Is there any way I can edit a GEDCOM file BEFORE importing, as mine has 1400+ people AND people before 1500?

+8 votes
I use Ancestry and downloaded a GEDCOM from there. I certainly understand the need for accuracy, but I don't want to manually load 1400 people if I can help it. Any suggestions or comments are welcome, even if it is "You are screwed. Get to work." THANK YOU!!!!!
in WikiTree Tech by Michael Roby G2G Crew (970 points)
edited by Michael Roby
The more I read - and review my own data - the more I am convinced to check my own data for sourcing and just suck it up and enter it.

I am SO grateful to be a new part of this community. and I hope to be a positive addition. Thanks Chris & Rosemary!

3 Answers

+3 votes
Hi Michael,

This doesn't answer your question, but in your case you may not need to edit before uploading. At the GEDCOMpare stage you can auto-select lines of ancestors to skip, and anyone from before 1500 will automatically be skipped.

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
Thanks so much Chris. I'm going to go back over the instructions & FAQ's to make sure I am only putting in data I am 99.9999% confident about so as not to cause problems for others.
+2 votes
If you have DropBox I can send you the PAF installation files (183MB) and you can install PAF (requires Windows). I think it is still the best for splitting a file.

Remember, it's completely unsupported & I don't know if it will run on your system.
by Rosemary Jones G2G6 Pilot (244k points)
Rosemary, I do have Dropbox. That would be great! Thank you so much.
Can you PM me an email address? I'm not sure if this will work since there are folders within folders. I may have to zip them. We'll see.
+1 vote
Hi Michael,

Not really an answer to your question but I recently imported a GEDCOM which I made from my Ancestry tree, no where near as big as yours is though :). From my experience it is a great thing to be able to see your ancestors all attached as you click on one but every profile you add via the gedcom will need a clean up, because a lot of gobbledy gook is created in the process. I have started on cleaning up mine and in the process decided to re-source the information from Familysearch purely because my decendants in the future may not wish to purchase a membership from Ancestry and therefore won't be able to see the relevant information in situ. By doing this I have managed to confirm my original findings or in some respects correct them. Don't worry about making mistakes, we all do and here at wikitree I have found there are so many helpful people that will assist in correcting errors and break down the proverbial brick walls that may arise. One wikitreer has just done that for me. I have actually found more information to add into some profiles than what I originally had. From a personal perspective I think I have now found the most comfortable way for me to work.

Whichever way you choose the most important thing is to enjoy what you are doing

Welcome to wikitree, happy reearching

by Wendy Sullivan G2G6 Pilot (149k points)

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