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Some Anestry help needed please.

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Some Ancestry help needed please.

Two questions, if I may;
1/ I have a free Ancestry account which I created by uploading a gedcom from an off line Legacy8 database. I would now like to export a gedcom from the Ancestry file to sync my offline Legacy8 files with what I have discovered on Ancestry. Is it possible & can anyone tell me how it is done please?

2/ Much of my research has been done via the local Library account. I can e-mail documents to myself for updating the Legacy8 files manually, but can't figure out how to access my own tree on-line direct from the Library account. Once I find a relevant document, it should be possible to link it to my Family Tree direct - anyone got any ideas how this is done?

Thanks in advance, I am a little worried that the above issues might be deliberate commercial restrictive practices designed to force me into opening a subscription account. :eek:
 
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Re: Some Ancestry help needed please.

Have you asked at their web site. HERE
The problem is with exporting a gedcom file from Ancestry & linking to my own family tree on Ancestry from a Library account, so Legacy are unlikely to help much. TBH, the Legacy programme is pretty good.

I have asked on the Ancestry help pages, but no response yet.
 

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Ok, I'm certainly no expert regarding Gedcom's etc.

But is it possible to sign for a freebie on Ancestry, and do what is necessary, and then cancel your freebie when finished. Even one month of subs wouldn't break your wallet.:biggrin:
I also think, if you sign up for a month, you get 2 free. I was offered that when I was cancelling my subs, so it may not hold for a new member.:confused:

If Ancestry aren't making money from your request, don't hold your breath for an answer. But you never know.:rolleyes:
 

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Go into home page of your tree, click downwards facing arrow at side of Tree name left hand side,chose VIEW TREE SETTINGS, scroll down to DOWNLOAD YOUR GEDCOM FILE, you will see a popup option to open or save.


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Re: Some Ancestry help needed please.

Go into home page of your tree, click downwards facing arrow at side of Tree name left hand side,chose VIEW TREE SETTINGS, scroll down to DOWNLOAD YOUR GEDCOM FILE, you will see a popup option to open or save.


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Bless you Ellie, that's brilliant, thanks. I'll see what happens when I upload that into Legacy now - making sure I have made a new back up before I start!!!
 
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Just to feed back how it went. I followed Ellie's instructions & saved the Gedcom file. I was then able to import it into my Legacy8 file and merge them.

However it created a lot of "duplicate" files (on pretty much everyone in fact) which I suppose was inevitable, but took quite a while to work thro them all manually deciding what was to be kept & what abandoned. I had an issue with several early files where there was only a single given name & it was difficult to work out which was which. This typically happened where the only info available is a mother's given name.

With over 800 names in the file, checking out the duplicates can quickly become soporific & it's all too easy to press "replace" on the wrong one!
 
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Cheers Peter, I shall look for that later, but as a fully unpaid cheapskate, I only have the freebie version of L8 so it may not be included.

Off to my brother's for a big family gathering today, so I shall be doing my best to gather contacts with other researchers looking at different branches of the gang. If you are right & I can sort that out it would be a big help with merging next time.

Thanks, Steve

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Just had a look & the option does exist but wasn't used when I added the Gedcom. I will have to find out what I did wrong & do it right next time. Maybe I need to create a new file in L8 & then merge them perhaps - needs some thought before I try again next time!

File has almost 900 persons, so getting quite big to manage changes on it now.
 
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What I was trying to say ,was I keep my old tree downloaded from Ancestry,and every so often I would save it again when enough new records and Ancesters had been found. I don't merge my trees .

Ellie
 

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What I was trying to say ,was I keep my old tree downloaded from Ancestry,and every so often I would save it again when enough new records and Ancesters had been found. I don't merge my trees .

Ellie
Sorry, my bad. Yes, Legacy will back up files every time you close it, but running two sets of trees (one on Ancestry & one on Legacy) means that error by error they slowly diverge as I forget to add stuff to one or the other.

The sensible thing would be to only run one - which is how I was operating with just the Legacy file & then I discovered a cousin had done some work on Ancestry so I used a gedcom off the Legacy file to create an Ancestry tree & we gave each other shared access so we could add to each other's trees.

Then I started getting Ancestry "Hints" that allowed me to pick up key dates on many individuals. Most of these get put in both Ancestry & Legacy trees, but it is easy to miss them now & again. That's why I am looking for ways of merging files effectively - but it seems that it isn't going to be that simple!!
 

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I mean use Ancestry tree for research work. Anything you find anywhere goes on that tree. You then save it, and download to Legacy8 .Put all notes on
to your Ancestry tree also.Save Ancestry records to your computer, but if you don't type them out ,you lose them when you stop using ancestry.


Edit- Don't merge trees in Legacy 8 ,keep them separate.
 

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Just downloaded a Gedcom from the current Ancestry file & created a new Legacy8 file. I was then able to compare the old & new Legacy8 files side by side. By using the Pedigree mode it was relatively easy to follow roots & identify differences. I could then switch to family mode to read & retype the additional data to get the two files aligned.

I may decide to spend the 30 quid to upgrade the Legacy8 free version to the full one to allow file merging & better printed reports etc.

The only down side of the Gedcom file off Ancestry is that you don't get any record data because that remains on line. Consequently, my original Legacy8 file has pictures & records associated but the new one created off Ancestry doesn't. Which is why I chose to manually update the original Legacy8 file.

But at least I think I have a process now and I am making sure that all relevant records found on Ancestry are saved to my computer in the "family Docs" folder with a date & name so that they can be easily reviewed even after I return to a free Guest account on Ancestry.

Thanks for all your help everyone. O0
 

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