Sunday, October 25, 2009

Getting the Most out of RootsMagic 4

I just finished reading "Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic 4" and highly recommend it to all RootsMagic users. It's taken me quit a while to finish all 336 pages because I spend more time on the computer lately than I do with my nose in a book.

I had some time to kill reading while at the mechanics yesterday and surprisingly was really annoyed when I was told my car was done. When I got home I decided to just keep reading. I was forming all sorts of ways to get myself totally organized by using so many different RootsMagic features.

You can play with a program all you want but still not know everything. To find out the treasures, or parts you just didn't know were there to access, you need to pick the programmer/developer's mind. Thankfully all of us have the benefit of learning how to use RootsMagic straight from the RootsMagician himself, Bruce Buzbee.

The book was not written like a software manual. Yes, you have chapters devoted to different features, so it's easy to look up answers to your questions on how-to do such and such. The thing I love is the dash of humor and conversationally way the book is written. You learn how to use the program from the ground up painlessly. But, then again, RootsMagic is a painless program to learn anyways.

I am going to have so much more fun with RootsMagic 4 now. I can't wait to play with the Correspondence List and make Custom Reports. I also have issues with some of my custom facts not having sentence templates. Getting the Most Out of RootMagic 4 was just the reference book I needed.

I had planned that when I finished the book I was going to lend it to my brother to read. Now I think I will just buy one for him for Christmas. If you have a RootsMagic user on your shopping list you can go to and order it for $10.00 plus s/h. The site says it regularly $14.95 so I have no idea when or if the price might change. Go ahead, order one, you know you want to!

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!

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