“Tending Your Family Tree with RootsMagic” is the topic at the next meeting of the Lincoln County Genealogical Society, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. this Saturday, May 7, at the Toledo Public Library, 173 NW Seventh St. The presenter will be Ann Smart.

An introduction to family history software called “RootsMagic” will be offered. Smart, of Corvallis, is the former founding president of Oregon Coast Community College and leader of a Corvallis group using Roots Magic. All are welcome, and there is no charge.

Smart began using the Family Tree Maker software but has been using RootsMagic for the past nine years. She will demonstrate the basics of this software so that a new user can get started, as well as giving tips to more experienced users. RootsMagic was first introduced in 2003. It is a stand-alone program and costs about half as much as Family Tree Maker, which was initially underwritten by ancestry.com but is now published by Mackiev. Smart will be able to point out their relative strengths in organizing and pursuing family history research.

The Lincoln County Genealogical Society meets on the first Saturday of each month. Business is conducted from 10 to 10:45 a.m., and programs begin at 11 a.m. Annual membership dues are $10, and anyone with an interest in their family history is welcome to join — you do not need to have an ancestor from Lincoln County.

For more information about this presentation, as well as about the genealogical society, call Muriel at 503-302-8892. People can also visit the group’s website, LCGSOregon.org, or find them on Facebook.

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