Thursday, August 2, 2018

RootsFinder Online Family Tree Program Updates

I received an email from Dallan Quass, the creator of the free RootsFinder online family tree program, which noted the following updates to the program:


RootsFinder is a free program that makes family history easy to research and easy to share, including DNA. Some of our recent developments include:

  • A new circle view for DNA lovers: The DNA circle shows triangulation groups arranged around a circle so you can see all the kit numbers. Bands connect matching groups across the circle. It’s a great way to see the level of endogamy (intermarriage) in your tree.
  •  New WebClipper and ToDo Creator browser extensions for Firefox that complement the existing ones for Chrome: The WebClipper and ToDo Creator make it quick and easy to add evidence to your RootsFinder tree and create research plans from major online genealogy sites including, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, FindMyPast, Find A Grave, and more.
  • New hint partnerships with Geni, RootsPoint, WeRelate, and WikiTree (in addition to the existing hint partnerships with FamilySearch, Findmypast, AmericanAncestors, and NewspaperArchive): When hints from these partners are enabled, users will receive suggestions for matching content at these websites. As always, unlimited hints are free, although some partners require a subscription in order to see content on their site.
  • Dozens of enhancements based on suggestions from RootsFinder users in the forum and on support including infographics, research logs, and more. We listen to our users and appreciate all the feedback we receive.

We’re thrilled to see 5x growth in as many months! We are so excited to help make family history easy to research and easy to share. It’s never been easier to bring DNA results into your research and share with others. 

About RootsFinder

RootsFinder ( combines traditional family history with genetic genealogy, making it easy to research and easy to share. You get automatic hints from up to eight different websites, including FamilySearch and Findmypast, as well as search suggestions for sites like Ancestry and My Heritage. The evidence-based paradigm makes it easy to add data to entire families at once and trace facts back to their source. DNA tools help you analyze matches from multiple testing companies and link them to your tree. Now you can keep everything in one place and share for free.


Here is my RootsFinder tree, which I imported from FamilySearch Family Tree about six months ago (of course, I added content to the FamilySearch Family Tree more than six months ago).

I need to get back into RootsFinder and experiment with the new features.  

For instance, here is the Historical Lifespan infographic for my tree:


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1 comment:

Stampbird said...

Hi Randy, I really enjoy your blog. I have an account at Rootsfinder and really enjoy their site. I too, also imported the first part of my tree from It gave the cleanest import for the limited number of people they allow on the first extraction. You can add more people later. I was fairly confident of the section that I uploaded as it was the branch I had created and no additions or corrections had been made from others. Even with that in mind, the imported number of people would be easily corrected from the initial import. The DNA section is wonderful and I have been with them since they started the DNA section. They just keep making it better. I do just use that particular tree at the moment as a DNA match tree. The pricing is great for all the tools they provide, the free side and I think they call it a Forever Tree has just about everything except the DNA. The free part has ads and is public, but for the beginning genealogist or a person on a limited income it is wonderful. Your blog is very informative. Thanks for all you do to help us along our way.