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How can I import info in the csv format exported by Family Echo?

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I didn't realize that FE had two different family trees under my account (they had the same core info but one was much more developed), and I accidentally added a lot of data into the outdated tree. To avoid having to re-enter every new piece of information in the newer tree, I exported both trees as .csv files, and then manually merged them in Excel to create a new, complete .csv of the entire family. But only then did I realize that FE cannot import a .csv file. Why not?? If it can export in this format, shouldn't it be able to read the format and create a new tree from it? Is there anything I can do to turn this .csv file (which, again, is in the exact format that FE exports in) into a new tree in the site, so that I don't have to spend hours re-entering all of the information from one tree into the other one?

Another option would be: is there any way to merge two existing family trees in FE?

Thanks for any help you can give.
asked Aug 15, 2020 by vantassellevan (120 points)

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Looking for an answer on this as well!
answered Sep 1, 2020 by ashleeredger (140 points)
As far as I can tell there's no way to do it, so I ended up having to manually re-type all of my new information into the correct tree. Pretty frustrating! It's possible that some other family tree creator could import a .csv, and then export it in the GEDCOM format which could be re-imported into FE. But I didn't look into this much.

Also note that my final question, "Is there any way to merge two existing family trees?", does have some answers on these message boards, but it requires you to have a single "link" point between two trees and to do some manual editing on the files. So that's not a solution for the issue I have here, since I'm not trying to graft two separate trees together but rather to merge two trees that have overlapping info.

I've been very happy with FE overall and think it's a great free program--but I'm definitely confused as to why it can't import and create a tree from a standard genealogical file format, one that even it can export in. Hopefully they'll add this functionality in the future!