How to Download Your Family Tree from to Your Macintosh 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, you’ll probably want to get that data onto your Mac. If you don’t have an Ancestry subscription, click here to try 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 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 onto your Mac.


  1. Barbee Hodgkins says

    Subscribed for my sister. (MM Collins) Hunted for a review of a Mac but could not find one. Am trying to convince to purchase a Mac. Would you send me your review of a MacIntosh. Thank you.

  2. Anon Y. Mouse says

    Ben, what are your thoughts on maintaining your “main” family history research on (or some other online service) and regularly downloading the GEDCOM as a way of backing up your data? Thanks in advance…

  3. Madeline Busch says

    Thank you, this is a great video on how to download from Ancestry to a Mac. I’m not a computer geek and this was just what I needed.

  4. Bert says

    Thank you so much for your screen casts. As a new user to Reunion, I have been so excited since finding your site. I’m working my way through all of your tips. — My genealogy research is so much easier now that I have your help.


  5. says

    Thanks so much. I built my file in Reunion and exported to but now think it will be easier to keep making changes in Ancestry but didn’t know how to get updated version back in Reunion. I like using Ancestry because others have done research on my family and it’s so easy to include in my tree.

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