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How to Upload Your Family Tree to Gedmatch

Are you ready to learn how to upload your family tree to Gedmatch? Uploading a your family tree to Gedmatch will provide you access to some really neat genealogy tools, as well as prove very helpful to your DNA matches in determining your relationship. 

In this post, you will learn about Gedcom files and how to upload your Gedcom file to Gedmatch.

How to Upload Your Family Tree to Gedmatch

In order to follow the process that I describe below, you will need to download your Gedcom from the online website where you made your family tree, or export it from the family tree software that you use.  It should also be noted that you should make sure that living people in your family tree are set to private (or simply replace their names with the word “Private”) before you export or download your tree. 

This is important because you will not be able to make any changes to your family tree once you are on Gedmatch, and it is best to protect the privacy of living individuals as best as you can.

What is a Gedcom?

It’s sounds like a really high-tech word, but it isn’t.  It’s just an acronym that is short for “genealogical data communication”.  In other words, it’s a special type of file that is designed to standardize genealogical data so it can be viewed and/or edited across software platforms and systems. 

Another valuable contribution to genealogy made by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Gedcom file is generally able to be read across platforms, with some exceptions.

In other words, a Gedcom is a special type of file that contains your family tree.  Gedmatch only accepts Gedcom uploads that have the .ged or .GED extension.

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How to upload your Gedcom to Gedmatch

Once you have obtained your Gedcom, you should create a Gedmatch account if you don’t already have one.  Then, from the main dashboard on Gedmatch, you will click on Gedcom Genealogy Upload, as seen in the image below:

This image shows exactly where you should click to get started with your Gedmatch family tree upload
The red arrow points to where you should click to begin the process of uploading your family tree (or GEDCOM) to Gedmatch

You will then be taken to a new page where you will enter in the relevant information for your Gedcom file:

how to upload gedcom to gedmatch
The image above displays the fields that you must fill out on Gedmatch to upload your family tree to the site

Follow the following steps to fill these fields out correctly:

  1.  Enter the name of your family tree as you would like it to be publicly named on Gedmatch
  2. If you have uploaded your DNA to Gedmatch, you can select your name in the dropdown menu for Gedmatch “kit number”
  3. If all four of your grandparents are from the same place, you can let Gedmatch know for research purposes.  Otherwise, leave it blank.  It is not required to fill in this field.
  4. You must indicate whether you have the permission of living individuals to display their identity, or whether you have marked them as “living” before uploading (read here for how to do it). If you don’t choose yes, you won’t be able to complete the upload.
  5. Then, click “Browse” to choose the Gedcom file that you would like to upload.
  6. Once you’ve chosen the right Gedcom file, click “Upload”.

The upload will only work if you have chosen a file.  Your screen will look something like this once you’ve chosen a Gedcom file, and you can then click “Upload”:

How to upload my family tree to gedmathc

Once you click upload, and the tree is done uploading, you will then be asked to choose a “point person” in the family tree.  Choose the option to have the person whose DNA kit you attached the Gedcom to as the point (i,e. home) person. 

Once you’ve done this, you are 100% done and you can take advantage of all of the extra tools available to you on the site.  Plus, you’ve done a huge favor to your DNA matches!

Conclusion

I hope that this quick post helped you understand how to upload your Gedcom file to Gedmatch.  If you experience any trouble or have any questions about something that I wrote here, please feel free to leave me a comment below.

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Melinda

Saturday 7th of November 2020

Please check Family Search for people on your tree before adding any. A lot of people don't realize that Family Search is one giant tree. It is not just your own stand alone tree. Probably a lot of your information has already been added.

Mercedes

Sunday 8th of November 2020

This is a great point, Melinda! In addition, we should always double check the information we see on the Family Search tree, as well as any other tree we find. Thanks for your comment, Mercedes

Raffaelina Kennedy

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

I’ve chosen a file, but when I upload I get a message saying invalid name for gedcom

ATLGuy

Friday 13th of November 2020

Ditto here. Any idea what is causing this?

zobva

Wednesday 5th of February 2020

I'm confused. I uploaded my Gedcom file to Gedmatch seemingly with no problem. It gives me records to comare, view etc. But it doesn't populate my family tree on Family Search. Is it supposed to? If so, what could I be doing wrong? I can't imagine starting from scratch and manually reconstructing my entire family tree again on Family Search.

Mercedes

Thursday 5th of March 2020

Hi Zobva, I believe that your Gedcom would need to be uploaded to Gedmatch and Family Search separately. I would advise you to carefully read the terms and conditions of both sites, however. I hope this helps - Mercedes

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