Friday, June 07, 2013

How To Export Your Family Tree From Ancestry.com

Many people have asked me "how do I export my  family tree from Ancestry.com so I can import it to my genealogy software?" Well, this is surprisingly easy to do with these six steps of instructions and images to follow. Here's how...

Step 1:  Sign in to your ancestry.com account:




Step 2: Click on "Family Trees"




Step 3: Click on the family tree you want to export:





Step 4:
Click on "Tree pages"





Step 5:
Click on "Tree Settings"






Step 6: Click on "Export tree". Save your family tree file to your computer. Don't worry, your family tree will still be in ancestry.com, this will only make a COPY of your family tree when it's exported.



That's it!! Once your family tree has exported, it will be a GEDCOM file, which means you can import it to any genealogy software of your choice. Have fun!!

GEDCOM stands for GEnealogical Data COMmunication.


 

19 comments:

  1. I don't think I have seen things well put as you did. Great Job ! Thank You :)

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  2. Welcome to Geneabloggers!!I like blogs that teach as well. I try to combine the family history I find with showing how it was discovered.

    Regards, Grant

    Maybe we should each other are share the what we found and how we found it. :-).

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  3. Thanks for this information and welcome to Geneabloggers!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. I am happy to be a part of the Geneabloggers family.

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  4. Does the exported tree have the pictures & other graphics?

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    1. These direction will only export the data into a gedcom file. However, if you own Family Tree Maker software, you can synchronize your family tree, pictures, records and documents from Ancestry.com.

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  5. Welcome to Geneabloggers Sarah! I look forward to learning some new tips!

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    1. Thanks Smadar!! I am happy to help out.

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  6. Saw your blog listed at Geneabloggers, congratulations. Thanks for the quick tutorial on how to export my tree from Ancestry. I usually just sync the software but I have noticed that it sometimes corrupts the data. Will try you tutorial instead and then import to the software. By the way you have a great blog.

    Take care,

    Moises Garza
    We Are Cousins - My personal blog about Northeastern Mexico and South Texas Genealogy

    Mexican Genealogy - Blog where anyone with Mexican roots can get started with their family genealogy and history.

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  7. After you have created the GEDCOM file and import it to FTM software how do you synchronise the records and document with Ancestry?
    Many thanks for the help so far.

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  8. How can the tree be printed or saved to pdf?

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  9. I have a GEDCOM that appears on rootsweb that I originally loaded to my ancestry.com family tree many years ago.Since then I have made many additions, changes and corrections but need to do it separately for each tree. If I export my ancestry.com family tree again to another GEDCOM, will it also appear on Rootsweb? I don't want to have 2 files there.

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  10. Dear Sarah:

    Your explanation of the steps to take are terrific - even I can understand them !
    but I have one question - can I just export part of a Tree - or would I need to create a separate tree within Ancestry with the lines I wanted to export?

    Best, Andrew
    als@masterpak-usa.com

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  11. ts great app..i can find my family members anywhere.its very easy to move and very clear.thanks for sharing this app.

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  12. I am not very computer literate, but I have my tree on FTM on an old computer that backs up to a floppy.( My FTM10 is backed up to a floppy.) Is there some way I can transfer this without posting it on Ancestry? I'm not sure it is ready to be shared. I didn't put much verification on when I first began my tree and want to eventually include my sources.

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  13. How can one export the gedcom (using the aforementioned steps) onto Facebook? Why is sharing my ancestry.com tree so *difficult*?

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  14. well explained 🙂 much appreciated.

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  15. how can I export the living individual names back to my computer. When I export the file, all the names that are living says 'Living" and no name.

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