Importing a Database Print button

Databases created by some applications can be directly imported into My Family Tree without the need for GEDCOM.  This process is called direct import and helps ensure all data is migrated from your existing database.

Direct import is very useful when you do not have a GEDCOM file containing your family tree data.  This can happen when the orignal application you used to create a database is incompatible or no longer available for your version of Windows.  It can also help in situations where the original application has limited or no support for GEDCOM.

Import a database using direct import

To import a database, use the Open… command from the Welcome screen or main application menu.  The table below gives the database formats which are supported.  You are encouraged to use direct import for all these database formats.

Application Versions
Ancestral Quest (AQ) All
Ancestry Family Tree All
Family.Show All
Family History System All
Family Origins 4-7
Family Tree Maker for Windows 1-16
Gaia Family Tree All
Legacy 2-10
MyHeritage Family Tree Builder All
The Master Genealogist (TMG) 5-9
My Family Tree (Digital Systems Research) All
Personal Ancestral File (PAF) 2.x, 3, 4, 5
RootsMagic All
ScionPC 7-8

To filter only particular types of files, use the file type filter in the open file dialog. Filtering files on database type

Other supported formats import

The table below gives the database formats which we can convert to GEDCOM but which are not currently supported for direct import in My Family Tree.  Please contact support if you would like to request help converting files from these applications.

Application Versions
SoftKey's Family Tree All