RootsMagic 9 Overview

RootsMagic UK genealogy software takes researching your family history to a new level of ease. Gone are the days when documenting your ancestors meant shuffling through piles of paper work.

Version 9 is the latest edition of this award-winning full-featured genealogy program. This great package is authored by Bruce Buzbee, the author of Family Origins, and the UK Edition is created specifically for the UK market. RootsMagic UK is a powerful, yet easy-to-use, piece of genealogy software. Its intuitive interface lets you publish your family history in a variety of ways such as charts, reports, and even online.

RootsMagic UK 9 is designed for both Windows and Mac. The latest version is compatible with Windows 7 (SP1+) to Windows 11, and macOS 10.12 Sierra onwards.

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Software Tour

Although RootsMagic is the easiest-to-use genealogy software available, it is also one of the most powerful. You can click any of the images in this brief overview for a screen shot, or click here to see a full list of features for RootsMagic UK.

Plant Your Family Tree

Whether your are starting from scratch, use another program, or already have a tree online, RootsMagic helps you bring it all together into a single, convenient spot.

Download from Online Trees

Already have family history online? RootsMagic can give you a head-start by downloading your tree from Ancestry and FamilySearch.

Import from Other Software

RootsMagic can directly import data from Personal Ancestral File (PAF), Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, The Master Genealogist, or Family Origins*. It also imports GEDCOM, the universal genealogical data exchange format.

Stay in Sync with Online Trees

You get the best of both worlds- the power, privacy, and freedom of a personal tree on your own computer; and the communication, collaboration, and resources of online trees. RootsMagic lets you share tree data back and forth with Ancestry and FamilySearch.

Multiple Files

Create as many tree files as you like. Keep your own backups of your work on your own computer or on cloud backup services.


Open multiple trees at the same time. Need to copy a branch from one file to another? Just use your mouse to drag a person (or people) from one file to another.

* Not all 3rd-party formats are currently supported on macOS.


Getting Around

No matter how tangled your tree is, RootsMagic lets you easily navigate all of the roots and branches.

All At Your Fingertips

The main window lets you work with files, people, places, sources, media, tasks, addresses, and more from one place. Just click on the sidebar to switch between screens without losing your place.

Map Your Family

View your family on a map! Simply select a family member from the list and RootsMagic will display the map (anywhere in the world), with pins where that person's events (birth, marriage, death, burial, etc) occurred.

Add and Edit People

View and edit every piece of information about a person from a single edit screen. Add as many facts, notes, sources and media to each person and family. Share an event among multiple people and define each person's role in the event.

Find Anything

Search boxes help you quickly matching items in lists. Need more power? Use the Search Screen to search for a name or phrase anywhere in the file or online. Quickly search by surname or given names, genetic lines, or perform sophisticated searches easily. Even find women by their married names.


Grow Your Family Tree

RootsMagic keeps your work organized while it helps you find new records, document sources of information, and track your tasks and work.

Document Your Work

Record the evidence to back-up your work. Fill-in-the-blanks and the SourceWizard write and manages citations for you. You can even create your own source types.

From "To-do" to "Ta-da

Keep your work on track with RootsMagic's task management. Set goals, choose tasks, log your research, and track what you've found (or haven't found).

Spot Possible Problems

Was John really born when his mother was 9 years old? Problem Alerts warn you of possible errors in your data as you're looking at it.

Keep your Names and Places Clean

The powerful DataClean tool finds and corrects problems in your person and place names.

Automatically Find Online Records

WebHints automatically search for your family online. Find and view matching records from Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage*.

Colors and Groups

Give Color Codes to people to see how they fit into the overall picture. Assign people to groups to quickly find and use them at any time.

* Subscriptions may be needed to view some records from some providers.


Publish and Share

RootsMagic makes it easy to publish and share your family history in a variety of ways!

Over 100 Printouts

Customize and print colorful reports and lists. Save them to .PDF, Microsoft Word .DOCX, Microsoft Excel .XLSX, and more which you can use in other publishing software.

Beautiful Charts

Design and print spectacular wallcharts and fancharts that really show the big picture. Add pictures and coloring to make your own unique masterpiece.

Publish Online

Share your family tree, notes, sources, and media with your own private website using our free My RootsMagic hosting service.

Exchange Files

Full GEDCOM (Genealogical Data COMmunications) support means you can share your family tree with others, even if they use different software.


RootsMagic vs. Other Software

Take a look at the features of RootsMagic compared to other genealogy software:

General Features RootsMagic 9 Family Historian 7 Family Tree Maker 2019 Legacy 9
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Why not give RootsMagic a try? Download RootsMagic Essentials for free today.

Continue Reading

Read about the exciting new features available in the latest version of RootsMagic UK, and see a more complete list of all the amazing things you can do with the software.