Thursday, June 30, 2011

Uploading My Tree to

I posted New Major Features this morning, with the information that would automatically search the Internet for persons in a family tree.  The next task was to upload the family tree, in the form of a GEDCOM file, to the Upload link at

I created a series of GEDCOM files, finally culminating in my whole database (41,000 persons, 13.4 mb size).  I didn't know if there were size restrictions (there were not).

Here is the process I used:

1)  From the upload page: 

On the screen above, I had to log into the system.  The only option available seemed to be to use my Facebook account. 

2)  I clicked the blue "Connect with Facebook" button and saw:

The popup window told me that Mocavo wanted to access my Facebook account.

3)  I decided to go for it, and clicked on the "Allow" button.  That brought up the Upload page:

On the screen above, I used the Browse button to add one of my GEDCOM files to the field.  Note that I could have uploaded three different trees on the screen above.

4)  I then clicked the "Upload My Trees" button, and after about 20 seconds, I saw:

The site told me that "You successfully uploaded your tree(s)!  You will soon receive emails with matches for your tree(s)!"

Okay, I'll wait. 

I actually uploaded three trees to date with different sizes.  There is no apparent way to delete a tree without emailing the Mocavo developers.  I will delete all but one of the trees so that there is not a duplication of my data (i.e., I don't want to receive three emails with matches for a specific person in my database).  Now I'm worried that I will receive over 41,000 emails, one for each person in my database. 

Will the site match new information added over time (websites, family trees, blog posts) to the persons in my tree and send me more emails?  I don't know, we'll see! 

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  1. You are very 'gutsy' Randy, Thank you, on behalf of all of us who enjoy tracking your adventures! Looking forward to how many email messages you get! ;-)

  2. Can't wait to see how this goes. I was thinking about it but haven't gotten around to it. Keep us updated!

  3. Just to make things interesting I just uploaded a 31,000+ people file- with no dates or places. Just the family linkages.

    Now we'll see what happens

  4. Thanks for posting this. I haven't had any luck searching Mocavo so far. Maybe this will work better.

  5. The email is now working. I have received all back emails. Thank you. Now it is time for my email archiving software to do its work.

  6. I'll wait awhile and see what others say about Mocavo. I'm skeptical of a site that says it's "free" then requires me to sign up before it will show me the second page of results. Also, a sizable number of links in the search results on the first page of results are usually broken. I'll continue to visit the site from time to time to see if it improves. I continue to have good luck with plain old Google. (They don't force me to sign up.)

  7. i can't even download my family tree,and after reading what you say i have given up,and go back to one of the other sites,good luck