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Moving a tree from earlier versions to FTM 2017 for Mac

How do I move my tree from earlier Mac versions of Family Tree Maker to FTM 2017? 

Follow the steps below to migrate your tree safely.

Backing up your file

Restoring your file


Backing up a file in your old version of Family Tree Maker

1. In your old version of FTM, open the tree you want to back up and choose Backup from the File menu. 

2. The Backup window opens. You can change the name in the Backup Filename field if you wish, but be sure to leave the file extension if there is one.


3. Choose which additional information you want to have in the backup by selecting or deselecting the “Include” options. 

4. If your current tree is linked to an online tree, make sure the Allow restored file to resume syncing checkbox is selected to have the backed-up tree automatically linked to the online tree when it’s restored in the new version of Family Tree Maker. 

5. Choose a location for saving your backup file. Click Removable media if you want to save it to a USB flash drive or other removable media.

6. Click Backup. A message tells you when the file has been backed up successfully. 



Restoring a file from a backup in FTM 2017 

1. Open Family Tree Maker 2017 and choose Restore from the File menu. 

2. In the Open window, go to the location of the backup file, select it, and then click Open.

3. Enter a name and choose a location for the restored file, and then click Save. The file will be restored. If the tree in your backup file is not linked to one on Ancestry.com, you can skip the rest of the steps — you have finished.

4. If your backup file contains a tree that is linked to one on Ancestry.com, the Restore - Additional Options dialog opens. Select the "Allow restored file to resume syncing” checkbox, and then click Restore.  

5. Once your tree is restored, click the sync icon in the upper-right corner and choose Sync Now from the pop-up menu to make sure your restored tree is correctly synced with the Ancestry tree. 


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