Recommended Software

I’ve installed various genealogy applications on my laptops over the years. And I’ve uninstalled what I didn’t find useful. This is the software that I keep using.

RootsMagic Essentials (Free)

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The user interface looks like it was designed in 1995. Strange error messages appear. So why would I recommend this rather clunky piece of software?

Because even the free version will give you a backup of your Ancestry tree that includes all media. Read the in-depth review of using RootsMagic with Ancestry here.

And watch our video walkthrough of using RootsMagic to download all record images from your Ancestry tree.