I've hit the proverbial wall

+4 votes
I've been using Ancestry.com to build my wife's family tree. I like it because it's very easy to find sources, upload graphics, etc. I then export the GEDCOM (once I've exhausted all the sources for a family) and upload it to Wikitree to build the profiles there. Then I do clean-up work.

Unfortunately, my tree is now over 5,000 people, so I can no longer import it. And Ancestry has NO provision for exporting partial GEDCOMs.

No problem. I load it in GRAMPS and then export a partial GEDCOM. The problem is, GRAMPS strips too many of the sources out and forces me to do a lot more labor to build a profile on Wikitree.

So, is there a genealogy program that will accept an Ancestry GEDCOM of any size, without stripping out a lot of the data, and then allow me to export a partial GEDCOM to upload to Wikitree?

I'm considering splitting the tree on Ancestry, but that's a royal PITA. You can't just "disconnect" someone from a tree. You have to actually delete every person in the branches and leaves or they become orphans who still exist in the GEDCOM even though you can't see them in the tree.

Surely I'm not the first person to encounter this problem. I'm willing to purchase software IF it works well and has a flexible GEDCOM export function.
in The Tree House by Paul Schmehl G2G6 Mach 4 (45.8k points)

Try RootsMagic. You can get RootsMagic Essentials for free. You can import the Ancestry Gedcom, and then export partial gedcoms from there. If it does what you need, you can always purchase the full version, if you so choose. The cost is nominal.

Edit ... just found this blog ... it has additional info about RootsMagic and Ancestry. See  http://forums.rootsmagic.com/index.php?/topic/18866-ancestrycom-and-sources/

Thank you. I'll take a look.

2 Answers

+1 vote

You might take a look at Legacy.  - legacyfamilytree.com

I think the base version is free.  I paid for the advanced because I wanted bigger charts.

I am able to select any profiles or group of profiles to export.
by Philip Smith G2G6 Pilot (297k points)
Thanks. RootsMagic integrates with Ancestry as well as FamilySearch That's a huge plus. I've downloaded and am playing around with the free version, but I'm leaning toward playing with it. But I'll take a look at legacy as well.
+2 votes
I use Legacy and I love it, but I think I have another suggestion. Why don't you build different trees at Ancestry? I have a main tree, but I also have one for Reamstown, PA, another one for the 55th Massachusetts Infantry, etc. for a total of 28 trees. You could do one for each of your great-grandparents or however you'd like to break them up.
by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (596k points)
That seems like a lot of work to me.

I ended up going with RootsMagic. It integrates completely with Ancestry (you can update Ancestry records through RootsMagic and vice versa) and also integrates with FamilySearch.

I'm still learning the interface and how the software works, but I created a GEDCOM for 20 people, and the data included was far better than what GRAMPS provides.

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