Tuesday, October 31, 2006

ACROSS MY DESK: RootsMagic, Inc. Releases Family Atlas Genealogy Mapping and Publishing Software

ACROSS MY DESK: RootsMagic, Inc. Releases Family Atlas Genealogy Mapping and
Publishing Software

New software makes creating family maps fun and easy

SPRINGVILLE, Utah, October 31, 2006 - RootsMagic, Inc., a leader in family
history software, today announced the release of Family Atlas, a new Windows
software program that lets users create custom family maps based on their
own genealogy data.

For years family history enthusiasts have had to create maps by hand, but
now Family Atlas makes that a thing of the past. Family Atlas users view
their family information on an interactive world map (either spherical or
flat), and can zoom in or out to see additional detail like state and county

Family Atlas directly imports data from popular genealogy software including
RootsMagic, Family Tree Maker, PAF, Legacy and GEDCOM. Places are
automatically geo-coded by matching them against the 3.5 million name world
place database included with Family Atlas.

Sites of important family events are easily pinpointed by adding custom
markers automatically tied to the genealogy data. Markers can be based on
specific people and events, or on your entire family tree, making it easy to
see migrations and clusters in family data. Markers can also be added by
hand, making possible historical marker sets like "Civil War Battles" and
personal marker sets like "Our Family Vacations". Both hand-entered and
data-based markers can easily be combined on the same map.

Publishing beautiful maps is a breeze with Family Atlas. Users can enhance
their maps with text, migration lines, text bubbles, photographs and other
objects. Users can save or print their maps, or export them to PDF or a
number of popular graphics formats to be used in reports, books, or

"Family Atlas allows you to explore and publish your family history in a way
never before possible," explains Bruce Buzbee, president of RootsMagic, Inc.
"I'm amazed at the discoveries I've personally made by mapping my own

Other features in Family Atlas include the interactive Gazetteer, which
helps locate almost any place in the world, and the "Nearby Places List"
which finds all places and events within a given distance of any point.

Pricing and Availability
Family Atlas is available now in select retail stores at a list price of
$29.95. Family Atlas is also available direct through
www.FamilyAtlas.com ,
or by calling 800-766-8762.

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About RootsMagic, Inc.
Founded in 1986, RootsMagic, Inc. is a publisher of family oriented
software, with headquarters in Springville, Utah. RootsMagic's product line
includes its flagship genealogy software RootsMagic, Personal Historian,
Family Atlas, Family Reunion Organizer, and Daily Journal which is sold
under the Broderbund label. In addition, RootsMagic, Inc. also hosts
Family-Reunion.com, the world's most popular family reunion planning
website. Additional information on RootsMagic, Inc. can be found at

Bruce Buzbee

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