Friday, May 13, 2011

#NGS2011: AncestorSync and Geni

From my work with BetterGEDCOM, you know Ol' Myrt here is concerned that the current file transfer method between genealogy programs as a generic GEDCOM file format doesn't work, but AncestorSync may have come up with the solution.

"AncestorSync™ allows you to seamlessly download, upload, or synchronize your family tree from your online pedigree to your personal genealogy software on your local computer, and back again. You choose your genealogy software, you choose your online pedigree, we'll do the rest."

Looking at data in the native format, data can be moved from your online Geni tree to one or more of your genealogy management programs. By the fall, you can make a change in your PC's RootsMagic, that will sync with your online tree, and sync across to your PC's LegacyFamily Tree database.

AncestorSync, a FamilySearch Certified product, has been the talk of the town in the NGS 2011 exhibit hall, will go into beta testing shortly. Non-disclosure agreements are in place with a number of the main stream genealogy software vendors who participate in this project. Earl Mott says " You deserve to choose a genealogy software that fits your needs. We're working hard to cover all the bases. AncestorSync™ currently supports:
  • Ancestral Quest, 
  • LegacyFamily Tree
  • Mac Family Tree
  • PAF (Personal Ancestral File)
  • RootsMagic
  • The Master Genealogist 
  • and more on the way. 
OK, there is much to discover about this type of program. Might bust through some problems we have sharing data between researchers.

This isn't the last we'll hear from this company.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.