hello, I have a rare problem - I downloaded a gedcom and imported it into one of my trees - the good news is I now have a huge family tree that fills in a lot of gaps in my research which I need to weed through. The bad news is now my family tree has over 58000 people in it, and whenever I open the tree, my computer bogs down. I would like to disengage a large section of the tree and save it under another file - is this possible? How would I do this?
It's possible to export a branch of the tree using our family tree software, Family Tree Builder.
Use the File > Export GEDCOM menu and select specific individuals to export.
I think it might be best for you to do something a bit different though....
I would start by reverting back to an earlier version of your original tree before the merge. You can do this in the File > Restore Project menu. Choose to restore a file from the disk and select the version by date.
Next, I would go to the large tree and use the Export GEDCOM menu to export the specific branches you want to include in your original tree. Save those smaller trees as GEDCOM files.
Now go back and use the File > Import GEDCOM menu to merge those smaller trees to your original tree one by one.
That way, you'll have a lot less mess to wade through and you'll have a much better idea who you've added and who might still be missing.
Your problem isn't that rare. I had a tiny family tree on one side and it has grown exponentially. The problem is I had to stop a couple months back because both sides have thousands of members.
I was thinking of sharing the geneology with different family members (mostly cousins) on both sides of my family, but I cannot do that without them extra data that is irrelevant for them. For an hour I have been deleting and getting nowhere except for sore hands from the same keystrokes. The problem is some people you cannot delete if you go through the list.
I've tried their splitting solution and it is not viable because it works by decendents and spouses, not ASCENDENTS and spouses. If they can make ascendent charts in the program then splitting the trees by ascendents should be only a small bit of programming that follows that same programming code except for exporting into another file instead of a visual file.
This part of it is very disappointing because I cannot go further until there is a way to do this.