To export a GEDCOM file from FamilySearch Family Tree you must use one of their partners. Below you can follow links to each partner site or to instructions for how to download from that site.
What is a GEDCOM file?
GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunications and is a standard file structure for genealogical information. It’s the most popular file type used to exchange & share family tree information. If you want a copy of someone’s family tree, you ask for a GEDCOM file.
FamilySearch Family Tree is a “one tree” site where they own the family tree and everyone adds to it and grows the tree. Because it’s a communal tree, others can make changes to your family lines and you may want to have your own copy of the entire tree on a separate site where no one else can make changes.
But FamilySearch doesn’t allow you to create GEDCOM files from their tree. “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.”
Three partnering sites which allow you to control the information you want to import are:
- Ancestral Quest, free & fee versions, Windows & Mac, See Instructions for the import and GEDCOM file
- Legacy Family Tree, free & fee version, Windows only
- RootsMagic, free & fee versions, Windows & Mac, See Instructions for the import and GEDCOM file
- A fourth site may be Family Tree Maker, but I have not been able to successfully retreive my data and I have a paid version, so I won’t be giving instructions for that partner.
Each of these programs has a free version and you can compare the free vs. fee versions at their sites. I own & used a paid version of RootsMagic for Mac OS. These programs were all initially written for Windows operating systems. Ancestral Quest & RootsMagic have Mac OS versions which work but aren’t as functional as most products written specifically for Macs.
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