According to the Rootsdb.com website: "Many serious genealogy researchers have been asking for a sophisticated database programme for storing their research data. Some individuals with good computer and IT skills have produced their own databases for specific functions, but most have been restricted into using spreadsheets where the normal commercial 'Family Tree' software is unable to offer the kind of recording necessary."
Rootsdb.com is not a general-purpose genealogy program. It doesn't print fancy charts, doesn't generate sophisticated reports of books, and doesn't perform many of the functions you expect in a genealogy program. It will not help you to find any of your ancestors, but it will conveniently store all that you can find. Rootsdb.com simply stores and sorts all the information for all the individuals in your records, in family groups or as single individuals. Data can be retrieved easily but typically as lists that meet the criteria you specify.
In short, Rootsdb.com is designed as a fast data analysis program. Not only will the program store your information, but the searching facility will enable you to look up anything much quicker and more accurately than most other genealogy products, according to the program's producer.
For instance, you might have a Rootsdb.com database of several thousand individuals. Perhaps you want to find all the females in the database with a first name of Mary, born between 1840 and 1850 in Kentucky. Rootsdb.com can provide that functionality.
The lifetime events include birth, death, and marriage records as well as census entries, education, employment, professional qualifications, religious, military records and even YDNA records.
Rootsdb.com is an online program which can be accessed from any computer capable of getting online. It works equally well with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and even handheld computers. Unlike some other online genealogy services, Rootsdb.com provides privacy and security of your data. You have total control over who can see your data and who you pass any or all of that information to. You are always free to delete any data you wish.
One nice thing about Rootsdb.com is the capability to import GEDCOM files. The program's web site at http://rootsdb.com/help_advice_list.php notes the limitations of GEDCOM files by stating, "...be aware that the Gedcom system has a limit to the range of links that the records will have, you will need to add much more details manually but at least the basic information is entered automatically." In fact, the same will be true of importing GEDCOM files into other programs as well.
Rootsdb.com is a new service but new features are being added frequently. It shows a lot of promise. All new program improvements will be automatically available to all users without any need to download or update anything.
A free trial is available but is limited to 100 individuals in the database. Anyone with a database of any significant size will need to pay to use the service. Users may store up to 2,000 named individuals for £48 (roughly $74 U.S. dollars) for the first year, up to 20,000 named individuals for £76 (roughly $117 U.S. dollars) for the first year, or unlimited storage sizes for £125 (roughly $192) for the first year. At the end of the year, renewal prices are a bit cheaper.
To try Rootsdb.com for yourself, go to the program's web site at http://rootsdb.com and log in with the demo user name and password shown there.
You can learn more about Rootsdb.com at http://rootsdb.com.