How to process an unrelated GEDCOM?

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So I conducted a chunk of research (pro bono) for someone else. I put the results into my genealogy software. I'm not related. None of the information was in WikiTree. So I generated and uploaded a GEDCOM. It's been matchbotted and accepted and put online. The email I received that it's ready says this:


1.) Merge with your account profile

Does your GEDCOM start with you? If so, you'll want to merge the GEDCOM-created profile into your account profile.

First click to the GEDCOM-created profile for you. It will be listed on the GEDCOM report page and on your Watchlist.

Scroll to the bottom of that profile and find the link that says "initiate a merge." Enter Smith-32867 (the WikiTree ID for your account profile) in the second field.

If your GEDCOM started with one of your nuclear relatives instead of you, click the appropriate link in the right column of your profile's Edit page and enter the relative's WikiTree ID there.


Since I'm not related to anyone in this tree, do I need to do any of the above? Do I just leave as is? (these are all dead folks)


I *will* probably change the privacy settings so anyone can edit these pages.


Anything else I need to know/do? I realize this is not the typical way the average use may use WikiTree, but I can completely imagine doing pro bono research and wanting to add it here. 

WikiTree profile: Henry Foster Jones
in Genealogy Help by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (718k points)
edited by Chris Whitten
Nice, Jillaine.

"Matchbotted." I like that. :-)
by the way, the gedcom-upload-matchbot tool worked fairly well; I've commented elsewhere on where I think it could be strengthened. AND, it would be a bear for anyone to do on a large-ish GEDCOM. Mine was 51 people and I wouldn't want to do much more than that at a sitting.

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That merging step is only for if you upload a GEDCOM that contains a person (usually yourself) that you've already entered manually.

In this case, there's nothing to merge, so you're done! :)
by Lianne Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (420k points)
selected by Keith Baker

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