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Creator of RootsMagic leads free workshop
Bruce Buzbee shares info on new features of RootsMagic 6.Current or aspiring genealogists can spend an afternoon learning how to get the most out of one of the most popular pieces of genealogy software by attending the Hayes Presidential Center’s RootsMagic Workshop 1- 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4 in the Hayes Museum. Admission is free, but pre-registration is requested by calling 419-332-2081, ext. 231 or via email to

RootsMagicis a leader among genealogical software. It offers basic and advanced abilities to help users record and share family histories, while remaining easy to use. It is the first software certified to share data with FamilySearch Family Tree and recently won Best Genealogy Software (Windows)and Best Online Genealogy Tool or Mobile App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch from website.

Bruce Buzbee creator of the RootsMagic software leads the seminar. Buzbee, who also is author of the Family Origins software, has been writing genealogy software for more than 20 years. During the workshop, he provides instruction on the best techniques for: entering information and notes; navigation; sources and repositories; adding photos; creating reports and charts; importing/exporting GEDCOM files; and combining reports to create a book using the Publish feature.

Prior to the workshop, the Hayes Library is open noon-1 pm for tours and research, but will be closed the rest of the afternoon. Buzbee’s talk begins at 1 p.m. There is a refreshment break at 2:15 p.m., followed by Q&A from 2:30-3:45 p.m.

In a continuing show of support for the Hayes Presidential Center, Buzbee agreed to donate autographed copies of RootsMagic6 CD and book (a retail value of $39.95) to anyone who takes out a Center membership at the $100 or higher level during the workshop. Those taking advantage of this deal also receive all relevant membership benefits, like unlimited free admission to the Center for a year, five guest passes, discount at the Museum Store, and at-home access to Heritage Quest, NewspaperArchives, and Current Center members also can take advantage of this special. For details call 419-332-2081, ext. 231.