Genealogy Tip – Upload Tree To Other Genealogy Sites

I went to a talk on the other day and one of the things they suggested was to set up a free account and upload a gedcom file (the format used by most family tree software programs) to I did it, not really thinking I would get much out of it and I’ve had seven people contact me about my tree in just ten days!!

This is well worth doing. If you’re someone who already uses either of these sites then you might consider uploading your tree to to see what contacts you get from other genealogists. Maybe you’ll find that elusive missing relative or break through a frustrating road block in your research.


  1. Bobby.

    Hi Kylie,
    I also got excited about genesreuntied. I added my tree and chose to keep living people private in the settings which is something we all have to do. Sure people made contact with me and that was great. However, what they dont tell you on their website is that even though you can make 'living' people private it is still shown to paid up members. I started seeing my close family members being added to trees, and i wondered how this could be. Made further inquiries and found out all my info was being shared to all paidup members on the site even though i chose to hide living folks. So be careful and probably best to upload a gedcom without living folks. Needless to say I no longer go there or have my gedcom on any website except my own.

  2. Kylie Willison

    Thanks Bobby I didn't know that and as you say they don't make it obvious on the site either!!! I'm not a paid member of genesreunited I use which doesn't show living people at all. I'll go through my genesreunited tree and delete all the living people now.

    Yes I really should get organised and make my own website for my tree too.

    Kind regards Kylie 🙂

  3. Geniaus

    Kylie, I had the same experience as Bobby and found out when a not too happy cousin complained about her details being made public on Genes Reunited. I only have a gedcom for people not living on that site and do not update it. Like Bobby I now have my data on my own site where I have full control over what is seen and not seen. Regards, Geniaus

  4. Kylie Willison

    Hi Geniaus
    Thanks for the heads up. I had another look at my genes reunited tree. It would take me ages to delete or re-name all my living relatives and I really don't like the user interface they have for their trees. I think I'll take my tree down and do what you've done make a file without living relatives to upload there. I'll be writing this up for all blog visitors too.

    Kind regards Kylie 🙂

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