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FTM12 - Rebuilt hard drive - created NEW tree on Ancestry

FTM12 - Rebuilt hard drive - created NEW tree on Ancestry

Posted: 9 May 2013 1:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
Good morning all,

I recently had a hard drive crash, necessitating a rebuild. Luckily, I was able to archive my files before I formatted, so I didn't lose anything.

After I got everything reloaded, I went to synch the local imported file with my online file. I must've done something wrong, as I ended up creating a new tree on Ancestry.com.

Anyone have any ideas on how to get my local file to synch with the old tree instead of the new tree?

Thanks,
Pete

Re: FTM12 - Rebuilt hard drive - created NEW tree on Ancestry

Posted: 9 May 2013 3:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
No. It is too late now. If you call ancestry they will tell you this always the case. At this point you will need to decide which has better info. If you really want the stuff on your online tree you will need to download into a new FTM file. If your FTM is good/better then you will just have to live with the new arrangement and re-invite people.

It is possible not to end up with duplicate trees, But the preparation has to be done ahead. There are two ways: one is to backup FTM making sure to check all the sync boxes, and then restore that backup and sync SHOULD restore.
The other way is to save your documents folder on an external hard drive INCLUDING app data folder which is normally hidden. Move this folder to the "new" computer and then install FTM. This is what I did and FTM didn't even know it wasn't supposed to sync.

Re: FTM12 - Rebuilt hard drive - created NEW tree on Ancestry

Posted: 9 May 2013 5:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
Okay... let me look at it another way... I haven't done anything to either tree since I realized what I did last night. SSSooo... if I have to "blow up" the new online and the local copy, I will do so.

With that said... how should I redo this from scratch. My local file was exported to a USB hard drive. If I'm reading this right, I should restore a back-up, not import into a new tree... is that right?

Re: FTM12 - Rebuilt hard drive - created NEW tree on Ancestry

Posted: 9 May 2013 6:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes you should take your backup if made correctly and restore from that in your new ftm. However since the link has already been broken??? this may not be possible now.
I got my advice from Russ Worthington, suggest you check with him first.
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