Migrating to Ancestris simply consists in opening a Gedcom file created by another software.
The expressions « Migrate to Ancestris » and « Import a genealogy file to Ancestris » means exactly the same thing.
There is a slight difference which is not relevant here: a migration assumes that this import is done only once for a user. Importing is an operation that a user would repeat several times.
A migration implies two issues:
The first issue can be overcome easilly. It is just a matter of getting used to Ancestris and its interface : 'What is the name of that action?', 'Where is that thing again ?', 'How do we do that?', and so on. After a few hours using it, and that is it!
On the other hand, recovering all your data at the same place could be much harder to manage depending on your current software.
Ancestris is here to make it easy for you.
Ancestris is able to read any file in Gedcom format. This format is an international standard for information exchange between genealogy software.
So transfering your data could be very easy if your current software did its job perfectly.
However, many programs do not scrupulously comply with this Gedcom standard: they make specific choices with the way they organise their data, which makes it later difficult to convert it to the Gedcom format. This can result in data loss during exchanges between genealogists.
That is why Ancestris chose to be 100 % compliant with the Gedcom standard!
Most of the software we know fall into the first situation. And because we know how these software organize their information, we have built import mechanisms which put the data back to where the Gedcom standard expects it. Ancestris will recover all data read. You can later see 100% of this data. Nothing is hidden.
During the guided tour, you have seen the Bourbon genealogy. Let's close it and import your genealogy now.
To close bourbon.ged, click on the red cross on the toolbar when any Bourbon window is active.
In this import process, we assume here that you have already performed step 1, the export step : that is to export a Gedcom file from your exiisting software.
So now, from the Ancestris Welcome page, click on Migrate your genealogy to Ancestris or, from the menu bar, File, click Open a genealogy.
Ancestris then asks you for the name of the Gedcom file to import. Choose it and click Open.
A first message tells you that Ancestris has detected a Gedcom file from another software. In the message below, Ancestris didn't recognise the software, because I don't know yours, but Ancestris knows how to recognise the following software, listed in alphabetical order.
Ancestris will then explain you what is going to happen. Click Convert in order to fix known issues.
Now, the exported file is processed following the steps below. Ancestris tells you that your file has been transformed and renamed to preserve the original copy. The transformed file will then be opened in Ancestris. The original file is preserved.
When completed, Ancestris displays the message below with the result of the conversion. It also allows you to see the changes made. Click 'Yes' to see them, click 'No' to close this message box.
If you want to see the list of these modifications afterwards, you just have to open the Output window, via Main menu / Windows /Output.
At the bottom of this page we have listed specific software issues identified by Ancestris users during migratin that we have not been able to automatically fix. Check your software's paragraph for more details if it exists.
Once Ancestris opens the converted file, let us perform some checks, including those reported at the bottom of the previous message, namely:
There are two ways of losing data during the import:
Only you can perform these two checks visually.
The first control is to open your exported Gedcom file before conversion by Ancestris, with a text editor. Explore some entities and see if everything is there by visually checking with your original software.
The second control is to look at your new Ancestris file using the Gedcom editor. Take a look at entities likely to have very well known information, and see how it is organised and displayed. Since the same types of information were placed in the same places, this will give you an idea of the conversions made. Use the Output window result to help you with this as well (menu Windows/Output).
File names of the multimedia files used by your genealogy are referenced in 'FILE' lines of the Gedcom file.
If the links are broken due to a change of directory or if the export has modified the root of the directory, the media may no longer appear in Ancestris. A quick test is to see if your photo is displayed, in case you had one before.
If media files are not visible anymore but stil present on your disk, Ancestris will be able to link them back. To do this, go to File/Properties menu to launch the wizard. Please refer to the corresponding Media section of this tool for more help.
Even after convertion, some data might still not respect the Gedcom standard. It can be the case when data is invalid, wrongly placed or missing. Of course, Ancestris cannot invent data that was not there.
Since Ancestris does not delete anything from the original file, but does not complete missing data either, compliance with the Gedcom standard may remain imperfect.
More, the genealogical data itself may contain inconsistencies.
This check can be performed using the Menu / Tools / Validate Gedcom compliance and data consistency. Please refer to the validation tool for more information.
Each anomaly is listed and can be corrected. It is best to do it with the Gedcom editor, because it is the most transparent editor on the information contained in the Gedcom file. Please refer to the Gedcom editor for more informaiton.
Once imported and the checks carried out, your genealogy is ready to be enriched. You can add other individuals or modify or add information.
To do this, choose an individual without parents from your family tree by clicking on it, and see how to create parents and siblings for him by referring to the previous page Create your genealogy for instance.
For all software recognised by Ancestris, we already performed most appropriate conversions, and you should not encounter any issues, unless there have been changes since our work.
For others unknown issues, we welcome your opinion. We will write them down below for the benefit of all users, while waiting to be able to make the corresponding conversion developments if possible.
We can only fix problems if they are reported by users. Participate in enhancing Ancestris by reporting issues to us on the discussion list.
The files generated by the site genealogie.com do not have information relative to the submitter/researcher. Such indication is mandatory to comply with the standard.
Ancestris's solution: create the information after the import process from the menu File/Properties and update the author.
With the default settings, LifeLines does not export information relative to the submitter/researcher. Such indication is mandatory to comply with the standard.
Family Tree Builder (FTB) generates several proprietary tags that clogg the file, rendering it less clear.
Ancestris's solution: remove the useless tags from the Menu / Edit / Delete.