Moving Data from Mac Reunion v4 to Generations

Tip version: 20.3

Revision date: 13 May 2001

Software versions: 5.2 and above

There are three routes that can be taken if you have to move your data from Mac Reunion version 4 to Generations v5.2+.

The route you choose will obviously depend on what resources are available to you. These obviously include Reunion 4 on the Mac (start point) and one of Generations software releases on the Windows machine (end point).

The Macintosh route

1. Upgrade the version 4 family files to Reunion version 5 family files, on a Macintosh with Reunion 5.

2. Copy the files over to the Windows machine that has Generations 5.2 or higher on it and add a ".uds" extension to the file.

3. Create a new, empty family file in Generations.

4. From the file menu, select Import/Export, then Import Reunion 5 file. Some versions of the Generations software will call this entry Import Easytree 5.2 file.

Import Reunion 5 file menu

File menu showing the Import Reunion 5 File entry.

This import process will deal with certain operating system dependencies in the Macinstosh file which cause problems if it is opened directly in the Generations software.

Requirements: Reunion 5 for the Mac.

Note: Leister's Macintosh Reunion program changed the internal file format for Reunion 6 and for Reunion 7. These are no longer completely importable into Generations family files. Some users report success in importing Reunion 6 or Reunion 7 family files while others report problems. The problems appear to be most severe when certain extended characters are present in names and sources.

The PC route

1. On a Mac, prepare a Reunion Transfer File with Reunion v4. This takes the various files that together make up a Reunion family file, packages them together, and compresses the result. The compression is less extreme than in the Reunion backup file, and the resulting file may be used with the Reunion Player program to view the data in a manner similar to that used in the Reunion v4 program.

2. Copy the file over to the Windows machine and give it a Reunion Transfer File extension (.rtx).

3. Use either Reunion for Windows version 4 or Generations v4.2 and import the .rtx file. This will create a Reunion for Windows v4/Generations v4.2 family file. This option is available from the File menu when you DO NOT open a Family File at the start of the program.

Import transfer file menu

Generations v4.2 transfer file menu

4. Once you have your family file converted, then upgrade it to the new .uds format using Easytree from Generations v5.2 or above. Again at the startup screen in Easytree, press the "Upgrade" button.

Upgrade option

Note the Upgrade button

5. Use the browser to select the family file to be upgraded, navigate to the folder where it is located if necessary. Then either use the file name Easytree suggests (the old family file name with a space and "5" appended) or pick a new name. Don't worry, the original file will not be overwritten. That's it.

The Gedcom route

One may also generate a gedcom file from Reunion v4 and import it into Generations. The gedcom that is generated uses the gedcom v4 standard, and you will lose certain features of the Reunion file. One example of a lost feature is the support for "in-line" source citation links within notes. This route does enable one to do the transfer if you do not have Reunion 5 for the Macintosh available or if you do not have Reunion for Windows v4 or Generations v4.2 available. See the note regarding conversion assistance.

Notes: Check your computer's manual if you have any questions about how to move the files. If you have to move them by floppy, and the files are bigger than one floppy can hold (about 1.4 Mb), then I suggest that you use a compression utility. There are "Zip" style compression utilities for the Mac as well as for Windows (and almost every other operating system under the sun for that matter.) You will typically get about 75% compression with the Zip program (i.e. a 4 Mb .uds file -> a 1 Mb Zip file). Many (not all) of the zip utilities allow the zip files to be put on multiple disks.

Conversion assistance: I will help people convert their Mac Reunion v4 family files to Generations if they do not have the suitable programs available for the conversion routes as outlined above. Please prepare a Reunion Transfer File as mentioned and email it to me at:

Thanks to John C. Polking for pointing out some problems with the Mac route as originally outlined in the first version of this tip and to Sarah Ford for confirming that point!

Regards, Mike Hobart

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