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Comment by Keith McKain on September 4, 2009 at 7:38am
Denise - Lets try Step-By-Step

Click File - Export - to GEDCOM
Under Produce FIle for: - you pick - I took GEDCOM 5.5 only
Under Char Set: I took ANSI
ONLY CHECK was on Override Source Options - include all
Record Selection - ALL RECORDS

CHECK Suppress details for living people
CHECK Change name to living

I got a .ged with 4827 Individuals and 1686 Families

Remember not everything goes out with a .gedcom!

Comment by Denise Vaz on September 4, 2009 at 6:57am
Rick thanks for the help but it is still not working. When I hit select file name and start export the next window that comes up says No items match your search. I am using the newsiest version of Legacy so a few of the things that you told me to look for have different names but I still think that I did it correctly. I am getting very frustrated. I want to be able to up load the gedcom to my ipod to make research trips easier. grrrrrr
Comment by Bob Rowe on September 4, 2009 at 4:53am
I don't see any answers to Karen Dill's question 14 hours ago. FTM imbeds the photos in your family file. That is great when you want to move it to another computer. The problem is that your file grows so large so quickly that it makes it difficult to share with others [other than a gedcom]. Legacy creates a link to the photo so your family file stays small but if you move your photos your link is lost.
Bottom line is yes, you would have to link all those photos in Legacy. I went through this when I changed over to Legacy. Fortunately I only had about 100 photos to linkup. Legacy is so much better that I would do it again in a heartbeat.
BTW, the default folder is C:\Legacy\Pictures if you want to first copy your photos to that folder. Legacy is cool, however, and you can have them anywhere on your computer and change the default location in Options > Customize > Locations.
I hope you don’t find this too daunting and become a Legacy fan.
Comment by Arturo Cuellar on September 3, 2009 at 5:54pm
Congratulations ! ! ! Official certification received from FamilySearch are EXCELLENT news for us.
Comment by Karen K Dill on September 3, 2009 at 2:18pm
I am thinking about changing from Family Tree Maker to Legacy, but read some where that you can't transfer your pictures from FTM to Legacy. Is that true? So then what - I'd have to re-enter every picture? Help - really need to know. Thanks.
Comment by Rick Hammond on September 3, 2009 at 9:17am
Denise: Did you open your file and then go to file export to and just follow the promps. On the Gedcom export page and use the drop down menu to select produce file for I use gedcom 5.5 for online uploads. Remember to check the privacy tab as it will remove livng people if you prefer. Hope this helps
Comment by Denise Vaz on September 3, 2009 at 8:09am
Ok I cannot get legacy to convert my family file to a gedcom. What am I doing wrong? I followed the directions but it says that there is nothing there that matches. Help please.
Comment by Victoria Turner on September 2, 2009 at 5:05am
Each to his own, I suppose. I do not like FTM. I found it clumsy to use, took up too much space, and many of its bells and whistles I would not have needed to use in a thousand years.
That latter also applies to some extent with Legacy, but of all the programmes that I have tried, I still think it is the best and will continue to use and promote it.
Comment by Ellen M (Procopio) Kramer on September 1, 2009 at 9:10pm
I never found FTM to be anywhere near as user friendly as Legacy. I love the customizations on 7.0 deluxe too. When I saw that I could open Legacy with the index instead of family view, I was faster at getting started too. My only problem is transferring from my old Mac to a new Dell. I'm just not that computer techie. I've never gone back to FTM, but I'm sure Legacy is doing everything possible to stay ahead of everyone else. FTM never gave me updates between new versions either. I LOVE Legacy!!!
Comment by Sarah Coles on September 1, 2009 at 2:41pm
I installed Family Tree Maker 2010 yesterday and it's interesting to compare it with Legacy. It is a bit of a hog on your computer but offers a lot and as promised I had no trouble downloading my large file from With Legacy the only option is a GED file which I do regularly when I update my files. The feature I want most was to be able to download all my photos and stories and it delivers. I have checked out the reports and Legacy does have some that FTM does not have so I will continue to use it. FTM also offers a very good check on place names and has a spell check. I also like it's mapping features. I think that Legacy will have to upgrade their software to keep up with this new FTM 2010 to keep pace. So far; so good with this new software and the price was right!

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