How to Export a GEDCOM File from FamilySearch Family Tree



To export a GEDCOM file from FamilySearch Family Tree you must use one of their partners. Below you can follow links to each partner site or to instructions for how to download from that site.  


What is a GEDCOM file?

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. Because it's a communal tree, others can make changes to your family lines and you may want to have your own copy of the entire tree on a separate site where no one else can make changes.

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African American Genealogy Research

In honor of Black History Month and the contributions made by African Americans, here are curated files of African American Family History resources. These have been set up in digitally tabbed file folders--just select a tab and the file contents will be displayed.   LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and Kunta Kinte of the 1977 "Roots" miniseries) gave a powerful keynote address at last year's RootsTech. Maybe you had to be there or maybe you had to have lived in America in the 70s when almost every household, probably with an average of ten TV channels, tuned in to watch Roots. When parents were torn between "is this too graphic for the kids" and "is this too important to not let them see?" Burton summed it up perfectly when he said 'one family's story changed how America saw slavery' and that every story mattered. Black History Month celebrates all African Americans. From the first African American president to the most humble slave narrat…
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How to Manage Your FamilySearch Settings and Preferences

  This is a continuation of my post, How to Create a Free FamilySearch account. With your new FamilySearch login, one of the first things you should do is manage your FamilySearch Settings and Preferences. You're in charge of what others can see and access and who can contact you.   How to change your Password, Contact info, Notifications, or Preferences at FamilySearch. When you're logged in at FamilySearch, in the upper right-hand corner, next to your name, you'll see an arrow. When you select the arrow you'll have three options: Settings, Source Box, Sign Out   SETTINGS Select Settings to make changes to your account. The Settings Menu includes: Basic Account info you can edit and then save changes you've made Username Password Display Name Birthdate Gender Membership Record Number if you're LDS Helper Number - If you have problems with your account and call the help desk, they may ask for…
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