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.
The title of a WorldConnect database will appear in bold letters directly under the
RootsWeb masthead. The title is not the same as a header. A header, if used, will
appear in a much smaller type directly above the individual entries, between the
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
||Submitting your family tree via the postal mail is an option available to
all researchers. Simply follow the instructions shown below for each family tree you send.
- Create a file in GEDCOM format of your family tree and save it on a disk, zip file, or
a CD. A GEDCOM will usually end with the extension of .ged (for example, YourFilename.ged).
Check the users manual of your genealogy program, or our click
here if you need further instructions on creating a GEDCOM
- Include the following information for each family tree you are sending:
your e-mail address
your choice of user code and password
Each family tree you submit will need a unique user code. Your user code can have 3-16
characters (letters, numbers, hyphen, or underscore characters only). It will be visible,
as it becomes part of the address for your family tree. Your password will remain private.
- If you are updating an existing file, include the information shown
above and clearly mark that this file is to replace your existing file.
- Mail the disk(s) or zip drive disk to:
RootsWeb.com WorldConnect Project
360 W. 4800 North
Provo, UT 84604
You will receive an e-mail confirmation showing your user code and password after your file
has been uploaded. When we upload your file, we will use the default setting to remove the
names of everyone in your GEDCOM who was born within the past 100 years. You can edit the
display options at anytime by going into the standard or advanced
for your family tree.
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If you fail to include your name and e-mail address, we will upload your file with the
submitter shown as "anonymous". You will be able to add your name and address by
going into the standard or advanced
for your family tree.
Disks will not be returned. They will be destroyed after we have uploaded
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