Merge multiple GEDCOM files into one family tree

We are really excited to announce a significant new feature. It has been requested again and again by our customers, so we’re really pleased to finally have it finished!

Since early 2015, users have been able to import GEDCOM files into Twile, but have never been able to bring in multiple versions. With many of our customers wanting to keep their timeline up-to-date for their wider families to explore, we’ve added a new feature that allows you to merge multiple GEDCOM files into one family tree and keep it updated with future changes.

This means that family members storing their research independently in different family history sites such as Ancestry or Findmypast, can now bring all of their findings together in one private family tree on Twile and import newer versions as they further their research.

As well as generating their tree, Twile will use the data in the GEDCOM files to automatically add events to the family timeline, such as births, marriages and deaths.

The merge tool will intelligently match people from a GEDCOM file by comparing their names, genders, dates of birth and relationships, requesting the user’s help with any matches that aren’t obvious.

It’s now possible to for the whole family to explore their complete family tree, with all of the family’s historians combining their research together.

Try it now

Coming up next… keep checking our blog to see the upcoming features we are working on at the moment.

6 thoughts on “Merge multiple GEDCOM files into one family tree”

  1. Hi – thanks for your posts about merging multiple GEDCOM files – this sounds like what I have been waiting for! Where are the instructions as to how to do this?
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Carolyn, thanks for your comment, we are delighted to have this feature now live! We will soon be loading some instructions to the ‘help’ section in Twile, but in the meantime all you need to do is:
      – switch to your ‘Family Tree’ view
      – click ‘Import GEDCOM’
      – You will then see an option to ‘Merge with your existing tree and milestones’
      If you need any more assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing help@twile.com and we will be happy to guide you through it, Caroline

  2. I’m trying to upload the Gedcom files from my mothers Generations Program to Ancestry.com. I have 4 different files for the different branches of the family. If I import them and merge them here, can I then export that single merged file to upload on Ancestry?

    1. Hi Karyn, unfortunately Twile doesn’t yet offer an export feature, although this is something we are looking at in the future. Thanks

  3. Love this, but really want to tie the merged GedCom files to my Ancestry.com tree to keep getting updates. Hope the export feature is available soon!

    1. Thanks for the feedback and the suggestion. We are constantly developing Twile and it’s great to know what our customers are looking for.

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