The last and best attended session of the Thursday evening discussion groups this summer was the August 26 meeting on RootsMagic. Tim Cox reports that nine members (and one non-member) participated after he advertised the session on the RootsMagic Users Mailing List.
The discussion was very informal and allowed everyone to ask questions about the application. RootsMagic4 is so robust with so many easy-to-use features that none of us have mastered all of them. There were lots of "ah ha!" moments and comments like: "That's so easy! and "That's how to do it!" Because of our different experience levels, we had the opportunity to learn some new tips and tricks and some shortcuts. We all left with some new knowledge and I think we may have convinced a couple of version 3 users to upgrade to version 4.
The meeting was so successful that the group decided to form an official RootsMagic Special Interest Group and have monthly meetings at CGS. Tim Cox submitted a formal request which has been approved by the Board of Directors.
The RootsMagic Special Interest Group will meet on the third Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. beginning October 19, 2010. All meetings are FREE and open to the public. Registration is not required. Guests are welcome, as are all levels of experience from beginning to expert.
Chris Pattillo and Tim Cox will be the facilitators and they plan to start each session with an open discussion about any issues members may be experiencing with RootsMagic4. They will always have a live database to work with. If you are interested in more information about topics, parking or transportation, please email Tim Cox.
Photograph courtesy of Jane Knowles Lindsey, 8/26/10, Oakland, California.
Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library