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Export Gedcom File ~ (FMP) FindMyPast Family Tree

Introduction

All the FindMyPast websites support a Family tree option to upload GEDCOM files as described in the Import Details below. Visit https://www.findmypast.co.uk/ for details.

The Character Set Encoding options for ANSI & UTF-8 and all Unicode characters are supported.

All Media conversion modes support bulk uploading to the website as explained in Media Records (OBJE) and Import Details below, although this is somewhat experimental. Only Media with one of its Keywords set to FindMyPast are included.

See both the (FMP+) Full Data Export Details and (FMP-) Brief Data Export Details below.

(FMP+) Full Data Export Details

All the (Std+) Full Data Standard GEDCOM 5.5 rules apply except as defined below.

Header Record (HEAD)

The SOURce tag value is changed to FINDMYPAST to imitate a FindMyPast Gedcom and enable Media bulk upload.

The fh custom File Root (_ROOT) tag is retained. See Extra Options tab File Root 1 _ROOT:

Individual & Family Records (INDI, FAM)

★ Name Fields (NPFX, GIVN, NSFX, SPFX, SURN, _USED)

See Other Options tab Name Prefix 2 NPFX: that is promoted to 1 TITL.

Other Individual Name fields are moved to a labelled Record local Note otherwise they upset the name:
See Other Options tab Name Given 2 GIVN: that is moved to a Name Given: label.
See Other Options tab Name Suffix 2 NSFX: that is moved to a Name Suffix: label.
See Other Options tab Surname Prefix 2 SPFX: that goes to a Surname Prefix: label.
See Other Options tab Surname 2 SURN: that is moved in to a Surname: label.
See Extra Options tab Given Name 2 _USED: that is moved to a Given Name: label.

★ Media (OBJE)

Links to Media Records and local Media Objects are converted as explained in Media Records (OBJE) below.

For each Individual record, the most preferred Media tab item without Exclude from Diagrams set, gains the _PROF tag to identify the Profile Picture, but only for the Media conversions (PART/FULL/ALL~ABS) via Absolute Link Records.

★ Individual/Family Tags (ALIA, ANCI, DESI, SUBM, RIN)

Each tag is converted to a synthetic custom Event using the EVEN tag with any value on the same line.

★ Associated Person (ASSO)

Each ASSOciated Person is converted to a custom Event using the EVEN tag with a Fact local Note with an Associate: and Relationship: label.

★ Pedigree (PEDI, _PEDI)

The child Pedigree status is moved to the Record local Note with a Relationship: label.

★ Fact Cause (CAUS)

The Cause field is moved to a Fact local Note with a Fact Cause: label, except for Death Events.

★ Fact Age (AGE)

See Other Options tab Fact Person Age 2 AGE: & Fact Husband Age 2 HUSB: & Fact Wife Age 2 WIFE:

Each AGE field is moved to the Fact local Note with an Individual's Age: or Male/Lady Partner Age: label.

★ Family Record Note (NOTE)

See Extra Options tab Record Note 1 NOTE

Each Family Record local Note or Note Record is moved to a synthetic Family Story fact.

★ Source Citation (SOUR)

Every Individual/Family Record level Citation is moved to a synthetic Story or Family Story fact.

Note Records (NOTE)

The text on the NOTE tag line is moved to a 1 CONC tag in every Note Record to prevent it being excluded.

Media Records (OBJE)

Most of these conversions are to assist with Media bulk upload.

★ Keywords (_KEYS)

Only Media with one of its Keywords set to FindMyPast are included. The Keyword Update Plugin may be useful in setting the Keywords.

Beware to only include Media without copyright issues. Also only include Media linked to Individual or Family records, as those linked to Source or Place records are NOT supported by FindMyPast.

The Media displayed on FindMyPast are always square. So when displayed online, wide images will get cropped each side, and tall images will get cropped at the bottom.

★ File Format (FORM)

Each FORMat tag has its value set to JPG regardless of actual file type.

★ Media Title (TITL)

Each TITLe tag has its value prefixed in some modes, and suffixed with the file type. The prefix is explained in How are the exported Multimedia file names derived?

★ Linked File (_FILE)

Each _FILE tag is converted to a Gedcom Draft 5.5.1 FILE tag with its filename matching the TITLe.

★ Local Note (NOTE)

See Extra Options tab Picture Note %d _NOTE & Media Keywords %d _KEYS & Media Date %d _DATE

The conversion rules amalgamate _NOTE, _KEYS & _DATE into a local NOTE. Each local NOTE tag is converted to _ASTDESC, and the tags _ASTTYP 1 and _ASTPERM 4 are added.

★ Media Records & Objects (OBJE)

All Media Records and local Media Objects are converted according to the Basic Options chosen.

Each Media file with its filename matching the TITLe is copied to a ZipFMP folder within the Plugin Export folder. At the end of running the Plugin, choose the Windows/File Explorer option, and open the ZipFMP folder. Select all the Media files using Ctrl-A, then right-click them and choose Send to > Compressed (zippped) folder, and finally rename that .zip file to ZipFMP. (A later Plugin version may be able to automate this last step.)

(FMP-) Brief Data Export Details

All the (Std-) Brief Data Standard GEDCOM 5.5 rules apply except as defined in (FMP+) Full Data Export Details above.

Import Details

Sign in to FindMyPast and use the Family tree > Import a tree option top left.

Then Browse to choose the fh Plugin Export folder and the Project…FMP UTF8.ged file, before clicking Upload.

In the resulting Family trees page, when the import is complete, click on its Title to open the tree, or use its Settings, Export tree, or Delete tree options on the right. An Import a tree option is also available here top right.

To return to this Family trees page use Family tree > View all trees top left in the main window.

With a tree displayed, the upper-right cog Tree settings opens the same Tree settings page as above.

That Tree settings page has useful options, and its upper-right cog Tree settings offers details of Media, Places, Fact Types, Master Sources, and Repositories.

That Media option offers a bulk upload feature. In the Media page choose +Add media > Add Multiple Media (ZIP) and Browse to Open the fh Plugin Export\ZipFMP\ZipFMP.zip file. Finally click the Upload button, and when Uploading completes, read the message and click Close.

Beware that the Upload may take a long time, especially if there is a large number of images. Refresh the Media page and all the Media files should eventually be associated with the Media links, but this can also take a long time. Display the Family tree by clicking its title top left.

Sometimes, not all Media files are correctly associated. This is evidenced by the caption under the image omitting the file type, and some grey Media place-holders remain. The solution is to make a note of the disassociated image names and delete them from the Media page; then repeat the Upload process, but with only those Media files in a new ZIP file.


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