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Cannot import large GEDCOM files - FTM says not enough memory.

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Cannot import large GEDCOM files - FTM says not enough memory.

Posted: 15 Oct 2013 11:55AM GMT
Classification: Query
I am trying to import several large GEDCOM files into Family Tree Maker 2012. It doesn't matter which file I try to import, the result is the same. FTM says that there is not enough memory to import the file, and suggests that I use the "low memory" import option. When I do so, it STILL won't import the large file (though I don't find out about that until about 24 hours later, because the low-memory option is much slower.)

I don't see how I can be out of memory -- I have 8 (that's EIGHT) gigabytes of RAM, more than enough for anything that I could ever expect to import into FTM. The files I'm trying to import are never larger than 500 megabytes, consisting of several hundred thousand individuals. There's no valid reason why FTM shouldn't be able to import these files; it works just fine in older copies of FTM, as well as in Personal Ancestral File and many other shareware and retail genealogy programs.

I know on the Apple Mac there's a way to set the amount of memory allocated to each individual program. I wonder if there's a similar option in Windows, some way of telling FTM to use more of the available RAM in my machine?
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
James Kaufman 15 Oct 2013 5:55PM GMT 
David Abernat... 15 Oct 2013 7:36PM GMT 
James Kaufman 16 Oct 2013 2:40PM GMT 
jamclo 15 Oct 2013 9:18PM GMT 
keithnuttle 16 Oct 2013 1:24PM GMT 
James Kaufman 16 Oct 2013 2:42PM GMT 
James Kaufman 16 Oct 2013 2:41PM GMT 
barbarajfn 16 Oct 2013 3:54PM GMT 
keithnuttle 16 Oct 2013 5:20PM GMT 
barbarajfn 16 Oct 2013 6:03PM GMT 
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