Why do we allow Gedcoms to be used for profiles?

+7 votes
I've not looked at any of these, or used them, other than my own, but it strikes me that they would be filled with undocumented data, statements, and guesses.
in Genealogy Help by Terry Winchester G2G3 (3.7k points)
There's nothing wrong with a GEDCOM if it's got sources. If the source is cited like "Joe Blow's GEDCOM", that's a problem.

Not necessarily Terry, it depends on the genealogist. I uploaded a small gedcom just to learn the process (and I do recommend adding your 'tree' in small chunks) and it had plenty of sources for each person. 

For those brave souls that worked with the original process, or those that haven't added one, there is a Help Page with a visual walk through.


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+10 votes
Gedcoms were what gave us (WikiTree) a large start. We've since grown up, realizing that bulk input was not the best. We, the  present survivors of the first explosion, must now remedy the problems remaining.
by Tom Bredehoft G2G6 Pilot (214k points)

And yet, people still use them.  It's still fairly common for people to ask a question about uploading a GEDCom file several thousand strong.  sad

Well said, Tom.
You’re right, Herbert. We still see folks saying they’re ready to upload a 1500 name gedcom. I did one for about 50 people and boy it was work!
I started by trying to upload a GEDCOM and after seeing what came out of the first dozen, I abandoned it. It was far more work to fix the horrid way the data gets put into the bio than to do everything by hand.
I had the same experience and reached the same conclusion, Doug.  That was with the old process.  I think the new one is better at avoiding duplicates, but still does the same violence to bios sources.  Maybe I'm wrong; hope so.
I never had a GEDCOM, entered in excess of 10.000 profiles, made some mistakes, even entered a   few duplicates. I really learned the process, too.
When I joined WikiTree I had an ancestry ged.com with about 1000 profiles.   However,  I realized I was pretty new to genealogy and my ged.com wasn't  "vetted".   I  also remembered the saying:  "Garbage in, Garbage out."   I input each profile individually, which helped me become very familiar with the WikiTree software.

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