“How do I convert my Family Tree Maker (for Windows) file so that it can be read on my new Family Tree Maker for Mac?” … this is a question that I’m being asked regularly, so I feel that a blog post is needed.

As Family Tree Maker (the Windows version) has been around for around 20+ years, with a new version released pretty much every year, there are different methods of transferring depending on what version of FTM you are currently transferring from.

Family Tree Maker Versions 1-4
If you have .fbc files and files from versions prior to version 4 need to be converted on a PC using Family Tree Maker 2005 SE software, which you can download free here. Once downloaded and installed, you bring in your current .fbc or .ftw file into the program, then save it. This will save as a .ftw file which you can then load straight into FTM for Mac.

Family Tree Maker Versions 5-16
If you have .ftw or .fbk files files that were created using a Family Tree Maker version between 5 and 16, these files can be read directly into FTM for Mac without needing any conversion.

Family Tree Maker Versions 2008-2009
If you have Family Tree Maker 2008 or 2009, you will need to save your file as a Gedcom (.ged), so then it can be imported into FTM for Mac.

Family Tree Maker Versions 2010-2011
The Family Tree Maker File Migration Utility converts Family Tree Maker 2010 and 2011 Windows (.ftw) files so they can be opened on a Mac and vice versa. For more information, and step-by-step instructions on how to do this click here.

Family Tree Maker Versions 2012-2014
To transfer a file from Family Tree Maker 2012 or 2014 to Family Tree Maker for Mac, you first will need to export your file to a format that the File Migration Utility can convert into a Mac file. Please follow the instructions the article titled Export your Family Tree Maker file and make sure in Step 3 to choose the output format of 2010 or 2011. You can then use the File Migration Utility to convert your newly exported file to the Mac format.