User:Kennebec1/Ancestry thoughts


This is where I'm keeping thoughts for an Ancestry users WeRelate page.


Importing a GEDCOM from Ancestry

Start with a small GEDCOM! If you have a large Ancestry user tree, consider importing it into an off-line genealogy software (like Family Tree Maker [Brenda - Test a free software] where you can reexport a smaller portion of the tree before adding it to WeRelate.

Alternately, take advantage of the import features in We Relate to select a "root person" to your we relate tree and then add only names that relate to that person for a few generations (less than 10, and the fewer you import, the easier time you will have with your first tree).

  • Because WeRelate excludes living people, consider setting the root person to be one of your Ancestry's root person (often yourself) non-living relatives, and then import just that side of the family. For example, I have a Cummings Family tree on ancestry with myself as the home person. In WeRelate I have smaller trees, one for each of my grand parent's lines: Blaisdell, Slocum, Remeschatis, and Cummings.
  • You'll be able to connect each of your trees through the marriages of your ancestor's - my Slocum and Remeschatis trees share two pages, my grandparents.
  • One possible result: you could import the same GEDCOM to WeRelate 4 (or more) times, each time selecting the most recent person who had died from a particular line to be the root. Meaning: I would export 1 GEDCOM from Ancestry, but import 4 GEDCOMS to WeRelate, one for Blaisdell, Slocum, Remeschatis, and Cummings (one for each of my grandparents).

Each time I imported the GEDCOM, I'd select one of my grandparents to be the root person, and then import only those people related within some number of generations from that root person.

  • The difference with more generations is that it makes it more likely you will connect with existing WeRelate families.
  • This means you'll need to learn to deal with duplicates early in your weRelate experience.
  • Connecting with existing WeRelate families also provides a quick sense of collaboration, the great strength of weRelate. It's really interesting to be able to share a family with someone else at WeRelate, and see how they have descended from your same common ancestor (similar to what you can see through Public Member Trees at Ancestry). Unlike Ancestry Family Trees, at WeRelate we are (hopefully) all creating one big family tree.
  • Importing fewer generations means you'll have less data to "clean up."

Ancestry data issues to be aware of

At Ancestry, you may enter a date as (for example) "After 1805," but when it is imported by others via a Public Member Tree, the system turns your speculation into a specific year: 1805.

  • Check the GEDCOM export to see if the same thing happens.


At Ancestry, copying information from "Your" tree to "My" Tree can lead to a sort of circular reinforcement of data -- i.e. I have often found information on Public Member Trees where the source is other public member trees, one of which turns out to be my Public Member tree. So I haven't actually shown that Betsy Spaulding married Daniel Blaisdell in 1805 by citing a Public Member tree; instead, I've just shown that some other people copied my original speculation that Betsy Spaulding married Daniel sometime after 1805.

  1. What happens in an Ancestry GEDCOM export? Is there the same multiple (repetitive) sources?

Almost all of your sources are going to import as Ancestry being the author. For Census records, assuming your ancestors lived in more than one county, you'll have to update these sources by hand. For other sources that are public records or seem likely to already be sources in WeRelate (example: Social Security Death Index) right-click in the Matched Page field and go to find/add matching source

Now that you're here

Keeping track of YOUR tree and finding relatives

  • Using family tree explorer
  • finding relatives (who else watches your pages?)