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My thoughts on RootsMagic’s TreeShare

Randy Seaver on the Genea-Musings blog in his post Looking at My New RootsMagic Upload Ancestry Member Tree and Source Citations shared his concerns about the way that RootsMagic TreeShare converted the source citations from his RootsMagic database to Ancestry, so I decided to compare what happens when I uploaded a Gedcom from Legacy to Ancestry, when I transferred my Legacy file to RootsMagic and then used TreeShare to upload the tree to Ancestry, and when I created a Gedcom from RootsMagic and uploaded that to Ancestry.

These are the sources from the file uploaded from a Gedcom created in Legacy

sources Legacy gedcom

These are the sources from the Gedcom from RootsMagic, after transferring the file from Legacy:

sources RootsMagic gedcom

And finally, uploading from RootsMagic with TreeShare

sources RootsMagic treeshare

The sources using TreeShare were repeated for each event they were attached to.  Although at first glance, I preferred the way that the file created from RootsMagic because it gave more details for the birth and death certificates, I decided to compare the source citations created from the Gedcom files

This is the one from the gedcom from Legacy

detail Legacy

And this was from RootsMagic

detail Rootsmagic

I have already found that I prefer the way that the Legacy citations transfer across to the family tree on my website (www.loiswillis.com).  Since I prefer the way the sources appear on Ancestry as well, I will continue to update my Ancestry tree using a Gedcom from Legacy.  I have already written about why I prefer to use Legacy, rather than RootsMagic, in my post Why I prefer to use Legacy Family Tree