How can I import data from my Ancestry family tree of over 11,000 entries?

+2 votes
I would like to upload my family tree from but get an error message that my tree is too large. Is there a way for me to split the tree for upload? For example, could I upload ONLY persons sharing my surname?
in WikiTree Help by Leon Lowe G2G Rookie (190 points)

2 Answers

+6 votes

When you create the GedCom from Ancestry, you can designate the people you want in the tree. For instance, choose yourself and then which ancestors to include. I would suggest that you choose one line and keep it to about 500 people or less. Once you have taken them through the GedCompare process and cleaned up their profiles, then do another line; repeat until you have all the ancestors that you want on WikiTree.

It is also good to enter your basic people and then add manually for the collateral lines. That way you do not have to clean the profiles as the biographies do not transfer through the GedCom as they appear on Ancestry. 

Here are two links that more fully explain the process. In the first link there is an explanation on splitting a GedCom. Please come back and ask again if you have more questions.

by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (271k points)
+3 votes

This link from Ancestry tells you what do do. however, this seems like an inconvenient work around.

A better approach might be to download your information from ancestry, and import it into another genealogy program. Then you could export smaller gedcoms, separate ones starting with each of your grandparents. You could then work with those one at a time.

The best place to start, would be with a small gedcom, perhaps only three or four generations to gain familiarity with the process.

Here are some links from the help pages with more information

by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (266k points)

I was wondering the same question.  When I went to my Ancestry file on splitting it states, " It's not currently possible to split family trees on Ancestry┬«, but there are two ways to get similar results: duplicating your tree, and saving people from one tree to another.

For help merging your tree, see Merging Ancestry┬« Family Trees."  Any advice on a good free genealogical program to do this?

One option: RootsMagic Essentials. This is a limited version of the program that you can download for free. I believe it is PC only, no Mac version. Some of the other programs may have trial versions, but I have not used those.

Another option: you can take your gedcom to a FHC and use one of the several programs they have for patron use. These are Ancestral Quest, Legacy, and RootsMagic. These are full versions, and not the limited trial versions.

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