by Atavus, Inc. (K. Brooke Nelson)
A genealogical data management system allowing you 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, Source and Repositories.

Purchase • Windows • Mac • Unix • Full Featured
Overall84.52 out of 54.52 out of 54.52 out of 54.52 out of 54.52 out of 5 4.52
201815 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
201744.46 out of 54.46 out of 54.46 out of 54.46 out of 54.46 out of 5 4.46
Earlier34.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 5 4.17

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rootstrust Review by Wayne,  Mar 30, 2018

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Rootstrust now works with Evernote! I also love my USB stick.

Biggest Pro: Interoperability across systems

rootstrust Review by Rob,  Nov 28, 2017

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Compared with Family Historian and TMG it is much easier to use. Like the layout, data entry, sources, access to data, a first class place and location/address/venue (as its called in Rootstrust) protocol, can add multimedia, websites, notes etc to both, links easily to Google maps for both.
Reports are not its strong point.
A constantly improving program its only version 1.0.
No manual as yet, but a reasonable help file and several videos on youtube

Biggest Pro: Multiplatform, ease of use, quick response from Atavus for any queries
Biggest Con: Further work needed particularly on reports

rootstrust Review by Tony,  Sep 26, 2017

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

I have to agree with a previous reviewer(Donald). I have been doing genealogy research for a number of years now and I also have tried and used most of the genealogy software programs that are out there and I have to say, this for me has to be the best.
The layout is good, so easy to navigate, is a very substantial tool, everything is where it should be. Some of the other software programs have been so frustrating to use, they are either over complicated where you seem to be going round in circles trying to find a person a file or link, or they are that basic there lacking research capability.

I have over seven thousand document and media files and Rootstrust has linked them all seamlessly. I have been using this software since beta and it just gets better, one of the latest features is linking files to Evernote( a note taking and archiving app) which some people will find really useful. It has had the odd bug in the past but has been rectified very quickly (really good service). I use mine on Linux Mint and Windows 7 through an emulator

Biggest Pro: Multi platform availability and the interface
Biggest Con: None

rootstrust Review by Marlene,  Sep 25, 2017

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Have just spent the day exploring rootstrust and comparing with Family Historian and TMG. Very much like the layout, sourcing, ease of access to data, links to external files or web pages etc. Would love to see more customisation options (turn off various options on left panel) support for non US style formats (eg dates) and resize main data container on person view.. Have had some errors that I cannot find answers for (cameo image not there, but appears in file cabinet, obscure java errors.). However I REALLY like it and hope that my data is secure and can be reliably transferred to other programs in the future if required.

Biggest Pro: Clear well thought out recording options
Biggest Con: Not quite a polished finished as yet - seems a work in progress.

rootstrust Review by Donald,  Jun 28, 2017

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Still using this and is still one of the best in my opinion. I like how you can also add friendships to your ancestors in it.

Biggest Pro: Detailed
Biggest Con: None yet.

rootstrust Review by Scott,  Nov 21, 2016

3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

Once I got it working, the program seems to be pretty robust, and the multiple views work quite well. That part makes it a little above the cut versus other similar programs. However, getting it to work was another story, and made me rethink the package in total.

At first, I installed without Java package, since I’m running Win 10. Got an open error that “” not found. I then removed the non Java version and re-installed with the Java package, with the same problem. It finally occurred to me that RootsTrust, at least under Windows 10, must be run with administrator privileges. As a long time PC user and administrator, this is a minor annoyance running on my personal system. However, for most locations where I help with PC care and maintenance, this is a show stopper! Sorry, Atavus, figure out some way to get your program to work with “Standard Users” on Windows, and we’ll take a second look.

Biggest Pro: Multi Platform Availability
Biggest Con: Windows version requires Administrator Privileges

rootstrust Review by Donald,  Sep 13, 2016

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

I have tried literally every genealogy program and I gotta say RootsTrust is definitely one of my top ones. It runs on EVERY Operating System. Many other programs I think are over thinking genealogy making it more complicated than it should be, but RootsTrust keeps it simple and easy to where it doesn’t cause headaches to cite your sources or anything else for that matter. Also RootsTrust has the best and most beautiful interface. Definitely a must have.

Biggest Pro: Simplicity, Multi Platform and just gorgeous.
Biggest Con: I can’t think of any yet and I’ve been using it since about January 2016.

rootstrust Review by Nedret Altintop,  Dec 28, 2015

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

I really like that Rootstrust works on my home Mac and on my work PC. I run it and keep my data on a Rootstrust UBS stick, which gives me flexibility and mobility. It has all sorts of advanced features that makes it easy for me to manage my global genealogy data with its complexity in terms of geographies, languages, and religions (e.g. Turks in Germany and Bulgaria, and at the time of the Ottoman Empire).

Biggest Pro: multi-platform
Biggest Con: does not work on a ipad