My Roots (Palm)

Name: My Roots Developer: Tapperware

Developer’s Description:

    My Roots is the most powerful genealogy application available for Palm OS® handhelds. It lets you take your genealogy data with you wherever you go. Since handheld computers can fit in your shirt pocket or purse, they are much more convenient than a laptop or a 3-ring binder. With My Roots, you can stay organized and work more efficiently whether you’re at a courthouse, library, or family reunion.

    My Roots comes with a free conversion utility (tapperware.com – Windows or Macintosh) for importing data from GED files created by all the best-selling desktop genealogy applications including Family Tree Maker, Legacy, PAF, and Reunion (see the FAQ (tapperware.com) for a complete list).

    You can view and modify data right in My Roots. Once you’ve finished making changes, for example, after a trip to the research library, you can export your data to a GED file. My Roots provides many ways to view your data, including ancestor trees, descendant trees, filtering, and a graphical relationship calculator.

Cost: $24.95 Demo: Download here (tapperware.com)
GEDCOM Support: Yes Hi-Res Support: Yes
Current Version: 4.05 Last Updated: 24 May 2005

Last Updates:

    * Support has been added for storing databases on the Internal Drive of the PalmOne T5
    * Several minor bug fixes – all users should install this version

OS Required: Palm OS v3.0 or later. Older versions of ‘My Roots’ can be found here at Tapperware Downloads

Hardware Required: Hardware that supports Palm OS v3.0 or later.

    Tungsten T3 owners: In order to take advantage of the T3’s ability to minimize, maximize, or rotate the display, you must install two additional .prc files. For details, please see the T3 Compatibility page (tapperware.com).
Space Required: ??? Memory Card Support: ???

Languages Supported: English, French, German
Limitations:My Roots Conversion Utility is set up to import at most 10,000 people (unregistered/demo creates only 20 people and imports only 50 records)
Discussion Forums/Mailing List:

Screenshots:

List or Database View

Individual View

Ancestor View

Descendent View

Reviews
Website/Magazine Link Version Date Summary
PalmGear.com – User Reviews link Varied Varied Positive
Handango.com – User Reviews link Varied Varied Positive
HAL-PC User Group – Eli Bensky link pre-4.0 Jan 2003 Positive
Ancestry.com – Dick Eastman link 2.01 25 July 2002 Positive
Ancestry.com – Dick Eastman link ??? Oct 2000 Positive

Other products by the same developer or compatible with this software

    They also produce a PocketPC Version of My Roots (one of the few companies to produce dual versions).
    MobileGenealogy.com’s product page on it can be found here
    (virtually identical to this page, with the exception of the Palm/PPC differences).
    There is also a Macintosh version of the PC-side software, consider it to be indentical to the PC versions. If you need help using it, in addition to checking here,
    you might check out MacGenealogy.org – a genealogy site geared towards Macintosh users.

Compatibility Issues

    Notes on exporting from various genealogy applications to ‘My Roots’ – located here (tapperware.com)

    Windows Software
    * DisGen – INDI tags interspersed with FAM tags
    * GSP (Global Software Publishing) Family Tree – CHIL tags sometimes come before HUSB or WIFE tags
    Macintosh Software
    * MacFamilyTree – Cannot export to a GED file using the ANSEL Character Set
    * SeeGEDCOMX – INDI tags interspersed with FAM tags

    Note: Newer versions of the above products may have fixed these problems. This has not been verified (but if you do verify it, drop us a line).

    I run the My Roots Conversion Utility to import a GED file on my Mac, and it seems to work correctly. But when I install the .pdb files that were created using The Missing Sync, they don’t work correctly in My Roots. What can I do?
    “This is due to a bug in version 4 of The Missing Sync for Palm OS. The problem has been fixed, so if you’re using The Missing Sync, make sure to upgrade to version 4.0.1 or later.”

Releases
24 May 2005 – version 4.05

    * Support has been added for storing databases on the Internal Drive of the PalmOne T5
    * Several minor bug fixes – all users should install this version

23 Jan 2005 – version 4.03

    * DIA support has been added for the PalmOne T5 and Treo 650 devices
    * Enhanced one-handed navigation support

3 Dec 2004

    DIA support has been added for Garmin and Tapwave devices

10 Oct 2004 – version 4.01

    * Bug Fixes – all users should install this version.

17 Sep 2004 – version 4.00 – Major Release

    * Support for Sources and Source Citations
    * Graphical Relationship Calculator
    * Unlimited number of notes up to 32k each for each person, event, or fact
    * Significant speed improvements
    * New Filtering options
    * Dynamic Input Area support for all PalmOne and Sony devices
    * More convenient Soundex support

26 Apr 2002 – version 2.01

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Other Features Listed by the Manufacturer

    PC and Macintosh Support
    My Roots comes with a free conversion utility for importing data from a GED file and exporting data to a GED file. There is a PC version, and for Macintosh, both an OS 8/9 version and a native OS X version.

    Easy Navigation
    When looking at a person’s detailed information, you can switch to the person’s father, mother, or children in one tap. You can switch to a sibling in two taps, and it requires only one tap to edit an event or fact.

    Family Group Sheet
    The family group sheet screen displays all relevant family information in one place, including family events, children, and multiple spouses. You can move up or down the family tree in a single tap.

    Ancestor and Descendant Trees
    My Roots can display a 4-generation ancestor or descendant tree for any individual. The tree can be re-displayed for any other person in a single tap. You can also switch between ancestor and descendant trees in one tap.

    Relationship Calculator
    My Roots provides a graphical relationship calculator for finding relationships between blood-relatives. In addition to a textual description of the relationship (e.g., “1st Cousins twice removed”), it also shows you the people through which they are related.

    Filtering
    You can display a subset of your data by creating up to three simultaneous filters. For example, you could set one filter to be “surname is Jones”, another to be “birth year before 1900”, and a third to be “birth location contains Ohio”. Only people that meet all three criteria will be displayed until you cancel the filters.

    Sorting
    You can sort the List of People by name, date of birth, or date of death.

    Find Function
    Using the built-in Find function, you can quickly locate an individual even in a very large database.

    Multiple Databases
    My Roots allows you to create multiple databases. This lets you divide up your data in whatever way makes sense for you.

    Soundex
    When editing a person’s name, the corresponding Soundex code is automatically displayed.

    Device Compatibility
    My Roots works on any handheld running Palm OS® 3 or later, and supports both monochrome and color displays. You can run My Roots from main memory or from an expansion card, and databases can also be stored on Internal Drives and expansion cards. My Roots provides support for minimizing, maximizing, and rotating the display on handhelds running Palm OS® 5, such as the PalmOne Tungsten T3 and T5 and the Sony UX-50.