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Gedcom files, a guide to them....

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Bulldog Report 7 May 2007 20:49



Margaret Report 7 May 2007 22:26

Uploaded my Gedcom to TP, brilliant and a backup can be downloaded from there. Cheers M.


silvery33 Report 10 May 2007 20:20

what a great help you all are. Thank you for the valuable info Yvonne


Bee~fuddled. Report 10 May 2007 22:19

Nudged for Bill.

Glen In Tinsel Knickers

Glen In Tinsel Knickers Report 3 Feb 2008 21:03


Glen In Tinsel Knickers

Glen In Tinsel Knickers Report 8 Feb 2008 22:34



Avril Report 9 Feb 2008 00:04

Saving for when needed thanks


Sheila Report 9 Feb 2008 09:06

What is the best package to buy for when I save my tree to a GEDCOM file? I'm quite a novice so I hope it is simple.


Glen In Tinsel Knickers

Glen In Tinsel Knickers Report 9 Feb 2008 10:38


If you want to buy a software package then either Family Tree Maker 2005 or 2006 are probably the best value (expect to pay around £7-10 depending on the current online offers).

I would avoid the 2008 version for now, there are some negative reports about it.

You can download some free programmes via the internet such as PAF but i haven't used anything other than FTM myself.



Sheila Report 10 Feb 2008 11:09

I have 'downloaded' or 'uploaded' my tree on GR onto a GEDCOM file with FTM 2005 but cannot send it to tribalpages.
I know i'm stupid so what am I doing wrong!


Glen In Tinsel Knickers

Glen In Tinsel Knickers Report 10 Feb 2008 12:02

You arent being stupid Sheila, there are a couple of things that might have happened.

When you download (receive) the file from GR it comes as an e-mail attachment.

You can upload (send) this file directly to TP without using FTM at all.

If you open the file with FTM you will find it becomes an .FTW file (FTM uses different file formats, .FTW files are the normal "working" files that you use to build your tree details.)

It could be that you are trying to upload a non gedcom file to TP.

Are you trying to upload the file you received from GR or trying to upload the file after you opened it with FTM?

A gedcom file will show on your pooter with an icon that looks like a bare rooted tree and has the file extension .GED after it. That is the only type of file that you can upload as a gedcom file, If the file has a blue or red icon and the file extension is .FTW ,FBK or .FBCK then it isn't a gedcom file.



Sheila Report 11 Feb 2008 22:11

I think I must be really stupid. I received the file as an e-mail attachment,it does have ged at the end of the file but neither my daughter nor myself can figure out what I am doing wrong.
How would I send it direct to TP. Surely even I could do that



KeithInFujairah Report 13 Feb 2008 18:23



Sheila Report 13 Feb 2008 22:01

I uploaded my family tree onto a GEDCOM file and sent it to tribalpages which to my relief they eventually received but unfortunately when I opened up my tree on that website there was no-one on it! What am I doing wrong?


Glen In Tinsel Knickers

Glen In Tinsel Knickers Report 15 Feb 2008 19:25


Have you saved the file?

If you have hover your pointer over the icon and see what it says about the filesize and date etc.

The size of the file depends on how many names there are and also how much you have recorded as notes etc.

My latest file with around 700 names and 10,000 or so text characters in the notes is around 567KB.

If you want me to check the file for you send a pm and i will send you my e-mail addy, you can then e-mail the file to me and i can try it on my FTM.



Malcolm Report 15 Feb 2008 19:44

nudged for later


Madmeg Report 16 Feb 2008 03:30

Can someone tell me how to create a GEDCOM for just part of a tree? I have FTM, but haven't a clue how I could partition it off.




Sheila Report 16 Feb 2008 08:57

Sorry to be such a pain. My file is saved under Mason family tree FTW GEDCOM file 37-8 kb, not a very big tree which is why transferring it to another site would be a good way of increasing my chances of discovery!
I only started with 7, I had no close surviving relatives when I chose to take on this task.
I'm sorry to cause so much trouble, I had heard that tribalpages was a good source otherwise I would have just stayed with GR

Glen In Tinsel Knickers

Glen In Tinsel Knickers Report 16 Feb 2008 10:27


The file should have the bare root tree icon yes?

The GEDCOM files GR creates are based on an older version of GEDCOM than the type FTM can create but Tribal Pages should be able to accept either type without problems.

Have you tried to open the file using FTM? It should have all the names/dates etc.


There are several ways you can create a file for just a part of your tree. The process is known as splitting a file. If someone sent a line of a family to you you could add them to your tree by a process known as merging.

It is easier to point you to the FTM helpcentre, there are illustrated guides (they have screenshots of the process which i can't produce here).

If you visit;

then enter the word splitting in the keyword search you should find the third topic in the list gives you the four methods. Which method to use depends on how big your riginal file is, how many names you want to put onto the new file etc.

Just make sure you give the newly split file a name you can easily recognise to avoid confusing it with your other file(s).



Sheila Report 16 Feb 2008 21:18

I am able to open my tree on FTM. My tree has its roots in a bag! I have tried to send it again but still zilch.
Sorry for being so stupid