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Export Gedcom File (FST) Family Search Family Tree

Introduction

The FamilySearch website allows GEDCOM files to be uploaded to a Pedigree Resource File as described in the Migration Guide below. Visit https://www.familysearch.org/ for details.

All Multimedia are excluded by default because FamilySearch does not upload them.

The Character Set Encoding defaults to UTF-8 with all Unicode characters supported.

The [[private]] Text Option defaults to Include private text but remove the [[ ]].

The Rich Text Formatting defaults to Remove rich text codes leaving just plain text.

See both the (FST+) Full Data Export Details and (FST-) Brief Data Export Details below.

Only the following subset of details are displayed in FamilySearch so many rules are superfluous.

  • Primary NamesAlternate Names and Sex
  • Standard Events with Date & Place only (No Attributes, Custom Events, LDS, and no Address, Age, Note fields)
  • Local & shared Individual & Family record Notes
  • Source records with Title & Author only
Migration Guide

FamilySearch offers Gedcom upload, but does not automatically create a Family Tree. Instead, it requires people in the Gedcom file to be manually linked to people in the Family Tree as explained in How do I copy information from my GEDCOM file into Family Tree? However, it does allow the Gedcom file to be searched as a Pedigree Resource File that can display basic hourglass family trees.

After running the FH Plugin, sign in to FamilySearch, use Search > Genealogies, scroll down and click the Submit Your Tree button at the bottom.

If intending to update a previously uploaded Gedcom file, then under My Uploaded Trees use the Dustbin icon Delete your uploaded tree on the right to remove that previous version, and wait one hour before uploading the new version to allow the index to be removed. (Note that the adjacent Download your original GEDCOM icon did not work in 2017.)

To upload click the Upload GEDCOM File button. In the Upload Your GEDCOM File dialogue, Browse… to choose the FH Plugin Export folder and the Project…FST UTF8.ged file, enter a Tree Name and Description, then click the Upload button. (Note that in 2020 the response is Unable to upload your file, please try again later. and never changes.)

Under My Uploaded Trees, once the Status says Uploaded, you may contribute your Gedcom to the Family Tree by clicking the Compare button, but that is NOT necessary to use the Pedigree Resource File features.

Allow one hour for the Gedcom file to be indexed, then return to Search > Genealogies. Enter a Deceased Ancestor’s Name and any other search details. Initially choose a person with unusual details, unlikely to exist in any other Pedigree Resource File. They must also not be a living person. Scroll down and choose Pedigree Resource File from the All drop-list before clicking Search.

When the chosen person is listed, click on their Name to display their details with an hourglass family tree centred on that person. Make a note of the Ancestral File Number unique to that person if provided, and Submission ID of the Pedigree Resource File shown lower left.

Thereafter, in Search > Genealogies enter the Ancestral File Number (AFN) to retrieve that one person, or the Submission ID to restrict the search to your Pedigree Resource File, where leaving other fields blank will list every deceased person. Living people will only be shown in an hourglass family tree centred on a deceased ancestor.

In a family tree, click left/right arrows to expand descendants/ancestors, click down arrows to list spouses or children, and click any name to display their details on the left. Click the View Tree link top left to display their hourglass family tree.

(FST+) Full Data Export Details

All the (Std+) Full Data Standard GEDCOM Release 5.5 rules apply except as defined below.

Individual & Family Records (INDI, FAM)

★ Address Fields (ADDR, ADR1, ADR2, ADR3, CITY, STAE, POST, CTRY)
See Extra Options tab Fact Address 2 ADDR:
All Address fields are appended to the Fact local Place field following the word at.

(FST-) Brief Data Export Details

All the (Std-) Brief Data Standard GEDCOM Release 5.5 rules apply except as defined below.

Individual & Family Records (INDI, FAM)

★ Address Fields (ADDR, ADR1, ADR2, ADR3, CITY, STAE, POST, CTRY)
See Extra Options tab Fact Address 2 ADDR:
All Address fields are appended to the Fact local Place field following the word at.

Return to the GEDCOM Export Mode advice help page.

Return to the Export Gedcom File main help page.


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