Do I have to manually add every single one of the 3,500+ relatives I uploaded via GEDcom to my family tree?

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WikiTree profile: Carole Bannes
in WikiTree Help by Carole Bannes G2G6 Mach 5 (54.5k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

Basically, yes, you either edit existing profiles or add new ones manually after you have processed your GEDCOM via GEDCOMpare.

The information in your GEDCOM should be imported into the profile creation page when you create a new profile, so you shouldn't have to do everything strictly manually.

As Robynne suggests, you may want to start over with a smaller GEDCOM (I suggest starting with only 10-25 profiles) to get "the feel" for GEDCOMpare.

edit: I should probably say you create each new profile individually, rather than manually.

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by Susan Smith G2G6 Pilot (667k points)
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You do have to go through each and every person and check to see if there is a duplicate already on wikitree.

If there is a duplicate then that person does not get uploaded, If there is no duplicate then that person gets added.

But you do have some options.

1 - You can delete your large gedcom and reupload a much smaller gedcom. And then do the gedcompare process.

2 - You can just add most of your tree manually starting with yourself and your parents.

As you get further back, some of your ancestors may already be on wikitree so you only need to connect to them rather than having to create a whole new profile.
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
Thanks for the explanation, that is very helpful.
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I have now gone through every single recommended "match" for the people in my GED, and marked them either delete or match. There are several (mostly those born after 1920) who are in private trees and just didn't want to mess with accessing them. Now do I just sit on my hands for 2 months and wait for them to appear in my tree from the GED?
by Carole Bannes G2G6 Mach 5 (54.5k points)

If you don't see the Add button for the rejected-match profiles, you probably still have one or more unprocessed profiles in your GEDCOM:

"Add buttons don't appear on the main table until all suggested matches in your GEDCOM have been confirmed or rejected."

To clarify, the GEDCOMpare system will not automatically import your GEDCOM's profiles.

Carole, you haven't finished processing the suggested matches. Apparently, you skipped over suggestions associated with private or unlisted profiles on WikiTree. If you can't tell whether the person is a match or not, due to privacy, I suggest that you mark the suggested match as "match" for now (you can change this later) so you can finish up ALL of the suggested matches.

Once you have finished all of the suggested matches, you will suddenly see lots of ADD buttons in GEDCOMpare. Then go to a profile (maybe yourself) for someone you know well who has a match in WikiTree, open the COMPARE screen, and start ADDing the profiles for your starting person's first-degree relatives. (But please note that GEDCOMpare works best if you add a person's parents and spouse(s) before you add siblings and children.) Once you start doing that, I think you'll see that this can go pretty efficiently -- you won't be manually adding each individual profile, but you will be reviewing (and possibly tweaking) the data so you like the content of the profile before you finish importing it.

Meanwhile, you can send messages to the managers of those mysterious private profiles to see if they are the same people you have in your tree, and (if so) ask for trusted list permission for the profiles.

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