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For questions about the use of GEDCOM files, the de facto standard file format for exchange of genealogical data. GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication.

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How to architect an SQL database for genealogical data?

I want to make all my genealogical data available to the rest of my family by making the data accessible on a website. As a software engineer, my go-to solution for this is a simple web application ...
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Keeping family trees up-to-date or synchronised between websites

When I think about vendor lock-in I usually think about big tech companies like Apple, but websites like Ancestry.com, Familysearch.org and Myheritage.com don't seem to want to work together either. ...
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Identifying root individual in GEDCOM

My question is very basic, but I need to make sure of the answer before venturing into a project. I've looked everywhere for an answer but I can't find anything concrete. Is the root individual in a ...
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Format a large amount of dates

I recently got access to some of my grandpas genealogy research, which I have imported to Gramps as a ".ged"-file. Many of the dates are in a format which Gramps doesn't understand: Is ...
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Would occupation be appropriate for the NSFX field for older German listings?

The NSFX field, aka the Name Suffix field, is listed in the GEDCOM 5.5 standard as: NAME_PIECE_SUFFIX: = {Size=1:30} [ <NAME_PIECE> | <NAME_PIECE_SUFFIX>, <NAME_PIECE> ] Non-indexing ...
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Why was GEDCOM based around concept of nuclear family?

It seems to me to be a strange design decision for GEDCOM to make the structure based around the nuclear family. What was the officially stated reason or reasoning for choosing this design?
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Sharing GRAMPS database between 2 computers

How do I share my database between 2 computers on the same network. One is Windows 10, the other is Ubuntu 20.04. My database resides in the Windows partition but was built using Ubuntu. When I supply ...
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GEDCOM: how to declare two different individual records as the same person?

If a person changes the gender or the name or both: how can I interlink the two individuals in GEDCOM to declare them as the same person?
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Including a gedcom within a gedcom

I have a large gedcom which I am wish to break into several different gedcoms. For example, I am trying to break out my half sisters tree and my tree into separate gedcoms. We have a common father, ...
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Automatically marking relatives dead when born more than 100 years ago

I've found an old GEDCOM file of mine where I did not mark many ancestors as dead despite their birth lying back over a hundred years. Is there an easy way to automatically mark them as dead (with ...
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False name on birth certificate

I am using fake names for this question. Jane Jones is the daughter of Julie ___ and Bob Smithers. Julie and Bob were not married. They lied, and Jane’s birth certificate says “Smith.” Jane later ...
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Fact type to enter for the 1939 Register?

For each person, I usually enter each census as a fact in my software, to keep track of who I've identified in each census. However when it comes to the UK 1939 Register this becomes problematic. ...
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Generating Population Density Heat Maps using Gigatrees 5

I've started using Gigatrees 5.08 downloaded from http://timforsythe.com/gigatrees.html as a tool for sharing information on my family tree research. I'm very impressed and everything works fine (and ...
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Export GEDCOM from geni.com and then importing not working properly

When I export a GEDCOM (no matter whether in FTB oder GEDCOM 5.5.1 format) and then try to import into Gramps then I am getting a lot of warnings and many addresses are not showing up properly, e.g. ...
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How to define a "patchwork-family" in GEDCOM?

I would like to know how i can define a "patchwork-family" in GEDCOM, that is: a child in a family is adopted by one parent, but is the biological child of the other parent.
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GedHTree - an excellent program to convert Gedcom to HTML- is no longer supported. How can I obtain a registration code?

I'm looking for software that will convert my Gedcom to STATIC HTML files (no PHP) and display ancestor and descendant trees with at least 6 generations. Up until about 10 years ago, there was a ...
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Blank FAMC tags when exporting from ancestry.com, causing parentless children when imported to geneanet.org

I have been exporting my personal family tree from ancestry.com via the built-in GEDCOM export feature. This tree has about 36,000 members. However, when I import the GEDCOM file to geneanet.org, I ...
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Seeking free/open software or method to view/edit PAF file in Windows 10

It is 2020 and I have an old paf and ged files and would like to read and or edit for saving offline. Is there any recent 2020 software that is not a "Pay per Use" commercial software, that can read ...
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Can't export a GEDCOM file from myheritage.com

I was trying to export a GEDCOM file following the instructions on Can I export a Gedcom, but my list of possible actions does not show the link "Export to GEDCOM". Am I doing anything wrong?
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Pedigree Chart into Spreadsheet from GEDCOM

I have a spreadsheet, of my own creation, which I call Custom_Lines_Chasing, which, in its essence, is a pedigree chart. I paste below a screen shot, of a small part, so that you can see its format. ...
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Printing ancestry report to specific ancestor

I am trying to print out an ancestry report to one specific ancestor (mainly as a worksheet for a couple membership applications). All I've ever been able to find are things like "fan" reports, or ...
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Family Tree Maker 2005 files import to 2019 version?

I have Family Tree Maker 2005. Yeah, I know...way outta date. But when Ancestry said they weren't going to support it anymore, I just kept what I had. It works fine. Now I want to upgrade (...
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Gedcom Import Diagnostic Errors

The standard behavior of Gramps [most current 5.x versions as well as 4.x and 3.x with which I have played in the past] is to conveniently create a Note record tied to an INDI or FAM or SOUR record ...
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Lateral gedcom visualisation with embedded pictures

I have a large GEDCOM of about 2000 persons from the 1600s until today. From the persons living in the 20th-21th century I have pictures enbedded as hyperlinks in the GEDCOM. There is a lot of ...
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what data will be lost when exporting from "gramps database model" to "gedcom database model"?

What data will be lost when exporting from "gramps database model 5.0.1" to "gedcom database model"?
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which programmes use UID tag and what are the guidelines

Where can I find guidelines for GEDCOM Unique Identifiers and UUID format UUID format is the most popular one. Other applications that use the same UUID format for their _UID tag are Family ...
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Gedcom file with Person/Individual containing multiple Places/Residences

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 ...
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Importing .fbc, .ftmb files into Linux GRAMPS?

Will Linux GRAMPS import .fbc and .ftmb files? If not, is there a stand alone Linux utility that will convert .fbc and .ftmb to gedcom?
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How can I turn a family tree on Geni.com into a printable PDF report?

I've been building a family tree on Geni.com. How can I turn that into a printable report, including all profile photos?
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Strip down a gedcom file

I have a big Gedcom file which I‘d like to reduce on: Name, birth, marriage, death. Best would be if I could do it the other way around like exporting the data from FTM to a gedcom and add the ...
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Has Ancestry.com stopped making available gedcoms?

I stopped doing genealogy about 12 years ago, but have recently taken it up again. Last when I was doing it, members of Ancestry.com could upload GEDCOMs and download those of other members. I ...
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Importing Gedcom from MyHeritage into existing Ancestry.com tree?

I have trees on several sites since I'm able to get different information from each one, and my MyHeritage tree has lots of information that Ancestry doesn't have. I exported a gedcom file from ...
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Layout tools to print big GEDCOM plus pictures to posters?

Background: I have created a family tree containing over 1100 relatives. Therefore I used Webtrees (based on PHP+MySql, hosted on my own web server). (This is how it can look like: Demo family tree) ...
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Installing Gigatree on Windows 10?

I installed Gigatree on Windows 10, Run shows this error. Cann't find the batchfile the error is referring to, even though the folder should show hidden files. What should I do to get this program ...
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Querying GEDCOM file to find people with missing parent(s)?

I have a Gedcom file that I want to query for a person with at least one missing person. How can I achieve this? I am not a software coder but fairly technical otherwise.
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Creating GEDCOM diff of all people in one GEDCOM but not another?

How can I create a GEDCOM diff of all people in one GEDCOM but not the other.? I have just got wikitree up to date with one branch of my ancestry tree much that I originally imported into wikitree a ...
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I have a ged file with 44k entries - what is a good program which will handle it? [closed]

I began using the free software, Simple Family Tree, to enter my information. Three years later, I have over 44,000 people entered. The program crashes all the time. Can anyone recommend a good ...
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How to know in GEDCOM if a filiation is unknowable?

In a gedcom file, how do I know if a child has been « found » i.e a child abandoned? In this case, the child has no known ancestor and won't have ever. Heredis program creates a custom tag « _FIL ...
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How to upload a "stripped" GEDCOM to DNA sites

I want to find a simple little app/software that would strip my GEDCOM of any non-blood relatives (plus spouses) and eliminate any non-vital data (only include birthdates, birthplaces, deathdates, ...
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Generations extension download for genealogy programs

I restored my computer and lost my generation extension downloaded program. Does anyone have this link? It produced a small icon in the top left of my FTDNA program and other genealogy programs.
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Free/open software or method to convert PAF file to GEDCOM?

I know someone who has a PAF file he wants to use but can no longer access because Personal Ancestral File is gone from his computer. It's been discontinued, so he needs to move to something else and ...
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Converting Family Tree Maker .ftmb files to GEDCOM file format?

How can I convert a Family Tree Maker file (.ftmb) to GEDCOM? I was emailed the file from a relative who couldn't export a GEDCOM file from his version of Family Tree Maker. I'm interested in what ...
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How to unmerge a family tree in Family Tree Builder 8.0?

I have two merged family trees and I would like to know if there is a way to break them back into two separate family trees? I downloaded the My Heritage Family Tree Builder 8.0. I got the GEDCOM ...
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GEDCOM: INDI.FAMC vs FAM.CHIL

This question pertains to processing GEDCOM files. Specifically, establishing the relationships between individuals: Fred is a child of Mary, Mary is married to John, John is a child of George, etc. ...
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How to generate a report of ancestors by generation?

Somehow years ago I generated a report (a text file) that listed every person in a Personal Ancestral File (PAF v5) or GEDCOM file by their generation. I only had PAF to work with (and was also ...
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combining ancestry.com tree with external gedcom data

I shared information in an ancestry.com family tree with a relative who wanted to make additions to her side of the family. She was adamant about not wanting to create an account, so I downloaded the ...
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Seeking tools to create tree of specific individuals in gedcom

I am trying to help an adoptee determine his birth parents based on DNA matches at different sites. I became involved because he is a 1st-3rd cousin DNA match to many people in my extensive family ...
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How to split up the disconnected trees in a GEDCOM forest into separate files?

I have a increasingly growing GEDCOM file and know I have many islands in it, some intentional and some not intentional. So I basically view the GEDCOM as a whole as a forest and I know I have many ...
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Sharing genealogical data (from GEDCOM) with family members?

I recently inherited a large (paper-based) set of records pertaining to my family history. I spent about three days converting one branch of the family to GEDCOM format, using a free software package. ...
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I uploaded a tree to Ancestry and it has old UID facts. How do I delete them?

I uploaded a tree to Ancestry from a gedcom I had created some years ago. It included some UID facts. How do I delete these from a personal member tree?
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