All registered users of FamilySearch.org can upload
GEDCOM files for inclusion in the Pedigree Resource File,
however, GEDCOMs cannot be uploaded directly to Family
With your FamilySearch or LDS Account you have access to
Family Tree, and you can copy information from an
uploaded GEDCOM file into Family Tree.
The GEDCOM upload process has many planned
enhancements, but until they are complete:
• You cannot currently add the notes, sources,
and multimedia links that are in your
GEDCOM file to Family Tree.
• During the upload process, you compare
what is in your GEDCOM file to what is
already in Family Tree. If you stop before you
finish comparing, simply make a note of
which filter and person you left off on.
• You can include records of living people in
your GEDCOM file. However, they are not
available for searching on FamilySearch.org.
Nor can you add those records to Family
To upload a GEDCOM
file, you must be
signed in to
Click Search and
Scroll to the bottom of
the Genealogies page
and click Submit Tree.
Click Add GEDCOM, click Choose File,
and find the GEDCOM file on your
Enter a tree name and in
the Description field, tell
others about where this tree
came from and the research
The name of the GEDCOM file is added to a list of your uploaded files. In the Status column of
that list, the word “Uploading...” appears until the file is uploaded. When it is finished, the word
“Uploaded” appears, and the Compare button is now available to click.
Click Compare. In the Status column of that list, the word “Comparing...”
appears until the comparison is done. Instead of a Compare button, you
see a View button. You cannot click the View button until the comparison is
After the system has
compared your GEDCOM
file to Family Tree, you can
see the results in the
Comparison Results box
Add to Family Tree,
Already in Family Tree or
Invalid and Living
Potential matches are
people in your
GEDCOM file who
might already have a
record in Family Tree.
The record in your
GEDCOM file is different
enough that you need
to review the
confirm the match.
Potential matches are
marked with a triangle
icon. Compare each
indicating “Yes” or “Not
A Match” for each
record in this filter.
If your GEDCOM file contains people who are not in Family Tree, you
can easily add them to Family Tree.
Records that can be added to Family Tree are marked with a plus
icon User-added image.
Some people in your
GEDCOM file may
already be in Family
Tree. However, your
GEDCOM file and
Family Tree may
have different details
about them. You
can review the
decide whether to
replace what is in
Family Tree with
what is in your
Records that are
already in Family
Tree are marked with
a check mark icon
Because you cannot add living individuals through
your GEDCOM submission, you will need to Add living
people in Family Tree to bridge to the deceased
ancestors you have added and compared as you
worked with your GEDCOM.
When you are ready to link to your deceased ancestors that you have submitted, try to “Find”
them, and click the blue “Select” button when the system finds a match based on the
information you entered into the system to find your ancestor.
When you copy information from your GEDCOM file to Family
Tree, your entire GEDCOM file is still available for searching on
If you delete the GEDCOM file from FamilySearch.org,
the information is no longer searchable on
FamilySearch.org. However, any information that you
copied into Family Tree remains in Family Tree.
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