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RM8 Gedcom Import

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#1 Rooty

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 04:32 PM

A. Gedcoms

1. FTM 2019 export gedcoms
2. RM8 import Gedcoms and check for needed fix-ups
 
B. Direct Import
1. FTM 2019 export file to FTM Mac 3.1 (2014.1) format. Ends up as a backup file extension.
2. Download from MacKiev the FTM Mac 3.1 dmg and install it.
3. FTM Mac 3.1 Restore Mac 3.1 files and export to FTM 2012 ancestry format. Open ~= restore. 
4. RM8 directly import FTM 2012 files.
 
C. Compare specs and contents of FTM 2019 versus RM8 files from both approaches to choose the best option. My 4 databases: 2 tiny; 1 small; 1 medium sized (350 people).
 


#2 Renee Zamora

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 04:39 PM

You will get the best results if you go backwards in FTM to version 2012 and import that. You can use either the backup or database file. It works in RM7 right now so there is no need to wait for RM8. 


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Posted 20 November 2019 - 05:52 PM

Is there a good way to find import errors or compare gedcoms?

 

I have zero interest in buggy, feature-limited 32 bit RM7 and have no reason to switch from FTM 2019 until RM8 appears. FTM is a decent native mac program although the source citation feature feels awkward and clumsy. MacKiev also lacks a good user forum (non-facebook) and tech support compared to RM.



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Posted 21 November 2019 - 08:52 AM

If you use a GEDCOM there will be a .LST file that will show anything that didn't import. You could use File>Compare Files in RM against a FTM direct import and GEDCOM import to see what the differences are. 

 

What's New in RootsMagic 7  00:29:05 – Compare Files
 


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