BackupMyTree is an automatic backup service that is focused exclusively on genealogy files. By focusing directly on family trees, BackupMyTree is exactly what you need and nothing you don't (plus it's FREE!).
You install the BackupMyTree software and it automatically detects all your family tree files, and begins uploading them to our servers for backup. The upload occurs in the background, automatically, so you can truly forget about backing up your tree. If you want to exclude a file, you can do that at any time. However, by default and for your protection, BackupMyTree automatically backs up all new and existing tree files unless you specify a tree to be excluded.
We've built BackupMyTree to be the gold-standard in family tree backup. Because it's focused just on family trees, it has a few significant advantages over other methods:
The above advantages are comparing the service against typical online backup services. Compared against other solutions, the list grows much longer. External hard drives can crash, CD's get scratched, and worst of all: people just plain forget to back-up.
BackupMyTree protects the security of your tree in many ways. First, all communications of the Windows application and your web browser are encrypted with 128-bit SSL encryption. Second, we store your tree files using Amazon's S3 storage infrastructure so you can be sure it's safe and secure. Amazon stores multiple copies of all data so there's no risk that a file will be destroyed.
Absolutely! You can upload files using our manual upload system, and we will store them for you with all the same protections as if you're using the software. For larger files, we accept ZIP uploads as well.
Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 (it's unsupported but known to work on previous versions of Windows as well)
You can log into My Trees at any time and see the last time your software checked in. If your Status is set to Up-to-Date, then the software is working perfectly. However, if you're not using the software and just uploading files manually, then your files are protected and this question doesn't apply.
BackupMyTree uses minimal resources when it's running. When the program is actively backing up a tree, it will use only slightly more resources. We compress all data transferred between the program and our servers so the bandwidth will be less than the size of your trees.
It depends on the size of the tree files. However, for most users, it will only take a minute or two. Larger trees may take up to 30 minutes.
When you install BackupMyTree for the first time, it scans all your disks, locates your family trees, and begins backing them up automatically. BackupMyTree starts every time you boot your computer, running in the background and looking for changes to your tree files so it can protect them when they're added or modified.
Right now, BackupMyTree supports Personal Ancestral File (PAF), Legacy Family Tree, Family Tree Legends, Family Tree Builder, GenoPro, version 4 of RootsMagic and many more.
If your computer goes offline for a while, BackupMyTree will resume backing up your files when you come back online, automatically and without any need for you to do anything. BackupMyTree is designed to run in the background, all the time. However, if you shut the program down, it will not back up your trees until you restart it.
When a file is deleted from your computer, we keep a copy of the deleted file just in case the deletion was made by mistake. If you don't want to protect the file anymore, you can always Exclude it.
BackupMyTree handles file versioning. When a file is overwritten, the old version and the new version are both kept. In fact, up to 25 previous versions of your file are kept for you to be able to access. This is critically important to our service to help you in a situation where your family tree program introduced a corruption several weeks back. You can easily try the previous versions until you find one that doesn't have the corruption. You can access all of your previous versions in My Trees by selecting the tree, and clicking the Previous Versions button.
Go to My Trees and select the tree you'd like to exclude or delete and click the Exclude button. If you exclude a tree, you are basically telling the system: I don't want any protection of this tree in the future, and the server should destroy all backup copies of the tree. Understand that if you exclude a tree, we completely destroy our copy of it and you will have no protection for that tree by our service.
Go to My Trees and select the tree you'd like to download and click the Download button. Select Save As, if you're given the option by your browser, to put the tree file back in its original location. Otherwise, copy the file from your Downloads folder. In the future, we will offer an option to have the file directly delivered back to its original location.
You can back up as many trees as you like. We currently don't have any limits. If we impose some sort of limit in the future, it will be a very high limit, and we will let all our users know.
Absolutely! We do not take any control or ownership of your tree and its data. At any time, you can exclude and delete any tree we're currently backing up for you. You can also email us to request that we destroy/delete your account and remove all trees. Your data is just that: your data.
If you forget your password, please visit our password reset page.
No way! We do not send you spam or sell your email address to marketing companies. We will only send you email associated with your membership (such as an email to let you know your backup is out-of-date, etc).
In the future, we will offer a Pro version of our service for a small yearly fee. This version will offer more features but we will always keep the free version the way it is.
Not right now, but we plan on adding this in the near future.
If you'd like to delete your account, please Contact Us and we will take care of deleting your account and all your associated tree files.
You have enabled multiple selection mode.
In multiple selection mode, the download of files and the viewing of previous versions, is not possible. Use this mode to select multiple files and include or exclude them from backup. If you wish to download or view previous versions, please deselect the "Allow Multiple Selections" checkbox.
Note: The password reset link that we send to you will expire after 6 hours OR after you have successfully reset your password, depending on which comes first.