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Download of Gedcom file

Posted: 15 Mar 2010 1:57AM GMT
Classification: Query
I am wondering if anyone here might be able to assist me with this matter.

I have downloaded a gedcom of my family tree that I have here on ancestry.com and now it leaves me an option to delete my tree, but I am not interested in doing this.
My question is, does this mean that after I enter more information into my online tree, that I can no longer go back and make another gedcom file of this tree?

I do not want to lose my online tree, and would love to still be able to add to it with sources that I have sought out etc, but would also like to have these sources later added to my gedcom files. Is this even possible?

Can someone please advise me as to what I need to do now.

Many thanks
Lisa

Re: Download of Gedcom file

Posted: 15 Mar 2010 2:09AM GMT
Classification: Query
Lisa,

As long as you don't delete your tree you can download a GEDCOM of it.

If you download another one tomorrow it will have whatever you have added to your online tree since you last downloaded a GEDCOM.

Re: Download of Gedcom file

Posted: 15 Mar 2010 2:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for your response.

Will this also give me anything "new" that may get added down the road? As I don't see the option for downloading another gedcom.

I am also wondering if you may be able to assist in the question of photos and stories etc. When I downloaded my gedcom file and then imported it to my program on my PC, all my photos are not actual photos, but I get a messed up jumbo of letters etc in my notes section for each person.

Any help or assistance is appreciated.

Thank you
Lisa

Re: Download of Gedcom file

Posted: 15 Mar 2010 4:56AM GMT
Classification: Query
Lisa,

When you download a GEDCOM of your tree it gives you everything in that tree - except pictures, stories, and historical documents you may have in it. GEDCOM wasn't designed to handle those and while some later versions of the GEDCOM "standard" have been modified it still doesn't do a good job since it depends more on the importing program's interpretation of the "standard" than anything else. It will download links to those items but there are other drawbacks I'll explain in a bit.

You can download a GEDCOM any time by doing the following.

1). Go to the overview page of any person in the tree you want to download a GEDCOM of.

2). Right below the menu bar you will see a link that says "View Family Tree". Click on that link.

3). On the pedigree view that comes up there is a link above the dark green bar in tiny print that says "Tree Settings". Click on that link.

4) On the screen that comes up there is a green button on the right hand side that says "Export Tree". Clicking that will start the procedure to generate a GEDCOM of your tree. When the GEDCOM has been generated there will be a green button that appears that says "Download your GEDCOM file". Click that button.

Be *very* careful not to click the red link that says "Delete your tree"! Once it is deleted there is no way to get it back.

Now- about pictures and stories...

How you handle these will depend on just how you are using your online tree.

Because an online tree can't be updated but a new tree has to be made each time you upload a GEDCOM that means that, depending on what software you are using, the stories and pictures have to be re-attached to the new tree and anyone that was invited to view the old tree must be re-invited to view the new one. All in all, just waaay toooo much trouble to fool with in my opinion so I don't fool with them. *grin*

A word about documents you find on Ancestry and attach to your tree or save to your shoebox; you really aren't attaching the actual document but only a link to where it is on Ancestry's servers. For this reason you should ALWAYS save a copy of the document to your PC. That way no matter what happens to your online stuff you'll always have a copy.

You should also be aware that by attaching pictures and stories you can, in extreme cases, make your tree so big you can't download it.

For that, and a host of other reasons, I suggest not adding pictures and stories to online trees.

One workaround that is easy is to get a Website and put the pictures and photos on it and then use a custom event in the person's timeline (something like "See Pictures") and then put the website's URL in the description field for that event. Free Websites accounts are available from Rootsweb Freepages and there is a Rootsweb message board to help Freepages users.

The way I work is this...

My main database in on my PC. I do all research and data entry there. I download copies of each document with the source and attach it as appropriate. From time to time I'll upload a new tree and that will include the links to sources etc. so I don't have to fool with re-attaching anything.

Sorry this has been so long but it is an involved subject.

Hope it has been helpful to you.
Andy Hatchett
agh3rd@aol.com



You have to decide which will be your main database- your online tree or your PC based tree. Whichever you choose then work should only be done in your main database, anything else leads to chaos and confusion.





Re: Download of Gedcom file

Posted: 16 Apr 2010 8:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Lisa, are you using Family Tree Maker 2009? I'm getting the same results as you with FTM 2009. Someone responded to my post saying that the new version, FTM 2010, is better integrated with ancestry.com and is able to download pictures from the tree on the web. Just a thought....
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