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in WikiTree Tech by John Niblett G2G Crew (370 points)

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Hi John

Welcome to Wikitree. As a newer user have you looked at the Help section regarding GEDCOMS?

The section concerning imports suggests splitting a large file.

The reason for this is the amount of time it will take to resolve possible matches. Take a few minutes and read through the Help topics and you may find the answer to many questions.

by Michael Tyler G2G6 Mach 2 (20.8k points)
edited by Michael Tyler
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:( - don't try, to get back to your computer and split into atleat 4 smaller Ged files, I had 4700+ but had hassles, so I got my SMALL geds in to here, 150,100, 150, 1008, ( Ihave found somethig and joined to a PROJECT)  is still a lot of work, lucky for me I am retired, to self check to COMPARE, MATCH and Split, so I think you should think about just adding the MAIN LINE NAMES into here, thinking this way I feel any other GEN will be search as well may well have the same as you
by Graeme Wilson G2G3 (3.6k points)
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There are some restrictions on the size of GedCom imports, please see the following for instructions on GedComs:

Uploading a GEDCOM

Click here to upload your 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!

Note: GEDCOMs with more than 5,000 people cannot be uploaded and will need to split up.

 Importing a GEDCOM

After uploading and GEDMatches, if you want to help with our mission to create a single, shared family tree as a Wiki Genealogist, you can add branches to WikiTree by importing your 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 more than one GEDCOM to WikiTree, 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.
  • 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.


by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (765k points)

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