RootsMagic genealogy software has made a major update to their program. They already had the ability to do a search within the program on FamilySearch, MyHeritage and FindMyPast. Now they have added the ability to share facts with Ancestry and also to search on Ancestry. In order to get full benefit you would have to have a subscription to Ancestry. In the past, I had a guest membership that I used for those free weekends that Ancestry has every so often. Also there are a few databases that Ancestry has open for free all the time (like the 1940 US census). I decided to join Ancestry again after many years to get new family records. The new RootsMagic to Ancestry connection has been active for only a few days so I haven’t had time to do an extensive search. I found that I already have 95% of census records for my family but am missing some other facts.
There are two main parts to the new RootsMagic/Ancestry portion. First you to match a RootsMagic database to a single Ancestry tree. I had to create a new tree on Ancestry. Then “Treeshare for Ancestry” will show differences in the two databases. You can move dates, places, notes or images in either direction.
The second part of the update is “Ancestry WebHints.” Within that are record hints that are to records facts and may or may not have images. You can accept those hints or reject them if they aren’t for the right person. Then there are also hints from other member’s trees. Those are real hints as they may have useful facts, may just be a guess or records that are completely wrong. You will have to decide.
I have just touched on how RootsMagic is capable of connecting with Ancestry. Plus I am still learning myself. If you want more information, go to the RootsMagic and Ancestry web page. That page also has a 36 minute video that I found very helpful in getting started. If you don’t already own a copy of RootsMagic that same web page has offer to buy it for only $20. That is well worth the money.