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

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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 ...
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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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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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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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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. There ...
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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 their ...
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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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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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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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What GEDCOM tag should the DNA Haplogroup be stored?

I was reviewing the GEDCOM 5.5 specification and I am not clear as to what field should be used to store the basic Haplogroup information for an individual from DNA testing as described in What ...
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