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Welcome to RootsMagic Genealogy Software, the fun and easy way to preserve your family history.


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Getting Started

The RootsMagic Interface


Working with People

Working with Facts

Working with Places

Working with Sources

Working with Media

Working with Tasks

Working with Addresses and Repositories

Reports and Charts



Online Features

RootsMagic To-Go

Shareable Drive

Entering International Characters

Keyboard Shortcuts


Frequently Asked Support Questions


Downloadable Copy of This Help

This help can be downloaded as a zip file to access from your local drive. The downloadable help is the current help, so keep in mind that your local copy may become out of date as the online help is updated.

1.Click here to download the zipped help.

2.Unzip the file into a folder on your hard drive.

3.In RootsMagic, open the Settings page and then the Folders tab.  Enter the name of the folder where you unzipped the help as the "Help folder".

4.You can access the help (either online or local) by pressing F1 in the RootsMagic program, or access the help locally from your hard drive by double clicking the index.html file in the folder.


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