CREATING A GEDCOM FILE
Terms and Definitions
GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunications. Within the WorldConnect Project, "GEDCOM" indicates an individual family tree or file. A more detailed explanation of what a GEDCOM is, and how it is used within the WorldConnect Project, is available here.
When you create a GEDCOM file, the fields containing information in your genealogy file (birth, marriage, baptism, etc.) are mapped to the appropriate GEDCOM tags (e.g., BIRT, MARR, BAPM). A listing of the most common tags and their definitions is available here.
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Submitting Your Family Tree
Standard Submission Form
Converting your family tree to GEDCOM format will not change your original file. Instead, it creates a second file in the GEDCOM format. The exact steps needed to create a GEDCOM file will vary slightly depending on the software package you are using. The following instructions provide the basic process for creating a GEDCOM file.
- In your genealogy program, open the family tree you want to submit to the WorldConnect Project.
- Click the FILE drop-down menu.
- Select SAVE AS or EXPORT from the menu. A new file window will display. Note: The option you select will depend on the software application you are using; your program may offer you the ability to determine which fields/taglines to export.
- Select the location on your computer where you want to save the file.
- In the SAVE AS TYPE drop-down menu, click the GEDCOM or GED selection.
- Enter the name of the file in the FILE NAME field.
- Click the SAVE button.
- If an export confirmation window displays, click the OK button. The family tree is now saved on your computer as a GEDCOM file and is ready to submit to the WorldConnect Project.
- Repeat this process for each family tree you are submitting, giving each a unique file name. Each will need a unique user code when submitted to the WorldConnect Project.
For specific instructions on creating a GEDCOM file in your software, refer to the user's manual for the software you are using. We have collected instructions from other researchers on GEDCOM conversions for the most popular software programs; however, your version may differ.
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Comments and notes
- Submit your GEDCOM as a zip file, if you have that ability. It can substantially reduce your upload time.
- You can submit GEDCOM files containing approximately 300,000 individuals (at this time); we can increase the limit to allow for files ten times that size, if you let us know.
- The WorldConnect Project supports most special character sets, such as umlauted vowels.
- If you are using DOS, PAF 3.0 will produce a GEDCOM file. There may be other programs that will do this also.
- You can restrict some information on the living from being submitted with the choices you make when creating your GEDCOM file. Your genealogy program will help you learn how to do this; some of the instructions submitted by our users will too.
- If your program offers you the choice of GEDCOM versions, generally the most current is best.
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