Gramps 5 allows you to adjust the content of the GEDCOM to suit the intended use (identified by the software to receive the file), so the precise answer to your question will depend upon the option you choose. Some targets will involve more 'loss" than others. If you intend to use (plain vanilla) GEDCOM 5.5, then anything not specified in the standard (see ...
You can export your tree as a GEDCOM file.
In Ancestry click "Family Trees", then choose "Manage tree" for the appropriate tree. This takes you to the "Tree Settings" page. Scroll down to the bottom right of the page, and there is a button to "Export Tree"
Yes, such a test does exist, see Calico Pie's GEDCOM Coverage Test
However he only ran it against Family Historian 3, Roots Magic 3.0.3, and Family Tree Maker 2006. So maybe now is the time for this to be re-run.
One option is to use Family Tree Maker, which syncs with Ancestry. It populates some of the metadata into your FTM database. I use and like FTM but I never use this function. Why? Because I don't like how it does citations and it chose fact categories different from what I wanted. While this doesn't download the actual document file, it does give you ...
Looking at the help / FAQ on the FamilySearch site it states that there is currently no way to export your tree from FamilySearch. It goes on to say that this may be possible with a third party application.
So unfortunately it looks as though you may have to do this manually.
IMO, Calico Pie's test is probably as good as you can expect - though it would be nice if they had a version which checks against 5.5.1.
From this, I would infer - haven't taken the time to verify it, though - that Family Historian sticks to the 5.5 version of the standard.
Any custom tags would - almost by definition - be not portable in any case and by 5....
One idea is to view how Gramps writes its own XML file
Another is to join the Gramps developers mailing list and ask.
I don't believe many of the developers are here
RDDL Directory for GRAMPS XML format 1.7.1
Although it's not obvious on our download page, we always try to release a Gramps version for all platforms at the same time. You can download version 3.4.8 for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows here:
For Linux, you need the .deb file from the list, and not the latest version recommended by SourceForge ...
Try this: http://www.alexnolan.net/software/dbf.htm.
"DBF Viewer Plus is a portable DBF database table viewer and editor plus some additional features for searching, importing and exporting to a number of different formats. DBF formats include dBase, Clipper and Foxpro."
If you only worked a couple of weeks on it, I don't expect you would have got too far. Start over and start off right by documenting all your sources as you go, which I would expect you didn't do the first time.
Once you feel you've again done a couple of weeks worth, you could try to look at what's in the dbf file, because you're obviously curious, as ...
WARNING: Before running any utility, make a copy of your data, and work on a copy of your data, not the original file.
I attempted to search for a manual for Ancestor Research Tool, and to find out more information about the file format used, but my initial searches were not successful.
There are two different approaches you could take to recover your data.
You can use the Family Search API even though they have no already written tools. This is suggested in the link Colin left in his answer.
Specifically, someone has written a python script that exports to GEDCOM. Not sure how well that translates to a spreadsheet.
Another good method of future-proofing is to post your familytree information (about non-living people) online in a variety of places, for example:
WeRelate.org and WikiTree. I also post much of my genealogy research on my blog and then regularly save those posts at the Internet Archive (which is like a free online archives for web pages).
There have been some great responses on this already but I have not seen a couple key points mentions so I will put out what my plans are that I have specifically outlined.
I make lots of backups of my data in multiple formats, both in the program I use formats as well as export trees to text and word formats. You also need to back it up to multiple ...
I'll take a stab at providing an answer -- or at least, some useful debugging questions -- although I am not a GRAMPS user.
On the Wiki page: Gramps 4.0 Wiki Manual - Manage Family Trees the section on Importing data describes which formats are available for importing files into GRAMPS.
The wiki cautions:
Please recognize that importing a database is ...
I think you should use GEDCOM and resolve why your media links are lost.
I believe Gramps does already export the media links to GEDCOM. For example, see this GEDCOM file created by Gramps and look for the "1 OBJE" tag and you'll see a "2 FILE" line under it which should contain the path to the object.
So there's three possible reasons why your media links ...