Joy, For your own purposes, you should save the data base as a "Backup", which produces an *.sqz file that contains all your UFT data. You can then open it with any version of UFT or its direct predecessors - even the old DOS based ROOTS IV! The Master Genealogist (TMG) can also open a *.sqz file from UFT and read almost everything you have in UFT. Save copies of your UFT backup outside your home, so in case it burns down, you can load UFT or TMG on a new computer and load your data. The best method is to first save to your hard drive and then copy it to a CD/R disk that can be read by almost any modern computer. If you have a fairly small data base (or a very generous Internet Service Provider) you may even be able to email the *.sqz file to someone else. GEDCOM 5.5 is the standard that most genealogy programs support so it is the best way to send machine usable data to someone using something other than UFT or TMG.