13 October 2012

Ugh... I wish RootsMagic could Sync with Ancestry.com

I admit that I love RootsMagic because it Sync's nicely with new.familysearch.org. But I REALLY wish it would sync with Ancestry.com. Is that too much to ask? A program that did both?

Okay, so I'm not a tech guru, but here's the deal. I have used Ancestry.com for over a year now. I don't feel that I will always keep my subscription. Sometimes I'll let it slide for other research reasons, but I love that Ancestry.com let's you 'restart' your subscription at any time and you don't loose the tree you created. Also, thinking long term. Though Ancestry.com is tops of the market today, who knows that they'll be around forever.

On the other hand, familysearch.org will be around as long as the Latter-Day Saint Church promotes family history work (BTW that will be forever). So my preference is for a program that syncs to new.familysearch.org. BUT, here's the deal, starting with the story.

As I said, I've used Ancestry.com for over a year now. I have connected with various family trees which is nice. But the important part has been to link documentation to the individuals in the trees that I have created. So, after a year and not wanting to copy the information from Ancestry.com to RootsMagic  I downloaded by Ancestry.com tree. (Wish I knew how to only download a segment of the tree rather than the whole tree, but that's a different issue). In any case, with the Ancestry.com generated GEDCOM file, I began the process of assimilating the research to RootsMagic.

I was going to have a split screen of the facts and then manually type the information over to RootsMagic  Until I found out that I could copy facts about one person to a person in a different database file (that happens to be the same person). This was great so that I didn't mess up the facts that I already had (i.e. citation information).

Well, I made a HUGE mistake as I was doing this. I selected an option to move everyone in a particular person's tree over. That moved the entire database over. I guess what I was hoping was to have only the family relations (since they were new to my old database file). In retrospect I see my mistake. So, I could have gone through and started with a backup version of the file. But I had gone through 75 people's facts line by line and I didn't want to go through it again.

So I began the process of merging persons where I only wanted to align their facts (i.e. sync new information but maintain the old). As I went through the merge process, I noticed duplication of source citations. So not only did I need to make sure each of the 900 person were merged properly, I had to eliminate duplicate citation entries. I could not find an easier way to do this. And, to top it off, many of the events (i.e. Residence in 1900) were duplicated as well. So even more tedious elimination work was necessary.

I honestly don't know what an the efficient way of accomplishing my goal is. Perhaps this is why so many people are fans of Family Tree Maker (it syncs with Ancestry.com). I don't think FTM syncs with new.familysearch.org. If it does, I just might have to investigate this further.

But the short version is, I wish RootsMagic  would sync with Ancestry.com. It would make updating new information a whole lot easier. It certainly does when working with new.familysearch.org.

4 comments:

  1. Devon, have you checked into AncestorSync? Granted, you will still need to use Family Tree Maker AND RootsMagic, but you can sync your trees between the two, and then FTM will sync with Ancestry.com, and RM will still sync with FamilySearch.

    I personally like RM better than FTM, but since I don't keep a tree on Ancestry, and I don't have access to New FamilySearch, it hasn't been a problem.

    Good luck - and if you end up going that route, let us know your thoughts.

    ~Jenny

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    1. Jenny,

      Great tips. My first reaction was... ugh, that seems like a lot of work. My second reaction was, what I did to clean up the mess wasn't simple either. ;( Good to know there is a go between. Thanks for sharing.

      - Devon

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  2. I feel your pain. I love using Ancestry.com, and it's a powerful research tool. But RootMagic, by far, is the best way to deal with Family Tree on FamilySearch. I use them both because I need them both, but keeping them updated with each other is not simple indeed. The last time I looked into AncestorSync it cost money, and now it isn't available because it's in Beta.

    Who knows. If Ancestry.com could get a FamilySearch feature, I wouldn't need RootsMagic anymore.

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    1. Thanks Heather. I think you're right. If one program could combine them both, we wouldn't need multiple platforms....

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