How to input my data to my family tree

+2 votes

I'm sure it's a stupid question, but: Have I to add manually each person of my family tree or can I use my Gedcom to do it automaticaly ?

If I can use my Gedcon, how to do it ?

Thanks for your help
in WikiTree Help by Loïc Mairesse G2G Crew (550 points)
retagged by Maggie N.

2 Answers

+4 votes
You can use a GEDCom but it will NOT be automatic. You still have to check each and every name on your GEDcom to make sure that there are no duplicates already on wikitree.

Wikitree does NOT do the autopopulate thing that other places do.

In my opinion, it is much faster to add each new name manually. That is what I did and I don't regret doing that at all. And yes I was adding over 1000 names at the time.

Profiles dont take that long to create. They only need a christian name, a correctly spelled surname, gender selection, a DOB or a DOD, a place name and ONE source to confirm the date you use.

If you do use the GEDcom, make sure it is a small one, that you can practise on, because as I said before, you will have to check each and every name.

Good Luck.
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
+4 votes

Totally agree with Robynne.  I was interested in adding my data as a gedcom but I put it off long enough to have read up on the process in various helpful files and here in G2G.

In addition to Robynne's answer, I would make a couple of other observations.  Gedcoms are allowed but all too often new members upload a large gedcom, realize how much time it will take to manually merge profiles and data, and then abandon the whole thing, and often just never come back to Wikitree.  That leaves the cleaning up to volunteers who arealready  overwhelmed with making improvements (both gedcom and manually input profiles).  Its my understanding that once put on the site, it has to dealt with by someone, it doesn't go away on its own.

The other thing is that, depending on where the gedcom came from or how it was made, a large amount of information coding particular to that genealogy website or program comes through into the new profile.  This coding can make the information difficult to understand in many cases.  So the uploader has to go over each profile and work the information into formats compatible with those used on Wikitree.  And if the uploader actually goes through all of this process, particularly on large files, more time will probably be spent on corrections and formating than if the profiles had been added manually.

One advantage of manual entering is that it gives the Wikitree member a chance to review their information, particularly when adding sources; often times finding typos, incorrect entries and other incorrect entries.  In the search for primary sources, one occasionally finds an ancestral link that, while known for generations, has no primary sources to establish the link.  This in turn supports the ideal of better research and sources for profiles on Wikitree.

I've been on Wikitree for a couple of years in a few months and I had a huge gedcom.  I started helping my mother with our genealogy in the late 1950s, so I have a gedcom of almost 60 years of research, and I chose to enter it manually.  I have found it tedious at times, but vastly more rewarding.  I know I will never get it all input here, but thats okay.  The goal of Wikitree is not the rapidity in which we can amass a huge amount of profiles, but rather in the accuracy and trustworthyness of what is entered.

Okay, I'll come down off my soapbox and say Welcome to Wikitree Loïc, we appreciate you're deciding to be a member and welcome your participation into all aspects of Wikitree.  This forum is a good place to start and get comfortable with Wikitree, there are all kinds of people here, with all kinds of interests.  I only started participating in the forum after being on here a year, but I had read a lot which really helped.  Good luck!

by Art Black G2G6 Mach 5 (50.2k points)
Well said.  Cheers!
Thanks for the kind words Vincent, much appreciated!

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