How to Start Your findmypast Tree

January 28, 2015  - by 

Findmypast.com specializes in British (U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand) family history research. If you have a family tree on the FamilySearch website and want to create a tree in findmypast.com with the data from your Family Tree, you can do so quite easily. To do so, go to the findmypast homepage and hover your cursor over the My Family Tree tab on the top navigation menu. You will be able to see the options available to you. Select Create a tree.

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You will be taken to the Create a tree screen where you can start a tree from scratch or import an existing tree you have created in another program.

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To import a tree you have already created, click Import a tree. You will need a GEDCOM file that you have saved in/exported from the family history software program (such as PAF, AncestralQuest, FamilyTreeMaker, etc.) that you used to record your family history data. NOTE: Your FamilySearch Family Tree does not generate GEDCOM files, but will allow you to import them from other programs.

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FYI – GEDCOM stands for “Genealogical Data Communication” and is a type of file that allows many different software programs to read/exchange the family data you have input.

You will need access to the GEDCOM file of your choice previously saved on your device.

Select Choose file and within your folder structure navigate to the folder that contains your desired GEDCOM, highlight the desired file, click Choose, and then click the Upload button to import the file.

You will be asked to name the tree to be created from your GEDCOM file.

Once imported, your new tree will now appear by name in the My Family Tree drop down menu.

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You can view your tree in several different formats. Here is the pedigree view:

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You can also select other useful ways to view your family tree data, depending on what you are trying to do, by clicking on the view button and choosing one of the following options from the drop down menu:

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  • Family View shows one person’s descendancy.
  • Pedigree view shows one person’s ancestors.
  • Family Group shows one person’s immediate family with spouse and children.
  • Profile shows the selected person’s in-depth details
  • People shows a list of every person in that tree and can be viewed alphabetically by first or last name, birth date or place, or death date or place. Just click on the column heading to change how entries are listed.

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Now that you have your family tree imported into findmypast, you can begin researching to extend your tree, especially your British lines, or add greater depth of information to any individual with the awesome findmypast research tools!

 

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  1. I can’t see how this is true: “If you have a family tree on the FamilySearch website and want to create a tree in findmypast.com with the data from your Family Tree, you can do so quite easily.” So, it looks like you need a third party program to transfer from Family Tree to FindMyPast..

    1. Do you think we need a third party because it does say “Your FamilySearch Family Tree does not generate GEDCOM files, but will allow you to import them from other programs” meaning Family Search will allow Find My Past to have it?

    2. If you go to Ancetry.com and import your tree from familysearch there, you can create a GEDCOM file from Ancestry.com and import the GEDCOM file to FindMyPast, MyHeritage and more websites.

  2. I’ve found that exporting your tree from FamilySearch is possible using the Roots Magic program. It is free and will extract your entire tree from FamilySearch. You can then export the tree to a GEDCOM file. Then you can upload that to each of the partner sites. By far the easiest way. It doesn’t require you to have previously entered your tree in some other external program. It also gets pretty much a complete record for every person.

    1. How do I download to rootmagic from familytree to get my entire tree? Do I have to make an entirely new file from the rootmagic file I already have at home?

      1. When you are in Rootsmagic click on the family search tree. Then do an Import. The start person is ME and make sure you change the Ancestors and Descendants to the number of Generations you want to import. If you have a very large database in family search then it will take a long time. If you stop it part way through it will NOT remember where you were. I suggest you do it in the morning and not the evening.

    2. I can not send my tree because it is never the same. Anyone who wants to change my tree can and do. I never have “MY” tree correctly entered due to constant change. How does one solve THAT dilemma? I would rather delete the ones in dispute and wait for someone to get SOURCES!

      1. I agree. I had started my tree on Family Search. It was going good until I noticed that some of the information had been changed from what I entered. Thinking I had made the mistakes, I changed it back to what I had entered the first time. A couple days later, I noticed it had changed again. And, in all the changes, there were no sources cited. One person I had entered was a Jr, and I posted it as such. But, another user kept changing it to read Junior as a last name. After a couple changes, this person left a note that Family Search does not allow that abbreviation. I know that was not true as I had three others in my tree with “Jr”.’s after their name. Whoever the guy was that kept changing it just wanted his info, and not mine. I use a lot of diligence in my research, more than some people do. And, I’m proud that when I make an entry on my Ancestry.com tree, it has been researched. Looking at trees on Ancestry, it’s obvious that users enter what they want and assume it’s accurate. I don’t. Bottom line, I deleted my tree on Family Search!!

        1. Right there with u my pic are always getting changed. I find great one and there replaced with crappy ones. I re add my pics and they get changed again this is super frustrating

  3. You will need to read the instructions such as below.

    To import a tree you have already created, click Import a tree. You will need a GEDCOM file that you have saved in/exported from the family history software program (such as PAF, AncestralQuest, FamilyTreeMaker, etc.) that you used to record your family history data. NOTE: Your FamilySearch Family Tree does not generate GEDCOM files, but will allow you to import them from other programs.

      1. One should never delete persons, unless that person never existed. When mistakes such as this occur, delete RELATIONSHIPS and replace them with the correct position in the family. If there are multiple records for one person, then merge the people into one, but do NOT delete the extras. If you delete a person, then everything about that person will be lost.

        1. Thank you for clarifying! I figured that you were just starting to enter in this person and they could be easily moved. Yes, keep all of your info by deleting relationships.

  4. This help topic indicates it will help a person create a tree in FindMyPast having the data from the person’s existing FamilySearch/Family Tree. (“If you have a family tree on the FamilySearch website and want to create a tree in findmypast.com with the data from your Family Tree, you can do so quite easily.”)
    Then it tells you you can only use a GEDCOM file, which Family Tree cannot create.??? I knew about the GEDCOM thing but was excited by the invitation to get my Family Tree data into FMP.

    1. If you go to Ancestry.com and import your tree from FamilySearch there, you can create a GEDCOM file from Ancestry.com and import the GEDCOM file to FindMyPast, MyHeritage and more websites.

  5. I couldn’t find a way on ancestry.co.uk, but I did download rootsmagic, and that is wonderfully helpful, both in creating a gedcom, and in sorting out some of the matching with familysearch.

    1. Susan..

      Download and install Legacy Family Tree or RootsMagic.. you can either one to input and export to FS Family Tree.

      You can work on your genealogy and enter the information into either of those programs… and then without typing it again… add it to FS FamilyTree using the program. If you find someone on FamilyTree that you do not have you don’t have to type it into the program on your computer… just use one of those programs to take the info from FS Family and add it to your genealogy on your computer.

  6. I don’t want a findmypast tree.. I don’t want an Ancestry tree… even though I was forced to add 4 generations to Ancestry.
    I only want one tree… my tree as part of FamilySearch Family Tree.