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So... you want to create a Direct Descendent GEDCOM
Family Tree Maker GEDCOM For DNA Project - by Kathy English Ernst
Note: This works for Family Tree Maker versions 10 and 11, and most likely other versions.
  1. Go to the ‘Family Page’ of the person who, with his ancestors / descendants you want to export.

  2. Click the ‘Report’ button on the top tool bar. 

  3. Click on ‘Format’, then choose ‘Report Format’.

  4. A box will open and choose ‘Custom Report’, click ok.

  5. Click on 'Contents' from the top line of the tool bar.  Choose ‘Individuals to include in report...’. 

  6. In the box that will appear, choose 'Selected Individuals' and then click the 'Individuals to Include' button.

  7. A box appears called ‘Individuals to Include’. If the right side of the box has names in it, click on the [<<] icon between the columns to clear those names.

  8. On the left side, find the name of the individual for who you wish to have ancestors / descendants by typing that name in the white box. The individuals name should then be highlighted below the box.

  9. Click on the ' ancestors >' (or/ descendants >) icon and all ancestors / descendants of that individual will be duplicated on the right side.

  10. Click ‘OK’.  You now have the report of the individuals that will be included in the Gedcom.

  11. With the report open, click ‘File’, choose ‘Copy/Export Family’ from the drop down menu. A new box opens titled ‘New Family File’.  To maintain the integrity of your existing file, rename the file you intend to use to create a Gedcom.

  12. After the file is saved it can be edited. To remove all individual notes go to each individual and remove the notes. To verify you have removed them all, use the ‘Spell Check All' (click the 'Edit' button on the top tool bar).  This may reveal missed notes. Continue this until you reduce the file to names and vitals.

  13. Delete photos by bringing up the individual's gallery and use the keyboard shortcut to delete images.  [Ctrl + x] is the shortcut, hold down the Ctrl key then hit the 'x' on the keyboard, do this for all images.

  14. Delete any ‘Books’ that you may have created. On top tool bar click ‘Books’, then ‘Delete Books’.

  15. Once the file is edited down to names and vitals the file needs to be saved as a Gedcom.  At the top toolbar choose 'File' then down to ‘Copy/Export Family File...’.  New box opens, choose 'Gedcom' from the drop down menu, name it and save it where you can find it. 

  16. Leave in the people who are living.  Anyone born before 1905 is hidden. HOWEVER, if a living relative is not listed with a birth date, then they won't be listed as HIDDEN, so be sure you have at least an approx. birth date for all those living. If you have abt. dates, or bet. dates for vitals, leave it that way.  If a birthplace or death place is not known, leave blank.  However, if you have a 'likely' then add that.

  17. No sources needed.  

  18. It is recommended you use the 'spell check all' feature again, even if you think you have all the notes removed.

  19. When your Gedcom is complete, go to your personal page through FTDNA where is lists Gedcom - Family Tree.  Open this and go down to the Y-DNA and upload your Gedcom.  Leave all the defaults, this hides anyone born before 1905. Once uploaded it asks that you choose your relative, do this.  Next, you may view the posted Gedcom to see what others will be seeing. 

  20. If you find something that should be corrected in this posted Gedcom, then do corrections in the file, recreate the Gedcom as above, and upload again as before.
How to export family data from Family Tree Maker
  • Open the file you'd like to export to GEDCOM in Family Tree Maker.
  • Select Copy/Export Family File... from the File menu.
  • Click the drop-down arrow next to the Save as type text. Select GEDCOM *.GED from the list.
  • 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.
  • Type a file name next to where it says File name. An example file name would be MyData.ged
  • Click Save and a new window will pop-up.
  • Make sure that:
    • Destination is set to FTM
    • GEDCOM is set to Version 5.5
    • Character Set is set to ANSI
  • Make sure Indent records is NOT checked.
  • Make sure Abbreviate tags is checked.
  • Click OK.
  • Your file has now been exported.
GEDCOM - Information Links
<> - How to Create your own GEDCOM file
<>Rootsweb - Converting your family tree to GEDCOM format
<>GenCircles - Instructions for creating a Gedcom file - includes most family tree software.

"...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."


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