Thursday, May 5, 2016

Findmypast helps RootsMagic customers discover more using new feature


Salt Lake City, Utah: 05 April 2016

Family history website, Findmypast, has today announced the start of an important new partnership with leading genealogy desktop software publisher, RootsMagic.

As a result, Findmypast’s vast collection of US, UK, and Irish data has been connected with RootsMagic software, allowing customers to automatically search more than 8 billion historical records.

Names and dates stored in RootsMagic trees will be matched against Findmypast’s databases to directly link customers to relevant records, enabling them to easily expand their research and open up new lines of discovery. Once a potential match has been identified, customers will be notified by a RootsMagic WebHint™ which will direct the user to the Findmypast website.

Automatic record matching is already a popular feature of Findmypast’s Family Tree builder and has made the process of finding historical records for ancestors considerably quicker and easier. Their tree software automatically sifts through billions of birth, baptism, marriage, divorce, death, burial, and census records to provide researchers with new clues, information, and even potential new relatives through a series of on screen icons known as “leads”.

Findmypast’s heritage and rich record collections coupled with RootsMagic’s sophisticated technology will make for a powerful combination, providing customers with new and improved ways of unlocking the fascinating stories within their family. Automatic record matching is already a popular feature of Findmypast’s online family tree and has made the process of finding historical records for ancestors considerably quicker and easier.

Customers already using RootsMagic 7 can easily download the update for free by checking for updates via the RootsMagic main menu or can download the update from RootsMagic.com. New customers and those currently using an earlier version than 7, can try RootsMagic Essentials for free and purchase the upgrade at any time.

The update allows them to build their tree using the RootsMagic software while having access to Findmypast records and searches.

Commenting, Ben Bennett, Executive Vice-President North America and International for Findmypast said:
“We are thrilled to partner with RootsMagic and look forward to the many discoveries that their customers will make using Findmypast’s new record leads. Not only will customers be able to access our best in class records from England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, but, they will also benefit from our ever expanding US and Canadian collection. It’s partnerships like this that bring together the best software, expertise, and records that are essential to helping more customers discover more about their relatives.”
Michl Booth, Vice President of RootsMagic, said:
“One of the most exciting new features of RootsMagic 7 is our amazing WebHints and we are excited to add Findmypast’s tremendous library of UK, Irish, and US data in our latest update. With more than 1000 exclusive collections and new additions released every week, Findmypast has records that you just won’t find anywhere else. Personally, almost all of my ancestral lines go back to England and Scotland. So Findmypast’s 1 billion records from the British Isles are especially valuable to me. Having access to these fantastic records from inside of RootsMagic opens up a whole new world of research for our customers.”
The announcement marks the latest step in Findmypast’s drive to put innovation at the center of its business and follows on from the announcement of a raft of global partnerships with leading technology providers, such as Family Historian, Twile and Puzzilla and many others designed to offer customers an easy and engaging family history experience.

About Findmypast


Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive, and Genes Reunited, amongst others.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.

The company has digitized records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Findmypast, in association with The UK National Archives, recently launched the 1939 Register, a record of 41 million lives on the eve of World War II. In the US the company has embarked on a major program, in association with FamilySearch, to digitize 100 million US marriage records, many of which have never before been published online.

About RootsMagic


For over 20 years, RootsMagic, Inc. has been creating computer software with a special purpose- to unite families. One of their earliest products- the popular “Family Origins” software, introduced thousands of people to the joy and excitement of family history.

That tradition continues today with “RootsMagic”, their award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history fun and easy. “Personal Historian” will help you easily write and preserve your life stories. “Family Reunion Organizer” takes the headaches out of planning those important get-togethers. And their newest product “Family Atlas”, which makes creating custom family maps fun and easy.

With their growing list of online partnerships and integrations, RootsMagic has established itself as the place to plant your family tree.