Mayflower Imports Are Here

MyFamily site migrations / data imports now fully operational - Stage 3 Launched!

Your Mayflower journey is coming to an end. We hope you’ve enjoyed the ride so far.

We are pleased to again welcome you (and your data) to your new Spokt Hub with our release of Mayflower Stage 3 – Site Imports!

The last few months have been a hurricane of work for our team, and if we were in a betting mood we’d bet things will remain like this for the foreseeable future. But today represents a major milestone for you and for us; today we begin importing many rescued MyFamily sites into Spokt.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t offer our extreme appreciation to all of you for your unmeasurable patience and perseverance. Thank you!!

Next Steps

If you are a member of a Spokt Hub where someone else (presumably an admin) has initiated the migration, then you do not need to do anything.

If you have initiated the migration(s) from MyFamily, you will receive an email notification once each site is processed through the import queue. You may also visit your “Mayflower Status” page to manually check on the status of an import. As you can imagine, we have a large number of sites which are queued for import. We truly appreciate your patience as your site works its way through the queue.

Once the import is processed, then you will see a button labeled “Finalize Import” on your Mayflower Status page. Once clicked you will be guided through the final steps to connect the old MyFamily site to the proper Hub, auto-matching members between sites, and subsequently importing your site.

After working through the queue, these final steps should take you a few minutes. We automatically match up any connections that we can find between your Spokt Hub members and MyFamily site members. Any unconnected Spokt members will be matched up manually by you. The remaining MyFamily members will be assigned the same (or similar) username which they had at MyFamily, as well as a temporary password so they can log in easily.

Once again, thank you for your patience and support over the past number of weeks as we’ve worked to prepare this update for you. We hope this process finally brings you the peace of mind you’ve been waiting for knowing that your data is safe and secure!

Have a great day!

The Spokt Team

P.S. Please note: DO NOT add, modify, or delete any content or login/username on your MyFamily site. We strongly recommend that you leave your MyFamily site as is until it is closed down by MyFamily at the end of September.

51 thoughts on “Mayflower Imports Are Here”

  1. Jim Keeley says:

    Sounds good. Whew, let’s do it. Nice job. Have not received email yet, but will keep checking.

    1. RJ says:

      Thanks for your patience, Jim. We’re working hard on working the queue down as quickly as possible.

  2. Mary Snodsmith says:

    “We” too are holding our breath. Can’t wait until “the babies are delivered.”

    1. RJ says:

      Thanks Mary. We’re working hard over here. We haven’t forgotten about you!

  3. So far no button to push and no email… It does sound good though will keep checking.

    1. RJ says:

      Thanks Bill. You should definitely be notified by email once your import is out of the queue. As stated above, it may take a while to get through the queue as it is quite sizable at this point.


  4. Dennis says:

    We started the migration of V1 on, I believe, May 3rd. Is this the version you are referring to?

  5. I can’t wait. I am soooo excited. πŸ˜‰

  6. Robert e Lee says:

    I just wanted to say THANKS in advance of all your efforts…and here’s hoping you will also grant us a File Cabinet for our valuable research info. AND a GALLERY (as in family crossings) to separate out pictures from the various groups we have on our site…Without a File Cabinet, it would be impossible to keep track of the VALUABLE NEWS verse basic happenings and family stuff that gets pushed around each day…our site is a living, breathing entity that needs a bit of space in which to grow πŸ˜‰ rl

  7. Nancy Bryant says:

    My import is done and it’s fantastic! As far as I can tell everything is there. Amazing! History and the File Cabinet are in News and that’s ok for now. Descriptions are there with Photos as well as all of our comments about those pictures. I can’t thank the Spokt team enough. I feared that much of this data would be lost forever and now we have it ALL. This was an incredible undertaking for the Spokt team and they have come through for us.

    1. Jim Keeley says:

      Nancy, did you have to do something or was it just there?

    2. Nancy Bryant says:

      Jim, I received an email from Spokt and went to the Mayflower status page where there was a white button saying “”Finalize Import”. Then there were three people who had already signed into Spokt that Spokt had trouble matching with the My Family list of members. I selected a match for each. Then I think there was a button that said Initiate Import or something like that. It then took several hours for anything to happen. I guess I was in a queue. I had to actually look at Photos or News to see that it had actually happened.

    3. Cameron Hess says:

      For those using Mayflower to migrate sites from MyFamily to Spokt, how long did the migration process take? I started the migration process for our 1.8GB MyFamily site on June 30th and 4 days later the status is still “Import Queued”. The status page includes the following boilerplate message: “At our current queue load a site can be Queued and Exporting for several days.” Once the status changes to “Process Import”, approximately how long does it take for a site less than 2GB to complete? Hours? Days?

      I am pleased by Nancy’s report of File Cabinet items being migrated. Is the list of site members, along with all their contact information, also migrated?

      Could someone who has completed the migration from MyFamily to Spokt comment on which of these MyFamily features are migrated into and supported by Spokt?

      -Address book containing secure contact information
      -Customizable calendar
      -Chat with other logged on users via private or group typed messages
      -User submitted family trees
      -A file cabinet into which any type of computer file can be uploaded, stored, and searched
      -“What’s New” search engine to display items newer than specified date
      -A History Section in which to store personal and family histories
      -Member list showing last logon date, rights (User or Admin), and email address
      -News, current events, and Family interest stories
      -Documented photographs in photo albums or categories
      -Create family member review guide for movies, restaurants, music, etc.
      -website utilities for members and administrators

    4. Dan says:

      Hi Cameron,

      I don’t want to keep someone else from expressing their experience but I can interject some answers. Mayflower imports all content from these section: News, Photos, Reviews, File Cabinet, Recipes. We also import the members from into your Spokt hub.

      Not every feature has is offered in the same way that offered it but thousands and thousands of users have found very happy homes here at Spokt. Many have said they wished they had found out about us years ago. The only major omission I see on your list is a Calendar feature which we plan on adding later in the year.

  8. I have not received my email yet but am anxiously awaiting it. I do check the site periodically through. I’ll be so glad to see our memories back in a proper place.


    1. Dan says:

      Thanks Eleanor! You’ll get your notification soon!

  9. Jim Keeley says:

    Thanks, now I know what to look for. Good luck with your site. Hope we get to that point soon. I will have a lit of mismatches.

    Nice meeting you bloggers. Good luck to all.

    Jim keeley

  10. Ron says:

    I’m still looking also. I will say to the developers, I am thankful the data was saved, but the admins have to have Albums or Galleries to keep the photos and events organized. Otherwise it’s just gonna be one big mess that nobody’s gonna want part of cause it will take too long to find anything. Please add something to organize ASAP. Thanks

    1. Dan says:

      We’re on it Ron. Mayflower does save the Album names for each photo and they’ll be integrated into our feature once it is ready. We’ll be focused on Mayflower for the next couple months but won’t forget about organizational tools like albums.

  11. Velma Silva says:

    So when is this happening for us? I received an e-mail from Spokt, but it was the same page as above. My status says /Import queued – Next/Process import but I don’t see a white button anywhere “Finalize Import” Where on the status will that appear? I hope I didn’t miss it. Still waiting…….

    1. Dan says:

      Hi Velma, the email you received was because you subscribe to our blog (THANKS by the way!). You’ll receive a short email telling you that your migration is complete. Possibly even as early as this week! Please come back and let us all know how your migration went once you get it!

  12. Jim Keeley says:

    The old system, which I am still on (still in queue) is having a few problems now. How is the new system holding up? To be expected. One thought about the albums, the search feature is much better than the myfamily search. I think spokt did or going to include albums.

    1. Nancy Bryant says:

      Jim, Everything seems fine with my Hub. What kind of problems are you seeing? I agree about the search capability being better in Spokt. Even with all the categories in My Family we often had trouble finding things. Now if I want to see a Pension file I just do a search on Pension File etc. One thing I did this morning was to copy the list of files in the File Cabinet in My Family. We only had four pages in the list so it was not difficult and this will make it easier to find these items while we are waiting for more categories to be added. So I will post this list to Spokt so others can use.

  13. Jim Keeley says:

    Thanks nancy. The older/newer buttons do not work anymore? Not sure why I am still on old system, I guess I just have to be patient.

    1. Nancy Bryant says:

      Jim, I tried and actually I have the same problem. I have reported it to Spokt and I think they are working on it. Nancy

  14. Mike Paterson says:

    Our family is thankful that Spokt gave us an option for a new home and excited that Mayflower is importing our MyFam data. They’re all holding their breath and keeping their fingers crossed. Having retired from the systems development business, I can appreciate the difficulty you’ve overcome. Nice job so far. You’ve given me a lot of confidence that the import results will be great.


  15. Patti McCreight says:

    Will there be an update demo showing what an imported MyFamily site looks like…no hurry, I know things are buzzing busily now with the imports! lol

  16. Dave says:

    I need to allow memebers of the current myfamily site to add content between now and the retirementon Sept 30. I understand that I will not be importing that newly added content to the spokt hub. My other site which is being moved is currently dormant and I will not be adding or deleting data from it. What complications do I risk by adding content during the interim?

    1. Dan says:

      Hi Dave, our process only downloads the information from one time so if you continue posting and making comments to old posts you won’t get that new information.

  17. Jim Keeley says:

    I could use a time/day this will happen. Been queed for z days now. Need to tell the guys something. Thanks

    1. Miranda says:

      Jim, here’s my experience: We paid the $69.00 migration fee on July 14, and I received my “your import is ready to finalize” email today, August 9. So, just shy of four weeks. Extremely happy with the results!

  18. Cameron Hess says:

    This information on the migration status page is helpful.

    The stages each migration will follow are:
    Pending -> Export Queue -> Exporting -> Process Data -> Import Queue -> Process Import -> Finalize Import -> Migration Complete.

  19. Ron says:

    I’m trying to be patient here. On day one just a few hours after Mayflower was released, I made the purchase. Now it’s in day four of the release. Do we have any estimates on when or is it just done by pick and chose by the developers? My members are getting anxious. I’m going to have to tell them something.

    1. RJ says:

      Hi Ron,

      I appreciate your patience as we work through the import queue. I looked in on your site, and I see there were a number of orders ahead of yours in the queue. We began taking orders early AM, and by 7pm we had received a large number of orders already. I know the engineering team is beefing up the import infrastructure to help us get through the imports more quickly. Thanks again for your patience!

  20. Eamon Aylward says:

    SPOKT – September is getting very close and I am worried about having time to save the Myfamily material. Any Idea of when Myfamily 2.0 will be available.?

  21. Jim Keeley says:

    There are 21 thoughts about yhe imports from your users on the blog you started 4 days ago and no replies from spoky.
    The silence is deafening. Would like an update to tell our members. Thank you.

    Jim keeley

    1. RJ says:

      Hi Jim,

      It appears there was a bug in the importer that was causing an inverse import speed to occur proportional to the level of eagerness you are feeling for your migration. πŸ˜‰

      Actually, I see your site is next up in the queue. Should be any time now!

    2. RSteiniger says:

      RJ, You and your team are doing an Awesome Job! KUDOS to everyone!! Patience, please everyone – these imports are very difficult. Thank-you spokt for you transparency and honesty – We Never had that at Ancestry or Myfamily…

  22. Dennis says:

    Can you tell me where in the queue we are?

    1. Dan says:

      Hi Dennis,
      We have an internal goal to complete all the imports that have been queued by the end of the week. It sounded like an impossible goal when it was presented but we’ve pulled out all the stops and it looks like we might make it!

      You’ll have your import soon (if you haven’t received it already!)

  23. Jim Keeley says:

    Thanks rj, waiting for the email. Nancy, above, seems happy with results.

  24. Jim Akins says:

    Oh well, tomorrow will be my 1-month anniversary. I purchased the Migration on July 5 and am still waiting for the process to be completed for our hub. I was hoping I would have something to declare and celebrate at this year’s family reunion, but since our reunion is this weekend, I guess I’ll have to go empty handed. I just hope the process doesn’t take too much longer. Our family members are notorious for losing interest in things promised…

    1. Dan says:

      Hi Jim, you should have signed up on the 3rd! Just kidding. Thanks for being with us. Your Site is pretty large but I see the import is trucking along nicely. I might be wrong but I think it’ll finish tonight while I’m sleeping. If I do sleep tonight πŸ™‚

  25. Carol says:

    That’s really great for all the 1.0 people but I’m starting to get nervous about 2.0. Is there an ETA for it? Considering this started in June and it is now August, there are two months left for the rest of us. Please have good news. Thanks.

    1. Dan says:

      Yes, our next highest priority is Mayflower for 2.0 Sites. We’ll get it!

  26. Jim Keeley says:

    Believe me bloggers, if you are not imported yet, it is worth the wait. Spokt did a great job. Now let me have my coffee and enjoy the new site.

  27. Beverly says:

    I have been questioned about the security of this web page. Since they did not see https://,they feel as if it is not secure and other people can hack into it with our private information. Could you please help me out with this question about security?

    1. Dan says:

      Hi Beverly,

      Your data is secure. Only members you invite to your hub can access what you post. You can make https connections to spokt if you prefer: We require https for truly sensitive information such as credit card info but otherwise it is up to each user to decide how they connect to Spokt.

  28. Miranda says:

    Hi, Spokt-eteers (Spoktsters? Spoktians?),
    I’m not sure where else to submit a question about our import – if there’s a better avenue for future questions, please let me know.

    I’m on “Step 3 of 3: Import Your MyFamily Members,” and there’s one person who needs manual matching. However, her correct name is not listed in the drop-down menu. She was an avid MyFamily user under the exact same name (Cyndi [last name]). Any ideas?

    PS – LOVED the results page where it detailed how much of each item was imported. LOVED the migration process and how quickly it was done, especially considering the time crunch and massive amounts of orders! Great job!

    1. Dan says:

      Hi Miranda,
      If you contact our support team ( we’ll be able to use last names and speak more freely. Did you see a Cynthia? Whatever you saw or didn’t see we can help you get Cyndi matched up correctly. The names we get from are sometimes more formal and longer than you’re used to seeing on the posts. It’s a strange problem to deal with.

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