How to Download Your Family Tree from Ancestry.com to Your Macintosh

Ancestry.com is a great service. They make searching for and accessing records about our relatives very simple. They also have a very nice online family tree management system, but even if you maintain one or more family trees on Ancestry.com, you’ll probably want to get that data onto your Mac. If you don’t have an Ancestry subscription, click here to try Ancestry.com FREE with a 14-Day Free Trial.

The good news is that the service supports exporting in a standard format called GEDCOM. The bad news is that while they’ve made it relatively simple to do, the functionality is sort of buried in the site. In this video, How to Download Your Ancestry.com Family Tree for Use in Your Mac Genealogy Software, I show you where it is and how to use it to get the genealogy information you’ve captured in Ancestry.com onto your Mac.

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How to Customize Your Ancestry.com Home Page

If you’re an Ancestry.com subscriber like me, you may have noticed that The Generations Network, Inc. have improved your home page. You can now move the content of the page around to put things where you like. They also created a My Quick Links box in the right column. This enables you to add links to your favorite and commonly visited sites right on your Ancestry.com home page. Please follow along with this video from the MacGenealogist Archives to add Genealogytools.com to your quick links and to see the other configuration demonstrated.

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