Importing a GEDCOM into GRAMPS
When you first start up GRAMPS you are in what is called the Dashboard view. To start importing your GEDCOM, the first step is to click the little picture of a pedigree chart, up in the top left corner, under where it says "Family Trees." Click on the little chart itself, not the arrow next to it.
|Upper Left Corner|
For successfully completing the "click the little picture" task you will be rewarded with a pop up window in the middle of your screen. This is your "family trees" window. There isn't anything there yet - that's what your here for. To start a new tree click on - you guessed it - "New." (if the screen shot below is too small to read, click on it to enlarge.)
A new row is created for your new tree. Type in a name for your tree, our press enter to accept the default. Now, DOUBLE-CLICK the line with your new tree on it.
The "Family Trees" pop up disappears, and you are now in an empty family tree! It looks just like it did before, but you weren't actually in a tree then. You are now, so let's fill it up from your GEDCOM!
I don't have screen shot for this bit. I can't figure out how to take a shot of a drop down menu. So I'll just describe it. Click on "Family Trees" in the upper left hand corner. From the drop down menu that appears pick "Import ..." This brings up a file chooser. Find your GEDCOM and choose it. Click "Import" and ... wait just a little bit ... the box below will (hopefully) announce your success!
Click close. Next you'll probably see a box informing you of hundreds of errors. DON'T SWEAT IT! Everything's cool, GRAMPS is just letting you know it couldn't figure out what to do with all the internal junk that Ancestry (or wherever) adds to GEDCOMs that it generates. It's stuff you don't need, and it doesn't affect your data at all.
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