How do I import from MyHeritage a Gedcom almost 1200 people?

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in The Tree House by Stephen McCallum G2G6 Mach 2 (21.8k points)
retagged by Dorothy Barry
Thank you for all the answers received!
A reminder that you will not be able to import people born before 1700 and you won't be able to import profiles that have no dates for birth/death

Much of the advice in this discussion is no longer applicable. A new process for working with Gedcoms has been inaugurated. See https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/461205/have-you-tried-gedcompare-2-0 for more information.

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Best answer
I entered all of family members one at a time because you need to add source material for each profile which the gencom load will not do. It takes longer but you pick up mistakes along the way and have a cleaner more accurate tree.   I think 1200 too many to go back and source later.
by Zoe Cochrane G2G6 Mach 1 (10.7k points)
selected by Stephen McCallum
GEDCOMs can contain source material; the ones exported from Ancestry definitely do (if the Ancestry record has them).  Here's the catch: the import process uses the sources to generate a biography with a horrible hash of mangled and duplicated source citations, that is very difficult to follow or edit if you want to change the sources.  The more sources you have, the worse the computer-generated bio, and the more effort it takes to clean it up, and the more likely you will make a mistake doing so.  If your GEDCOM has no sources, the post-import cleanup is easy, but then why did you need the import?  If your GEDCOM has no sources because there are none, why are you creating a profile at all?  WikiTree is working on a major upgrade to the GEDCOM process, so another option is to wait for better tools.
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You can do it, subject to some restrictions (check the Help files).  But please inform yourself about the pros and cons first. The usual advice is to try a very small (20 or fewer people) import, and see how it works and decide whether a larger one is worthwhile. See https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Before_importing_a_GEDCOM.  Even if the system allows it, you probably do not want to import 1200 profiles your first time out. The more you import, the more likely you create duplicate profiles. Merging the duplicates makes work for you and for other members. Post-import cleanup is a lot of work, even without duplicates. So please, do 10 or 20 to get the full rich experience, then decide if you want to do more. Read the help files and browse around G2G for GEDCOM import experiences. Get as informed as you can before you commit to this.  Good luck!

by Herbert Tardy G2G6 Pilot (569k points)
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Although you have about 1200 people on your line, as suggested, I would advise cutting this down to around 20-30 as a gedcom import.

The problem is, out of the 1200 people you have, about 90% of them will already be on wikiTree. Import your 20-30, and check them against existing profiles, to avoid duplicates. Then, following their lines, you can manually add any profiles that do not already exist on here. I assure you that this is the easiest way to do this.
by Dave Welburn G2G6 Pilot (107k points)

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