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Family Tree Maker: How To Use Two FamilySearch Accounts To Create One Family Tree Chart

Family Tree Maker: How To Use Two FamilySearch Accounts To Create One Family Tree Chart

Whether you're a couple that hasn't synced your accounts in FamilySearch, have a complex family makeup due to divorce, adoption, remarriage, etc., or are just looking to get creative with your family tree chart for a variety of reasons, this two-step import process will allow you to create one family tree chart using genealogy from two separate FamilySearch accounts. Here's how to do it. 




1) Click "Import Family Names" in the top right-hand corner of the family tree maker app, or click "Import Names" in the left sidebar menu. Either will open the "Import Names" sidebar panel.

import names from FamilySearch using family tree maker

2) From here, click "Sign in to FamilySearch", and then enter the credentials for the first account you'd like to use. Once the credentials are authenticated, it will bring you back to our family tree maker app.

import names using FamilySearch in family tree maker

3) In a separate window, navigate to and sign in using the same credentials you just used. Find the FamilySearch ID for the person you would like to act as the "Father" or "Mother" in your Family Tree Prints chart.

log in to FamilySearch

4) Copy that ID and paste it on the appropriate line for either "Father" or "Mother" under "Option C) Provide Father and Mother IDs". This will fill in either the left- or right-hand side of your chart (leaving the center circle blank).

fill in family tree chart as you go

5) Delete the alphanumeric code you just used for either the father or the mother.  (This is important, otherwise when you do the next set it will delete all the data you'd already pulled in previously!) Click "Sign Out" at the bottom of the "Import Names" sidebar panel. DO NOT CLICK "Clear All Cell Data" (unless, of course, that's what you're hoping to accomplish). 

6) Repeat steps 2-4 for the second account to fill in the missing "Father" or "Mother" line.

Voila! You have a gorgeous family tree chart made with genealogy from 2 FamilySearch accounts.


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Family Tree Maker: How to Import using a GEDCOM file

Family Tree Maker: How to Import using a GEDCOM file

The ability to directly import up to 10 generations of genealogy using a GEDCOM file (or via FamilySearch) has got to be one of my favorite time-saving features of Family Tree Prints. If you've read about the impetus for our creating Family Tree Prints (a.k.a. spending 40+ hours meticulous creating a family tree chart for my mother-in-law by hand) you'll know why. The best part? It's super easy. Here's how.

Choose whichever template you'd like to start from on, and click "Start from this template". This will drop you into the family tree maker software.

1) In the top right-hand corner, click the grey button that says "Import Family Names".Alternatively, you can click the Import icon at the bottom of the left sidebar. Both options will open the Import sidebar panel.

import ancestors names from GEDCOM file step 1

2) Click "Import Gedcom File" and select the file you'd like to import from your computer.

how to fill in a blank family tree using GEDCOM import step 2

3) Once uploaded, there will be a dropdown list of everyone contained within the GEDCOM file.

upload GEDCOM file to create pedigree chart

4) From these, choose who you would like to be the "center" of your chart and click their name.

GEDCOM dropdown choose

5) The chart will then populate with your chosen person as the first generation.

imported GEDCOM

Ready to get started? Visit to choose your starting template and create your personalized family tree chart!

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