Wednesday, August 1, 2012

RootsMagic 5 Workshop on Saturday, 4 August 2012

There will be a "RootsMagic 5 Workshop" led by Randy Seaver, sponsored by the Chula Vista Genealogical Society, on Saturday, 4 August from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) in the Community Room.   

If you have RootsMagic 5 genealogy software, then please bring your laptop or netbook (if you have one) to the workshop and work along with Randy, ask questions, and learn more about using the program.  If you don't have RootsMagic 5, but are interested in the subject of genealogy software, please attend to see what a typical program can do to help you with your genealogy organization and research. 

Please note that anyone can download the FREE version of RootsMagic 5 at (however, the free version does not perform some of the useful features of the program, but can be upgraded for a fee).   Susi Pentico had several extra copies of the program and the help book for sale for $20 (this is a good deal, since the program sells retail for $30 and the book sells retail for $20).
My plan for the workshop is to:

1)  Provide an overview of RootsMagic 5 menus and the Help function using my own database.

2)  Start a new family tree from the beginning.

3)  Import a GEDCOM file created from another program or online tree.

4)  Demonstrate the items on the list below. 

**  Using the Help function 
** Using File Options
**  Using Program Options

**  Starting a New File
**  Importing a GEDCOM file
**  Exporting a GEDCOM file

**  Adding persons to the family tree
**  Adding Facts to a Person
**  Adding Media to a Person
**  Adding Source Citations to Persons or Facts
**  Adding Notes to a Person

**  Merging Persons Manually
**  Deleting a Person or Family
**  Unlinking a Person from Parents or Spouse
**  Rearranging Children or Spouses

**  Creating a Pedigree Chart
** Creating a Family Group Sheet
**  Creating a Narrative Report
**  Creating Charts
** Creating List Reports

5) Answer questions from the group. 

I'm sure that the above list will be much more than we can handle during the workshop.  We may have to schedule another workshop to get into the ones we missed and some of the more advanced features in RootsMagic 5.

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