GEDCOM, an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication, is a de facto standard for exchange of genealogical data.

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How to list GEDCOM events with missing sources?

Is there a way to generate a list of events in a GEDCOM file without a source, maybe sorted by person or surname?
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Is there software to display who lived at a certain time and place?

Is there genealogy software (as always, preferably for Mac OS X), that reads a GEDCOM file and shows me who lived at a certain point in time at a certain place (and how old this person was)? I am a ...
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How to merge Gedcom files?

A relative has sent me five GEDCOM files of different family branches. They are partly redundant, their content is formatted differently and place names are inconsistent. While most programs offer ...
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Application to create a Google Map of ancestors?

I had the idea some time back of working on an app that would take a GEDCOM and identify the geo-coordinates of each person's birthplace, then map these on a Google map. Do you know of any app that ...
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Citing a conversation with a living relative

I had a conversation with a relative which provided me some useful information. However, when I (or someone else) read the genealogy some time in the future, there obviously needs to be a citation. ...
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Why does attribute imported into Gramps become an event?

I have a GEDCOM file that I'm trying to import into Gramps. Below are 2 lines in the GEDCOM file: 1 _UID B19A60EAE1514673B05BA89353C6FF9B7909 1 _FSFTID KWZN-WNC The first is imported correctly as ...
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Convert GEDCOM to Markdown reports

I am planning to write several biographical sketches using the markup languages Markdown/MultiMarkdown. (Here’s why + MultiMarkdown’s support for simple footnotes) Is there any software or service ...
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Parsing a GEDCOM

I have a need to parse GEDCOM files to extract: For all Individuals: their (primary) surname, given names, plus a unique ID, and life dates (birth/baptism/christening - death/burial) For all ...
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Can a person adopt their own parent or grandparent?

A recent question on Finding Loops in GEDCOM files got me to wonder if there are some loops that are valid. Of course there is science fiction, where a person goes back in time and parents their own ...
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How can I find loops in GEDCOM files?

I have a Gramps database that probably has an ancestral loop, i.e. a person who is his or her own ancestor. I say that, because the program freezes when I try to find a path between that person and ...
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GEDCOM NOTE_RECORD vs. embedded note

I'll start off with a little GEDCOM background information before firing off my questions. The GEDCOM 5.5.1 specification distinguishes record structures (which have xref-ids) from substructures ...
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What GEDCOM tag is used for overseas travel?

I have an individual who travelled by ship to England and stayed 3 years upon returning to Australia. I wish to record the details but am unsure what event to do so under. It was not ...
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Which tools are available for GEDCOM comparison?

At the moment I work with two programs: Gramps has my master database, and I use RootsMagic to connect to the FamilySearch tree, because it helps me find clues that would otherwise be hard to find. I ...
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How should a trip be recorded in my family tree software?

I recently took my 89 yo father to his birth town, which he had not been to for 30 years. We spent 2 days driving, visiting and him reminiscing. I use Family Historian and would like to record the ...
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How do I keep the different software and online trees I use in synch?

PAF is my program of choice, to allow for a consistent GEDCOM export. I also use My Heritage Family Tree Builder to access the Smart matches and record matches. In addition, I publish my data to a TNG ...
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Is there a replacement for Gedcom in the works? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where are genealogical data standards futures currently being discussed/developed? Right now there are many data formats (many commercial and open source programs have ...
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Why haven't more programs adopted Gramps XML free format?

What short comings if any does Gramps XML free format have; that has stopped other major genealogy programs adopted it as a transfer format? Why don't more programs accept it for import seeing it is ...
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Do any programs use Gedcom X (as opposed to Gedcom)?

Gedcom X appears to be an attempt at a next generation gedcom format. "The intent of GEDCOM X is to define a standard for modeling and exchanging the components of the research process that ...
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What details should I be recording during my research?

I have only recently become interested in my family tree. I am using PAF and am aware of GEDCOM. In addition to the details that PAF and GEDCOM support, what other information should I be recording?
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Dealing with incomplete dates for living relatives on Ancestry.com

I only have day/month dates for some relatives births, but no year. I usually record them as "25 Dec 19_" leaving underscores for the last two digits. The problem is the Brothers Keeper software I use ...
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Census or Residence

When I started recording my tree I recorded the fact that an ancestor was present in census as such. This produced, as expected, a census (CENS) record in my Gedcom. After working with my tree on ...
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Is there a way to store data in software programs that will minimize losses when exporting to GEDCOM?

I am looking to circumvent a possible problem when I start to share my information with relatives. I see that while GEDCOM is supported to some fashion by most programs, there are shortfalls in each. ...
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Is there an automatic way to import a source from Ancestry or FamilySearch into gramps?

I've been using ancestry.com for a couple of years online, and recently got their desktop software to help manage trees better. One of the reasons I had created my trees online was the ease of ...
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Is there a GEDCOM processing tool to determine lineage society eligibility?

It is a lot of work and hard to determine if you have ancestors that have lineage societies (for example, Mayflower, Brewster, Society of the Cincinnati, DAR, ...). There are quite a lot of lineage ...
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How can I import sections of someone else's tree?

I use a range of online family tree apps (genesreunited and others) and often find distant family members who send me sections of their trees in Gedcom format, however I can't see any straightforward ...