With all the recent speculation about a possible sale of Ancestry.com, genealogists are being advised to download a copy of their Ancestry Family Tree. Here’s how to do this:

Step 1: Under the Family Trees menu, select the Ancestry tree you would like to back up. Once you are in that tree, select Tree Settings from the Tree Pages drop-down menu.

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Step 2: Click on the Export tree button on the bottom right side of window. This will start the download of the GEDCOM.

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Step 3: When the download is complete, click on the Download your GEDCOM file. This will open a window allowing you to select a place for the downloaded file (note: if all of your downloads automatically go to your Downloads folder, check there).

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What next? Well, you can open the file in your family tree software or upload the tree to another online family tree host. Personally, I recommend WikiTree, which is now, and always will be, free to use.

Whether or not a sale of Ancestry.com actually occurs, it is always a good idea to back up your data. What is your preferred method of back-up?

 

 

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