This will make any images you’ve edited in Family Tree Maker (FTM) appear with your edits in Ancestry.com. Edits include anything from cropping or cleaning up an image, changing/adding/etc information in the Caption, Date and Description fields, to file name changes.
Doing this can be helpful for making reports or books in FTM or the Family Book Creator plugin, for just cleaning up images in general, or for better file name organization.
(1) In the Media tab in FTM, mark all photos you’d like to ‘fix’ in FTM to Private. (You can do mark more than one Private at a time if you keep holding CTRL while clicking on each photo, then right-click to bring up the various options, and select ‘Mark Private’.
(2) Sync FTM and Ancestry. This will delete the current image on Ancestry for each item you marked Private in FTM.
(3) Once syncing is done, go back into your FTM Media section, and UN-mark the photos you just marked Private (see notes below first, though).
(4) Sync FTM and Ancestry again.
What this does: Making a photo Private deletes the photo from your Ancestry account. Making the photo then “Un Private” makes the photo re-upload with all changes you’ve made to it. However, if someone else had a copy of the image you just did this to in Ancestry, that version of the image will ‘live on’ in the other person’s (or persons’) account(s).
(a) BACKUPS: Do complete, full, 100% backups of your FTM and Ancestry tree FIRST.
(b) SYNC BEFORE TEST RUN: Before doing any of the Private/Un-Private-ing of images, Sync FTM and Ancestry to get any other updates out of the way.
(c) TEST RUN: Try this suggestion with just a few images the first time, to make sure you get the results you expected. (steps 1-4 above)
(d) DON’T RE-UPLOAD TOO MANY IMAGES AT ONCE (steps 3-4 above): Marking a lot of images Private in FTM and Syncing FTM with Ancestry goes fairly quickly; it’s deleting the images from your Ancestry gallery. However, making a LOT of images un-private and re-syncing is actually re-uploading each image to Ancestry’s server. This takes a lot of bandwidth, and often more time compared to other Syncs. Don’t “un-private” a lot of images at once.
(e) REPEAT STEPS 3 and 4 AS NECESSARY: If you have a lot of images to re-add to Ancestry, re-do steps (3) and (4) above until you’re done re-adding them to Ancestry.
(f) CREDIT!: Doing this re-adds each image as if it’s a brand-new image. If the image was originally from someone else, now it will NOT say “shared by xxx on xxx date”, like it typically says on any media page in Ancestry. If YOU shared it on an earlier date, and others are sharing your photo, you will not see any of that information anymore. That “old” picture (if others saved it) will live on in Ancestry, but it will not be connected to your new, edited photo. Your newly re-added photo in Ancestry will say shared by YOU on TODAY’S date.
So…..before even doing step (1) above, I try to make sure I’ve copied the name and date of the person from whom I originally received the image.
To do this I keep Ancestry and FTM open – I go to the image in Ancestry, and copy / paste the person’s name and original date into that image’s description field in FTM. Before the person’s name and date I add: “Originally shared by Ancestry.com member ” then the person’s name/date after that. Is it a pain? Kind of. But I feel a lot better knowing I’m crediting the person whom originally shared the image with me.
I’m sure I’ve missed crediting some people, however. So on my Ancestry.com profile page I ask anyone I’ve missed crediting to let me know, so I can properly credit them.
(g) TROUBLESHOOTING: I made too many images “Un Private” at once. When I did that, the Syncing started out fine, but then, after like 30 minutes, I realized it was just hung up in Sync-land and nothing was actually happening. The progress bars were both stuck for a long time before I was sure that was happening. Yikes. I had to force FTM to close, rebooted, and crossed my fingers I didn’t mess anything up. I didn’t. I knew right away by checking my Ancestry ‘Media Gallery’. None of the images I was trying to re-upload made it. So I went back into FTM, RE-Privated a good number of the images (held the CTRL key and mouse-clicked files, then right clicked and clicked “Mark Private” again), and Synced my remaining un-privated images again. It still took a lot longer than my typical sync jobs, but it was fine. Now I don’t attempt more than around 100 at a time.