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What is a GEDCOM file?
    GEDCOM files are files that conform to a standardized genealogy file format known as GEDCOM. For the GenCircles system to understand your data, it must be in the GEDCOM format. All major family tree software supports the creation of GEDCOM files. Creating a GEDCOM file does not overwrite your existing data or change your existing file in any way. Instead, it is an entirely new file that is generated by a process known as "exporting". Exporting a GEDCOM file is easy to do with any family tree software. Below you will find instuctions on creating a GEDCOM file. You can also find more detailed instructions in your software's manual or help system. Remember where you save your GEDCOM file so when you try to upload it to our web site, you don't forget where the file is located.



How do I export my data from Ancestral Quest?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in Ancestral Quest.
  2. Select Export... from the File menu.
  3. Make sure that:
    • If your version is 3.0, the Export Type box should have Ancestral Quest 3.0 selected
    • If your version is 2002, the Export Type box should have Standard w/ AQ Enh. selected
    • Version is set to 5.5
    • Char Set is set to ANSEL
    • The Include box has all options checked except for Encode Media.
    • The Selected Individuals box is set to All
  4. Click the Export... button.
  5. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  6. Type a file name next to where it says File name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  7. Click Save.
  8. When the file is finished exporting, you will see a box that tells you how many individuals and marriages were exported.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from Ancestry Family Tree?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in Ancestry Family Tree.
  2. Select Export... from the File menu.
  3. Make sure that:
    • The Export Type box has AncestryFamilyTree selected.
    • Version is set to 5.5
    • Char Set is set to ANSEL
    • The Include box has all options checked except for Encode Media.
    • The Selected Individuals box is set to All
  4. Click the Export... button.
  5. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  6. Type a file name next to where it says File name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  7. Click Save.
  8. When the file is finished exporting, you will see a box that tells you how many individuals and marriages were exported.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from Ancestryís Online Family Tree?
  1. Go to your Online Family Tree at Ancestry.com.
  2. In the top right-hand corner of the screen that lists your trees, you may need to click Advanced Options.
  3. If you donít see Advanced Options, then you should see some little icons on the right next to the name of your tree. There will be an icon of a globe, a trash icon, and more.
  4. You need to click on the icon that looks like a document. Itís the middle icon out possibly 5. Itís called Prepare for Export.
  5. That icon will change into a rotating clock and your family tree will begin preparing for download.
  6. A window may pop-up that says Preparing Online Family Tree for download...
  7. This process can take a really long time. Please wait for it to finish.
  8. You will know it is finished when the icon changes from a rotating clock to a half-document with an arrow pointing down.
  9. Click that icon.
  10. Click Save when you browser asks you what to do with the GEDCOM file.
  11. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  12. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from Brotherís Keeper?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in Brotherís Keeper.
  2. Click on the File menu and move your mouse cursor down to Gedcom.
  3. Click on Export.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  6. Type a file name next to where it says File name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  7. Click Save.
  8. Make sure that:
    • Include notes is checked
    • Include sources is checked
    • Include abbreviations for sources is checked
    • Include mailing addresses is checked
    • Exclude details about living people is NOT checked
    • Include names of pictures is checked
    • Character set should be set to Ansel
  9. The Selected Individuals box is set to All.
  10. Click OK.
  11. Brotherís Keeper may or may not ask for the Submitter Information. If it does, fill in the fields with whatever information you want. It requires at least a Name.
  12. When the file is finished exporting, you will see a box that says Done.
  13. Click OK.
  14. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from Cumberland Family Tree?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in Cumberland Family Tree.
  2. Click on the File menu and move your mouse cursor down to Import/Export.
  3. Click on GEDCOM Export.
  4. Click on the Options 1 tab.
  5. Make sure that:
    • Destination is set to Standard GEDCOM
    • GEDCOM Version is set to Version 5.5
    • Character Set is set to ANSEL
  6. The options below can remain as they are.
  7. Click on the Options 2 tab.
  8. Make sure that all items are clicked. This will ensure that the all data is exported.
  9. Click on the General tab.
  10. Click on the File icon to the right of GEDCOM File.
  11. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  12. Type a file name next to where it says File name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  13. Click Save.
  14. Click the Export icon at the top.
  15. When the file is finished exporting, it will say File successfully exported.
  16. You can now click the Close icon at the top.
  17. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from Family Origins?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in Family Origins.
  2. Click on the File menu and move your mouse cursor down to GEDCOM.
  3. Click on Export GEDCOM...
  4. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  5. Type a file name next to where it says File name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  6. Click Save.
  7. Make sure that:
    • The People to export box has Export entire database selected
    • The Destination box has General selected
    • The Export which items? box has all items checked
    • Preserve wordwrapping in notes is selected
  8. Click OK.
  9. Family Origins may or may not ask for the Preparerís Address. If it does, fill in the fields with whatever information you want. It requires at least a Name.
  10. When Family Origins finishes exporting your file, the progress window will go away.
  11. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from Family Tree Legends?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in Family Tree Legends.
  2. Select Export GEDCOM File from the File menu.
  3. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  4. Type a file name next to where it says File name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  5. Click Save.
  6. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from Family Tree Maker?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in Family Tree Maker.
  2. Select Copy/Export Family File... from the File menu.
  3. Click the drop-down arrow next to the Save as type text. Select GEDCOM *.GED from the list.
  4. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  5. Type a file name next to where it says File name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  6. Click Save and a new window will pop-up.
  7. Make sure that:
    • Destination is set to FTM
    • GEDCOM is set to Version 5.5
    • Character Set is set to ANSI
  8. Make sure Indent records is NOT checked.
  9. Make sure Abbreviate tags is checked.
  10. Click OK.
  11. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from Family Tree SuperTools?
    You cannot export GEDCOM files from Family Tree SuperTools. Your best bet is to use the Master Genealogist to bring in your SuperTools file and then export from that program.

How do I export my data from Family Trees Quick & Easy?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in Family Trees Quick & Easy.
  2. Select Export... from the File menu.
  3. Make sure that:
    • The Export Type box has Family Tree Q & E selected.
    • Version is set to 5.5
    • Char Set is set to ANSEL
    • The Include box has all options checked except for Encode Media.
    • The Selected Individuals box is set to All
  4. Click the Export... button.
  5. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  6. Type a file name next to where it says File name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  7. Click Save.
  8. When the file is finished exporting, you will see a box that tells you how many individuals and marriages were exported.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from Genbox?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in Genbox.
  2. Click on the File menu and move your mouse cursor down to Export Data.
  3. Click on to GEDCOM File...
  4. Click the Defaults button.
  5. Click the Make Export File... button.
  6. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  7. Type a file name next to where it says File name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  8. Click Save.
  9. When the file is finished exporting, it will say Operation Completed.
  10. Click OK.
  11. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from Generations Family Tree?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in Generations Family Tree.
  2. Click on the File menu and move your mouse cursor down to Import/Export or Export, depending on which version of Generations you have.
  3. Click on GEDCOM File...
  4. Make sure that:
    • The Who box is set to All Individuals
    • Include sources is checked
    • Destination is set to Other if that option is available. If that option isnít available, then set Destination to GEDCOM 5.5.
    • GEDCOM Character Set is set to Windows
  5. Click the Export... button
  6. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  7. Type a file name next to where it says File name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  8. Click Save.
  9. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from GenoPro?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in GenoPro.
  2. Select Export GEDCOM... from the Tools menu.
  3. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  4. Type a file name next to where it says File name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  5. Click Save.
  6. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from Great Family?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in Great Family.
  2. Select Export to GEDCOM file from the File menu.
  3. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  4. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from Heredis?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in Heredis.
  2. Select Export... from the File menu.
  3. Make sure that:
    • The upper-most selection is set to Gedcom
    • All options immediately under Elements for export are checked
    • Characters is set to Ansel
    • The rest of the options can be left at their default values
  4. Click the Export button.
  5. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  6. Type a file name next to where it says File name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  7. Click Save.
  8. When the file is finished exporting, you will see a box that tells you the export completed.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from Legacy Family Tree?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in Legacy Family Tree.
  2. Click on the File menu and move your mouse cursor down to Export To.
  3. Click on GEDCOM File...
  4. Make sure that:
    • Produce file for is set to Legacy
    • Character Set is set to ANSI
    • Indent GEDCOM Tag Levels is NOT checked
    • Export [[Private]] Notes is checked
    • Export Private Events is checked
    • Suppress details for Living people is NOT checked
    • Suppress <Estimated Dates> and <Places> is NOT checked
    • Keep embedded formatted codes within text is checked
    • Export General To-Do Items is checked
  5. Click the big button in blue letters that says Select File Name and START EXPORT.
  6. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  7. Type a file name next to where it says File name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  8. Click Save.
  9. Legacy may or may not ask for your Compiler Information. If it does, fill in the fields with whatever information you want. It requires at least a Name.
  10. When the file is finished exporting, it will say Export of GEDCOM file is complete.
  11. Click OK.
  12. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from OneGreatFamily.com?
    To export a GEDCOM from OneGreatFamily.com, please read the instructions found here:
    http://www.onegreatfamily.com/tpls/softwarehelp/fileexport.html
    In general, it is difficult to export all your data from OneGreatFamily because they do not permit you to export your entire set of data. Hopefully this will change in the future.

How do I export my data from Personal Ancestral File?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in Personal Ancestral File.
  2. Select Export... from the File menu.
  3. Make sure that:
    • The Export To box has PAF 5 selected
    • The Include box has all items checked
    • The Selected Individuals box has All selected
  4. Click the Export... button.
  5. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  6. Type a file name next to where it says File name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  7. Click the Export button.
  8. When the file is finished exporting, you will see a box that tells you how many individuals and marriages were exported.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from Reunion?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in Reunion.
  2. Click on the File menu and move your mouse cursor down to Import/Export or Export, depending on which version of Reunion you have.
  3. Click on GEDCOM File...
  4. Make sure that:
    • The Who box is set to All Individuals
    • Include sources is checked
    • Destination is set to Other if that option is available. If that option isnít available, then set Destination to GEDCOM 5.5.
    • GEDCOM Character Set is set to Windows
  5. Click the Export... button
  6. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again.
  7. Type a file name into the provided area. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  8. Click Save.
  9. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from RootsMagic?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in RootsMagic.
  2. Select Export GEDCOM... from the File menu.
  3. Make sure that:
    • The Who do you want to export? box has Everyone selected
    • The Destination box has General selected
    • The Privacy options box has Privatize living people NOT checked
    • The Information to export has all items checked
  4. Click the Export button.
  5. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  6. Type a file name next to where it says File name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  7. Click Save.
  8. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from The Master Genealogist?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in The Master Genealogist.
  2. Select Export... from the File menu.
  3. Click Next.
  4. In the Export file type section, select Gedcom (*.ged) from the list.
  5. Type a file name next to where it says Export file name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  6. To change the directory where your GEDCOM file will be stored, click the Locate... button. A directory structure of your computer will appear in a new window. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list. Select your desired folder and click the Select button.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Click Next again.
  9. Make sure that:
    • Version is set to GEDCOM 5.5
    • Character Set is set ANSEL
  10. The check boxes on the right-hand side can all stay at their default values.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Make sure that:
    • Tag Types is set to All
    • Names is set to All Variations
    • Events is set to All Variations
  13. Click Next.
  14. All the values on this screen can stay at their default settings.
  15. Click Next.
  16. Click Finish.
  17. When the file is finished exporting, you will see a box that says Export is finished.
  18. Click OK.
  19. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.

How do I export my data from Ultimate Family Tree?
  1. Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in Ultimate Family Tree.
  2. Select Save as... from the File menu.
  3. Click the drop-down arrow next to the Save as type text. Select GEDCOM from the list.
  4. Decide on a location to store your GEDCOM file so that you can easily retrieve it again. A reasonable place to store your file might be your Desktop or My Documents. You can access these by clicking on box next to Save in and scrolling all the way to the top. You will find both the Desktop and My Documents in that list.
  5. Type a file name next to where it says File name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  6. Click OK.
  7. Make sure that:
    • GEDCOM Type is set to Family 5.5
    • All other default options are acceptable
  8. Click OK.
  9. Your file has now been exported and is ready to be submitted to GenCircles.