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I have several databases already in RootsMagic 4 format, so I did a File>Close to get to a blank screen, and then closed the program. When I opened RootsMagic 4 again, I got this prompt:
Here, I chose to "Import a File from a different program." I could also have gone to the File menu and selected "Import." In both cases, I see this screen:
RootsMagic 4 can import files from RootsMagic (versions 1-3), Family Origins (version 4 and later), Family Tree Maker (version 2006 and earlier), Legacy (no versions given), Personal Ancestral File (no versions given) and GEDCOM (other programs). Because I downloaded a GEDCOM file from Ancestry.com, I chose "GEDCOM" and clicked on "I know where the file is" because I put it in a known place. The other option is to "Search for files." The next screen shows my list of databases where I put the GEDCOM file. I found the right file, and clicked on it and this screen showed:
On the screen above, I am going to "Create a New File" so I input a title for my new database, clicked on the "File location" button in order to tell the program where to put the RootsMagic 4 database (the default is the "My Documents" file - I really don't want it there!). There are several other boxes to check or uncheck.
I clicked on the "OK" button and the GEDCOM Import screen came up with another box asking me "Add a new source to tell where the information in this GEDCOM came from?" with four options:
I picked "NO - Do not add an additional source for imported data." I could have said YES and a new source would have been added for each person and/or event - this may be useful if you have obtained the GEDCOM from another person.
I clicked on "OK" and the GEDCOM import began. I took this screen shot right at the end - showing that the GEDCOM file had 23,010 persons, 9,420 families, 34,360 events, 180 sources, 3,650 citations, and 0 repositories:
The GEDCOM import took less than 20 seconds, which is amazing to me. The RootsMagic screen opened to the Pedigree View with myself highlighted.
If you have questions about RootsMagic 4 operations, you can use the Help function in the RootsMagic program. You can also go to the RootsMagic 4 website at www.rootsmagic.com and read their Frequently Asked Questions and their Message Boards (you have to register a username and password in order to post).