This is a must-have utility if you want to:
- share FTM files
- move between a PC version of FTM and a Mac version
- keep your FTM 2012 and FTMM2 synchronized (e.g. link FTMM2 with an Ancestry member tree and use FTM 2012 on the same tree, albeit unlinked)
No matter your reason, using the migration utility is better than exporting and importing using GEDCOM. That’s not giving it enough credit! It’s far better than GEDCOM for this purpose. That’s because it doesn’t have to handle all the scenarios GEDCOM does.
In case you didn’t catch it the first time, this is a Windows program. That means you’ll need Windows. Or you could get a helpful person with Windows to install it and convert files for you.
These instructions and the accompanying videos will show you (or the helpful person) how to install the migration utility in Windows, use it to convert an FTM 2012 file to FTMM2, and import the resulting file in Family Tree Maker for Mac 2.
How to Install and Use the FTM Migration Utility
- Install the migration utility in Windows from your FTMM2 CD
- Open the migration utility
- Select the migration direction (from Windows to Macintosh or from Mac to Windows)
- Browse to the source tree
- Browse to the output tree file or folder (be sure not to overwrite your source file)
- Choose whether or not to include media files
- Click the Create File button
- On the Choose Output Version window, click the OK button
- Save the log file
- Copy the output tree file and log file to your Mac
- Open the file from the Finder or select File -> Import… from the FTMM2 menubar
- Name the imported tree file
- Click the Save button
Want to share your tree? Follow along with these videos or send the link to that special someone so they can see how simple it is to convert files.