can I import my tree so that I won’t have to build a new wiki tree

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in Genealogy Help by Anonymous Horn G2G1 (1.1k points)
retagged by Lynda Crackett
Ha.  "A new wiki tree."  I don't think we could start all over again! :)
Sorry, don’t understand...... can you help?
Hi Jim, D. Botkin was referring to the fact that there is only one tree here, we do not have individual Wikitrees.
Yes you can import a GEDcom, but you will still have to build your part of the tree by comparing each and every person on your gedcom to the global tree to ensure there will be no duplicates.

You could start by uploading a small GEDcom - say around 50 people - to learn what this involves, and then decide if you want to the same thing for everyone else on your tree.

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Jim, here are the instructions for importing a gedcom file and comparing it with existing profiles on Wikitree. The gedcompare process has been established to ensure that we do not create duplicate profiles on import. If you are going to try it I would recommend that you start with just a small branch of your tree while you learn how it works. You might also find it useful to develop a few profiles manually before doing an import so that you get a better understanding of how Wikitree works. 

by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (632k points)
selected by Loretta Morrison
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You can import your tree into our shared WikiTree.  The big question is, Should you?

Start here:

by Anonymous Tardy G2G6 Pilot (732k points)
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Hi Jim!  Welcome to the one world WikiTree.  You can find out about GedCom imports here:

WikiTree is a one world wide family tree.  You add your family twigs to the WikiTree and try to connect your twigs to surname branches.  Eventually the branches connect to the WikiTree trunk.  The goal is to have one leaf, called a profile, on the WikiTree for everyone that ever lived that can be documented.  If two or more leaves are created for the same person, they must be merged back to the lowest ID number with the correct surname spelling.

Your contributions of your family twigs are gifts to the WikiTree community.  They are donated with the knowledge that others will contribute to your profiles with biographies, sources, pictures, documents and other information to improve each donated profile.  Through collaboration, each of us donating our time and expertise in our areas of interest, we are improving the the 15 million+ profiles on the WikiTree.
by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (581k points)

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