How to Importing Mackiev FTM To RootsMagic Software?

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Importing Mackiev FTM To RootsMagic Software

  • RootsMagic allows direct import from all versions of Family Tree Maker earlier than the FTM 2014 version.
  • Family Tree Maker 2014.1 and later versions are from Software Mackiev.
  • RootsMagic is no longer able to directly import Family Tree Maker 2014.1 ( or later versions due to the change in the file format.

Follow The Steps For Importing Mackiev FTM To RootsMagic Software

For importing Mackiev FTM to RootsMagic you have to follow the full steps carefully.

  • Inside FTM 2014.1 go to File > Export.
  • Under “Output format” select “Family Tree Maker 2012”.
  • Select added options you wish to include with this export.
  • Click “OK” and Save the file.
  • The Family Tree Maker 2012 database that you have now, can be directly imported into RootsMagic, using File> Import > Family Tree Maker.

Direct Import In RootsMagic Software

FTM Import

When FTM 2017 was out, MacKiev removed the earlier export versions in FTM 2017. You must use another process to direct import in RootsMagic 7:-

  • Inside FTM 2017 go to File > Export.
  • Under GEDCOM select “Other”.
  • It has FTM 16, 2008 – 2012 as options.
  • Select 2012 and then you can import it into FTM 2012 or 2014.
  • Once it is in the 2012 or 2014 file format you can directly import it into RootsMagic.

Later updates to FTM 2017 and FTM 2019 removed the “Other” export options.

Export to FTM 2014.1 and Open in that Version to Export Backward to FTM 2012 or 2014 or use a GEDCOM

Additional Step for Family Tree Maker backup (.ftmb) files over 4 GB in size RootsMagic is unable to import backups larger than 4 GB, currently. The Family Tree Maker 2012 export is a backup (.ftmb) file that will have the database file and your media files, making files too large to import.

An added step is in these exceptional circumstances. It requires the .ftmb file to unzip first to access the database file inside it. Once the database file you extract, it will be direct import without any issue.

Steps to Extract:-

  • Right-click on the .ftmb file and select “Rename”.
  • Change the file name extension from. FMB to .zip and hit Enter. Confirm Yes, you want to change the file name extension.
  • Next, right-click on the .zip file and select “Extract All” to unzip the file. Confirm your folder location and click “Extract”.
  • A new folder will create with that file name. Inside you will find your Family Tree Maker 2012 database that you can now directly import into RootsMagic using File > Import > Family Tree Maker.


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