Import Templates

Importing data from DNA source locations is done through Import Data Templates. Each template must be “Activated” before it can be used to load data into GDAT.

GDAT comes with a collection of “built-in” templates that support the major DNA sources.

Some of the data loads will require the use of a browser. Currently, Chrome is the browser that is supported by GDAT; however, other browsers “may” work. If you are using a browser other than Chrome and have issues, revert to Chrome and see if the issue continues before requesting assistance.

If you are installing a new version of GDAT over a previous version, it is typically recommended that you “delete” and re-activate all templates that were previously used. This will ensure that any changes to templates that are part of the new version will be used for imports.

All Import templates have the option to have their import stats recorded or not recorded to the Profiles page by use of ticking or unticking the tick box shown.

Right Click Menu

Right click (Control-Click on Mac) on the Import Data Template List to get the following options:

Note: Removing the built-in templates is simply deactivating them from active use. Custom templates are deleted. Export any custom templates you wish to retain before using the Remove functions.

Quick Start Templates

A easy way to activate all the templates needed for your data source, is to use the "Quick Start Template Selection".

Important - Gedmatch users:
Activate only the templates for your access level.  

Gedmatch displays data differently for Basic access and Tier 1 access. 

This is most obvious for One to Many imports where extra information is displayed for Tier 1 members. 

Using the template for the other access level will cause imports to fail.

NOTE: "Clear Selections" is Only used to clear the button selections made in the list immediately above it. It impacts nothing else, and is not used to delete or update templates.

Updating Templates

If an import has failed and you are sure you used the right method, update your templates in case it was forgotten at the time of program update.

Custom Templates

Custom Templates can be manually created, exported for safe keeping, and imported.

Debugging of a custom template is primarily up to the creator of that template, however with enough information provided, the Facebook group may be able to offer assistance.

Some Custom Template Examples are shown here.

To Manually Create a Custom Template

Creating a custom template is simpler than it sounds. First consider if you need a custom source. If you do, see Source Settings for more information.

Your new template is now active and ready for use. Remember to export it as backup.

See Custom Template Examples for some detailed guides.

To Export a Custom Template

To Import a Custom Template

DNAGedcom & Gedmatch Tier 1

DNAGedcom Client, and Gedmatch Tier 1, are both paid subscription tools.

Neither of these are required tools to be able to use GDAT, you will still be able to use all areas of GDAT without them.

If you are going to use the DNAGedcom Client, it is assumed that you will already have an account set up at DNAGedcom and downloaded and installed the Client. If not, please see: 

Note: “Sync with DNAGedcom” and “Sync with GF” are not required for GDAT. If synced files are used, imports will fail.

Any issues with the use of the DNAGedcom Client should be directed to DNAGedcom.

Any issues with the use of Gedmatch Tier 1 should be directed to Gedmatch.