How To Export a FamilySearch GEDCOM with RootsMagic

If you want to get a free copy of your FamilySearch family tree to upload to another program or website (Ancestry, MyHeritage, etc) you'll need to use one of FamilySearch's partner programs to get this data. Each of these partners, Ancestral Quest, Legacy Family Tree, and RootsMagic has a free version you can use to export a FamilySearch family tree and create a GEDCOM file, a format universally used for sharing family tree files.


Here's FamilySearch's statement:

"Currently we are not able to export data from Family Tree to a GEDCOM file. Use one of the Family Tree certified programs, i.e. Ancestral Quest, Legacy Family Tree, or RootsMagic to import data from Family Tree into one of the programs and then create a GEDCOM."


First, you'll need to download a free version of RootsMagic.

At and in the header menu, select Downloads, then select Trial Vers…

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OnGenealogy Research Strategies

Genealogy research is like a jigsaw puzzle. Lots of pieces that need to be hunted for, sorted, and connected.   At OnGenealogy, we've sorted these puzzle pieces into categories based on why the record/piece was created.   Birth events - these include civil registrations of births and delayed births as well as religious records of baptisms and christenings, adoptions, and more   Marriage events - we've included many record types in the marriage category because customs vary wildly: banns, intentions, bonds, consent affidavits, registers and returns, licenses, certificates, divorces, and more   Death events -  this category includes records created in anticipation of or as a result of death: death certificates, wills, obituaries, cemeteries, estate and probate records, etc.   Residence events - in this category we've included records created based on where your ancestor lived or records that help you identify where your ancestor lived. Censuses,…
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Free, Online New Hampshire Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

This is a list of free, online New Hampshire birth, marriage, and death records. For tips on how to view the collections (many are newly digitized microfilms) please read How to Unlock FamilySearch Collections.

For other record types in any NH locale (cemetery records, probate records, city directories, county histories, military records, etc.), select the link at the end of any collection description below (such as "at NHFS") and this will take you to more record collections for that locale, or use these links: New Hampshire | Belknap County | Carroll County | Cheshire County | Coos County | Grafton County | Hillsborough County | Merrimack County | Rockingham County | Strafford County | Sullivan County. Statewide NH Birth, Marriage, and Death records

New Hampshire - New Hampshire Birth Certificates, 1901-1915, index & images at NHFS

New Hampshire - New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900, index & images at NHFS

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All FamilySearch Microfilms now Digitized

As of Tuesday, September 21st, FamilySearch announced they've completed digitizing 2.4 million rolls of microfilm. These are being processed for online access and many are currently available online. Some have restrictions and need to be viewed at your local affiliate library but most are viewable from the comfort of your home. Here's a short blog with Tips for Unlocking the FamilySearch Collections and below I'll show you where to go to find the collections at FamilySearch.

Using the Family Search catalog Here's the FamilySearch catalog link. To use the catalog, you can type a location like "Syracuse" in the search bar and you'll need to select from the autosuggestions, which Syracuse you mean. Specify beneath the search bar that you're looking for online collections. Then find the type of record in their listing of record types. There are some glitches/bugs in their search method so if you run into a problem, restart your search using the search bar.…
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How to Unlock FamilySearch Collections

FamilySearch is a free website for family history and genealogy collections. These collections are always free to search. Some collections are hosted by FamilySearch but owned by another institution and FamilySearch is restricted in how it can provide these resources to users. Due to contractual obligations, you'll need to be logged in with a free FamilySearch account to view some of these records. If you follow the link and find the record is locked, login to FamilySearch on your computer and this may unlock the collection. OnGenealogy shares many FamilySearch collections for different locations in the world. Here are some of the different ways those links may take you to the collections. How to View the Collections 1. Some links take you straight to the collection 2. Other links take you to a catalog description page where you will have to find the link. Look for a camera icon in the Film/Digital Notes section of the catalog desc…
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