Thursday, May 5, 2016

RootsMagic Adds WebHints for Findmypast Records

RootsMagic has updated their genealogy software program to Version  The major addition to the software is WebHints for records on Findmypast.

The RootsMagic blog post, titled "RootsMagic WebHints Now Support Findmypast" (4 May 2016), says:

"One of the biggest new features in RootsMagic 7 is our amazing WebHints™. RootsMagic automatically searches your favorite genealogy record sites including FamilySearch and MyHeritage for possible matches to your data. As matches are found, a light bulb appears next to each person’s name. Clicking on the light bulb opens up a web browser with the matching records (some records may require a subscription).

"RootsMagic is the first software to search multiple providers for matching records. And with today’s update (7.2), we are excited to welcome Findmypast to our WebHints!"

 I updated my RootsMagic program last night, and watched as the WebHints "light bulbs" were added to my Pedigree view.

I clicked on the WebHints light bulb for my grandfather, Frederick walton Seaver (1876-1942) and saw:

I have "pending" WebHints from FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage.  If I click on the "Pending" numbers for each website, I can see the WebHints and add them to my family trees on those websites.  I can also add content and a source citation to my RootsMagic database, but it must be done manually - it's not automatic.

I clicked on the Findmypast "Pending" WebHints and saw (after Findmypast opened in a browser window)  and saw the three WebHints for my grandfather:

The three Hints on Findmypast are two marriage records from Massachusetts and the 1880 U.S. Census.

I already have these in my RootsMagic database, so I will attach them to my Findmypast family tree so that they will disappear from my "Pending" WebHints.  The process is very simple - an Acceptance or Rejection of the Hint.

Here is the WebHints screen in RootsMagic after I accepted the three WebHints:

For some reason, Findmypast Hints do not appear for the 1876 birth of my grandfather, the World War I draft registration, or the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census entries for some reason.


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