I have used Roots Magic since the old days when it was Family Origins and have loved it all thru the years as it has only got better! For those of you that feel the same, I need your help. I have waited years for Ancestry.com to get to the point where it was worth putting my tree on their site, both for ease of getting it there and a nice display. They are finally at that point, even with a few bugs to work out!
They have one major problem though and they may or may not be willing to correct it for $$ reasons. The problem comes when you upload a gedcom. The first upload works fine, so say you go in and find new source documents, photos, etc. and attach them - Your tree is looking nice. A month later or so, after new info and corrections to your database on your computer, you decide to create a new gecom to add these changes to ancestry. You upload it and even though it has the exact same name, now you have a 2nd family tree on ancestry and NOTHING is attched! Major problem! This is the way ancestry designed it - every time you upload a gedcom it assigns it a new database # and ignores the filename.
Ancestry will then tell you that if you use Family Tree Maker you can sync your home tree and your online tree and when you upload corrections they automatically go to your tree!! Those of us that use other software and prefer to use gedcoms are left out in left field with basically 3 options:
1. Every single correction or addition has to be done twice - once on our computer then again online
2. Buy FTM - export a gedcom to it from your gen program, then use FTM to sync with ancestry.
3. put your gedcom online, make it private, just use it for searches and save everything to your computer thru double steps. When that database gets outdated, delete it and upload a new gedcom.
I don't know about you, but to me, ancestry is at the least using unethical methods to "force" people to buy and use FTM. I have no objection to them having their online sync with FTM, what I object to is not giving those of us that prefer other programs a decent, comparible way to upload gedcoms and have our updates replace the original, not create multiple databases. As someone that used to be a programmer it is a simple fix - just stop assigning a different database# and have it compare file names of the gedcom being uploaded, if they are identical - replace the earlier one. This way any attachments will still be there unless you delete someone and additions and corrections are simple and not double work.
If you would like to help, please go to ancestry and send a report about the problem with the gedcom uploading. Right now the tech said I was the only one to bring up the issue and most likely it would be years before it was looked at. The more people report an issue the sooner it gets looked at. Thanks so much for the help!