with the version 7 release 2014-11-25[14]

File Format[edit]

RootsMagic 4 database design uses SQLite 3 as its database engine so the .rmgc database files it creates are readable using third party SQLite management and development tools.[15]


RootsMagic was designed to run on the Windows platform, however some users run RootsMagic on Mac and Linux machines using Wine[16][17]


  1. ^ abcd2009-11-20 RootsMagic Essentials, Modern Software Experience
  2. ^Family Origins Newsletter, This will probably be the last issue of the Family Origins newsletter (I hear a lot of you saying “I thought you stopped writing it a long time ago <g>). As many of you know, we (FormalSoft) have been working on a new genealogy program called RootsMagic which we released in February 2002. Many of you have been using Family Origins since we first licensed it to Parsons Technology over 12 years ago. You have gone through all the company changes with us (Parsons, Intuit, Broderbund, The Learning Co. , Mattel, Genealogy.com). ...As of January 2003, Genealogy.com has discontinued our Family Origins program, ....
  3. ^http://forums.rootsmagic.com/index.php?/topic/14651-rootsmagic-7-update-history/
  4. ^Bruce Buzbee, President, RootsMagic, Inc. (Privately Held; Computer Software industry), June 1987 — Present, LinkedIn
  5. ^Bruce Buzbee, For over 18 years Bruce has been writing genealogy software, having originally written the popular Family Origins program., Logan Utah Regional Family History Center
  6. ^Family Origins, As you may know, Genealogy.com created Family Origins in collaboration with a third party developer. We regret to announce that the third party has chosen to discontinue development of the software. Because of this decision, Genealogy.com will be unable to continue support of Family Origins products as of June 30, 2003., Genealogy.com
  7. ^Unofficial FAQ for Family Origins, Reference manual
  8. ^Bruce Buzbee: Making Family History Fun and Easy, By Maurine Proctor, October 11, 2010, Meridian Magazine
  9. ^ abcRootsMagic 5, New Software Released 28 Nov 2011
  10. ^ abRootsMagic, RootsMagic 4, Modern Software Experience
  11. ^ abcdeRootsMagic News, RootsMagic News
  12. ^ abRootsMagic Blog, RootsMagic Blog
  13. ^ abRootsMagic 6, New Software Released 19 Nov 2012
  14. ^ abRootsMagic 7, New Software Released 25 Nov 2014
  15. ^SQLite Tools for RootsMagic 4!
  16. ^RootsMagic, Wine AppDB entry
  17. ^Wineskin, Wineskin Tutorial

External links[edit]

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