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How to automatically generate Y (paternal) trees?

05 September 2020 - 06:54 PM

I'm beginning to try to understand my DNA results and this led me to wanting to do something with my tree

and I'm wondering if there is a smart way to do this automatically with Rootsmagic.


I'd like to begin with my most distant paternal line ancestor, and produce a tree

that only includes his male sons, and their male sons, recursively to current day.

Is there a way to do this using named groups, color coding or another feature?



QN - will RM8 on Mac fix the ugly fonts?

04 April 2020 - 12:28 PM

I love having RM7 working on Catalina - but there are some hiccups and wrinkles that annoy me.

I have a few 4K monitors and a late 2015 27" 5K iMac retina, whicg has a beautiful crisp display,

but the fonts in RootsMagic 7 (Mac) look clunky.


See https://i.imgur.com/pCQOoBw.jpg for an example and compare teh crispness with the web browser and terminal windows in the same image.


I appreciate that running a Windows app on Wine/Crossover) on OSX comes with compromises.


Will the RootsMagic 8 (Mac) fix this and look like "real Mac app?"

How to create a group that refers to another?

26 March 2020 - 04:07 PM



I'm wondering if there is a direct or indirect way to achieve the following?


I have a database that contains many (over 100) unconnected trees, with each starting from a DNA match that I haven't yet connected to my tree. I'd like to try to partition this database based on clusters.

If RootsMagic had a feature to define a named group as "all people in the same tree as someone in group X" I could do this.


I'm wondering whether there is a different way to achieve the same goal?



SQLite Tools for Rootsmagic - did it find a home?

13 January 2020 - 08:46 AM



I'm wondering if anyone knows whether the SQLite tools for rootsmagic / rmtrix  found a new home on the internet after wikispaces closed?

Feature Request - higher level operations

28 September 2019 - 11:23 AM



After using Rootsmagic for a few years I have realized that there are some operations that might be difficult to do on websites like ancestry or familysearch, but which rootsmagic makes quite practical. Here's an example - something I think of as "canonical names."  When I have hundreds of relatives who share a family name that has multiple possible spellings I want to avoid creating duplicate records. For example Hargreaves/Hargraves/Hargrave. I will choose the surname that is most popular (Hargreaves) and then use search and replace to replace every "Hargrave" with "Hargreaves or Hargrave". Then I use tools->DataClean->NameClean->Alternate names inside a person, which will create alternate names with the orginal Hargrave spelling. Then, from the index page I can see all relatives together and if I enable "show birth year" in the Index->Options I will see a list that looks like so:


Hargreaves, John-456    1697

Hargreaves, John-312    1714

Hargreaves, John-1011  1714

Hargreaves, John-456    1737


With the presence of likely duplicate people jumping out from the screen.


So what could RootsMagic do to save me bulk time here?


1. A names - make canonical task that would automate this for "Deegan,Degan,Digan,Deigan,Deegun, With some Irish surnames I have 20 spellings. With some Polish/Germ?Prussian/Kassubian names its over 40 alternate spellings.

2. A fast way to merge two people manually with a single click.