I have Family Tree Maker 2005. Yeah, I know...way outta date. But when Ancestry said they weren't going to support it anymore, I just kept what I had. It works fine. Now I want to upgrade (actually have to purchase a new version). I'm looking at Family Tree Maker 2019 and it's now made by MacKiev.

Will my .ftm files open up in the new program? Will the Gedcom files I export from my old version open up in the 2019 version? Can I IMPORT my files to the new version?

The thought of manually entering all this information again is disheartening. Tell me something good, people.

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Yes, you will be able to upgrade your old FTM to the new version. The best thing for you to do right now is to purchase FTM17, since MacKiev is giving a free FTM19 upgrade to customers who are purchasing FTM17 right now and you can upload your old .FTM file to your new FTM software. Please click here to read the blog. The blog has a step by step guide to get your old file imported in your new Family Tree Maker software.


Family Tree Maker 2019 has an import/export function in the "File menu" in the task bar. It took hours until I went in to the search bar and found a way to export. Everybody I spoke with told me to upgrade but I was worried I would lose all my data.

I asked a computer expert at Family Tree Maker, and nobody told me to check in the File menu and that I would be able to import files from 2005 version to the 2019 version. My mistake was I did not create a name for my file; otherwise I would have been able to do it in one shot instead of one at a time.

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