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Exporting gedcom file


Julia Vokes
 

hello
i’ve recently done a DNA test with Ancestry and want to export part of my family tree to Ancestry to try and find some cousins.  I’ve followed the FH instructions, made a copy, removed all sources and notes, leaving the very bare bones of the tree, but when I try to upload it I get a reply ‘not a valid GEDCOM file’.
can anyone please help me or let me know what I should be doing?
thanks in advance

regards
Julia


John Hanson
 

Julia

Did you use the “Export Gedcom File” plug-in in the plug-in store?
https://www.family-historian.co.uk/pluginstore/plugin-entry?id=522

 

Regards
John Hanson - researching the Halstead/Holstead/Alstead names
Researcher, the Halsted Trust - https://www.halsted.org.uk
Research website - https://www.halstedresearch.org.uk

 

 

From: family-historian@groups.io <family-historian@groups.io> On Behalf Of Julia Vokes
Sent: 29 January 2020 12:25
To: family-historian@groups.io
Subject: [family-historian] Exporting gedcom file

 

hello
i’ve recently done a DNA test with Ancestry and want to export part of my family tree to Ancestry to try and find some cousins.  I’ve followed the FH instructions, made a copy, removed all sources and notes, leaving the very bare bones of the tree, but when I try to upload it I get a reply ‘not a valid GEDCOM file’.
can anyone please help me or let me know what I should be doing?
thanks in advance

regards
Julia


Mike Tate
 

Julia,

John’s advice is essentially correct.

 

The FHUG Knowledge Base has advice in Exporting a Family Tree with/without Media:

https://www.fhug.org.uk/wiki/doku.php?id=how_to:exporting_gedcom_with_multimedia

Especially see under Export to Website Without Sensitive Data that focusses on Ancestry.

 

The FHUG Knowledge Base has advice on the Export Gedcom File Plugin:

https://www.fhug.org.uk/wiki/doku.php?id=plugins:help:export_gedcom_file:export_gedcom_file

The Ancestry option is explained in:

https://www.fhug.org.uk/wiki/doku.php?id=plugins:help:export_gedcom_file:anc_ancestry_family_tree

 

The reason you are getting the error is that FH uses the Unicode UTF16 character encoding internally.

That is recognised by most products, so needs to be the UTF8 character encoding.

That is an option in FH but there are also other GEDCOM adjustments that are needed for Ancestry.

 

Regards, Mike Tate

 

From: family-historian@groups.io <family-historian@groups.io> On Behalf Of John Hanson
Sent: 29 January 2020 12:37
To: family-historian@groups.io
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Exporting gedcom file

 

Julia

Did you use the “Export Gedcom File” plug-in in the plug-in store?
https://www.family-historian.co.uk/pluginstore/plugin-entry?id=522

 

Regards
John Hanson - researching the Halstead/Holstead/Alstead names
Researcher, the Halsted Trust - https://www.halsted.org.uk
Research website - https://www.halstedresearch.org.uk

 

 

From: family-historian@groups.io <family-historian@groups.io> On Behalf Of Julia Vokes
Sent: 29 January 2020 12:25
To: family-historian@groups.io
Subject: [family-historian] Exporting gedcom file

 

hello
i’ve recently done a DNA test with Ancestry and want to export part of my family tree to Ancestry to try and find some cousins.  I’ve followed the FH instructions, made a copy, removed all sources and notes, leaving the very bare bones of the tree, but when I try to upload it I get a reply ‘not a valid GEDCOM file’.
can anyone please help me or let me know what I should be doing?
thanks in advance

regards
Julia


Mike Tate
 

Sorry, that penultimate paragraph should have said: “That is NOT recognised by most products, …”

 

From: family-historian@groups.io <family-historian@groups.io> On Behalf Of Mike Tate
Sent: 29 January 2020 13:01
To: family-historian@groups.io
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Exporting gedcom file

 

Julia,

John’s advice is essentially correct.

 

The FHUG Knowledge Base has advice in Exporting a Family Tree with/without Media:

https://www.fhug.org.uk/wiki/doku.php?id=how_to:exporting_gedcom_with_multimedia

Especially see under Export to Website Without Sensitive Data that focusses on Ancestry.

 

The FHUG Knowledge Base has advice on the Export Gedcom File Plugin:

https://www.fhug.org.uk/wiki/doku.php?id=plugins:help:export_gedcom_file:export_gedcom_file

The Ancestry option is explained in:

https://www.fhug.org.uk/wiki/doku.php?id=plugins:help:export_gedcom_file:anc_ancestry_family_tree

 

The reason you are getting the error is that FH uses the Unicode UTF16 character encoding internally.

That is recognised by most products, so needs to be the UTF8 character encoding.

That is an option in FH but there are also other GEDCOM adjustments that are needed for Ancestry.

 

Regards, Mike Tate

 

From: family-historian@groups.io <family-historian@groups.io> On Behalf Of John Hanson
Sent: 29 January 2020 12:37
To: family-historian@groups.io
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Exporting gedcom file

 

Julia

Did you use the “Export Gedcom File” plug-in in the plug-in store?
https://www.family-historian.co.uk/pluginstore/plugin-entry?id=522

 

Regards
John Hanson - researching the Halstead/Holstead/Alstead names
Researcher, the Halsted Trust - https://www.halsted.org.uk
Research website - https://www.halstedresearch.org.uk

 

 

From: family-historian@groups.io <family-historian@groups.io> On Behalf Of Julia Vokes
Sent: 29 January 2020 12:25
To: family-historian@groups.io
Subject: [family-historian] Exporting gedcom file

 

hello
i’ve recently done a DNA test with Ancestry and want to export part of my family tree to Ancestry to try and find some cousins.  I’ve followed the FH instructions, made a copy, removed all sources and notes, leaving the very bare bones of the tree, but when I try to upload it I get a reply ‘not a valid GEDCOM file’.
can anyone please help me or let me know what I should be doing?
thanks in advance

regards
Julia

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Julia Vokes
 

Thank you John and Mike for your help.  I’ve downloaded the plug in, I had been using File/Import Export/Gedcom file previously.  But it’s worked and the edited tree is now on Ancestry!

regards
Julia


Brian D
 

Hello,
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.

Cheers,
Brian


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

 

Hello,
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.

Cheers,
Brian


Brian D
 

Thanks, Mike.  Although my uploads to Ancestry  etc are pretty basic and purely to enable any DNA matches to get some idea of who's who, I think I'll get the plug-in and be on the safe side.

Thanks 
Brian