I maintain my tree on FH but upload GEDCOMS to Genes Reunited to enable contact with others researching similar areas to mine. I want to do the same on Ancestry but when uploading a GEDCOM from FH, Ancestry gives the message "your file does not appear to be a valid GEDCOM file" Of course this is nonsense, as FH is purely GEDCOM!!!
Has anyone else succeeded in doing this? I don't have any media attached, I keep the FH file text based.
I'm not intending to maintain my file on Ancestry - I dislike Ancestry, but it is a useful means of pooling information.
I do exactly the same as you, Diana, without any difficulty. Having signed on to Ancestry, I select Family Trees > Upload a GEDCOM, and then use the Browse dialog box to locate the file on my PC. Are you sure that you're pointing Ancestry to your .ged file in your .fh_data folder, and not to the .fh_proj file or the .fh_data folder itself?
Thanks for your prompt response. In fact, I have done exactly as you describe using my “live” FH GEDCOM, both while running FH and after closing FH. I have also saved a GEDCOM copy to another folder and tried to upload that to Ancestry. I have checked that the GEDCOM file works by opening it in FH after Ancestry rejected it, so I am certain that it is a valid GEDCOM file. Ancestry, however denies its validity: “Error: The file you have specified (ROWPIN26.ged) does not appear to be a valid GEDCOM file, please try again.”
I deleted the original GEDCOM which I had uploaded from another program some time ago, and tried again from scratch. The same boring message comes up each time.
John, thanks for responding - my file is an enormous 2177kb, quite a long way from the stated maximum of 75Mb.
btw I have tried creating GEDCOM files from the File; GEDCOM file tasks options and also via File; Import/Export; Export. No difference either in size or result.
I find this very frustrating, more as an experienced database technician and former Helpdesk manager than as a genealogist! I really should be able to solve this myself but I'm completely flummoxed.I know when I do solve it I'll feel a complete twit.
Uploading via WiFi could have caused a time out error. Cable connection to your router is at 100Mb/s wheras wireless connection is only (usually) at about 2Mb/s, 50x slower. In normal use this would not matter, but does when it comes to transferring large files.
I think John has a point, although I think it is a pretty small file to cause problems, so the slower wifi speed shouldn't matter.
Jane, you are right (and I wish more companies would remember this when designing web pages). In fact, despite living out in the sticks up a mountain in the wilds of France, we enjoy fibre optic connection right to the router and regularly get upload speeds of 85, which is beyond most people's wildest dreams. If we can't upload fast enough for a web page then nobody can!
Thanks again - I know where to come if I get stuck again.
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