Generate GEDCOM from WikiTree for RootsMagic System

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Before joining WikiTree, I maintained genealogy on RootsMagic a PC based software package.  I would like to update my profiles and generate a GEDCOM to keep RootsMagic up to date. RM produces good reports and I like to use them to keep family members posted.
in WikiTree Tech by Anonymous Barnes G2G6 Mach 3 (32.7k points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway

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Wikitree imports and exports a limited number of fields. (just the basics.) All other fields (and sources) end up as text in the narrative and as such end up -- when exported from wikitree and imported into RM or any other software program -- as text in the person's Notes field. Therefore, it doesn't make a lot of sense to try to import an exported wikitree gedcom into an offline genealogy software program.  

Fixing this, I believe would require a major rewrite of wikitree's underlying software to include multiple fields with sources attached to each field. I don't think we'll ever see such a rewrite.
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (782k points)
selected by Anonymous Barnes
Thank you Jillaine,

I want the detail.  I will do it the hard way
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Did you know about this http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Special:DownloadGedcom or am I not understanding the question?
by Anonymous Hampson G2G6 Pilot (105k points)
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I recommend that you export a very small GEDCOM (find someone with only a few descendants) and then import that into a new empty RootsMagic database. Then you can open another database and compare to see them side by side. I brought a few profiles over that way. It could be how sources were cited, all mine ended up as a very long entry for the person notes. So....I'm keeping parallel works (I only have about 2000 in RootsMagic, a few of them are on WikiTree.

I did (accidentally) bring down a fairly large GEDCOM of an ancestor I found on WikiTree, again in a separate database. Very valuable to see what is in the Problem List.
by Kay Knight G2G6 Pilot (427k points)
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You could also try to invite them to Wiki so they can help fill in your blanks and also they can help others.
by S Sagers G2G6 Mach 2 (21.8k points)

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