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Exporting to Ancestry

Posted: 11 Sep 2019 16:06
by WBFamHist
Is there a real idiots guide on how to export a gedcom from FH to Ancestry.

Re: Exporting to Ancestry

Posted: 11 Sep 2019 16:20
by tatewise
It would be useful to know why you wish to transfer your family tree to Ancestry as there may be alternatives.

Unfortunately it is not a simple process for several reasons.
Firstly, you need to consider the privacy of sensitive data of living people that should not be published online.
Secondly, Ancestry does not support standard GEDCOM very well and certainly not the FH GEDCOM extensions.

In summary the steps involve:
  1. Use File > Import/Export > Export > GEDCOM File to choose who to include and create a GEDCOM to manipulate
  2. Use various tools to remove sensitive data from that GEDCOM file
  3. Use Export Gedcom File Plugin to convert to Ancestry compatible GEDCOM format
  4. Upload that GEDCOM file to Ancestry (but that cannot include any Media)
See Knowledge Base > Exporting a Family Tree with/without Media for the full details and options, especially the Knowledge Base > Export to Website Without Sensitive Data that deals with living people and is focussed on Ancestry.

Re: Exporting to Ancestry

Posted: 11 Sep 2019 19:45
by WBFamHist
Thanks Mike. My DNA and an old family tree are on Ancestry so I would like to update this. I have had major problems in the past doing so (messages files not recognised by Ancestry, etc) and as aged computer novice, I was wondering if a a step by step guide to be available on the FHUG. Not sure I understand the plugin but will look further into this. Thanks. Richard

Re: Exporting to Ancestry

Posted: 11 Sep 2019 21:21
by tatewise
You won't be able to update the existing Ancestry tree, but will have to create a new one.
If you had tried uploading the FH GEDCOM file directly from your Project, then Ancestry would not recognise that.

After having reviewed the advice, if you need specific advice then please ask.