How do I obtain a Gedcom and how does it work, with about unknown relationships

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I have thought of getting a Gedcom,  but how? What good is it and does it work to help fine unknowns. Is it worth getting it.
in The Tree House by Alfred Smith G2G6 (8.5k points)
A gedcom is a computer file to transfer genealogical data from one genealogy program to another. For example, you can export your genealogy data from you computer and import it into a genealogy website.
But where do I get it? Where can I use it. How do I transfer

Do you have a family tree at another website, like Ancestry? You can export your data as a gedcom from there. If your family tree is at FamilySearch/Family Tree there is no option to export your data there. Or, do you use a desktop genealogy program? I believe all of them have an option to export your data as a gedcom.

In principle, you can import your data into WikiTree. There is a process that you need to go through. I have never done it, but from what I have read in g2g discussions it is a fair amount of work: some people have suggested it is easier to enter your data manually. This link will provide information https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:GEDCOM you should also search g2g for gedcom and read some of the discussions for insight into the process.

Thank you.
Alfred,

George is right in that it is a fair amount of work. WikiTree will not simply import the file and ad it to the tree.

When you import the file, WikiTree will attempt to find "reasonable" matches between the data in your file and the data in WikiTree and then present you with the ability to compare those suggested matches and decide whether to accept the match and update the information in WikiTree or reject the match. You are always in control.

There will probably be many profiles in your GED file that do not match anything in WikiTree. For those, you will need to decide to add those profiles to WikiTree or abandon them. Again, everything is under your control.

I get that some will tell you that it might be easier to enter the data by hand but I m not convinced that is true. My aunt's GED file had well over 1000 entries and probably almost that many suggested matches and the format of the GED file does not lend itself to reading the data easily.

If your GED file has only a few entries, it may be easier to hand enter but more than that probably not.

Hope this helps.

John

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