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Make a Family Tree Using GEDCOM Import

Make a Family Tree Using GEDCOM Import

To make a family tree in our family tree maker, one of the first things you want to is get your ancestors into your chart--there are several ways to do this including manual entry, import from FamilySearch and GEDCOM import. This video will walk you through how to import your names from a GEDCOM file (.ged) downloaded onto your computer. For this example of a family tree we'll be using Ronald Reagan as our subject, hence the patriotic palette!


Some points to note:

  • In order to import a GEDCOM file, you'll need to start on the "Import" tab.
  • Once you click "Import GEDCOM" and choose your .ged file from your computer, you'll need to actually open the drop down menu and click on the name you'd like to be the center of your circle or first generation.
  • A GEDCOM import (unlike a FamilySearch import) pulls in all the generations available at once, so you can increase or decrease the number of generations without re-importing. If cells are blank that means that there was no data to import.

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