Terms and Definitions
GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical
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
The person submitting a family tree chooses a unique user code to identify each
family tree submitted. The user code appears in WorldConnect's search results, and
becomes part of the URL (address) of the family tree.
More Terms and Definitions
Creating A GEDCOM file
Standard Submission Form
Advanced Submission Form
Submit your Family Tree by Mail
||You can submit your family tree to the WorldConnect Project via the Internet,
or by sending your file through postal mail.
Submitting your family tree via the Internet is a five-step process.
Step one: Create a GEDCOM-format of your family tree. A GEDCOM will usually end with the extension
of .ged (for example, YourFilename.ged). Check the users manual of your genealogy program,
or click here if you need further instructions on creating
Step two: Enter your choice of a user code and password for your
family tree using the form in the side panel of this page, or follow the links on the main
page for RootsWeb or the
WorldConnect Project. To see a
full-sized copy of the form, click here.
Each family tree you submit will need a unique user code. User codes are 3-16 characters
(letters, numbers, hyphen, or underscore characters only), and cannot contain any
spaces. It will be visible, as it becomes part of the address for your family tree.
Your password will remain private. If someone else is using the code you select, you will
see a notation "Password is incorrect for this user code." Simply enter a new user code
should that happen.
Step three: Choose standard or advanced setup. If this is the first
family tree you have submitted to the WorldConnect Project, we strongly recommend
you use the standard option. You can use the advanced setup/edit form to at any time to
modify your options.
Step four: The next screen (see below) will have your user code at the
top. You will add your full name and your e-mail address. You will not need to indicate
standard or advanced setup here, as this is a continuance of the previous screen.
To full-size form -- use back button to return
The "Oops" button is for those who arrived at this page in error, or found they
were not ready to submit their files yet. Clicking on the "Setup" button will
take you to the setup form you chose.
Step five: Complete the standard setup
or advanced setup forms.
WorldConnect SetUp/Edit Form |
WorldConnect Main Page |
HelpDesk Main Page
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