Who Owns RootsMagic? (Origins Explained)

The RootsMagic family tree software is owned by RootsMagic Inc. The software company was founded in 1986 under a different name by Bruce Buzbee, who remains President. Buzbee created a prior family history product that was licensed through several larger companies. He released RootsMagic independently in 2002. This article looks at the early events that … Read more

Who Founded Illumina? (Explained)

Illumina has a fascinating foundation story that illustrates the early days of the biotech industry. Two investors pulled together a small team of scientists who had been involved in other startups. The group formed a new company to take advantage of innovative research in technology. Well, maybe the bare bones don’t sound so fascinating. But … Read more

How To Delete A Family Tree On Geni

It can be difficult to delete a family tree or even a single individual from Geni. In some circumstances, you will not be able to remove every tree profile that you added to Geni. This depends on whether your tree is isolated or if it is shared with other Geni members. This article goes through … Read more

Two GEDCOM Validation Tools Reviewed – Which Is Best?

The GEDCOM standards are designed to allow the exchange of family trees between different software and websites. But few platforms conform strictly to the guidelines. A GEDCOM validation tool will warn you about potential issues in your GEDCOM files. This article is a review and comparison of two free GEDCOM validation tools. I’ve also got … Read more

How To Export A GEDCOM From Geni

Geni offers five types of GEDCOM export, and each type includes a different set of your relatives. This article explains the differences, and which option to choose for what you want to achieve. We also cover the limits on what you can export. And no, you can’t download the entire Geni World Tree! How To … Read more

RootsMagic 7 On A Mac – Issues and Fixes

RootsMagic 7 runs on many, but not all, Mac operating systems. Mac users don’t get every RootsMagic 7 feature available in Windows, but the missing few may be of no interest to you. This article describes these features, and some simple workarounds to get the same benefits on a Mac. Both Windows and Mac users … Read more