For the last year or so, I have been trying to work out the best way to keep my desktop family tree and my Ancestry Public Member tree synchronised. After trying to do this a number of different ways, my conclusion has been that there is no easy way to do this.
I played around with trying to synchronise a RootsMagic tree with Ancestry, but I haven’t liked the way that the “other” sources I set up appear on my Ancestry public member tree. Also, since I’ve been using Legacy Family Tree for about 10 years, I find it much easier to set up the sources in Legacy. I found the sources created in Legacy Family Tree were better, but it was too much work to try and transfer these across into RootsMagic and then use TreeShare to synchronise with Ancestry. I found that the sources appear the best in Ancestry public tree when they are entered directly into the Ancestry tree, and this is also the quickest and easiest way to update the Ancestry public member tree.
I have therefore decided to start off by working directly in my Ancestry tree, and then when my subscription expires to cancel the subscription for a couple of months, and during this time I’ll go back and update my desktop tree.
My first step was to go through my old research, and pull out the documents that I know it would be difficult or expensive to replace. These have mainly been births, deaths and marriages certificates that I have purchased over the years. I then created an index in Microsoft Excel of these documents, so that I could sort it by ancestor couple, and then by children, and then descendants.
I then created a basic gedcom from my current tree in Legacy Family Tree, without the notes, sources and events, and uploaded this to Ancestry. I started off working on the English branches of my tree, since I have found that Ancestry is the best site for most of these branches. I then went back and worked on my children’s ancestors, and I am now working on their siblings.