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WHAT IS A GEDCOM?


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.
 

You will need a genealogy program to create a GEDCOM File. Once your file is created with a genealogy program, it is easy to convert to a GEDCOM file. Below you will find instructions on how to create a GEDCOM file for the program you use. These are listed below according to the file extension (the last 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.

INSTRUCTION FOR CONVERTING FAMILY FILES TO GEDCOM


FOW/DBF
(FAMILY ORIGINS)

Family Origins is needed to convert FOW/DBF file formats to GEDCOM files.

Family Origins 6.0 is used as a example
1
. Open Family Origins program and the desired file.

2
. Go to "File"

3
. Go to "GEDCOM / Export GEDCOM"

4
. Type in new file name (This is the file already open in your program. Choose the location and name you desire for your converted program.)

5
. Select your preference (General, Export entire database or selected people to export, export notes.) Press "Ok"

6
. Enter Submitter Information

7
. Press "Ok"


FTW/FTM FBC/FBK
(Family Tree Maker)
 

Family Tree Maker is needed to convert FTW/FTM and FBC/FBK file formats to GEDCOM files.

FTW = Family Tree Maker for Windows
FTM = Family Tree Maker for DOS
FBK = Family Tree Maker Backup for Windows
FBC = Family Tree Maker Backup for DOS
 

1. Open Family Tree Maker program and the desired file

2. Go to "File"

3. Go to "Copy / Export Family File"

4. Type in new file name (This is the file already open in your program. Choose the location and name you desire for your converted program.)

5. Change "Save as Type:" to "GEDCOM" (*.GED)

6. Press "Save"

7. Leave default settings unless you know the exact program you are converting the program for. Normal default settings are:
 

Destination: FTM
GEDCOM: Version 4
Character Set: ANSI

8. Select "Fields to Export" (This is your opportunity to keep information out that you do not desire to share with others. Good information to remove is information concerning living relatives or personal submitter information.)

9. Press "OK"


PAF/BAK
(Personal Ancestral File or LDS Ancestral Quest)
 

Personal Ancestral File or LDS Ancestral Quest is needed to convert PAF/BAK file formats to GEDCOM files.
 

1. Open File in Personal Ancestral File

2. Press "F6=Other Options"

3. Press "X=Export"

4. Select "Create a file of records to share" (Create a GEDCOM File) and press "Enter"

5. Select individuals to include or press "A=All"

6. Press "F1=Next Step"

7. Choose "Options" to select ordinance information or notes and press "F1=Next Step"

8. Select Destination. If unsure press "Enter"

9. Verify submitter information and press "F1=Next Step"

10. Choose File Name. (Do not include the extension "*.GED")

12. Press "F1=Next Step" (Creates a GEDCOM file)

13. Press "F1=Contine" (Returns you to the Main Screen)


ANC/AHN
(Our Family Tree or compatible program)
 

Our Family Tree (or a compatible program) is needed to convert ANC/AHN file formats to GEDCOM files.
 

Our Family Tree used as example

1. Go to "File"

2. Select "Save As"

3. Select "GEDCOM File" (*.ged) in "Save as Type"

4. Choose File name (with ending .ged)

5. Choose Location

6. Press "OK" (file converts)

7. Press "OK" to finish


RCX/RB1/RTX
(Generations or Reunion)
 

Generations or Reunion is needed to convert RCX/RB1/RTX file formats to GEDCOM files.
 

Generations used as example

1. Go to "File"

2. Select "Export"

3. Select "GEDCOM File" (Takes you to GEDCOM Export Window)

4. Change Destination to "Other"

5. Change Character Set to "MS-DOS"

6. Enter Submitter Information

7. Press "Export"

8. Choose Save Location

9. Choose Filename (ending in .ged)

10. Press "Export"


DAT/BAK
(LDS Ancestral Quest)
 

LDS Ancestral Quest is needed to convert DAT/BAK file formats to GEDCOM files. LDS Ancestral Quest can also convert PAF files.
 

LDS Ancestral Quest used as example

1. Go to "File"

2. Select "Export"

3. Verify settings at:

Standard
PAF Compatible

4. Press "Add"

5. Select "All" or desired selection

6. Press "OK"

7. Press "Export"

8. Choose filename (*.ged)

9. Press "OK"


FDB
(Legacy Family Tree)
 

Legacy Family Tree is needed to convert FDB file formats to GEDCOM files. Legacy's backups are ZIP files. Legacy can also convert PAF files.
 

Legacy Family Tree used as example

1. Go to "File"

2. Select "Export to"

3. Select "GEDCOM File"

4. Verify default settings. They should be:

Produce for: Generic
Character set: ANSI

5. Press "Start Export"

6. Chose Filename (ending in .ged)

7. Chose File Location

8. Verify "Save File As: GEDCOM (*.ged)"

9. Press "OK"

10. Complete "Compiler Information"

11. Press "OK" to complete


PRO/SQZ
(Roots III, IV, or V, Visual Roots, Family Gathering, or Ultimate Family Tree)
 

Use Ultimate Family Tree, Family Gathering, Roots II, IV, or V or Visual Roots is needed to convert PRO/SQZ file formats to GEDCOM files.
 

Ultimate Family Tree used as example

1. Go to "File"

2. Select "Save as"

3. Change File Type to "GEDCOM"

4. Choose filename (with ending .ged)

5. Choose save location

6. Press "OK"


TMG/SQZ
(The Master Genealogist)
 

The Master Genealogist is needed to convert TMG/SQZ file formats to GEDCOM files.

The Master Genealogist also supports the following file types:
 

.DT5 (Brother's Keeper)
.PRO (Family Gathering or Roots IV and V)
.SQZ (Family Gathering or Roots IV and V or Visual Roots)
.GED (GEDCOM 4.0 or 5.5)
.DAT (Personal Ancestral File)
.BAK (Personal Ancestral File)
.EDB (Roots III)

TMG = The Master Genealogist
SQZ = Backup for TMG, Family Gathering, Roots IV, Roots V, and Visual Roots
 

The Master Genealogist used as example

1. Go to "File"

2. Select "Data Set"

3. Select "Export To"

4. Select "GED-GEDCOM"

5. a) The first time you do this, you will need to select a report form.
b) Verify settings and enter submitter info. Default settings should be:

Destination: Gedcom 4 or 5.5
Character Set: Ansel

6. Choose "Save Destination"

7. Choose filename (*.ged)

8. Select "Focus" tab

9. Select "Filtered Group"

10. In "Field" select "Living Flag"

11. In "Operator" select "Contains"

12. In "Value" type "Y"

13. Press "Generate"

Note: "Save" saves your form, but does not create a GEDCOM File


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