will ancestry.com give me a gedcom?

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in Genealogy Help by Paul Parish G2G Crew (400 points)
Yes, Ancestry.com will allow you to download a GED.COM. it will be in it's entirety.  You will need to upload it to another program to work with or split into  smaller groups of people.  Evelyn    -  Murray-2307
Yes, and if you don't understand computer language, call on the phone and they will walk you threw it.  Next problem will be, how do I add this to GEDmatch?
WHO DO I CALL?    ANCESTRY?  WIKITREE?  OR YOU?    I HAVE ALREADY SPLIT MY TREE INTO SMALL GROUPS USING "REUNION" FOR MAC......  I AM ABOUT HALF WAY THROUGH THE ORIGINAL TREE.        EVELYN    Murray-2307

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You can download a GEDCOM from Ancestry. We do recommend that you start small with no more than 50 people in your first GEDCOM as there is a fair amount of clean-up to be done after the load into wikitree.

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/GEDCOM

To get a GEDCOM from Ancestry go to Tree Settings, you'll find it there. If you have a lot of people in your tree you will probably have to split your GEDCOM using PC or Mac based software.

I've personally found that it is easier to do them by hand than it is to use a GEDCOM. The editing needed can be quite extensive.
by Rosemary Jones G2G6 Pilot (233k points)
I'm still trying to figure out how to download "small group" gedcom files!

As far as I know, there is no way to download a GEDCOM of your PARTIAL TREE from Ancestry.  I had to find an old copy of Family Tree Maker 2012 from some site, download & install it, then I was able to split my tree.

Using FTM (Family Tree Maker), I am able to export my tree a family at a time and upload to Wikitree.  This is the easy, logical way that works for me and keeps it simple.  I've already uploaded 4 generations back to Wikitree a family at a time (obviously each generation back, I wind up with double the families to import - for instance, my 5th generation has 16 families just from my father's side).

I originally tried to create a GEDCOM of my entire tree (over 8000 souls), and that proved to be a nightmare for importing, so the above solutions worked for me.  Good luck!

I think RootsMagic has a free version - I don't know how many people it allows. An older version of FTM (2011, 2012) would work very well if you can find one.

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