Migrating Family Tree Maker 2012 and ‘for Mac 2 Tree Files

The Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 (FTMM2) CD includes a Windows program for converting family tree files between Family Tree Maker (including 2012) and FTMM2.

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.

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How to Backup A Reunion Family File

Are you regularly backing up your Reunion family files? Making a backup is important for more than protecting your precious research in the event of hard drive failures and catastrophes. Be sure to make a copy of your family file before making significant changes to your family file. Reunion for Mac’s creator, Leister Productions, even recommends making a backup before you make any changes. Whether you’re that cautious or not, you’ll eventually want to make a backup. There are basically two ways to make a backup copy of a family file.

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Resolving Errors when Importing a GEDCOM from Reunion for Mac

When copying or moving your genealogy data from Reunion for Mac to another genealogy software program you’ll want to be sure not to lose any precious information. It’s very likely that you’ll have errors when you import a GEDCOM file regardless of the source and destination software. It’s not always a reflection of the quality of the genealogy software; it’s often due to the limitations of the GEDCOM standard. Either way, I’ve got a technique for finding and correcting the problems you’ll encounter.
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Store Your RootsMagic Backups Off Site with DropBox

DropBox.com LogoYou can get peace of mind by configuring RootsMagic to automatically store backups of your data both on your computer and off site (on the secure servers at DropBox). All it takes is a free (up to 2 GB) account and this video to show you how to configure RootsMagic. Click here to get your free DropBox account (and earn me a small increase in space for the referral—thanks!). There’s a nice video on the DropBox page that will walk you through the installation and usage.

By the way, don’t try to store and use your database from your DropBox folder. It won’t work properly and may cause you to lose data. Just stick with backing up there.
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Locate Missing Media in Family Tree Maker 2011

Image and other media files can go missing in Family Tree Maker 2011 when you move them around in Windows Explorer. The 2011 release of Family Tree Maker includes a new feature that locates the files for you. Learn how to use it in this video and get a sneak peak at the file system I use and recommend for storing genealogy files outside your genealogy database software; I’ll publish a series of videos on this soon.
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The Secret to Being Comfortable Using Imported Data in Reunion for Mac

One of the problems with importing data into a new family file in Reunion for Macintosh is that the customizations you’ve made to your family file aren’t present. Did you notice that or did it just feel weird, but you didn’t know why? Well, there’s a simple solution.

With Reunion you can create a copy of your family file with all the customizations that make it feel just so, but without the family records. It’s a process called cloning a family file. Once you have your cloned family file you can use it as a template to create files into which you import data, like GEDCOM files. You’ll be amazed how “right” it feels when you import a file and see it using your view and explore it using your custom chart and report layouts.
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The Secret to Correcting and Preventing Broken Photo and Multimedia Links in Reunion 9

Moving genealogy photos and other multimedia files around can wreak havoc on Reunion 9. This is because Reunion stores links to the files in the family file rather than duplicating the files. This is a good thing because it preserves disk space on your Mac, but it can result in broken links if you move your files after adding them to Reunion.

You’re gonna love this! A simple preference setting can eliminate this problem for you. If you use the GenealogyTools recommended folder structure it can correct existing broken links and prevent them in the future. If you use a different folder structure this tip is still effective. It just means you’ve got to figure out for yourself what folders to configure in the preference setting. Let me show you how it’s done. Just watch this video from the MacGenealogist Archives:

GenealogyTools Members, download this video to your computer for your private use.

In it I demonstrate the problem and how to make the preference change that will correct and prevent it in the future.

How to Add Photos and Other Media in Reunion 9

Having photos in your Reunion 9 family file does more than make them available for reports and charts. It also adds flavor and context when looking at family cards. As you can see from the image below, seeing photos brings a family card and one’s family history to life.

In this first screencast in a series, I walk you through the different ways of adding and removing photos in Reunion 9 for Mac as well as giving some background information, pointers, and a solution to a common problem. So grab some family history photos and scan them if they aren’t already, launch Reunion, navigate to the appropriate family card, then play this video from the MacGenealogist Archives: How to Add Photos and Other Media in Mac Genealogy Software Reunion 9, and follow along.

GenealogyTools Members, download this video to your computer for your private use.

How to Consistently Locate Multimedia Files with Style

There’s a new way to locate media files on your Mac. Karelia Software just released iMediaBrowser. This little application lets you access your image, movie, and audio files the same way, regardless of the application with which you want to use them. For example, you can insert images of evidence into source citations using iMediaBrowser instead of the file chooser within your genealogy database application.
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