Familysearch.org does not always have easy navigation. It may look pretty but there is so much available there that it is sometimes hard to find what you are looking for. Thank goodness for Google!
I could not find where to add my GEDCOM to their one world tree from the menus, so I googled around and found this URL for their user guide to uploading a GEDCOM which explains the details: https://help.familysearch.org/kb/UserGuide/en/tree/t_tree_upload_gedcom.html
Read on for my quick step guide to adding your GEDCOM at familysearch:
- You have to be logged in to upload a GEDCOM, so on the top right of the home page click “Sign In” and get the nice box shown above to use for signing in (you can create an id if you don’t have one, this is completely free)
- After logging in, click on “Search” in the middle of the large central menu
- On the search page click on “Genealogies”
- Scroll to the bottom of the next page, the “Search User Submitted Genealogies” page, to find the big blue button that says “Submit Tree.” This takes you to a page where you can manage your GEDCOMs. You also come back here and click that button to work with the GEDCOMs you have already uploaded. Not exactly intuitive.
Once the tree is submitted it still has to be processed before it joins the one world tree. First by their software and then by you.
I recommend adding manageable subsets of your data one small GEDCOM at a time and put at least the country of birth in for each person before creating each little GEDCOM in order to reduce the false matches. Once your GEDCOM is uploaded you have to add the people who possibly match others already there from your GEDCOM to the master tree one at a time. This process is fairly intuitive and is detailed in the manual listed above so I will not do a step by step for it here.
Disclaimer: My brother works for familysearch but I wrote this post independently, without any consultation with him or his staff plus my son works for Google but that is bragging rather than relevant to this post!