How To Combine Your Ancestry Trees Into One Master Tree

Ancestry Merge Trees

Are you looking forward to learning how to Ancestry Merge trees into one master tree? Then you have come across the perfect blog, as here you will find just what you need to know; you just need to read along to get started.

To begin with, you should know that the problem with merging two trees is that you would probably lose some data and relationships between people in the merged tree. Hence, the solution is to keep one tree as a ‘Source’ tree and then connect the other to it instead of joining them. Doing so will let you have both trees available if you need to go back and research.

Ancestry Merge trees

Well, the ‘Merge Trees’ feature is one of the best tools that help you learn about your family. This is because a merge tree combines information from multiple trees into a single tree updated as new data is added. You can set them up to show the relationships between your ancestors, descendants, and other people related to you, such as your siblings, parents, aunts, and uncles.

How to create an Ancestry Tree?

Do you know that Family Tree Maker Support has created a new way for users to view their tree with the merge feature? Well, this is a new way to view your trees called merge. You can create it from both Family Tree Maker and FamilySearch Family Tree. Furthermore, you can use this new merge tree to combine information from multiple trees into a single viewable chart.

Why is it important to merge trees?

Merging trees is important because it helps clean up your tree, and the result after merging is that your tree will be more accurate. Moreover, joining is essential as it helps keep track of your family tree and avoid duplicating information. Joining trees can also help to find common ancestors between two different trees. You get to combine two trees in the Ancestry Member Tree Merge Wizard.

Why do I need to merge my trees?

As you already know, merging trees is essential because when you have multiple trees, single source merging (SSM) helps prevent duplication of information when ‘SSM’ finds any duplicate.

When do I need to merge my trees?

You should merge your trees when;

Two trees have no common ancestors in the last four generations (or even five generations if one of the trees is from another country). This indicates that they are entirely unrelated and duplicates of each other. You can quickly check this out by visiting your family page on FamilySearch.

How can you merge your trees?

Now, if you are using the GUI (which is recommended), you will need to select your local tree and then the remote tree. After this, the software will ask if you want to merge or update. So, if you want to join the trees, click on the ‘Yes’ button, and it will automatically enter them; it works great! However, if you have a substantial remote tree, then it may take some time.

Moreover, if you are doing this process from the command line, then you can use the ‘Git Fetch’ to download.

Benefits of merging trees

The following are the benefits that you get by joining your trees;

Merging helps you find more relatives in your trees, and hence, you can share information with them. This feature can be handy if they have data that you do not have, such as a marriage certificate or a family photo.

You can also find living relatives in your tree, as the person you’re looking for may not necessarily be the person who is easy to find. For example, someone’s birth certificate might list their mother’s name, but it does not have their father’s name.

The consequences of not merging trees

Do you know that ‘Fossil=Sources’ clearly distinguishes between the master and the working copy? It means that you never doubt which branch you are on. Hence, there is no need to worry whether your work is lost due to merging the wrong branches.

Now, run ‘Fossil’ from the command line (instead of using an integrated interface). It will make it easier to run multiple instances of ‘Fossil’ simultaneously on different repositories.


If you still need further guidance, dial the Family Tree Maker Support Number +1-888-257-3335. You will then be assisted by the most eligible team of well-trained technicians to guide you with the needful. You can also Live Chat with our Family Tree Experts.