Hi, this is John posting on my wife's account.
I have my Dad's old FTM files on a CD.
We have a CD with a FTW.exe application file from August 1999 and all the associated FTM files that were downloaded from my Dad’s computer after he died in 2005. Attached to this post is a list of some of those files on the CD. My Dad did not make a public tree on Ancestry.com. I do not know if he made a private tree on Ancestry.com.
In 2007 we bought FTM 16, but never used it.
My wife has become interested in her family line and that caused me to realize I had better get my Dad’s work preserved in a better way than it is now, on a CD in my file cabinet.
Question 1. What is the smart/best way to retrieve my Dad’s FTM files that he made with the 1999 FTW.exe program? He used the program from 1999-2005.
Question 2. Is the never-installed FTM Version 16 we got in 2007 any help as we move forward to create our family trees with the current version of the software or in accessing the 1999 files?
I did some research about my questions and it seems I will need to contact Ancestry.com tech help and get the most recent FTM program that can open those old 1999-2005 files and then use the current version of FTM to open those converted/updated files. And based on my research I think if we had been smart about buying a FTM program that we never intended to use, we should have got the 2005 or 2006 version which I think I read someplace could open some earlier files! :)
Thank you for any suggestions.