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Categories: WikiTree Help | GEDCOMs

GEDCOMpare is all new as of September 2017. See this announcement in G2G.

GEDCOMs are not imported, i.e. family trees are not automatically added to WikiTree. After you upload our "GEDCOMpare" tool enables you to conveniently:

  1. Compare your tree with our shared tree. We show you the most likely matches. This can be used by itself — a handy way to see if anyone in your family is already on WikiTree.
  2. Add & edit profiles on our shared tree using your GEDCOM. You add people one at a time after confirming or rejecting suggested matches.

This is a "beta" version. We know there are improvements to be made. Please help by posting suggestions and reporting problems. Thank you!


Action Buttons

The following action buttons conditionally appear in the WikiTree Profiles column of the main GEDCOMpare table and comparison pop-ups.

  • Add: Click this button to create a profile for the person on WikiTree.
    • Add buttons don't appear on the main table until all suggested matches in your GEDCOM have been confirmed or rejected. This could be a pain in the butt if there are a lot of bad suggestions but we believe it's important for preventing the creation of duplicate profiles that would later need to be merged.
    • Add buttons don't appear on comparison pop-ups until all suggested matches for all of the starting person's nuclear family members have been confirmed or rejected.
  • Edit: Click this button to edit an existing profile on WikiTree.
    • Edit buttons only appear when there is a confirmed match.
  • Compare: Every suggested, matched, or rejected WikiTree ID will have a compare button next to it. Clicking it takes you to a detailed comparison pop-up with more action buttons.
  • Compare With: If there are no suggested or confirmed matches but you think the person may be on WikiTree, click this button to enter a WikiTree ID manually.
  • Match: On comparison pop-ups use this button to confirm that the person in your GEDCOM and the profile on WikiTree represent the same person.
  • Match With: This action button appears on comparison pop-ups by nuclear relatives of the starting person in your GEDCOM. It enables you to directly set a match for a corresponding relative of the starting profile on WikiTree without comparing them first.
  • Reject: On comparison pop-ups use this button to reject a suggested match. Only do this if the profile on WikiTree does not represent the person in your GEDCOM.
  • Search: If a person on the GEDCOMpare table does not have any suggested or confirmed matches you'll see a button for searching WikiTree. Our search form will be automatically filled with the person data from your GEDCOM. Direct searches are a good idea if a name could have different forms or the dates may be entered differently. Our GEDCOMpare search has limitations.

Comparison Pop-Ups

When you click a "compare" action button you'll see a detailed comparison of the person in your GEDCOM (on the left) and the corresponding profile on WikiTree (on the right).

Beneath the starting person are rows for the Father, Mother, Siblings, Spouses, and Children of the person in your GEDCOM and the profile on WikiTree.

Comparison pop-ups generally give you all the information you need to decide if the person in your GEDCOM matches the profile on WikiTree, i.e. if they represent the same person. If they do, click the "match" button. If they don't, click the "reject" button.

If you're not sure whether they're the same person you can take a closer look at the profile on WikiTree by clicking the person's name in the right column. You can go directly to their ancestors or descendants on WikiTree using the small icons that appear next to their name.

You can take a closer look at the person in your GEDCOM by clicking the plus sign (+) icon that appears near the top of the left column. However, this shows you the "raw" data from your original file and may not be helpful.

If you click a match or reject action button, the comparison pop-up will close. It will also close if you click another compare button.

GEDCOMpare Table Usage Tips

Here is more information on using the main GEDCOMpare page.

Table columns and sorting

Each row of the table is an individual in your GEDCOM. You can resort the order by clicking any one of these column headers:

  • ID is the identification number or code for the person in your GEDCOM. These are usually meaningless — assigned when your GEDCOM was created — but it is helpful to have a unique identifier for each person. By default, the rows are sorted in ID order.
    • The checkbox in this column marks the person as completed (see below).
    • The + sign in this column enables you to view the raw data on the person that is in your GEDCOM. This isn't generally necessary.
  • Name of the person in your GEDCOM. You can click this to view the rows in alphabetical order.
  • Birth date of the person in your GEDCOM. You can click this to view the rows in birth order.
  • Death date of the person in your GEDCOM. You can click this to view the rows in order of when they died.


The WikiTree Profiles column of the main table has WikiTree IDs prefaced with one of the following:

  • suggested: These are WikiTree profiles that may correspond to the person in your GEDCOM. Or not. They may be very bad suggestions. It's up to you to compare them and decide.
  • matched: These are confirmed matches. They may have been suggested matches that you accepted, matches that you set manually through a "match with" action button, or profiles that you have already created with your GEDCOM data.
  • rejected: These are suggested matches that you have rejected because they don't represent the person in your GEDCOM. To avoid clutter, rejected matches are not displayed unless you click the "show rejected matches" button near the top of the page.

Completed rows

After you have created or edited a WikiTree profile using a person's data in your GEDCOM, the person's row in your GEDCOMpare table will automatically be marked as "completed."

Other reasons for marking a row as completed:

  • if the person was born before 1700 or 1500 and you don't have the Pre-1700 or Pre-1500 certification that our community requires for editing these early profiles, or
  • if you don't have the names, dates, and sources for the person that are required for creating collaborative profiles on WikiTree.

You can manually mark or unmark rows by checking or unchecking the small box that appear on the far left side of the row on the main table. These checkboxes also appear at the top of comparison pop-ups.

Marking rows as completed is entirely for your convenience. It is may help you know when you are done with a person so that you can move on to other people. It does not mean the person is ready to import.

Completed rows are hidden by default. You can see them by clicking the "show completed rows" button that will appear near the top of the page.


There is a "refresh" link in the Add & Edit section above the table. This just reloads the page.

Refreshing should not be necessary. The counts and action buttons should automatically update and change as appropriate. However, we are currently having problems with add buttons disappearing and counts becoming wrong. See Help:GEDCOMpare_Improvements.

Saving changes

You don't need to save your progress on GEDCOMpare. You can close the window at any time and return to it later.

Questions and Problems

Lost files

If you have uploaded a file more than an hour ago but can't find your GEDCOMpare report, first search your e-mail for "WikiTree." Our message may be in your spam folder. If it is, you may have trouble getting future messages from WikiTree and members of our community unless you indicate that it is not spam.

You can also find your report page by scrolling through your contributions. On the day you uploaded your file there should be a line that says "you uploaded X.ged" where X.ged is a link to your report.

If you still can't find it, upload again.


Deleting profiles on our shared tree is complicated. See Deletion FAQ.

Deleting your GEDCOM is easy. Look for the delete link at the bottom of your GEDCOMpare report page.

You don't need to delete your GEDCOM. Files will be automatically deleted after 30 days. We do this because suggested matches quickly become outdated as our shared tree grows and improves.

Search limitations

After you upload your GEDCOM, we automatically search WikiTree using all the names and their corresponding birth and death dates in your file. The most-likely matches appear as suggested matches.


  1. many bad suggestions are made, and
  2. many real matches are missed.

Our search functions are not very "smart." Most notably, the search does not account for locations or names of family members.

You will be able to easily dismiss many of the suggested matches. Depending on your GEDCOM, this may take a lot of patience. We hope you will understand and think the end result is worth it.

Ask for help

If you can't easily find the answer to your question, ask our friendly community in G2G. Be sure to tag your question with GEDCOMpare.

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