Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Plan - New File - Download from Ancestry.com

From within Family Tree Maker, Version 2009, there is the capability to download your Member Family Tree from Ancestry.com. To start, you can open Family Tree Maker, from the Plan Workspace, New Tree. In the Right Panel, clicking on Ancestry.com will take you to the Ancestry.com website.

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In your Browser, you should be taken to your Ancestry.com page. If you are not logged in, do so. Once logged in, selecting Family Tree will take you to the last Member tree that you had open. In this case, there are several member Family Trees that have been created for this Blog. Select the Family Tree do be downloaded.

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A review of the tree is suggested, if you have more than one tree.

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For this blog, this is NOT the tree to be downloaded. Double clicking on Family Trees will bring up a screen where you can select Manage Family Tree.

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In this case, the tree that was uploaded on August 3, 2009, is the one do be downloaded. (see previous Blog for the upload)

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The Tree Name and Description are provided and the home person is shown. This home person can be changed at this point. Clicking on Export will begin the download process.

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The download begins by generating a GEDCOM file that will be downloaded.

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Once the GEDCOM file has been generated, it is ready to be downloaded. Clicking on Download this file will begin the download process.

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Use the Save button to save the GEDCOM file during the download.

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Since the GEDCOM file is going to be saved on your computer, the location is then requested. Note the Location. In this case, its in Documents, Family Tree Maker, a folder on this computer. Note the Filename and that it is a GEDCOM file.

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A download progress bar will appear while the file is being downloaded. When complete, click on Close.

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The file is now on your computer. Back to the Plan Workspace, New Tree Tab, Import from an existing file, click on the Browse button.

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navigate to the folder where the download was saved. In this case, Documents, Family Tree Maker. There are other files listed in this screen that have been blocked out, but other Files and Folders are listed. If there are other files and you want to just see GEDCOM files, select GEDCOM from the pull down menu. Select the GEDCOM filename that was downloaded.

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You will be returned to the Plan, New file screen with the Location of the file and the new Family Tree Name. Clicking on Continue will begin the import process.

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A process bar will appear as the file is imported. Watch this screen for any errors that may appear.

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A summary report will appear at the completion of the creation of the new Tree. Note that there are NO images that were online. This is due to the nature of a GEDCOM file. No images are contained in a GEDCOM file.

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More details can be seen on the View Log File.

Once this screen is closed, the People work space, Family view will be displayed.

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  1. I had no idea this could be done. I have trees on the Ancestry.ca site and in FTM on my computer, which means I will have many duplicate entries if I download my tree from the website. I assume the duplicate entries will not automatically merge. Have you done this with near duplicate trees and did it wind up with a huge mess requiring hours of work to clean up?

  2. Sarge,

    Here is a suggestion. This blog shows you how to download your existing file, into a NEW family file. I would do that. Back this file up. (the download from Ancestry.ca)

    I would then Back Up your Existing PC based Family File.

    Then, I would Merge the two files. most of the duplicate records should be merged together. See how that works out.

    Look are the file, check a couple of the reports, in the Publish Workspace, and review how the merge worked out for you.

    Remembering that you would have both files Back Up.


  3. Thanks Russ; great idea. I shall give that a try. Incidentally, I saw the list of blogs you are following. You must be an extremely organized person, far more so than I.
    Thanks again, Doug (aka, Sarge)

  4. Sarge,

    I enjoy and learn from the Blogs that I follow.

    Good luck with your clean up project. Hopefully the merge of the two files will go easily.



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