How to Prepare for Family Sync 101

The greater accomplishments using FamilySync instead of TreeSync is a user no longer need to break the links.  It is because each Ancestry tree can be linked to many Family Tree Maker Trees, so it is hence no longer required to break the old link to download a tree to a new device like a laptop or desktop.

The need for Family Sync arises when the Family Tree Maker software is being used on more than one device. Say for instance if a user has a daughter and he/she want his/her daughter to use the Family Tree Maker on a different device there is no need to re-upload and download your FTM tree if it’s already linked to an Ancestry tree from one computer. That is going to be a hectic process and time consuming and involves breaking the old link.

Moreover, by using the Family Sync instead of TreeSync, any change to an Ancestry tree, whether from your laptop or mobile device, will sync with your Family Tree Maker tree.

For example, when a user installs the Family Tree Maker 2017 on a new device, he/she may think to break the old link and then download a new fresh copy on to your new computer. It is hereby recommended not to do that.

Don’t think of breaking that link to move your tree to a new device. You can instead, make a backup on the old computer and move it to the new computer on a USB flash drive and restore it there.

The right way of doing it is to copy a backup (.ftmb file) to the other computer with a flash drive and restore it. Both copies will be linked to the same Ancestry tree.

In the end, both the tree will be linked to the same ancestry tree and you will be able to save a lot of time uploading the tree and then downloading it.

That’s what is the FamilySync. Multiple devices. One Ancestry Tree.

You can also read our previous article on “family tree maker for multiple computers to learn more about family tree maker.

2 thoughts on “How to Prepare for Family Sync 101”

  1. I purchased the ftm 2017 upgrade with FTM 2019 update for my Windows 10 laptop and 3 computer sync .
    I received the 2019 USB Drive the last of Nov. 2019 (have not used it). I want to install FTM on my wife’s and my daughters laptops both windows 10. They have never had FTM installed on them at all. I have upgraded to 2017 FTM and now to 2019 FTM on my laptop. Can you give me specific instructions on how to have this 2019 FTM transferred/installed to these two other laptops?

    1. Since you have USB Drive. You can install on all three devices. Please know if you do not have family pack then it will not work properly if your wife or daughter data in it.

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