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Transferring your Genealogy Data between Packages or Websites


Ever been tempted to change your genealogy software package but thought – what if I lose something? 

Or do you have your information in a commercial system (Ancestry, Findmypast, etc) and want to move it offline?   

In this short tutorial, John Hanson discusses the options available and explains exactly what that mysterious thing called GEDCOM is all about. 

John intends to primarily cover Family Historian, Legacy, Rootsmagic, and Family Tree Maker software, plus the websites Findmypast and Ancestry. If you have another package you would like him to cover, then please let us know in advance.  



About the tutor: John Hanson worked for many years for one of the country’s major banks, ending up as a Systems Specialist in mainframe databases. He has written extensively on family history subjects and has been a lecturer and teacher in family history for over twenty-five years, particularly on computers in genealogy and the census. 

John served on the executive committee of the Guild of One-Names studies for several years and also as a trustee and served on many committees at the Society of Genealogists.  He is currently the research director of the Halsted Trust and is a Fellow of SoG. 

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