CREATING GEDCOM FILES
(User-Contributed Instructions)

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Terms and Definitions

GEDCOM
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.

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column These instructions came from other researchers, who shared how to convert files into GEDCOM format using their respective software programs. Your instructions may vary, if you have a different version of the program.

We recommend that you upload an unedited version of your family tree -- a GEDCOM that contains your entire family tree, including all notes and sources to WorldConnect Project. The WorldConnect Project allows you to clean or remove living individuals, notes, and sources to protect privacy.

Submitting an unedited file has an added benefit -- it can serve as a second backup copy of your family tree. The WorldConnect Project maintains two versions of your file: your original submission, which only you can download, and the modified version seen by other researchers (which reflects the options you selected). You can retrieve a copy of the GEDCOM you submitted by using either the standard or advance setup/edit form.

Your software program may have features that will "clean your file", or remove notes, sources, and names of the living. If you choose to use your software to clean a file instead of WorldConnect, we urge you to respect the privacy of the living.

If you use a different genealogy program and would like to share instructions for creating a GEDCOM file, please contact our HelpDesk.

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