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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The MyHeritage Complete Plan: 5 things I like

It's like using hand tools vs. power tools. Sometimes you need to purchase the right tool for the job.

VERSUS MyHeritage offers several plans for customers: They offer Family Tree plans for people who just want to build their tree on the siteThey offer Data Subscriptions for people who just want to search the historical records collections They offer DNA tests for a fee and tools are free with their test OR DNA transfers/uploads and their complete set of tools for a feeAnd they offer The Complete Plan which bundles all these and is the best deal. Read 5 reasons to use the Complete Plan 1. The MyHeritage Complete Plan gives you access to a Different Community – the MyHeritage site is available in 42 languages (compared to Ancestry with 7). This invites a broader community. About half of MyHeritage users are from Europe, far more than the competitors. If you have European ancestry within the last 4 generations, yo…
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How To Use Old Postcards

If you find some old postcards in your family history piles. Here are a few ways you might want to use them. But first, digitize them (use the process in this blogpost) Second, regularly backup the digital files Third, if you're a keeper, archive them correctly Fourth, even if you're not a keeper, consider saving ones that might have the sender's DNA on the stamp if there's any possibility you'll want to extract DNA (totheletter DNA) Fifth, if you're not a keeper, give the meaningful ones to family who will want them Sixth, use the digital files or leftover postcards! Here are some ideas. For me, the value of old postcards is in the images. That's it. In our family postcards, few of the messages contain especially valuable information. I've saved a few if I think I might someday want/be able to glean the sender's DNA from the stamp (totheletter DNA) but generally the subject matter is somewhat trivial or the postcard was never used, it was just …
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What To Do With Old Recipes?

We've got my mother's old recipe box, my husband's mother's old recipe box, and his grandmother's old recipe box. We want to be able to share these family memories with other relatives so we've decided to digitize the recipe cards.

With Covid-19 restrictions starting to lift, I got an appointment at a local Family History Center where I was able to use a high speed photo scanner (in the image below) to digitize old family postcards, recipe cards, and some photos.

You can use this Find a Family History Center link to look up a center near you (they're free) and then select "Website" where you can read about the offerings at that FHC. Specifically, look at the "Hardware and Equipment" so you'll know what type of scanners they have. The image below shows the high-speed scanner I used for recipe cards, postcards, and photos.

I brought an external hard drive (in the image below) and transferred the images from the FHC computer to my hard drive. I…

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