Some of the things that we often hear Tpstry users say is that they wish they could import their existing research from a program like Family Tree Maker or Geni into Tpstry. This would save them a lot of time and they wouldn’t need to retype everything. Users also want to be able to export the data they enter in Tpstry so they can use it in other family history applications and websites.
Have no fear, we listened to you and made Tpstry better. Now you can import an existing family tree from Geni or from a GEDCOM file into your Tpstry family. Plus, you can export your Tpstry family data as a GEDCOM file.
You can find the new import/export features by logging in to Tpstry then clicking on the “Import/Export” link at the top of the page.
Here are a few entries from our FAQ page about the new features.
Does Tpstry support the full GEDCOM format?
Computer programs and websites assisting with family lineage research commonly use GEDCOM files. While Tpstry does address family lineage, that is not Tpstry’s main focus. We are able to import and export person entries, births, deaths, families and marriages using GEDCOM files. A lot of the information in Tpstry does not fit the GEDCOM format. For this data, we add it as a Note entry to the associated person during a GEDCOM export.
Can I use the GEDCOM export as a full backup of all my Tpstry data?
No. Exporting your information into GEDCOM is an easy way to move data from Tpstry to other family history programs. However, it is not a full backup of your Tpstry data. For instance, images are not included in the exported GEDCOM file. If you export your Tpstry data as a GEDCOM file, then re-import it into Tpstry, some data will be lost. This is due to the fact that Tpstry collects data that is often not found in GEDCOM files.
Can I import my family tree from Geni.com?
Yes. To import your Geni family tree, log into your Tpstry family then click on the “Import/Export” link at the top of the page. Next click the “Import Geni.com” tab at the left of the page. The first step in the import is to allow Tpstry access to your Geni information. Click the “Allow Access To Geni.com” button and you will be taken to the Geni website. After you have allowed access to Tpstry, you will automatically be taken to the import page on Tpstry. The import page will now show a small family tree that shows yourself and your parents. The import process works by choosing your self or an ancestor on your family tree. The import will begin with this selected person and import all partners and descendants of this person. While Tpstry can handle many generations, we suggest you limit only going back a few generations. Person profiles, births, deaths and marriages will be copied from your Geni family tree to your Tpstry family.