View Full Version : Converting Geneology File Types

24-04-2009, 11:05 PM
Last year I purchased a programme called Family Tree Maker 2008, so far so good.

Now Iíve been sent a database prepared by a programme called Root Magic 4 which I wish to import.

Problem is Family Tree maker 2008 doesnít recognise the .rmgb files so I canít import.

I guess what I need to do is convert the .rmgb files to something FTM can read.

How, is the question????????

Anyone else struck this and know of a conversion programme?

Iíve downloaded Root Magic 4, but it wonít let you save the files in any other format.

Equally, Family tree Maker wonít let you save files in a format other than its own.

All sugestions appreciated.:thanks

24-04-2009, 11:16 PM
Unless someones made a converter, it probably won't be possible.

Nothing in the Knowledge bases..:(


24-04-2009, 11:31 PM
Will Family Tree Maker import GEDCOM files?

If so then use Rootmagic 4 to open the data you have then export to a GEDCOM file. Then open Family Tree Maker to import the result.

25-04-2009, 08:37 AM
The copy of Family Tree Maker (version 5) that I use allows the import or export of GEDCOM files.

Cheers, Bruce

25-04-2009, 10:56 AM
Thanks Guys,

Yep problem solved. :thumbs:

You just have to export the files (as opposed to save as) in GEDCOM format and then import them from that file.

As an aside, whilst wrestling with this problem I downloaded MyHeritage Family tree maker and it appears to be very good.

Anybody care to comment on the Genealogy programmes available? :thanks

25-04-2009, 11:35 AM
Personally I use Legacy. It works for me.

Reviews and comarison chart here if it is any use to you.


25-04-2009, 11:45 AM
Hi B.M,
I use Legacy on my PC and PAWriter on my Macbook. That way I can swap GEDCOM files easily between the two.
Previously I used an older 1995 version of FTM but it wouldn't accept GEDCOM files from the newer versions. Luckily I was able to Export everything to Legacy and only lost a few photos.

Genealogy is so much fun and very addictive!

Cheers LL

25-04-2009, 11:56 AM
Legacy Family Tree here also.

25-04-2009, 06:07 PM
Legacy. I started with Family Tree Maker years ago but ditched it for Legacy.

25-04-2009, 08:53 PM
LDS (Church of Later Day Saints) free version of PAF (Personal Ancestral File) can be downloaded from their website.
Very good and can import & export as GEDCOM

Neil McC
26-04-2009, 10:21 AM
Legacy here as well.Same as Ofthesea.

26-04-2009, 12:40 PM
Thanks for the input guyís, looks like Iíll be upgrading to Legacy.

In the meantime Iíve got another curly one.

I have been given another database by another member of the family that covers much the same thing although the database I have successfully imported contains information that the new one doesnít and visa versa.

Can these two databases be merged to contain all the information in one without total chaos? :confused:


26-04-2009, 04:08 PM
They can be done OK wth the "Merge" feature in the LDS free edition of PAF

26-04-2009, 04:19 PM
Click on download PAF on this page.


26-04-2009, 07:32 PM
Merge is also on Legacy plus checks for duplicates or potential problems such as strange dates. Perhaps the free version even does this, it's a download. I'd check out Legacy and the LDS one and once you've decided on one try an import then a merge. Of course keep backups and you can't go wrong. Ideally you would convince your rellies to use the same software so that you can all exchange and easily merge databases.

27-04-2009, 12:33 AM
I find Gramps pretty good. It's free and runs on Linux and Windows.

13-06-2009, 10:31 AM
I'm trying to find a shop in NZ that sells Legacy 7 Deluxe program as I dont want to buy from overseas at all. Any one advise where here in gods own can i get the program please.

13-06-2009, 10:33 AM
Can be bought here (http://www.beehivebooks.co.nz/id20.htm)

13-06-2009, 01:06 PM
Thank you Gary67.

13-06-2009, 06:32 PM
I forgot to ask if Rootsmagic4 could now be as good as Legacy 7 deluxe?

13-06-2009, 06:36 PM
Thank you Gary67.

I just googled it and went with the first link