This page explains what a GEDCOM is, how to use WikiTree to compare people in your GEDCOM with profiles already on WikiTree, how to share your GEDCOM with WikiTree, and how to download a GEDCOM from WikiTree. Please read WikiTree is Different to understand more about what it means to share your GEDCOM on WikiTree.
What is a GEDCOM?
GEDCOM, which stands for GEnealogical Data COMmunication, is a file format for transferring family tree information.
The GEDCOM standard has been almost-universally adopted by major genealogy websites and software tools. This is good for everyone. It means that you aren't locked-in to one tool. You can move and copy your information. It helps ensure that the work you put into your family tree research won't ever be lost.
Uploading a GEDCOM
Uploading involves no obligation. You can even do it as a guest without becoming a full member. You'll be presented with a neat "GEDMatches" report that shows you which family members might already exist on WikiTree. Try it!
Importing a GEDCOM
Our GEDCOM import process is different than what you might have experienced on other sites. For a great step-by-step guide to the import process, complete with screenshots, see this post by blogger Randy Seaver.
- GEDCOMs with more than 2,500 people cannot be imported.
- GEDCOMs with more than 100 people and no sources cannot be imported.
- GEDCOMs with more than 500 suggested matches cannot be imported.
- You may import multiple GEDCOMs, but please wait until the first GEDCOM file is completely processed before uploading another.
- Additional GEDCOM imports will not automatically replace profiles created through previous imports. Duplicates need to be skipped during the GEDMatches process.
- All GEDCOMs are reviewed by a WikiTree team member prior to import.
- Individuals born prior to 1500 will be automatically skipped.
- Individuals born prior to 1700 need to be skipped unless you have taken our Pre-1700 Self-Certification and are coordinating with the project for the time period, location, or historical topic, if there is one.
- See Before importing a GEDCOM for important information.
Exporting a GEDCOM
Click here to export a GEDCOM from WikiTree.
For information and tips on exporting from other websites and programs, see Exporting a GEDCOM.
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