I want to create a Gedcom file which contains information about the places where the person lived in the course of his life. But in GEDCOM 5.5.1 as I understood it the ADDR & RESI tags contain only one address but there is no tag for multiple places.

I have solved it so far by using multiple RESI tags:

0 @I1@ INDI
1 NAME John Smith
2 DATE 15 APR 1963
2 PLAC Berlin
2 DATE 1999
2 PLAC London
2 DATE 2000
2 PLAC Vienna
2 DATE 2000
2 PLAC Washington
1 FAMS @F!@

My question is, if this is the best approach or if their is a better one?

1 Answer 1


Multiple RESI tags are the proper way to do this. If you think about it each is an 'event' in that persons life. They live in 'place 1' when they are born and then in 'place 2' when they leave home and marry etc etc. Don't forget that you can use PLAC and ADDR in the same RESI record.

This is an example from one of my Gedcoms

1 RESI 2 DATE ABT 1956 2 PLAC Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire 2 ADDR 1 The Crossway, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire 1 RESI 2 DATE ABT 1963 2 PLAC Throop, Dorset 2 ADDR The Village Stores 1 RESI 2 DATE ABT 1965 2 PLAC Northbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset 2 ADDR Greenacres Close

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.