Use this Review GEDCOM application to prepare your GEDCOM for import. WeRelate.org is different from most family tree websites. It encourages collaboration by creating links between trees. By contributing to WeRelate you are helping to create a free, unified family tree with one page for each person that combines the best information from all contributors.
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If a GEDCOM has too many mistakes it can't be imported. The warning level measures the percent of people in the file with warnings or errors (errors count as two warnings). If the warning level is 2% or above, your GEDCOM will most-likely be rejected. If the warning level is 4% or above, it will definitely be rejected. To see the warnings and errors for your GEDCOM, click on the Warnings tab. To clean up the warnings, print the warnings list, remove this GEDCOM, use your desktop genealogy program to correct or remove the incorrect information, and upload a revised GEDCOM.
Duplicates counts the number of families that are duplicated in your GEDCOM. If a GEDCOM has duplicate families it cannot be uploaded. You'll need to use your desktop genealogy program to merge the families, then re-upload.
Sources counts the number of sources in the GEDCOM. We love GEDCOM's with sources. If your GEDCOM has no sources then it should have notes which may be sources in disguise.
The Root is the person who appears at the base of your tree. It is set in your desktop genealogy program.
Counts the number of items in your GEDCOM in various states. Warnings must be reviewed and matching families decided upon to prepare your GEDCOM for import.
The purpose of the warnings tab is to show you potential problems in your tree so you can correct them before importing your GEDCOM to WeRelate. Warnings appear when dates are suspect, when the GEDCOM appears to contain duplicate entries, or when it appears that genealogical conventions have not been followed. If a GEDCOM's warning level is too high, it cannot be imported.
If you see a lot of warnings, you will need to correct or remove the incorrect information. This can be done in WeRelate by selecting each warning in turn and then editing the page that shows up in the bottom of the screen. If the error is on a related page (e.g., a Family page shows up, but it is a child's birth date that needs to be corrected), use the page to navigate to the related page. Alternately, you can correct all your problems in your desktop genealogy program, remove this GEDCOM, and upload a revised GEDCOM. You can print the warnings using the Print Warnings button.
As you review the warnings:
If you have a lot of warnings for people in a line that you did not research personally, you may want to exclude the people in this line. Excluded people don't appear in the Warnings list. To exclude someone, go to the People tab and check the Exclude check box.
Help:GEDCOM Warnings lists the possible conditions that can result in a warning being generated.
Click on a person in the list to see what the wiki page will look like for that person. You can navigate around your tree by clicking on different people in the top half of the screen, or by clicking on the links in the wiki pages displayed in the bottom half of the screen.
(You might notice that the person and family links in the wiki pages include a "(nn GEDCOM)" index number. This GEDCOM index number will be replaced by a different index number to make the page titles unique when the pages are imported.)
The Exclude check box is checked for people who will not be imported. If you don't want to import someone, just click the Exclude check box.
The Distance column shows how far away each person in the tree is from the root. People who are not connected to the root person show as Not connected to root.
The Living column is checked for people who the system thinks are living. The system will try to identify living people based on a set of rules, but cannot do so if you have not provided dates. People marked living are automatically excluded from import.
The Early column is checked for people born 1750 or earlier. Early people are excluded from GEDCOM import. Instead, you'll need to create wiki pages for them by hand. (WeRelate already has wiki pages for many early ancestors; we're providing GEDCOM import to help people create pages for their closer ancestors.)
You might notice that some people born before 1750 are not excluded. The reason is that we don't break up GEDCOM families. If anyone in a family is born 1750 or later, then everyone in the family is imported.
The Matched Page column shows which WeRelate page (if any) this page has been matched with (see the Matching Families tab below).
In addition to wiki pages for people, WeRelate also creates wiki pages for families to link parents to children. Family pages can also hold family events, biographies, sources, pictures, etc. Click on a family in the list to see what the wiki page will look like for that family.
Where a person has multiple spouses, a separate page should be created for each marriage or relationship.
Note: The family page is excluded automatically if you exclude a family member and leave fewer than two non-excluded family members left. Family pages containing only one person are created by some programs and these should also be excluded as they are unnecessary.
This step is optional, but recommended.
WeRelate.org is developing a comprehensive database of current and historical places. The database includes descriptions and research tips for many places, and everyone is welcome to contribute. Places referenced in your GEDCOM are automatically linked to the places in this database. Please note: locations such as addresses, hospitals, and churches are not permitted. Please match these directly to the town in which they reside. We do, however, allow pages for cemeteries.
The Matched Page column shows the place in WeRelate that your GEDCOM place will be matched with (linked to). Place texts in your GEDCOM are preserved exactly as you entered them; Matched Page just shows the wiki Place pages to which the places in your GEDCOM will be linked.
If Matched Page is empty, is means the system was unable to find a match for the place in your GEDCOM. This will result in that place being displayed as a red link in the wiki pages because it links to a place that doesn't exist in the database. If you want, you can change this by finding the matching place yourself or adding a new place to the database. To match unmatched places:
If you want to see which people and families in your GEDCOM refer to a listed place, right-click on the place and select What references this place. (Mac users press the control button while you click.)
In case a place in your GEDCOM has been matched to an incorrect place, unlink it by right-clicking and selecting Unlink Matched Place.
This step is optional, but recommended. The importer tries to match any sources in you file to Community Sources, it will sometimes miss some and other times make an incorrect match, mainly due to differences in the naming conventions. Checking they are correct now will save you work later.
Sources in your GEDCOM file become MySources (personal sources) when your GEDCOM is imported. MySource pages are appropriate for sources that apply to only a handful of individuals, like an individual birth certificate or a family bible, or sources that are not publicly accessible.
In addition to MySources, WeRelate also has Sources (community sources). Community Source pages are like cards in a library card catalog. They provide bibliographic and usage tips for sources that apply to many individuals and are publicly accessible. Examples of Source pages are the US 1880 Census and Hancock County Illinois Marriages.
WeRelate.org is developing a comprehensive catalog of all genealogical sources that qualify as community Sources. For sources in your GEDCOM that qualify as community Sources, you may want to link them to one of the existing Source pages or create new Source pages for them.
To match GEDCOM sources to community Source pages:
If you want to see which people and families in your GEDCOM refer to a listed source, right-click on the source and select What references this source.
If you make a mistake, you can unlink a source from the matching source by right-clicking and selecting Unlink Matched Source.
Family Matches Tab
This step is important! Take time to read the instructions below, and remember that you can always ask for help if you need it.
The goal of WeRelate.org is to have a single page for each unique individual, with several people contributing to the same page. This makes collaboration much easier. To do this, you need to identify which families on WeRelate match the families in your GEDCOM. The Matching Families tab lists families in your GEDCOM where the system has identified one or more possibly-matching families in WeRelate.
Click on a family to compare your GEDCOM family with the possible matching family or families at WeRelate. You have two options:
If a family is matched by mistake, you can "unmatch" them by right-clicking on the family and selecting Unlink Matched Family. (Mac users press the control button while you click.)
Note: You must review all matching families and either match them or mark them as "Not a match" before you can go on to the "Import" tab.
Adding information from your GEDCOM to matched families
Once you have matched a family, you can update that family with the information from your GEDCOM. If you do not update a matched family, the family is used as is; information from your GEDCOM is not added.
Please note: Updating the matched pages is optional. It is not necessary or desirable to update pages unless you have more accurate information or reliable sources to add.
Also note: If your GEDCOM warning level (on the Overview tab) is 2% or more, you will not be able to update matched pages. Instead, you are recommended to correct the warnings in your desktop genealogy program and upload a revised GEDCOM.
To update a matched family with information from your GEDCOM:
See Help:Merging pages for more information.
Note: The existing wiki pages will be updated immediately, even before your GEDCOM is uploaded. This means that if you decide later that this family does not match your GEDCOM family after all, in addition to unlinking your GEDCOM family (see above) you'll also need to undo any edits that were made during the update. To do this, select Contributions from the MyRelate menu, look for the family and people involved in the update (only the pages actually changed will appear in the contributions list), click on each page involved and select History from the links in the upper-right corner. Then click on the dated link just before (below) your update, select Edit, and click on the Save button to save this old version of the page. This undoes your changes.
Note: If your GEDCOM family matches a wiki family with an unknown spouse (e.g., the wiki page title is Family:John Doe and Unknown) and your GEDCOM family fills in the spouse, you can Rename the matched wiki page to include the name of the new spouse you added after you match and optionally update the family. The new spouse will be added once your GEDCOM is uploaded.
Too many matches?
Does this look overwhelming? Here are some ideas:
Once you have reviewed the other tabs, click on the Ready to import button in this tab to import your GEDCOM. Your GEDCOM will then receive a final quality check by an administrator and be imported. This usually happens within 24 hours. We appreciate your patience.
GEDCOM's with a warning level that is too high (above 2%) will likely be rejected by the administrator unless there are extenuating circumstances. In general, instead of trying to import GEDCOM's with lots of warnings, you should correct the data in your desktop genealogy program and upload a revised GEDCOM.
Getting Help: If you have questions about the review process or would like an administrator to help review your GEDCOM,click here to leave a message. Administrators are unable to change the Living check boxes, but they can help with anything else.