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Old 02 April 2017, 05:12 PM
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Question GEDCOM file too big to email

Another genealogist wants to send me his data, but the GEDCOM file is over 50 Mb and his server won't send anything over 35. He is thinking of cutting it into two parts. The people in his database are not all connected genealogically. I do not know what software he uses. Questions:

(1) How should he divide the files? Maybe "descendants of X" and "not descendants of X" but I don't know how he would do that.

(2) How would I import the files so as to get all the data without duplicates? I read the basics about starting a new family file, importing one file, then importing the other file (with backups of course) but I have never done that.

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Old 02 April 2017, 05:17 PM
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Default Re: GEDCOM file too big to email

WeTransfer

https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/57069/wetransfer
or: https://wetransfer.com if he has a PC.

Free up to 2Gigs. No need to split.

Receipient gets a link to download.
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Old 03 April 2017, 02:27 PM
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Thank you, SGilbert. We'll look into that.
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Old 03 April 2017, 09:41 PM
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Thank you, SGilbert. We'll look into that.
WeTransfer is a great service; you could also use DropBox if the sender already has that.

It's also not impossible that zipping a 50Mb text file might get it down under 35Mb.
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Old 03 April 2017, 10:37 PM
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Default Re: GEDCOM file too big to email

Have you tried compressing (Stuffit or Zip) the Gedcom file. It is a text file after all and you could email the smaller file.

I do it frequently with a 45MB gedcom export.

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Old 04 April 2017, 12:12 AM
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Default Re: GEDCOM file too big to email

GEDCOM files compress to a high degree with common compression tools such as ZIP of STF. Consider there is generally large amounts of white space in the GEDCOM file, and otherwise, it is "just text".

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