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How do I make a GEDCOM?

The instructions below will help you convert data created by desktop genealogy software and then import that data into our system.

GEDCOM stands for GEnealogical Data COMmunications. GEDCOM is a file format that allows genealogy files to be opened in any genealogy software program. Because computers give everyone the ability to organize thousands of records, the sharing of genealogical information has changed greatly as the number of records has increased.

The problem comes when people attempt to share their information. The program others use to accumulate genealogy data may not be the same program you use, preventing you from sharing information. Using the GEDCOM format will allow you to freely exchange your data. You will need a genealogy program to create a GEDCOM file. Click here for a free copy of The Personal Anscestral Filemanager (PAF)

You will need a genealogy program to create a GEDCOM file. Once your file has been created with a genealogy program, it is easy to convert to a GEDCOM file. See below for instructions on how to create a GEDCOM file for the program you use. The programs are listed below according to the file extension- the three letters after the dot in your file name. If your file extension is not listed, or the program you wish to use is not listed, read and compare two or more of the sets of instructions given.

All of the programs have similar instructions and you will most likely be able to create a GEDCOM file in your program by reading the directions for another program.You will need a genealogy program to create a GEDCOM file. Once your file has been created with a genealogy program, it is easy to convert to a GEDCOM file.

Many programs will compress a GEDCOM to make it easier to store, either for backup or for export. These files must be uncompressed before they can be used or submitted. If you need a utility to uncompress a file you can go to http://www.aladdinsys.com/expander/index.html and download one.

 

LIST OF GENEALOGY SOFTWARE FILE TYPES BY PC EXTENTION NAME (software name)