Friday, January 11, 2013

WikiTree Announces Free GEDCOM Comparisons


January 8, 2013: WikiTree is proud to announce its new GEDMatches tool, open to all genealogists. This tool enables anyone with a GEDCOM to compare their family tree with the worldwide family tree being grown by the WikiTree community.

GEDMatches does an automatic search for each individual in a GEDCOM (up to 5,000 individuals). Each one is compared with the names and dates of the 4.3 million people in the shared tree. Suggested matches are presented in a convenient, sortable table.

The genealogist can compare each suggested match side-by-side with the person in their GEDCOM. If it appears to be a match they can post a comment on the WikiTree profile or send a private message to the profile manager.

To use GEDMatches, a genealogist simply has to register as a temporary guest member and then upload their file. The report will be ready within about 10 minutes. There is no commitment to participate on WikiTree or contribute any data to the project.

There is no catch. Temporary guest memberships and GEDMatches reports are automatically deleted unless the member volunteers to be a contributing Wiki Genealogist and signs the Wiki Genealogist Honor Code. If they do become a full member and want to import their GEDCOM, GEDMatches enables them to do it without creating duplicates on the shared tree.

GEDMatches, along with every other feature and function on WikiTree, is completely free.

About WikiTree: Growing since 2008, WikiTree.com is a 100% free shared family tree website that balances privacy and collaboration. Community members privately collaborate with close family members on modern family history and publicly collaborate with other genealogists on deep ancestry. Since all the private and public profiles are connected on the same system this process is helping to grow a single, worldwide family tree that will eventually connect us all and thereby make it free and easy for anyone to discover their roots. See http://www.WikiTree.com.