How to Download Your Family Tree from FamilySearch - Your DNA Guide - Diahan Southard (2023)

There IS a way to download your family tree from FamilySearch so you can attach your tree to your DNA test results. Here’s how.

How to Download Your Family Tree from FamilySearch - Your DNA Guide - Diahan Southard (1)When you build your family tree on the free genealogy website FamilySearch, you help contribute to a global, shared, public family tree. This tree-building model has its pluses and minuses; it’s free and collaborative, but people may contribute mistakes as well as good information. And the site doesn’t have a way for you to download your tree data directly.

But I have some good news. First, 23andMe users can link their FamilySearch data directly. Second, for other sites that require you to upload a tree, you can download your tree data from FamilySearch. Here’s how to do it.

How to download your family tree from FamilySearch

How to Download Your Family Tree from FamilySearch - Your DNA Guide - Diahan Southard (2)First, review your ancestry as shown in the FamilySearch tree to make sure it’s accurate (to the best of your knowledge) and reflecting biological ancestry (again, to the best of your knowledge). For example, my relative James Edgar Hall has more than one set of parents listed in the FamilySearch tree. His mother died when he was young and his father married my great-grandmother, who raised James. In his personal profile page, I’ve set the preferred view to his biological mother where you see the arrow pointing. This is so I can download a tree that’s most relevant to my DNA matches.

Downloading your FamilySearch Tree with RootsMagic

Downloading your tree from FamilySearch requires you to use third-party software that is certified by FamilySearch to work with its tree, ie., Ancestral Quest, Legacy Family Tree or RootsMagic. Here are instructions for how to do this with RootsMagic Essentials, the free downloadable version of RootsMagic software. (If you use the full version of RootsMagic software, follow the same instructions.)

How to Download Your Family Tree from FamilySearch - Your DNA Guide - Diahan Southard (3)Download RootsMagic Essentials. Go to the RootsMagic website landing page for RootsMagic Essentials. Click Free Download, and then enter your name and email address. (Click if you want them to send you product news and updates.) Then select whether to download the PC or Mac version. Install the software (on a PC, you’ll click on the downloaded file and run it). Now it’s time to follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Open RootsMagic Essentials.
  2. From the welcome screen, select the option to create a new file OR from the File dropdown menu, choose New.
  3. Enter a file name. Click the option for FamilySearch Family Tree support and, if you will be doing any additional research from this file, click the option to enable web hints and match to FamilySearch when hints are found. Choose additional options as you wish, as shown below. Then click OK.

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4. You’ll see an empty family tree open in front of you. At the top of the window, click on the FamilySearch icon. Its appearance and position may change slightly over time. Here’s what it looks like now:

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5. A FamilySearch dialog box will open. Click the option to log in to FamilySearch. Log in; select any other options you like, such as automatic future logins.

6. After successfully logging in, click Import. You’ll be given options as to how many generations of your ancestry to import. You can also import the tree of a relative in FamilySearch, if you know their person ID.

7. It may take awhile for FamilySearch to import all the data you’ve requested. Once it’s done, the empty pedigree chart on the screen will fill.

8. Now it’s time to export the tree file you’ve created. Go to File > Export. Select the items that should be included in your exported tree, then click to export the file.

9. Assign a file path to your new file. The filetype is a .GED, commonly pronounced “jedcom.”

10. Optional: if you know of any non-biological lines in your ancestry, but there were not known biological parents to list on FamilySearch, you can remove those non-biological lines in RootsMagic. Make any additional edits you like before uploading; RootsMagic Support has lots of online user support to help you do that. See these tips for creating the best family tree for DNA matching.

11. Upload your tree file to your DNA testing site to attach it to your genetic profile (here’s how to do this in AncestryDNA or MyHeritage DNA. This will make your DNA matches experience SO much richer!

What’s next? Build your family tree by working with your DNA matches!

Get the most out of your experience with our freshly-updated quick reference guides for 23andMe, AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA and MyHeritage DNA. Trying to extend your family tree? I suggest you purchase our inexpensive, must-have guide, Finding an Ancestor Using DNA. Our quick reference guides are a compilation of everything you need to know on the topic, and nothing more. They are the perfect way to take the next step in your genetic genealogy learning.

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    I’ve been hoping for a way to download "my" part of the FamilySearch tree, so gave this a quick try using RootsMagic Essentials. After creating a new file, clicking on the FS icon, and entering log-in data, I get the following error message "FamilySearch Error – HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found". Any idea how to solve that?

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      Sunny Jane Morton on November 13, 2019 at 9:41 pm

      Hi Nancy, I’m glad this article may prove to be of value to you. Are you using the current version of RootsMagic Essentials (7)? This is key for interfacing with FamilySearch. Consider reading the FamilySearch-related support FAQs at (https://support.rootsmagic.com/hc/en-us). If your RM Essentials is current, my next step would be to ask RootsMagic via their website chat tool, available at the lower right corner of your screen when you visit the site. I encourage you to post any follow-up success so others with the same problem know what to do. Good luck!

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    Erick on April 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks for the article. I’ve used both RootMagic and Ancestry to import my FamilySearch data and export Gedcom files. I was really hoping to get latitude/longitude data in the Gedcom’s, but it’s not showing up. Is this due to FamilySearch, or should I try other 3rd party software that might include this information?

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    Diahan Southard on April 29, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Erick, We’re not super-experts in software, so we reached out to Amie Tennant of The Genealogy Reporter (https://thegenealogyreporter.com/). She offered this helpful suggestion: "I would suppose there is something in place at FamilySearch that sets the ‘boundaries’ at x-many generations and x-many collateral lines. Otherwise, the tree you download would be GINORMOUS! I would suppose that he could download another part of his tree, say a collateral line, and then merge the two trees via RootsMagic. However, the merging option at RootsMagic may only be available in the paid version. I have merged gedcoms on it before with great success." Thanks to Erick for your question, and to Amie for your answer!

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    Alys Howerton on July 19, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    I tried using RootsMagic free version to download my tree from FamilySearch. I did successfully get my straightline tree, along with siblings like my Aunts and Uncles. However, my tree is extensive and goes into my great-great-grandmother’s first cousins. That information was all lost in the downloaded version. I’ve put a tremendous amount of research into some of those people and don’t want to lose the data. I also have information written in the story area, along with photos, and newspaper clippings going as far back as the early 1800’s in England. Those things didn’t translate either. Is there a program that will pull everything, even if I have to pay for it, or am I stuck forever on FamilySearch and must hope that they never lose my data? Thanks, I hope you can answer my questions!

    Alys

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    Diahan Southard on July 20, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Alys, If you’d like to stay with RootsMagic (and purchase the full version), then follow the tip from Amie Tennant below. Otherwise, here’s a tutorial from Connie Knox that talks about how other software helps you download from FamilySearch. Good luck to you!

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    Rachel Robison on December 31, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I have a question – how do I download only my direct ancestors? I followed the above instructions and it is downloading my 3rd great aunts, etc. My mom’s side goes way back so I set it for 20 generations so I can compare with what I have on ancestry but it will take forever and will be enormous if I download my maternal 20th great aunts! Help!

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    Diahan Southard on January 5, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Everyone has great questions! We are DNA experts, first and foremost, and this article is just meant as an introductory how-to for DNA testers working on their trees. For advanced questions and to explore how to download your FamilySearch tree with different kinds of software, see Connie Knox’s tutorial at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eohdA0OlXdY.

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    Patti Miller on March 13, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    If I update something on FamilySearch will it automatically update on RootsMagic as well?

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      Diahan Southard on March 14, 2022 at 8:39 am

      Patti, if you have your RootsMagic connected to your FamilySearch account, then yes, updates made in either place are synced.

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FAQs

Can you download family tree? ›

Ancestry® uses GEDCOM (Genealogical Data Communications) files to download and upload family trees. Only the owner of a family tree can create and download the tree. You don't need a membership to upload or download your tree. GEDCOM is a universally-accepted file format for family tree files.

How do I save an Ancestry tree as a PDF? ›

Instructions
  1. Step 1: Select "Create & Manage Trees" from the TREES menu. This option is found at the bottom of the drop-down menu. ...
  2. Step 2: Locate the tree you wish to download and click "Manage Tree." ...
  3. Step 3: Click the “Export Tree” button. ...
  4. Step 4: Click the “Download Your GEDCOM File” button.

How do I share my Family Tree DNA results? ›

If you selected the Opt in to Sharing option in the Origins Sharing section on your Privacy & Sharing page, your ethnicity (myOrigins® percentages) will be shared with your Family Finder matches at the selected match level(s). For more information, see the Family Finder Matches Page topic.

How do I expand my entire Ancestry tree? ›

you can zoom in or out by clicking the plus or minus icons or by dragging the side bar. I like to expand branches of my family then zoom all the way out for a star-like view of my tree.

How do I download my family tree from FamilySearch? ›

The Family Tree feature does not support exporting or downloading information directly from FamilySearch. You can indirectly download data from FamilySearch Family Tree through third-party software applications, which can synchronize with data in Family Tree.

How can I print my whole family tree on FamilySearch? ›

On the FamilySearch website, Family Tree generates interactive PDF files for the 4-generation pedigree.
...
From Family Tree
  1. In the top-right corner of the screen, click the name of the chart being displayed (Portrait, Landscape, Fan).
  2. From the drop-down menu that appears, click the chart you would like to print.
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Can you copy an entire tree in Ancestry? ›

Duplicating your tree

To create a duplicate tree on Ancestry, download the tree you want to duplicate, then upload it again as a separate tree. After creating a duplicate tree, you can delete the people that you don't want to include in the new tree.

How do I save a family tree as a GEDCOM file? ›

Information
  1. In your genealogy program, open the family tree you want to submit to the WorldConnect.
  2. Click the File drop-down menu.
  3. Select Save as or Export from the menu. ...
  4. Select the location on your computer where you want to save the file.
  5. In the Save as type drop-down menu, click the GEDCOM or GED selection.

How do I Export Ancestry DNA data? ›

Information
  1. In DNA Settings, under Your DNA tests, select the name of the test you'd like to download.
  2. Scroll down to the Test Management section. ...
  3. Enter your password, check the box, and select Confirm. ...
  4. In the email, select Download DNA Data. ...
  5. The file will be downloaded to your computer.
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How much DNA do you have to share to be related? ›

Average Percent DNA Shared Between Relatives
RelationshipAverage % DNA Shared
Full Sibling50%
Grandparent / Grandchild Aunt / Uncle Niece / Nephew Half Sibling25%
1st Cousin Great-grandparent Great-grandchild Great-Uncle / Aunt Great Nephew / Niece12.5%
1st Cousin once removed Half first cousin6.25%
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Who do you share 50% of your DNA with? ›

Like siblings, parents and children share 50 percent of their DNA with one another. While the shared DNA between full siblings includes 25 percent of the mother's DNA and 25 percent of the father's DNA, the DNA shared between a parent and child is 50 percent of that parent's DNA.

What is the best way to share a family tree? ›

  1. Record oral history. The FamilySearch Memories app makes it easy to record memories c. ...
  2. Animate photographs. ...
  3. Create a report. ...
  4. Give a presentation. ...
  5. Start a blog. ...
  6. Share your DNA test results. ...
  7. Host a virtual family reunion. ...
  8. Create a Christmas card or photobook.
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What is the biggest family tree on Ancestry? ›

It's the grand sequoia of family trees. Researchers at the University of Oxford's Big Data Institute have created the largest-ever family tree, which links more than 27 million people — both living and long dead — across the world.

Why can't I see my whole tree on Ancestry? ›

If you click on the Trees tab and don't see your tree, you're likely signed in to the wrong account. Even if you see your name or username in the top-right corner, sign out of the account you're in by clicking the name or username in the top-right corner and selecting Sign Out.

What happens to my family tree if I cancel Ancestry com? ›

Family trees

Unless you delete them, any trees you've created in your account will remain on the site whether or not you have a membership. As a registered guest, you'll be able to do the following with your tree: Adding and removing people and photos. Adding, deleting, and editing names, dates, and other facts.

Can I download my GEDCOM from FamilySearch? ›

Currently, a GEDCOM file cannot be exported directly from FamilySearch Family Tree. However, you can use partner programs of FamilySearch to get the data from FamilySearch Family Tree, and then create a GEDCOM file in those programs.

What is the difference between FamilySearch and family tree? ›

Family Tree draws from FamilySearch's enormous database to provide record hints. This makes it easier to link you and your ancestors to earlier generations. The Memories section can help foster deeper connections to ancestors. It provides a place where you can preserve and share photos and histories.

Does FamilySearch do DNA? ›

On FamilySearch.org, you will find a free, user-friendly resource to provide simple, beginner-level answers to common DNA questions, such as: What is DNA?

How do I export from FamilySearch? ›

Go to File > Export. Select the items that should be included in your exported tree, then click to export the file.

How do I print records from FamilySearch? ›

Steps (website)
  1. Sign in to FamilySearch.org.
  2. At the top of the page, click Search.
  3. Click Records.
  4. Enter your search terms, and click Search.
  5. Click the search result that interests you.
  6. In the right-side panel, click View Record.
  7. Near the top of the page, in the name banner, click Save.
  8. Click Print Full Record.
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Can you link a DNA match to your tree? ›

To link your test to a tree on another account, you can do one of two things: (1) share your DNA results with the owner of the tree and have them link the tree, or (2) have the tree owner share their tree with you as an editor. Once you're an editor on their tree, you can link your test to the tree.

Can I Export MyHeritage family tree? ›

To export a GEDCOM file of your tree, hover your cursor over the “Family tree” tab in the navigation bar and select “Manage trees.” Then, locate the tree you'd like to back up, and click “Export to GEDCOM” in the Actions column.

Can you view a family tree on Ancestry without an account? ›

View public family trees (without being invited): If someone invites you to view their private or public tree, you can see it, whether or not you have a membership. Without a membership, though, you can't see public family trees that you weren't invited to view.

Can you convert a GEDCOM file to PDF? ›

Open GEDCOM file in notepad. Press Control A and select all,copy it. Save it giving a name and chose file type as :. PDF.

Can I convert a GEDCOM file to Excel? ›

Overview. GedScape is software that lets you view, manipulate, convert and extract text data from GEDCOM files (CSV, for import to Excel), for Windows-based computers.

How do I export family tree to Excel? ›

How do I export a custom report into Excel from Family Tree...
  1. Open your tree in Family Tree Builder.
  2. Click on 'Reports' in the upper menu bar and then click on 'Export custom report'.
  3. Select which fields and which people to export to the report and click on 'OK':

Can I download AncestryDNA results? ›

If prompted, sign in to your Ancestry® account. To download the DNA Data for a test on your account, in the "Your DNA tests" section, select a name. Check the box confirming that you understand that once you download your DNA Data, your downloaded copy will not be protected by our security measures, and select Confirm.

Can you download raw data from my heritage DNA? ›

The file will be downloaded to your computer. Note: Raw DNA files can only be downloaded to a computer or an Android device. They cannot be downloaded using an iPhone or iPad.

Can I upload my raw DNA to find my past? ›

We could connect you to living relatives, for free. Upload your DNA results to access Family Networks – we accept DNA tests from AncestryDNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage and Family Tree DNA. Was this article helpful?

Can 2 siblings have different DNA? ›

Because of recombination, siblings only share about 50 percent of the same DNA, on average, Dennis says. So while biological siblings have the same family tree, their genetic code might be different in at least one of the areas looked at in a given test. That's true even for fraternal twins.

Is your 4th cousins blood-related? ›

Are fourth cousins blood-related? Because you only share DNA with around half of your fourth cousins, there is a chance that you are not “blood-related.”

Can a full sibling share only 25% DNA? ›

Each child inherits half of each parent's DNA, but not the same half. Therefore, full siblings will share approximately 50% of the same DNA, and half siblings will share approximately 25% when compared to each other.

Which parent do you share more DNA with? ›

On average, we are just as related to our parents as we are to our siblings--but there can be some slight differences! We share 1/2 of our genetic material with our mother and 1/2 with our father. We also share 1/2 of our DNA, on average, with our brothers and sisters. Identical twins are an exception to this rule.

Who is your closest blood relative? ›

List of who your nearest relative is
  • Husband, wife or civil partner (including cohabitee for more than 6 months).
  • Son or daughter.
  • Father or mother (an unmarried father must have parental responsibility in order to be nearest relative)
  • Brother or sister.
  • Grandparent.
  • Grandchild.
  • Uncle or aunt.
  • Nephew or niece.

Can full siblings have less than 50 DNA? ›

You are right. Everyone is more or less 50% related to each of their parents, but could theoretically be anywhere from 0-100% related to their siblings.

What is the cheapest way to trace your family tree? ›

1. FamilySearch. FamilySearch is the world's largest free genealogy website with a global index of millions of births, marriages and deaths, plus millions of UK parish records and indexes to workhouse records, land tax assessments, school records, court books, manorial records and more.

How do I see my full family tree on Ancestry? ›

To see a whole tree or save someone to your tree, select Tools in the top-right corner and choose View in Tree or Save to Tree.

What is the oldest family bloodline in the world? ›

The longest family tree in the world is that of the Chinese philosopher and educator Confucius (551–479 BC), who is descended from King Tang (1675–1646 BC). The tree spans more than 80 generations from him and includes more than 2 million members.

How many generations does FamilyTreeDNA go back? ›

It will confidently identify relationships for five generations. Family Finder tests thousands of data points on your 22 autosomal chromosomes.

Why does Ancestry have a black box? ›

The solid black box indicates the proband, box indicates males, circle indicates females, oblique line indicates death, and red indicates diabetes.

How accurate is DNA family tree? ›

“We're talking about 99.9 percent accuracy for these arrays,” Erlich says. But even with that high level of accuracy, when you process 1 million places in the genome, you might get 1,000 errors.

How do I print my entire family tree from ancestry com? ›

There are two ways to print family trees on Ancestry®: in pedigree view, or in family view.
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Printing
  1. On the left side of your tree, select pedigree view or family view .
  2. Go to the part of your tree you want to print. ...
  3. Select Print > Print > OK or Print.
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What happens to an Ancestry tree when the owner dies? ›

How to request access. Firstly, we're sorry for your loss. If you'd like to access the Ancestry® account of someone who's passed away, you have two options. You can (1) send a request from their email address or (2) provide legal documents that show you're entitled to access the account.

Is ancestry com run by the Mormon Church? ›

Today, Ancestry is considered a major technology company rather than a genealogical company. Though the company has done numerous amount of collaborations with the LDS church's non-profit organization Familysearch.org, it has never been owned by the church itself.

Can I download my MyHeritage family tree? ›

Downloading a tree from MyHeritage

If you have a family tree on MyHeritage already, when you first sign in, a window will open offering the option of downloading it to FTB. Simply select the tree or trees you wish to download to FTB and click “Download now.”

What happens to my family tree if I cancel ancestry com? ›

Family trees

Unless you delete them, any trees you've created in your account will remain on the site whether or not you have a membership. As a registered guest, you'll be able to do the following with your tree: Adding and removing people and photos. Adding, deleting, and editing names, dates, and other facts.

Can you copy a family tree from ancestry com? ›

To create a duplicate tree on Ancestry, download the tree you want to duplicate, then upload it again as a separate tree. After creating a duplicate tree, you can delete the people that you don't want to include in the new tree. When you download a tree from Ancestry, it comes in the form of a GEDCOM file.

Is FamilySearch and MyHeritage the same? ›

Are FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Findmypast, and Ancestry owned by the same company? No, FamilySearch is a service of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. MyHeritage, Findmypast, and Ancestry are each separate companies.

Can you download raw data from MyHeritage DNA? ›

The file will be downloaded to your computer. Note: Raw DNA files can only be downloaded to a computer or an Android device. They cannot be downloaded using an iPhone or iPad.

Does Ancestry Delete your DNA? ›

Ancestry will delete all your personal data from our systems within 30 days. Even though it takes some time for Ancestry systems to delete your personal data, effective immediately after completing the process, you will no longer have access to your Ancestry account, nor to any family tree or DNA Data.

What's the most legit way to find your family tree? ›

USA.gov. The genealogy section of USA.gov uses similar databases as the National Archives, which you can also access from this site. Additionally, users can search State Archives which offer records of Native American resources and Pioneer certificates.

Which genealogy program is fully functional and offered as a free download? ›

Ancestral Quest, My Heritage, Gramps, RootsMagic, and Legacy Family Tree are all genealogy software platforms that offer a free version of their software.

Can you print a GEDCOM file? ›

When your GEDCOM is finished compiling, click the green “Download Your GEDCOM File” button. This will open a window allowing you to select a place for the downloaded file. You are now ready to print your family tree in the program of your choice! Explore our wide variety of genealogy books for more information.

Is Family Tree DNA better than Ancestry? ›

FamilyTreeDNA offers Y testing, which, in itself, comes with its specific tools, including Haplogroup results which AncestryDNA does not offer. These results offer better insight into our more distant ancestry, which long precede our paper trail history. See my complete review of FamilyTreeDNA.

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