I uploaded expanded family tree GEDCOM file & did GEDcompare - what do I do next?

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I have been working at our family tree for about 5 years, but am still a beginner and need help. I uploaded an early version of our tree at the start and have just uploaded a much more complet GEDcom file. I did the GEDcompare, but am not sure what comes next. I'd like to get rid of the original data and make sure all the new data is properly entered - how do I do that? Also, how does one view the complete global WikiTree?
asked in WikiTree Help by George Ferris G2G Crew (450 points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

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It appears that you reviewed all of your suggested matches in your GEDCOMpare, but you haven't imported any data yet.

You may have been misled by the "COMPLETED" checkboxes (many members find them misleading). Maybe you thought that marking the "COMPLETED" checkbox would import your data, but it doesn't. It's intended to indicate that you have finished all the editing you want to do for that person.

Here's what you need to do:

  1. Go back and uncheck those boxes. 
  2. Start with a person who is your Gedcom and also in WikiTree, open a COMPARE screen, and you will see the person's family group.
  3. From that screen, use the ADD button to open a new "Add Person" form for a person who isn't in WikiTree, filled in with data from your Gedcom. Review the form and make revisions as needed (sometimes Gedcom data isn't very pretty when it's imported), then submit the form when you are finished. That will create a new profile.
  4. Also from that screen, use the EDIT button to open an "Edit" page for a person who is already in WikiTree. The form will allow you to compare the data on WikiTree with the data in your Gedcom and select the best information. It will also put data from your Gedcom into a box where you can edit the text section of the existing profile to include content (such as source citations) that are in your Gedcom but not in the existing profile. You can choose to keep the existing text, merge content from the Gedcom with that text, or replace the existing text with content from your Gedcom. And if you find that your Gedcom won't add anything of value to the existing profile, just hit CANCEL and move to the next person.
  5. After you've finished the first family group, move on to someone else and do the same thing -- and continue until you've processed the whole file.
answered by Ellen Smith G2G6 Pilot (878k points)
selected by George Ferris

Wow, this is not so easy as I imagined – a lot of work to be fitted in as I find time. Your generous support is most appreciated, but no thanks for the mammoth task you’ve beset me.

Best Regards, George Ferris
Well, you've finished the step that most of us find to be the most annoying part of using Gedcompare, which is doing the suggested matches. Once that's done, adding profiles goes pretty smoothly using this tool. And now there's no deadline -- your Gedcompare will remain available for as long as you need it (unless you go 60 days without touching it).

Once we get the hang of it, many of us prefer this to the old system of importing Gedcoms. Unlike the past situation when a whole Gedcom import was done at one time, creating many profiles that needed cleanup (and sometimes needed to be manually connected to family members who weren't created by the same Gedcom), now we can clean up the content before the profile is created, and if we work systematically with family groups, family-member connections will not be lost. Editing existing profiles from Gedcompare is a bit more complicated, but that's something we couldn't do at all with the old system (we couldn't use Gedcoms to update profiles -- it was necessary to copy the information into WikiTree manually).
+5 votes

I did the GEDcompare, but am not sure what comes next.

 When working with GEDCOMpare, there are a few main options:

Compare, Match and Reject are the first main topics you will encounter. For each entry in your GEDCOM list, GEDCOMpare will search WikiTree for possible matches, or what we call suggestions (suggested matches). Every suggestion will need to be reviewed, and either Matched, or Rejected. You can also use the Compare and Search functions to verify other information (such as relationships or data of relationships before Matching and Rejecting). If you reject a match, nothing more needs to be completed at this stage. If you Match a suggestion, you have the option to Edit or Merge the information from your GEDCOM into the existing profile on WikiTree.

Once all suggestion are handled, you will have the option to add any profiles that do not currently exist on WikiTree (add buttons will appear in the GEDCOMpare table).

So, depending on where exactly you are in the GEDCOMpare function will determine what you should do next.

  1. If you still have suggested matches on the GEDCOMpare, you will need to finish reviewing those and either match or reject as neccessary.
  2. If all suggestions have been handled, and you have add buttons on the GEDCOMpare, you will need to start adding those profiles to WIkiTree (complete with sources). Note: you will need specific badges to add profiles that are Pre-1700.
  3. If you have done all of the above and consider the GEDCOMpare complete, then I would suggest moving on to the My WikiTree > Suggestions feature. Here you will be given a list of profiles, and any errors or corrections that should be reviewed (such as Error 511: Unique names) that you can review and either fix, or leave comments on why the spelling is correct.

Now, if you are done with all of that, then I would suggest getting familiar with WikiTree formatting. Learning the WIkiTree MarkUp, and Editing Tips will help you understand how WikiTree works and how profiles can be 'decorated' with things like Stickers and Categories. Once you have the basics down (you can always go back and reference certain pieces, you don't have to memorize anything), then the fun part begins!

You can start by cleaning up your managed profiles (sources, sources, sources) and joining Projects that relate to your interests.

answered by Steven Harris G2G6 Pilot (153k points)

Well, it looks like you’ve just given me a major job, which I will have to fit in with more pressing tasks. I don’t thank you for that, but am most grateful and appreciative for your generous and willing help.

Regards, George Ferris

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