How do I upgrade a family file from an earlier version of Reunion?

This information is only for people who upgrade to Reunion 9 (from Reunion 5, 6, 7, or 8). If you upgraded from version 4, click here.


The instructions below assume that you have already installed Reunion 9.

Installing Reunion 9 does not make your older version of Reunion disappear. In fact, your older version of Reunion (and its accompanying files) are untouched when you install Reunion 9.

Upgrading Your Family Files

If you previously used Reunion 5, 6, 7, or 8, you'll need to upgrade (or convert) your family files to the new Reunion 9 file format. Follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Reunion 9 application by double-clicking the Reunion 9 icon in your Applications folder.
  2. If you downloaded Reunion 9, a window will ask for the license information you received by email after purchasing Reunion. Enter your User Name and License Code and then click Enter License Code.
  3. A window titled "Open" should appear. If not, choose File -> Open.
  4. Select your old Reunion family file. You may need to navigate through your folders to locate your old family files. Most likely, your family files are located inside an old Reunion folder. If you're upgrading from version 8, the Reunion 8 folder is probably inside the Applications folder. If the name of your old family file is gray in the Open window list, then click Cancel, find your family file in the Finder, and rename your family file using an extension of ".familyfile" (for example: My Family File.familyfile).
  5. When you have your Reunion version 5, 6, 7, or 8 family file highlighted in the window, click Open.
  6. A window titled "Upgrade Family File" will appear. You'll be asked to name the new, converted family file.
  7. Click Convert and Reunion will create a new, version 9 family file and open it for you. Your old family file will not be changed in any way. The information in your new family file will be the same as the information in your old family file.

After Upgrading

For more details about what to do after upgrading, choose Help -> Upgrading from the menu in Reunion. Be sure to read the sections called After Upgrading and Changes in Reunion 9.