I have family information on "FamilySearch.org." Is it possible to import that data to this site? Thank you.

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in WikiTree Tech by anonymous G2G Crew (340 points)
edited by Maggie N.

4 Answers

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Hi Marybeth,

Welcome to WikiTree.

The short answer is YES.

However, there are a couple of ways to accomplish this and neither is considered easy or straight forward if you have not done this type of thing before.

Until recently, the best answer was to manually copy and paste information.  It was the preferred method if you only had a few profiles to work with.  With larger groups of profiles, WikiTree offers GEDCOM imports.  This is not direct, you would need to move your Family Search profile to a GEDCOM and then import it to WikiTree.

Click here to read more about GEDCOM's on WikiTree here.

Recently we have introduced WikiTree X.  This is still new and there may be quirks but it is pretty effective if you use Google Chrome as it is an Extension for Chrome.

Click here to read more about the WikiTree X Extension for Google Chrome.

Please let us know if this helps you or if you need further help.


by Michael Stills G2G6 Pilot (435k points)
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If you have profiles for the people on wikitree already then you could use Roots search to transfer source information, but familysearch.org does not support exporting GEDCOM files so that way would not work. As Michael states in his answer it might be possible with WikiTree X but you would be creating profiles one by one and you would have to use the Chrome browser with the WikiTree X app.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
edited by Dale Byers
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I use Wikitree X now to transfer my FamilySearch research to WikiTree. I LOVE it.
by Maggie N. G2G6 Pilot (950k points)
all of my ancestors are documented, Wikitreex needs improvements, so does all other apps. I wished I could up load all of my tree at once,  I wished there was ways to Upload from other sites also.   Wiki tree also needs to import all from family search and documents, and start linking up.
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The short answer is "yes" and I'll explain how.

FamilySearch does not talk to Wikitree directly.  Migrating your family tree is doable as a three step process:

  1. Install PC software that will act as an intermediary.    https://www.ancquest.com/aqbdl.htm

  2. Use Ancestral Quest (free!) to export your tree to a file.   There are many export types but choose "Other...GED".

  3. Upload the GED file now stored on your PC to WikiTree

Ok, now for the messy details:

  * In Ancestry Quest (aka "AQ"), select "FamilySearch" in the top menu

  * Then select "login" and it will take you to a FS login page.  

  * Then back to AQ, select "FamilySearch" again and then "Import Family Lines"

  * It will ask how many generations and this will create a problem.  You want a lot of generations but since WT only imports 5000 people, this might cause some back-and-forth experimentation.  12 generations was too many as was 10 generations, at least for me.  8 generations of ancestors produced a file of less than 5,000 relatives (for me, YMMV).

  * It asks if you want to include spouses and children.  I said yes although this defaults to "no".  With this off, you'll get a narrow-but-tall tree.  Turning this on gets you  a wider tree with more cousins.  

  * Let it work for awhile.  It took over a half hour on my powerful PC.

Once the AQ stored the GED file on my PC, the upload to WikiTree is doable.
by Walt Brubaker G2G Crew (620 points)
Hi, I'm very new to Wikitree. I am wondering if there has been  any new software/updates, added to the process of transferring info from Family Search.org. to Wikitree?  Or is the transfer process, still the same as you described back years ago?

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