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Posted 17 February 2006 - 04:30 PM

RootsMagic News

January 2005

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- Come See Us in Phoenix
- The Genealogist's Address Book CD
- Tip of the Month
- Pocket Genealogist Now Supports Direct RootsMagic Import
- RootsMagic Workshop in Ontario, Canada
- Share Your Ideas
- Useful Links

Come See Us in Phoenix
With the new year under way, we will be starting up the visits around the country beginning with a trip to Phoenix Arizona on January 21-22 for the NGS "Warm Up Your Research" conference. The conference will be held at the Wyndham Downtown Phoenix, and the exhibit area is free, so if you live in the Phoenix area, make sure to stop by and say hello. For more information about the conference, you can visit:


The Genealogist's Address Book CD
Have you ever needed an address, phone number or other information for a genealogy library, society, agency, or other organization, but weren't sure where to look? The Genealogist's Address book is exactly what you have been looking for.

This brand-new 5th edition PDF book on CD puts you in touch with all the key sources of genealogical information, giving names, addresses, phone numbers, FAX numbers, e-mail addresses, websites, contact persons, business hours, and other pertinent information for more than 16,500 libraries, archives, genealogical societies, historical societies, government agencies, vital records offices, professional bodies, religious organizations and archives, surname registries, research centers, special interest groups, periodicals, newspaper columns, publishers, booksellers, services, databases, and much, much more.

At just $19.95, this book on CD is a steal. For more information about The Genealogist's Address Book CD, visit:


Tip of the Month
We are sometimes asked "How can I tell if there is any corruption in my database"? While RootsMagic doesn't have an actual function to validate the database, here is a quick way to verify that your database is free from corruption.

1. Create a GEDCOM file from your database using the "File > Export GEDCOM" command from the menu. Make sure to mark all the checkboxes to include notes, sources, multimedia links, etc. You can just save the GEDCOM file to someplace on your hard drive (like My Documents).

That's it. If the GEDCOM file is successfully created, then your database is fine. Why does this work? When you export a GEDCOM with everything checked, RootsMagic must access *every* record in the database in order to create the GEDCOM file. If the program tries to access a corrupted record of any type, an error would occur and you would know there was some corruption in your database (time to break out the backups). If the GEDCOM file is successfully created, then RootsMagic was able to access every record without a problem.

As a side note, it never hurts to have a GEDCOM file of your database as a backup to your backups.

If you have a tip or hint you would like to share with other RootsMagic users in this newsletter, visit us at:


and tell us about it. We'll even give you credit for the tip (you'll be *famous*).

Pocket Genealogist Now Supports Direct RootsMagic Import
Northern Hills software has just announced version 2.92 or the Pocket Genealogist. While this upgrade includes a number of new features, the most exciting improvement is the ability to directly read RootsMagic databases. Anyone using RootsMagic on their desktop system can now import data directly without any need to go through a GEDCOM conversion with all its problems. Events, Notes, Addresses, Tasks, Sources, Citations, Repositories and LDS Ordinances are just some of the information supported by the direct import of RootsMagic data.

The direct RootsMagic import requires the "Advanced" version of Pocket Genealogist.

- If you own the "Advanced" version of Pocket Genealogist already, you can download a free update from the Northern Hills website.

- You can order the Advanced version of Pocket Genealogist for $35, or if you own the "Basic" version of Pocket Genealogist, you can upgrade to the Advanced version for $15 at:


Note: You must already own a PocketPC device to run Pocket Genealogist.

Note 2: Pocket Genealogist does not work on Palm devices.

For more information about Pocket Genealogist, visit:


RootsMagic Workshop in Ontario, Canada
This is an announcement from Global Genealogy of Campbellville, Ontario, about a new RootsMagic workshop they will be holding on Saturday, January 29, 2005. The workshop (9:45 AM - 4:00 PM) will be taught by Bill Bienia, a long time genealogist and RootsMagic (and Family Origins) user.

Enjoy an informative day learning how to get the most out of RootsMagic Family Tree software. Roots Magic is rapidly gaining recognition as a leading genealogical software that offers advanced abilities to help you record and share your family history while remaining one of the easiest to use.

Learn the best techniques for entering information, notes, navigation; sources and repositories; adding photos, documents and video/sound clips; backing up; research aids, tips and shortcuts, creating reports and charts, splitting and merging files, importing/exporting GEDCOM files, collaborating, sharing data via e-mail, disk/CD, online, etc. Also learn how to combine reports to create a book using the Publish feature in RootsMagic, creating Wall Charts and Timelines, etc.

The cost of the workshop is $30 (Canadian). For more information about the workshop, visit:


Share Your Ideas!
If you have a RootsMagic hint or tip you would like to share with other users, visit:


and send it to us.