Blanche, You may have to byte(sic) the bullet on some of those items. If I were you, I would convert R3 to UFT as this is the only way you'll get the "majority" of your data into the new data base.I went through the conversions, R3-R4, R4-FG, FG-R5, R5-UFT and lost some detail along the way which I had to redue and changed my "stylebook" a number of times. If UFT goes away, there's at least one vendor (TMG) who converts directly from UFT, (maybe they know something we don't). At the very least you will have upgraded to a better GEDCOM capability. With 23,000+ records I hope you're retired and I think you need to start combining those 18 DB's that were probably caused by the volume restrictions of R3.