Can I import databases from previous MacFamilyTree versions into MacFamilyTree 8?

Yes, when you open a MacFamilyTree 5, 6, 7 and 8 database with MacFamilyTree 9, a migration dialog will ask you, if the databases should be migrated to MacFamilyTree 9. Just confirm this dialog to automatically convert a copy of the database into the new MacFamilyTree 9 file format. If not yet there, the database will then be moved into the MacFamilyTree 9 database folder.

Databases from MacFamilyTree 4 are stored as a GEDCOM file. You can import GEDCOM files via the file menu.