How to Import Your Free FamilySearch Family Tree at Ancestral Quest & Create a GEDCOM File

  Ancestral Quest partners with FamilySearch and provides one way to export a copy of your free FamilySearch Family Tree.   If you have a family tree at FamilySearch you can't download a GEDCOM file of your tree directly from FamilySearch but you have three options for creating a GEDCOM file so you'll have full control of your tree and which ancestors & descendants you want to have included.   This blog gives instructions for your first option,  How to Import Your Free FamilySearch Family Tree at Ancestral Quest and How to Create a GEDCOM file at Ancestral Quest.    I wanted a GEDCOM file with ancestors through my 5th great-grandparents and all their descendants. My GEDCOM file has roughly 34,000 names and took me 12 hours to import & create. I did my imports in batches because I was afraid thousands of names all in one fell swoop would crash the program. Adjust these instructions as needed for your tree and personal circumstances.   …
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How to Export a GEDCOM File from FamilySearch Family Tree

  Today I alternated between 😭  and  😡  as I tried to figure out the best way to export my family tree from FamilySearch to Ancestry and MyHeritage, two sites where I have DNA matches and want trees with all my ancestors' descendant lines. This is what I learned.   How to Export a GEDCOM File from FamilySearch Family Tree   The Short Answer: You can't. FamilySearch doesn't support exporting data as a GEDCOM file.   The Better Answer: You can, in a roundabout way. You can Import your way to an Export.   The Short Answer - A little background info GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunications and is a standard file structure for genealogical information. It's the most popular file type used to exchange & share family tree information. If you want a copy of someone's family tree, you ask for a GEDCOM file. FamilySearch Family Tree is a "one tree" site where they own the family tree and everyone adds to it and grows the tree. Be…
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How to Get Google Search Results for another Country

If you're searching for records in another country, you used to be able to use that country's Google domain to get results localized for that country.     Google now gives localized results based on your current location, not the extension you're searching with. So if you're in the United States and want to search in England, you can't type google.co.uk into the URL window and trick Google into giving you UK results. But Google hasn't left us high and dry. They now allow us to change the settings for our searches. Whatever Google extension you use, in the bottom right-hand corner of the page there is a Settings menu where you can request results be localized to somewhere other than your current location.  Here's an example of how you can get Google search results for another country by changing the settings on your search window.   In the lower right-hand corner of your search window, select Settings, then Search Settings   &n…
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