Over the last few weeks, I have been comparing how RootsMagic and Legacy perform in producing source citations. I found that both programs were fairly similar, however I preferred the way the RootsMagic sources displayed when converted to Gedcom and then imported into my website, which used TNG (The Next Generation of Genealogy Site-building by Darryn Lythgoe).
However, after adding more information into the two programs, I have found that overall I prefer to use Legacy. Some of the reasons for this include:
- The way Notes are exported to gedcom – using Legacy I can keep the formatting of Notes, while RootsMagic isn’t able to.
- Legacy seems to be more comprehensive in the source templates for a variety of countries and types of records, while RootsMagic seems to mainly concentrate mainly on US or online sources – for example, I was unable to find a relevant source template in RootsMagic for Australian Immigration records that were found on microfilm.
- Legacy automatically sorts the order of spouses and children while entering data, while in RootsMagic you have to sort manually.
- Legacy has a larger range of shortcut keys to make data entry quicker.