rootsTrust (always spelled with lower-case “r”) is an advanced genealogy program that runs on all three popular desktop and laptop operating systems: Windows, Macintosh OS X and Linux. It is one of the few genealogy programs that can make that claim. Actually, the program’s web site at http://www.rootstrust.com/read-me-first.html says, “rootsTrust has been successfully tested on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. It runs in either 32-bit or 64-bit mode. It also works with any of the aforementioned operating systems on a Mac using the Parallels emulator.”
Actually, the producing company, Atavus, describes rootsTrust as a genealogical data management system (GDMS), which is a computer program designed to manage relationships between people, and relationships between people and places as well as historical and administrative relationships between places and other places. A GDMS also allows users to import and export data, generate family tree charts and other textual reports, link document and multimedia image files as well as websites to the objects it manages: Persons, Families, Events, Places, Sources and Repositories (libraries, archives museums and private collections).
rootsTrust is written in Java and it includes a separate database that can be synched with a cloud-based file storage service in order to provide constant backups. It provides Unicode support meaning that you may enter names and locations that do not use the normal Roman alphabet.
rootsTrust also can be either installed on your computer’s hard drive or run from a flashdrive or other external disk drive, such as a plug-in USB disk drive. In fact, you can purchase the program already installed on a 32-gigabyte USB 3.0 flash drive. If you do use it on a flashdrive, you can:
- Take the flash drive with you to a library, archives or a friend’s house.
- Plug it into any Windows, Mac or Linux computer.
- Enter new data into your database.
- Return home and transfer the modified database to your hard drive.
rootsTrust will import GEDCOM files from other genealogy programs.
The rootsTrust program offers most of the features of other leading genealogy programs, including:
- Person, Family, Ancestor, Descendant, Source, Repository, File Cabinet, Place and Venue views.
- Aliases (possible alternate descriptions of the same person.)
- Database fields for medical history, blood type, hair and eye color, height and DNA haplotypes.
- All sorts of reports – Generate an ahnentafel, curriculum vitae, family group sheet, family tree chart, line of descent, narrative, bibliography and gazetteer. You also can convert search results into a report.
- Cloud Support – Optionally store your database, document and multimedia files in the cloud. rootstrust autodetects several popular cloud services and allows you to add addional ones.
- Many predefined custom Event types, including alternate name types, Event Roles, patronymic name types and search markers. You can add to these as you see fit. You can also customize the names of the hierarchical administrative units of Places by region, the defaults being Village, Parish, Township, County, State and Country.
- A built-in editor allows you to enhance your text with color, underlining, boldface, italics, highlighting, numbered and bulleted lists, etc. This is particularly useful when exporting your data to rootsweb.com and other websites that support GEDCOM files containing HTML.
- rootsTrust provides a set of genealogy tools: relationship calculator, gravestone calculator, Soundex generator, Roman to Arabic numeral converter and eight date converters.
- Support for Quaker, movable feast, French Republican, British Regnal, Hebrew, Islamic, Indian and Persian dates.
- The ability to link to external document and multimedia files containing information about persons, families, events, sources, repositories and places.
- Extended Keyboard: Select from 30 preprogrammed panels that support most of the world’s languages that use an alphabetic writing system. You can also create additional panels to support other languages.
- Six search types allow you to search for Persons by name, search marker or biomedical criteria. You can also search for events by place of occurrence or source referenced. A text search is also provided.
- An automated backup and restore built into the program.
To become more familiar with the program before you download and install it, you may watch a number of “how to” videos:
How to use File Cabinets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiXAXNNPlq4
How to get context sensitive help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8uuhRjeM84
User interface controls and conventions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm9T3dwx6hw
Main Menu Bar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP03zs0rTMs
I would strongly suggest you watch these videos before attempting to use the program.
Installation instructions for running rootsTrust on a Macintosh, Windows or Linux are provided at http://www.rootstrust.com/read-me-first.html.
You may try rootsTrust for 30 day free of charge. If you wish to continue using it after the trial period, you must purchase a license.
One of the drawbacks to rootsTrust is the price: $45 for a license if you download the program from the rootsTrust web site at http://www.rootstrust.com/store/p7/rootsTrust_License_for_downloaded_software.html or $80 if you purchase the program pre-installed on a flashdrive (see http://www.rootstrust.com/store/p1/rootsTrust_32GB_USB_3.0_Flash_Drive.html). That makes rootsTrust one of the more expensive genealogy programs available today.
You can learn a lot more about rootsTrust at http://www.rootstrust.com.