Import a GEDCOM 5.5.1 into an existing file

Import a GEDCOM 5.5.1 into an existing file 150 150 Heredis Help Knowledgebase

Warning: Any import into an existing file changes its structure. Consider before this type of operation to save a copy of your original file if necessary or back up the modified file under another name.

Importing a GEDCOM requires taking its time, don’t validate too fast, you won’t be able to make any changes after the import.

(Windows) Importing a GEDCOM

From the file in which you want to import the GEDCOM file.

  • Choose File > Import > GEDCOM file.
  • Select the file (it must carry a .ged extension to be recognized by Heredis), then click Open.
  • Choose whether or not to import media and sources, and how to handle quote names.
  • Click Next

  • You will probably have to check the places, not all software manages them in the same way. If you see a window like the one below, check the locations. Click Select appropriate places elements if the order does not match the data correctly. Click on the title of the column on the left to change the categories. (Example: below, the line Postal Code should be County)

Each software has its own way of managing certain data in the GEDCOM format. So there are Owner Tags that may be unknown to Heredis (see article What is a GEDCOM? and GEDCOM tags generated by Heredis for more details). If Heredis doesn’t recognize certain tags, it will ask you what you want to do with them: Import or Do not Import. If you don’t know what some owner tags mean (those prefixed by a _), ask the publisher of the software that generated them for clarification. So choose what you want to do with the unknown Tags if the screen shows up.

  • Check the Assign a new source to box and choose which data to add that source to you. Fill the fields out of the source if you want to assign one. By adding a common source to all the information from this GEDCOM, you’ll know where you get your information from.

  • Click Done to validate the import with the settings you’ve indicated.
  • After the GEDCOM data is imported, it is necessary to create the links that will link the imported persons to those that were already present in the main file. To do this, use the Add features.

A GEDCOM never contains media because it is a text file format. On the other hand, the path and the name of the media are kept, so you can reintegrate them through the media index (if their name has not changed, Heredis will quickly reintegrate all of your media in a few clicks). See the article Media > Searching Media for more details.

(Mac) Importing a GEDCOM

From the file in which you want to import the GEDCOM file.

  • Choose File>  Import > GEDCOM.
  • Select the file (it must carry a .ged extension to be recognized by Heredis), then click Open.
  • You will probably have to check the places, not all software manages them in the same way. Click Select Appropriate Place Elements if the order does not match the data correctly. Click on the header of the column to be changed to change the categories. (Example: below, the line Postal Code should be County)

Each software has its own way of managing certain data in the GEDCOM format. So there are Owner Tags that may be unknown to Heredis (see article What is a GEDCOM? and GEDCOM tags generated by Heredis for more details). If Heredis doesn’t recognize certain tags, it will ask you what you want to do with them: Import or Do not Import. If you don’t know what some owner tags mean (those prefixed by a _), ask the publisher of the software that generated them for clarification. So choose what you want to do with the unknown Tags if the screen shows up.

  • Choose for each tag to import or ignore the data.

  • Choose whether or not to import media and sources, and how to handle quote names.
  • Check the Associate a Common Source box and choose which data to add that source to you. Fill the fields out of the source if you want to assign one. By adding a common source to all the information from this GEDCOM, you’ll know where you get your information from.

  • Click Launch import to start importing. This may take more or less time depending on the size of the file to be imported.
  • After the GEDCOM data is imported, it is necessary to create the links that will link the imported persons to those that were already present in the main file. To do this, use the Add features.

A GEDCOM never contains media because it is a text file format. On the other hand, the path and the name of the media are retained, so you can reintegrate them through the media index (if their name has not changed, Heredis will quickly reintegrate all of your media in a few clicks). See the article Media > Searching Media for more details.

You will then need to link the persons in your file to those in the imported file. You should also check for duplicates. See also (Windows) Permanent control for duplicates, (Mac) Permanent control for duplicates and Merging Two Persons