How do I upgrade (or convert) my old family file from an earlier version of Reunion?

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This information is only for people who upgrade to Reunion 13 (from Reunion 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12). If you upgraded from version 4, click here.


The instructions below assume that you have already installed Reunion 13.

Installing the Reunion 13 app does not make your older version of the Reunion app disappear. In fact, your older version of Reunion (and its accompanying files) are untouched when you install Reunion 13.

In a Nutshell

To upgrade (or convert) your older family files, simply use the Reunion 13 app to open your older family files. Reunion 13 will create a new upgraded/converted family file and you'll be asked to name it.

Do not export/import. That's not the way to move data from an older version into Reunion 13.

Step-by-Step: Upgrading or Converting Your Family Files

If you previously used Reunion 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12, you'll need to upgrade (or convert) your family files to the new Reunion 13 file format. Here are the step-by-step instructions...

  1. Open the Reunion 13 app by double-clicking the Reunion 13 icon in your Applications folder.
  2. If this is the first time you've opened Reunion 13, a window will ask for the license information you received by email after purchasing Reunion 13. 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 here: UserName/Documents/Reunion Files/.
    • Or, if you've been using ReunionTouch (our mobile app) together with Reunion, then your family file is located in your Dropbox folder.
  5. When you have your older version 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 13 family file and open it for you. The information in your new family file will be the same as the information in your old family file. Your old family file will not be changed in any way.

After Upgrading

Be sure to watch the video Top-10 New Features in Reunion 13.