Previously, I was using another software program. I created a tree for me, up 10 generations, then down to catch the cousins and their spouses, and uploaded that to Ancestry as my “starter” tree. I have been working in Ancestry since then, pretty much non-stop. It’s too easy to add citations, search, and then with the DNA matches, to find cousins and piece together the shadow branches with DNA proof, not conjecture.
So, the tree I now have in Ancestry, working on it 6-8 days a week (gambling and drinking in a roadside saloon would be a worse hobby, no?) it’s the best tree I’ve got. It’s left my old tree behind.
Enter RootsMagic, which will actually capture the tree and info (and media!) from Ancestry and recreate it offline.
Except synching the offline tree with Ancestry is very kludgey, and if I’ve been on a roll in Ancestry, then it becomes overwhelming. Choosing to add a new source to a name here, a census entry there, a new person here (wait, add the person before I add the parents??), or adding a marriage (which doesn’t always work).
I think RootsMagic does a good job with recreating the Ancestry tree in an offline database format. (I wish it would take Ancestry’s “show me only the part of the picture with the face I want, not the whole wedding party and part of the port behind them,” but still, that it downloads the media at all has already sold me.)
Would it make sense to simply delete the offline RootsMagic database (archiving it maybe) and allowing RootsMagic simply to recreate a new version of my Ancestry every now and then.
I like the offline versions of the Ancestry database because I can see things more quickly. (Unfortunately, since I also use the suffix entry in my offline analysis and color coding, RootsMagic isn’t quite where I want it to be.)
I’m curious, do folks find it easier to let RootsMagic simply rebuild the Ancestry tree every now and then (with major updates, or several weeks of new data), or slog through the synch process?
I work in Ancestry daily. I’d have to be resynching fact by fact daily.