Import 'my' tree from GEDCOM?
Hi everyone 😃
I'm new here but have been pottering about trying to research my family tree for a little while now. I started with My Heritage years ago, but gave up when it seemed to be a money pit, then tried out Find My Past when they did a free weekend for Remembrance Day in 2019. I've just started up again after taking a break for Christmas that ended up being longer than I intended, and was directed here from Reddit.
I know from reading various help posts that I haven't strictly got my own tree here, but as I understand it, I've effectively got a private one for my living family, so I can add living relatives and then branch off their deceased ancestors. I'll refer to that as my tree for now to try to avoid confusion.
As I was starting out yesterday, I was given the option to import an existing GEDCOM file into my tree. I got the file from Find My Past and imported it. The import seemed to go smoothly, but of the 165 records, it told me that about half a dozen were in my tree, a dozen or so could be added, and 134 were living or invalid. This is where I'm getting confused.
The site let me add a few of the 'Add to Family Tree' group, but not the last nine. I'd started by adding myself and my parents, so I added my maternal grandfather and then my wife and her mother, as these were the branches with the most names. I thought that this might let me add the remaining names from the group as they now had someone to link to, but it didn't help. My maternal grandfather was in the 'Already added to tree' group and had an ID assigned to him, so I copied that ID to his slot on my tree, and it linked in a portion of his branch, along with two further generations that I hadn't found yet. I've tried doing the same thing with both of my grandmothers and my wife's grandparents, making sure that they're in my tree first, but it's only worked for my wife's maternal grandfather and great-grandfather, and ignored everyone else in that branch, including her maternal grandmother.
I'm also confused as to why I can't add the living relatives to my private tree so that I can add their ancestors. Surely that's the point of importing files?
I'd be grateful if someone could help me out and explain this to me please.
Thanks in advance, Ryan 😃