Uploading PAF File, Creating relationships
As a PAF5 user I've been dragged into the 21st Century and finally started using Familysearch!
My PAF5 is ready to upload as a GEDCOM file.
But at this help page......
It says this......
- "The relationships to parents and spouses are not automatically included when you transfer the person to Family Tree. However, the parents and spouses are listed separately, and when they are compared and transferred to Family Tree, the relationships are automatically created."
I don't understand what this is trying to say, they 'are not automatically included when you transfer the person to Family Tree' BUT 'the relationships are automatically created.'
What does this mean?
Thanks from Down-Under!
Hi Austen - Welcome to FamilySearch Community and posting your question about loading a GEDCOM file. During the process of adding your GEDCOM file to Family Tree, each record must be compared to existing records already in Family Tree or added as a new record. This is because in Family Tree, we only want one record per person. What the statement means is that when you add a person, the other persons that are part of a relationship are not automatically entered until you individually add the others that are part of the relationships. In other words, if you only add one person from a relationship and do not enter the others, the relationship and the others will not show in Family Tree. I don't think you will find this to be a problem.
You should review all the articles about loading a GEDCOM file in the help center. You will note that it is recommended you only load small files of 100 to 200 names and that you avoid loading areas of your tree that are already in Family Search.
There is another alternative to loading a GEDCOM file. I did this years ago when I was in the same position as you as a long time user of PAF5. In my case, much of my tree was already in Family Search. Your situation may be different. Nevertheless, there are third party programs which are able to open directly your PAF5 data file (not GEDCOM, the actual data file). These programs are then able to link with Family Search and you can exchange information both ways between family search and your data. Whether you do this or load a GEDCOM file, you are going to end up comparing most records one by one. The advantage of using a third party program is the two are permanently linked where as loading a GEDCOM is a one time event. I am very glad I chose the option of using a third party program. I continue to use them both today for many areas of my tree. Here is a link to third party programs that interface with Family Search. You will want to look in the section titled Family Tree Management and open the "More" option. Good luck in getting your info into Family Search. Let us know if we can be of further help.0