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How to Import a GEDCOM File

GEDCOM files are used to transfer genealogical information from one program to another.  (See GEDCOM Files for more information.)  Legacy imports and exports many different "flavors" of GEDCOM files, recognizing most variations from other programs.

To import a GEDCOM file:

1. From the File tab on the Ribbon bar, choose Import From / Use Import Wizard to Help with any Import.
2. Select Any GEDCOM File and click Next. Legacy looks for all GEDCOM files on all drives and displays them in a list for you.
3. In the list, highlight the file to import and click Next to continue.
4. If you want to create a new family file to contain the GEDCOM information, select Create a NEW Family File and add the GEDCOM information to it.  Click Proceed.  You are prompted for a new file name. 
5. If you want to add the information from the GEDCOM file to your existing family file, select Add the GEDCOM information to the EXISTING Family File.  Click Proceed.  Legacy prompts you to make a backup copy of it before the import is done (if you have turned on the reminder "Prompt to make a backup before importing into a family file with existing records").  This is a wise practice and is recommended.  

Tip:  It is a good idea to import files to a new Family file.  This lets you check the information to see if you really want it included with your existing information.  Once you know you want to keep it, it is an easy matter to import it to your own Family file.  (See Importing a Legacy File for more information.)

6. Legacy now analyzes the GEDCOM file to make sure it is valid and recognizable.  This analysis pass also shows you how many individuals and families are contained in the file.  If Legacy finds information that it does not know what to do with, a message is displayed.  You can then tell Legacy where to put the information.  (See Importing a GEDCOM File for more information.) 
7. After the analysis phase, click the Start the Import button.
8. The AutoSource Reminder screen appears.  This feature lets you assign a master source citation to each individual and marriage record that is imported, so that you know its origin.
9. Next, Legacy reads the information from the GEDCOM file and places it in the appropriate family file.  Anything that is not recognized is placed in an error file so you can view it and decide what to do.

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