How to Download Your Ancestry Family Tree

Download your ancestry.com family tree

At some point in your research I’m fairly certain that you’ll want to download your family tree from your Ancestry.com account. It’s easy to download a GEDCOM file from Ancestry.com to your own computer, but GEDCOMs cannot include images; this means any documents or photos you attached to your Ancestry.com tree won’t come along with the GEDCOM.

This is the reason that I download records and photos to my own computer as well as save them to my online tree. This way I can make sure all the documents pertaining to my family can be loaded into my own software because I have them sitting on my own computer.

Step-by-Step Download Your Tree Family Ancestry

To begin, click on the TREES menu item at the top of any Ancestry.com page. A pulldown menu will show the trees you’ve created and at the bottom of the list you’ll see a link to Create and Manage Trees (by the way, the green checkmark shows you the tree that you last worked with).

download your ancestry tree step 1

Once you click Create & Manage trees, on the next page click the Manage tree that’s next to whichever tree it is that you want to download (in this case, Hendrickson)

download your ancestry tree step 2

Next, in the right column you’ll see the link to export your tree as a GEDCOM file. Go ahead and click the Export Tree button. Depending on the size of your tree,¬†creating the GEDCOM can so super-fast or really slow.

download your ancestry tree step 3

Finally, once the GEDCOM has been created by the system, click the button to download to your computer. From there, you can import the GEDCOM into your genealogy software.

download your ancestry tree step 4




I download my tree about once a month, just because I want to have a local copy that I know is recent. Of course, I’m big on saving important things in more than one location!

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