How to Exchange Details between Ancestry and Family Tree

March 19, 2015  - by 

You’ve created family trees in FamilySearch and you have one in Ancestry.com.  Now you want coordinate both trees so that you can exchange details between the two trees. How do you keep them both synchronized?

 

An Example from my Own Trees

I import my four generations into Ancestry. My paternal great grandfather, Harry Woods, has 14 Hints. I review these possible matches, and one of them is New Hampshire, Marriage Records Index, 1637-1947. I can see that it’s a match for my great grandparents. There is a bit of information in this record that I don’t already have – which is the city in New Hampshire where the marriage took place. I attach the source record to Harry’s profile, check the box next to the city name, and accept it to modify his profile. This adds the source record and modifies the records of both Harry Woods and his wife Alice.

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Now, the Ancestry records for Harry and Alice are different from the FamilySearch records for these two individuals.

Now I want to synchronize the information between the two programs. I click on the little FamilySearch tree icon and a drop-down menu appears with several options:

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First, I try Compare person on FamilySearch. This screen appears:

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Wow! This makes it easy to move information between the two programs! Uh-oh! Before I see the bit of information I want to transfer, this is the message I find:

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Maybe by the time you read this article this function will be in place. But today, for me, the alternative is just a few extra keystrokes.

I go back one screen and this time I click on the FamilySearch tree icon and select View this person on FamilySearch:

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This opens a new tab in my browser in my FamilySearch profile page for Harry Woods. I scroll down to Family Members and select Edit Couple.

 

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The couple information is displayed, and I click on the event in question,

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and select Edit from the options in the upper right corner of the event box:

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This opens an editable event box where I go to the Place field and add the city name.

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I start typing in Lisbon, and some options pop-up and I select the correct city, county, state, nation option from the list. Then I type in the source in the Reason This Information is Correct box. Then I click on Save.

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It does take a few extra keystrokes, but it’s nice that I’m able to go directly to the needed person record in FamilySearch from his Ancestry record. And eventually relationship records will be available for comparison and synchronization on the Compare Person on FamilySearch screen where we will be able to just check a box and click Save!

 

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  1. Using the “compare person on FamilySearch” still works for me, just a little differently: On a specific person’s profile on Ancestry, click the FamilyTree logo on the top right, then click the “compare…” button. From there you can select specific changes between the two sites that you want to keep and it will update your FamilySearch tree, too. 🙂

  2. Using the “compare person on FamilySearch” still works for me, just a little differently: On a specific person’s profile on Ancestry, click the FamilyTree logo on the top right, then click the “compare…” button. From there you can select specific changes between the two sites that you want to keep and it will update your FamilySearch tree, too. 🙂

  3. Are you doing this from the Ancestry .com web site or from the tree on your computer because I’m not seeing the same things on the screen your are referring to???

  4. Is this a feature that is only available to Church members? (If so, please clarify that in the article.) Like Katherine, I don’t see any of the options described in this article or in Jay’s comments.

  5. I’ve asked about this directly to FamilySearch and they say it is for church members only. Very frustrating for the vast majority of users. Such a wasted opportunity. As several people have commented it would have been sensible for the original post to say this.

      1. I’m experimenting with better ways of managing my family tree.

        I have just bought FTM 2019, and created my tree in it merely by linking to Ancestry and using the programme to download all of my tree and sources. FTM does allow me to link its tree to both Ancestry and to FamilySearch. It then allows me to see people that are potentially the same in both web sites, and ‘Match’ them in FTM, which adds a Fact titled FamilySearch ID. You cannot create that fact manually!
        I can then Merge the information from FS into the tree in FTM. As part of the merge, it also Matches other people who are linked to that individual by for example a census, even if they hadn’t been identified initially as potentially the same. By merging those people too, this method adds the ‘FamilySearch ID’ to all of them. It then helps FTM to find hints from either site. FTM will only actually sync with Ancestry, so anything you find that is not in FS has to be added to it. On sync to Ancestry, the FamilySearch ID is created as a Fact shown at the bottom of the person’s fact list.
        As a further experiment I have also created a second Tree in FTM from a direct download from FamilySearch. It can take a LONG time to download if you choose several generations of descendants as well. That lets me see and review hints within the FamilySearch tree, but it is more cumbersome. To get the details from valid hints into FS on the web, I have to do so on the web (a pane within FTM). Then I have to return to FTM and merge the details into the individual within FTM. It does not sync. That tree in FTM is stand-alone, though it can be merged into another FTM tree that is synced to Ancestry. So far I have not been brave enough to do that.

  6. I would think you could do this compare as long as you have trees on both Ancestry and Family Search (LDS membership probably not required). I do have a question. Occasionally when I do this comparison, the names and info on the person do not come up, it just says {{detailTitle}} Anybody have an idea about how to deal with this? Thanks.