Consistent formats for expressing or representing data that facilitate the transfer and exchange of data among different software tools.

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Need help with a Banner Blue genealogy file

I have my family tree stored on a 3 1/2 floppy disk. The disk contains 3 files with the suffixes .FBK, .FTW and .FTM. I can access the files just fine. The dates on the files show that they were ...
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what's the percentage of my ethnicity? [duplicate]

My mom is Mexican and my dad is Cuban. one of my great grandparents from my mom side was Spanish and my great grandparents from my dad side was Spanish. What would be my percentage of ethnicity? I ...
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Using git for genealogy collaboration

Are there any existing projects or proposed standards for using git (a source version control system) to collaborate on building genealogical source records and/or conclusions? Git Git (best known ...
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Dixie Kiefer died on a mountain. Should I include the mountain's name in the place of death?

I discovered this weekend that Dixie Kiefer is my first cousin three times removed. Dixie was a well known, respected, and battered Navy commander. After surviving the sinking of the Yorktown and at ...
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Information on how to create a text descendancy chart

I often run across 'descendancy charts' --- as plain ASCII text. Mostly of the form: DECENDENTS OF JOSEPH WILLIAM SMYTHE 1 SMYTHE, Joseph William b: 18 Feb 1858 in LA d: 26 Jan 1947 in Cecil, LA ...
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How to record “at sea” as a location

In my database, locations are "all" entered in the form City, County, State, Country (mostly the US). But I have two I am not sure how to handle. One relative was born "at sea" (between England and ...
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Documented standards for genealogy data entry

I've made the decision to re-enter all my family history data in a consistent fashion (as opposed to the current file, which has grown organically over time), validating the data as I go. Is there a ...
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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 source detail should I include for a digital book?

I use the following to record my digital book sources. Should I include anything else? Author Editor Title Publication Place Publisher Publisher Year Page Format Website URL
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What source details should I include for a printed book?

I use the following to record my printed book sources. Should I include anything else? Author Title Edition Publisher and Location Year of Publication Page
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How to deal with inaccurate obituaries so I'm not perpetuating the errors?

I like to include obituaries and newspaper articles within my descendancy reports printed for other family members. Often the obituaries have small errors, like wrong town of birth, or year of ...
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What is the standard method for recording married names?

Suppose Mary A marries John B and then (after his death or divorce) she marries James C. Rightly or wrongly my impression is that conventional practice in GEDCOM based programs is to record only ...
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Are there standards for including step, foster, and adopted relationships in descendant charts and reports?

With no blood relationship, is there a standard way of presenting step, foster and adopted children in descendant charts?
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When/why did the BCG abandon “preponderance of the evidence” (POE)? What is the effect of the change?

When and why did the Board for Certification of Genealogists(R) stop using the term "preponderance of the evidence" to describe how genealogists evaluate evidence. Today, genealogists who work to ...
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Is there a transcription standard that separates unclear words from added words?

Right from the beginning I picked up the habit of adding [square brackets] round unclear or illegible words / letters in transcriptions and < angle brackets > round words / letters that I added ...
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Where are genealogical data standards futures currently being discussed/developed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What standards exist for the exchange of genealogical information? The GEDCOM standard has been moribund for many years since it was abandoned by the Mormon church. ...
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Citation guides for UK sources for family history and genealogy

Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., ...
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How do I write the year with a double date?

If I have a date on a birth certificate that says: "January 13, 1719", do I write the year as 1719, 1718/19, or 1719/20 (the latter two being double dates). What if the date is April 28, 1719? ...
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What standards exist for the exchange of genealogical information?

I've used GEDCOM to transfer data between desktop software and websites, but it all seems a bit old hat. Is there anything better that will mangle* my data less. * For example, GEDCOM can lose some ...