How to transfer information from Ancestry to FamilySearch

Transfer Genealogy Between FamilySearch and Ancestry

Are you confused about how to transfer your information between two online trees, namely FamilySearch and Ancestry? You’re not alone and it’s time to talk about how to keep the trees somewhat compatible.

Terry wrote, “I’m a relative newcomer to this. I have some info stored on Ancestry.com, but want to transfer it to FamilySearch. How do I transfer only a few names at a time? I can do the whole tree but need help only doing part of it.”

In this video, I address how to transfer little bits of information between the two online tree programs.

The Easy Way to Transfer Between the Trees

For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who have a Partner Access account with Ancestry.com have it easy. Starting at

At 1:57 I begin discussing how members of The Church of Jesus Christ can quickly transfer information between the two trees.

The Third Party Program Method

For those who have a more robust Ancestry subscription and happen to be members of the aforementioned church or those not of that faith, there is NO EASY BUTTON.

At the 7:56 mark in this video, I address how to use RootsMagic to transfer information from FamilySearch to Ancestry or vice versa. It becomes easier AFTER you go through the hassle of choosing to transfer from Ancestry to FamilySearch first or the other way around.

For information about setting up RootsMagic to transfer files, check out this video with the programmer himself!

Thanks for the question Terry. Hopefully you’ll be able to start sharing information between your trees on Ancestry and over on FamilySearch with more ease.

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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