I have a very large tree on Ancestry. Is there any way I can copy it on Family Search tree?
Are you sure you want to do that?
Suggest uploading your file to Genealogies, where it will be searchable but not editable. Copying or uploading GEDCOMs to the global tree, unless one verifies each record, too often creates duplicates, overwrites sources, overwrites and inserts GEDCOM data for reason why this information is correct, etc. If one name in another program has a middle name and one name in family search has the middle initial, or vice versa, two separate records will be created, even if everything else is exactly the same. Then someone will have to merge them. Ideally, nothing should be copied/uploaded without careful checking of each record for duplicates and verifying accurate source documentation.
chances are 90% of the people in your family tree on Ancestry - are ALREADY in Family Tree - and you would possibly just be creating thousands of duplicates.
keep in Mind Ancestry allows you to keep disjoint family trees - that are indeed YOUR TREE, YOUR FILE
Family Tree on the other hand is a SINGLE database that we all share - - it is not a "your tree" or "my tree" mentality
it is a shared tree among millions of users where all of us have access to all the records for deceased.
Ancestry and Family Tree are like comparing apples and oranges. Two completely different paradigms.
a personal tree versus a shared common database that belongs to all of us.
simply connect yourself to these deceased people already in Family Tree - and save yourself a bunch of headaches.
I see my hard work everywhere with a lot of wrong information added to it. And I don't see any proof anywhere so I have decided not to do a tree on family search. I also don't see any tree owners.
@Susan Dorris I think you have not been reading what people are telling you. Of course you don't see any tree owners. We all collaboratively work on ONE. WORLD. TREE. If you see wrong information, make the corrections necessary and source them.
@Susan Dorris, that's exactly what Dennis, Chas, and MLV were trying to explain: you "don't see any tree owners" here because there are none. It is a single, collaborative tree. This means that here, when people add wrong information to your work, you can remove it: the tree is open-edit. It is nothing like Ancestry's version of "sharing", which I prefer to call the "error-propagation model".
Granted, the open-edit collaborative model has its disadvantages as well as advantages. As we say, the bad thing is, anyone can edit anything, but the good thing is, anyone can edit anything. If you go into it knowing that and understanding that, it'll all work much better.
its perfectly ok for someone to decide - not to add info to the Family Tree database
BUT its also very important to understand the paradigm shift between Ancestry and FamilySearch - which Im not sure you do yet.
two polar opposites - each with their pros and cons
check out these videos
WHY USE FAMILYSEARCH FAMILYTREE
I also suggest this link in understanding how you CAN INDEED keep your research pristine and intact - even in a collaborative system like FamilySearch. https://yanceyfamilygenealogy.org/fsmemories.htm
also this link: https://yanceyfamilygenealogy.org/chocolates.htm
A goal of FamilySearch was to reduce and minimize duplication of effort of people all over the world working on the same common lines, doing the same work for the same people. A third cousin on the other side of the country could be working on a shared ancestor and you each could see the work that you both are doing. The downside of a common global tree is that the third cousin may have different data than you, and enter that data - middle name vs middle initial, nickname used instead of birth name, etc. Either one of you even could have mistakes. Hence the opportunity for sharing and collaboration, or when no response, simply effecting the change, with adequate explanation posted. Any and all changes, along with those who made the changes, are visible to all, so you easily can see who changed, added, deleted, etc. You should keep your own copy of your data, much as you keep backups of important files.
yeh - think of it - some of our ancestors literally have MILLIONS of descendants - instead of all of those desendants duplicating their research on the same ancestors - and each person having their own file - and no one exactly having the exact same data - it really creates a duplication nitghmare.
But with this collaborative approach it also means that no one person has total control - as contrasted to decades past when so many were working disjointly. And it means in a collaborative approach we may not always agree with the latest changes. But there is also plenty of room for comments, discussion, comparison, seeing different perspectives - and even uploading supplemental documents that show the family as we as an individual consider it correct.
many of us have spent years accumulating information - - but if we are not careful - and if we are confined to our own silo - then when die - much of our research will go with us - - and all so often the children of the life long genealogist - end up throwing their years of work - down the toliet when they pass on.
working collaboratively and using a system that doesnt get thrown out when we die - ensures that the years of research live on - especially if we spend time uploading our research to Family Search items in supporting evidences of the research and allowing others to see why we believe the tree is a certain way according to our line of thought - but also allowing ourselves to see things from other's perspective as well.
I am glad that I have FamilySearch - to allow my years of research to live on - well beyond my own life - and that millions of researches around the world can work as a team instead of each person working in a silo.
Thank you all for answering / explaining my question. I will keep my account open but I don't want to be a part of the super tree. I will be happy to offer sources and such when I have them. Especially with medieval genealogy. I have three members of my family interested in genealogy. One grandson talked me into doing the dna test. And Dennis I'm sure we are probably cousins through the Yancy line in Virginia. Lewis Davis Yancy, Philemon Yancy. I watched the video's and read Dennis's page which was interesting.
I thought I recognized your name :-)
Please be aware that use of FamilySearch Family Tree - is not a binary choice - of yes or no.
Even with my support for the whole concept of the collaborative FamilySearch Family Tree - for most people - I do NOT recommend it as a person's Primary data store for their years of research.
In other words - I totally understand the need to keep one's own research pristine and clear and not muddied by the sloppy and some times totally erroneous research of occasional fellow researchers.
I keep my own private database on my local PC. You apparently keep it in Ancestry - and thats perfectly fine and makes sense to keep our own years of research separate and disjoint. FamilySearch Family Tree is NOT my main database where I collect Yancey family records etc. I have my own stand alone database.
BUT then I compare my data with what is in FamilySearch Family Tree - and when I see a major hole / vaccuum in the records for a particular family I can add that to Family Tree. I very much encourage those who have done years of research to see what they can do to correct the holes and errors in Family Tree - but I dont expect them to just throw their private database away and just adopt Family Tree.
But when trying to move data between a standalone tree - like you have at Ancetsry and then upload it to Famil Tree - is not a simple matter - for reasons already discussed and simply that the vast majority of your names and relationships - are ALREADY in Family tree - and it would just create a mess to try and load thousands of people already in the tree. Though it may sound painful - in reality - the best way is simply for those people that you find are not even in Family Tree - that you add them one at a time - or if you see errors or omissions in facts - that again you add it as you go. Keep in mind there are millions of FamilySearch users - we should all be working as a team - so that together we can accomplish so much more than just one person working by themselves.
Please keep an open mind as you continue to peruse how FamlySearch works. And if for the moment - you dont wish to deal with Family Tree - - - thats perfectly ok . . .