Ancestry.com Tree Migrations Hit a Rough Patch

Ancestry.com Tree Migrations Hit a Rough Patch

I was surfing around, seeing what’s going on, and came across an issue causing quite a stir.A few weeks ago, The Generations Network announced it was shutting down the technologically ancient Online Family Trees system, which members have used since 1999 to store genealogical information online free. The company...

I was surfing around, seeing what’s going on, and came across an issue causing quite a stir.

A few weeks ago, The Generations Network announced it was shutting down the technologically ancient Online Family Trees system, which members have used since 1999 to store genealogical information online free.

The company will focus on the newer, also free Ancestry Family Trees system, introduced in 2006.

OFT users have until March 2008 to migrate their trees to AFT. It seems the migration process has been rife with problems, as you’ll see on the Ancestry.com blog (also see Ancestry.com’s 24/7 Family History Circle blog).

OFT users have complained of lost notes (notes are private in AWT, or take the form of stories and comments), data transfer errors and displeasure with the AWT system.

The Generations Network’s blogger, Kenny Freestone, says a heretofore unknown GEDCOM format problem has caused errors in about 30 percent of the migrations from OFT to AFT, and that the problem will be fixed.

In the meantime, if you have a tree on OFT, don’t delete it (migrating your tree doesn’t automatically delete it), and go ahead and export a GEDCOM and save it to your hard drive.

Note this doesn’t affect the files in Ancestry World Tree, which contains the same files as RootsWeb’s WorldConnect.

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  1. What happens to the OFT’s that people do not migrate? Some people will be deceased and some will no longer be Ancestry subscribers and won’t know what is happening.

    Will all of these be lost to us forever? What a shame that it might be the end of someone’s very hard work and who may have the Bible record which is the only source in the world for the information.

    This is a TERRIBLE mistake if any trees are lost forever.