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Posted 04 September 2007 - 05:53 PM

RootsMagic News

June 2007

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- Tip of the Month
- New in the RootsMagic Store: Evidence QuickSheet
- RootsMagic Cruise
- User Group News
- Upcoming Events
- Share Your Ideas
- Useful Links

Tip of the Month

This month’s tip is a pretty basic one, but is still one that a lot of RootsMagic users aren’t completely familiar with based on tech support requests we get.

Have you wished you could change which person is on the screen when you first start up RootsMagic? Or have you ever been working in a remote area of your database and wished you could make it start with a person in that area automatically the next time you start the program?

The answer is setting the root person in your database. RootsMagic assigns one of the people in your database as the “root person”. The root person is the person that will initially come up when you start RootsMagic, and is also the person that RootsMagic goes to when you press the Ctrl+Home key on one of the main screens.

There are a couple of ways to set the root person, but the fastest and easiest way is to right click on the person on one of the main screens, and then select “Set as root person” from the pop-up menu that appears.

So if there is a particular person you want as the start up person, right click on them and set them as the root person.

Likewise, if you are in a remote area of your database, and are ready to shut down for the night, simply right click on one of those people and set them as the root person. Then when you start back up next time, that person will automatically come up as the starting person so you can pick up where you left off. When you are done, just set the starting person back to yourself or whoever you normally have as the root person.

As always, if you have questions about this tip, or in using RootsMagic more effectively, visit our message boards at:


New in the RootsMagic Store: Evidence QuickSheet

If you own Elizabeth Shown Mill’s book Evidence!, you may have noticed that it doesn’t have much information on citing sources that you find on the internet.

Elizabeth has created a 4 page laminated folder called “QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources” which provides a template for citing historical sources on the Internet. It also lays down rules to help you judge the reliability of these sources.

The QuickSheet contains a series of sample citations showing the correct way to identify online sources such as databases, census images, and digital books and articles. Convenient for desktop use at home or in the library, the QuickSheet answers all those niggling questions left unanswered by the standard citation guides; it is also a perfect companion to the classic citation manual Evidence!.

The QuickSheet is now available in the RootsMagic store for $5.95, and for a limited time the shipping is free. To order the QuickSheet, visit:


RootsMagic Cruise

Join us November 11-18, 2007 on this great genealogy cruise with fantastic speakers like Dick Eastman, Leland Meitzler, and others. Visit:


to learn more about the cruise, speakers, and topics.

Come meet and learn from some of the best known speakers in the genealogy world, while enjoying a 7 day Caribbean cruise on one of the nicest cruise ships in the world. There will even be RootsMagic workshops taught by Bruce Buzbee, author of the RootsMagic software.

Contact Barbara at 800-658-8758 or email her at carefreetours@msn.com right away to get your spot reserved. Please don't miss out - we're looking forward to seeing you with us in November.

User Group News

PLACE: Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2300 S. Patton Ct., Denver
This Monday night June 11, 7pm, will be our last Roots Magic meeting until next fall. This will be a workshop meeting. They will have a brief Internet search spot, a short business meeting, then we will break into our respective groups. I will have my computer and program available and as a group we will cover any of the RootsMagic program subjects that you have questions on. Once again it would be nice to work over the summer on a branch of your family putting it in book form to share with us next fall. In October we will be doing a symposium comparing our program with other programs and examples of your books would be nice to have.

There are a number of RootsMagic user groups around the US (and several outside the US), and there are also users who would like to start up user groups in their area. To find out if there is a user group in your area (or if one is starting up), or if you would like to help start a user group in your area, visit:


If you are involved with a RootsMagic user group, and would like us to mention upcoming meetings in our newsletter, just visit:


and let us know the details and we will get it in.

Upcoming Events

Here’s a list of the places RootsMagic will be exhibiting or doing workshops.

Jul 16-19, 2007 - IAJGS Conference (Salt Lake City)

Jul 30–Aug 3, 2007 – BYU Family History Conference (Provo, Utah)

Aug 16-18, 2007 - FGS Conference (Ft. Wayne, Indiana)

Sep 15, 2007 - Northern Utah Jamboree (Ogden, Utah)

Nov 11-18, 2007 - RootsMagic Family History Cruise (Caribbean)

Feb 8-9, 2008 – St George Jamboree (St George, Utah)

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.

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