Import Gedcom

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On the File menu choose Import Gedcom…

Give it a name

Gedcom files use a standard format. And the good thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from. With luck your file will be able to be imported with all its umlauts, accents and cedillas intact.

But to be sure, it’s a good idea to open the .ged file using Windows Notepad and saving it in ANSI format.

Find the the file, click OK and it’s immediately ready.

When importing Gedcom, the original Gedcom file is recreated as a text (.txt) file in your family folder, but in a more easily readable layout. You can check it to make sure the process has worked.

After importing Gedcom files you may get a message if the process identified potentially linked media files. That doesn’t mean that such files exist, only that the original Gedcom file made reference to them – probably on the original PC but not available after the import. If any separate picture files or other files are packaged with the Gedcom file, they need to be moved into your Links folder. Here they will be ready for you to use in your newly imported family.

Because Gedcom treats families as marriages, i.e. a family normally contains HUSB and WIFE, when importing from Gedcom XY Family Tree assumes that HUSB and WIFE are married. However, there is no way in Gedcom to be sure whether they are actually married, they might not be. But worse than that, Gedcom “families” sometimes contain only a HUSB or a WIFE, not both, but might also contain a note that could be of use in explaining something about the “family”. XY Family Tree cannot display a marriage where one party does not exist and those “marriages” are not imported. Instead, all discarded “marriages” are placed in CSV file that you can examine as a spreadsheet to see if there are any useful notes that should be imported manually.

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