Re: Exporting gedcom file

Mike Tate

Hi Brian,

Yes, if your trees are uncomplicated and you only want to use Ancestry DNA then File > Import/Export > Export > GEDCOM File will often be OK.

As you say, you must remember to choose UTF-8 and omit all the Media.


But there are many features of FH that are not supported by Ancestry.

e.g. Custom Attributes, the Age and Address fields, Fact Witnesses, Place records, etc.

Also to enable Census matching, Ancestry prefers Residence facts to Census events.

The Export Gedcom File Plugin has an Ancestry setting that handles all that and more, as well as the UTF-8 and exclude Media modes.


Regards, Mike Tate


From: <> On Behalf Of Brian D
Sent: 30 January 2020 13:52
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Exporting gedcom file


I'm a little puzzled by this.  I have uploaded several small Gedcom trees to Ancestry DNA, but I've never (knowingly!) installed any plug-ins.  My version of FH is 6.2.7 - which i think is the most recent - and under the Export Gedcom file menu it seems to only offer UFH-8.  I recall just following the Ancestry (and FamilyTreeDNA, for that ,matter) instructions and after a false start resulting from not omitting the media. all went very well.


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