Export to Genes Reunited and Ancestry

Introduction

Genes Reunited's GEDCOM import is limited. It's therefore a good idea to strip down your file to the minimum before uploading.

This is also the case for Ancestry so the following should work for both.

Exporting for Genes Reunited

With Version 3

You can use the Split Tree Helper to strip out, the extra information, such as media etc.

With Version 4

From the File menu select Import/Export » Export » GEDCOM File.

Next select the people to include in your Genes Reunited tree (just press Add All if you want everyone).

Then configure as shown in the screen shot below.

Click the OK button and enter a name to save the file as.

This should provide a file which Genes Reunited will accept.

Hot Matches

From the original FHUG Article by Chris Bowyer.

Having spent a week or so exchanging emails with GenesReunited support (who incidentally are extremely helpful) about how their hot-matches work (or don’t), I thought other FH users might be interested in the result. I’ll start with my conclusions and explain why afterwards. If you have a very small tree, and nothing but unusual names, don’t worry, it’ll probably work fine for you. Everyone else…

  1. Remove everyone from your tree that you don’t want to get emails about.
  2. Mark all the matching trees for people you’ve already contacted as ‘Don’t show me these again’.
  3. Don’t mark any other trees as ‘Don’t show me these again’ even if they only contain a few non-interesting or spuriously matched names.
  4. Make sure the box in your account details that says ‘Do you wish to be notified by a hot matches or new names email…’ is checked, even if you don’t want any emails.

You have to understand a bit about how it works… Once a fortnight they go through the names on your tree one by one and search for matching names on other people’s trees. They match by first name, last name, and approximate date of birth. A lot of these will be just coincidence of name and date, but the whole point about hot matches is that you can make an informed decision about whether you share relations with someone by the number of names matching between your trees… They display the tree with the most matching names first…

Sounds perfect doesn’t it… But, each fortnight they will only find 100 matches with your tree. So, when it gets to your John Smith born in 1900, you will get up to 100 other John Smiths born in 1900 from up to 100 other trees, and then it stops. You will have no idea without looking at each one to check the place of birth whether these are likely to be your John Smith, because having found 100 matching names it will not try to see whether those trees also contain matching children or parents. Next time (a fortnight later) you’ll get another 100 matches, and these may be added to the trees you’ve already matched with. Over time, the trees you really do share whole families or branches with will accumulate more matching names and drift up to the top of your list.

So, back to the advice:

1. Remove everyone from your tree that you don’t want to get emails about…

GenesReunited is, we’ve found, a great way of making contact with people you can share research with. Even if you’re terribly strict with yourself and check all the sources, it’s a lot easier when you know what you’re looking for. But it’s not a great way of publishing your research… find another site if that’s what you want (no one can see it on there anyway unless you explicitly allow them). So, if you have a big tree and you don’t want to be inundated with people who think they might be related to someone’s in-law’s cousin, leave them off. We used to upload everyone we know anything about (we all like to show off a bit), then we cut it down to all relations, spouses and immediate in-laws, but now its relations and spouses only. FH Split tree helper with a custom query is perfect for this. At least most of the messages we get from GR now are actually about people we’re interested in.

But apart from that, all these names that you’re not interested in are going to use up some of your 100 hot-matches per fortnight. This means it will take even longer for the names (or more to the point the families and branches) that you are interested in to appear as such in the hot match list.

2. Mark all the matching trees for people you’ve already contacted as ‘Don’t show me these again’…

You’ve already shared your tree with these people. You’ve probably copied names and dates from them, and they from you. There’s no point letting the next hot-match run waste its quota of 100 telling you about them. Let it find you something you didn’t already know instead. You can always see them again by clicking the ‘View ignored hot matches’ link.

3. Don’t mark any other trees as ‘Don’t show me these again’ even if they only contain a few non-interesting matched names…

Just because someone’s tree has a John Smith born in 1900, but on the other side of the country from yours, doesn’t mean they don’t share any other relations with you. Just leave them on the current list and ignore them if they have less that a few matched names. Next month (or next year) you may find they match a whole branch, in which case they’ll move up the list and you can have another look. If you say ‘Don’t show me these again’, it doesn’t just remove them from your current list, it also stops it adding any more matching names from that tree, so you would never know.

4. Make sure the box in your account details that says ‘Do you wish to be notified by a hot matches or new names email…’ is checked, even if you don’t want any e-mails…

If you say you don’t want to be notified by email it stops looking for matches for you. Maybe they’ll change the wording one day. Just another junk mail to delete once a fortnight I’m afraid (sigh).

And Finally…

Don’t mark all your hot matches as ‘Don’t show me these again’ even if that conflicts with the advice above. If you do, the next time you click the hot-matches link you get the page that says ‘No matches, don’t worry…’ but it doesn’t contain the link to view the ones you’ve hidden. You’ll have to wait until it finds some more before you can get them back.

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