Is there a way to import my ancestry family tree into wiki?

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in Genealogy Help by Keith Amos G2G Rookie (220 points)

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In principle, yes.

You would export your family tree from Ancestry as a gedcom. You would them go through WikiTree’s import process. This link will start you on the process. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Special:UploadGedcom

The exported file must end in “.ged” for the process to work. Sometimes the file gets saved as a “.txt” file which will not be imported. This file can be renamed by replacing the “.txt” with “.ged”.

The import is limited to a file of 5,000 individuals. If your family tree is larger than this you will need to split the file into smaller parts, for example you could export the ancestors of each grandparent separately.

It get familiar with the process it recommended to start with a smaller file.

It may be useful to search g2g for “gedcom“ to get a sense for some of the issues. In reading g2g comments you should expect a fair amount of work as you will need to compare each person in the file with possible duplicates. The upload leaves a lot of gedcom-related “artifacts,” commonly referred as “gedcom junk,” which should be removed as they do not add useful information to the profiles.

Personally, I have never done it. After reading comments about the process, I don’t anticipate doing it. I am sure others have a different opinion, and have done it successfully.

by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (402k points)
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Most of us highly recommend you enter each profile by hand in order to be able to revisit each ancestors information for accuracy, and make sure that there is not already an existing profile. However if you still want to do an upload, many of those that have do only 100 profiles at a time and then go back to each clearing Gedcom junk George spoke of and looking for any matching profiles that already exists and merging with those duplicate profiles.  All of those rather time consuming activities are why many prefer just to enter one at a time. By the time you get to the early 1800s and the 1700s your ancestor is probably already profiled and you can just connect. Hope you enjoy Wikitree, welcome!
by Loretta Morrison G2G6 Pilot (141k points)

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