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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Uploading GEDCOM Files added to FamilySearch Family Tree

The latest edition of the FamilySearch.org Family Tree Reference Manual, dated 12 November 2012, has detailed instructions concerning a way to add GEDCOM files to Family Tree. The Reference Manual is found in the FamilySearch.org Help Center available from the Help link in the upper right-hand corner of the home page.

The instructions for uploading a GEDCOM file appear beginning on page 48. It is a multi-step process during which each name is compared to the existing data to avoid entering in duplicates. Quoting from the Reference Manual at page 49:

This GEDCOM upload process has many planned enhancements. Until they are complete,
please be aware of the following issues:
• You cannot currently add the notes, sources, and multimedia links that are in your
GEDCOM file to Family Tree.
• During the upload process, you compare what is in your GEDCOM file to what is
already in Family Tree. If you stop before you finish comparing, simply make a note
of which filter and person you left off on.
• You can upload records of living people, but you cannot currently add them to Family
Tree.
With this reservation, the process of adding names is outlined in detailed instructions. The upload process has several parts:
1. Upload your GEDCOM file, and compare it to Family Tree.
2. View the results.
3. Review people who are potential matches.
4. Review people who can be added to Family Tree.
5. (Optional) Review people who are already in Family Tree. 
You can see that this might take some considerable time, if you try to add a sizable file of names.

I am highly suspicious of adding this feature to Family Tree because of the danger of adding in duplicate information and duplicate individuals. It is all too easy for people to say that a record is not a match with an existing record because of some small or large variation in the data being submitted. For more details on this procedure, please refer to the Manual.


1 comment:

  1. As a post script to the comment I made a day or two ago on a previous post regarding uploading GEDCOM files to Family Tree, I just want to report that while my small 22 person file took minutes to upload and compare all the names, the large 624 person file took over 24 hours to finish comparing.
    I would hope that people would be responsible and do some research so they know who and what information they are uploading. At least it looks like they won't be added to Family Tree without going through each name individually.

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