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What standards exist for the exchange of genealogical information?
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Short answer: GEDCOM is the only de facto standard, supported by practically every genealogy product and service. Transfer through GEDCOM can work fine, but can also be problematic. GEDCOM is not ...

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When documenting location, should current or historical place names be used?
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The historical name may be reused and become the current one again. The current name will be historical one day. A town may disappear, be merged with another, etcetera. The right name to use is the ...

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Recording name for infant who died unnamed?
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The usual way to record stillborn children is with inherited name only, and identical birth and death dates. The inherited name is derived from the record in the same as is it for other children; if ...

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How far back can German Genealogy normally be traced?
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There are all kinds of special cases, but a rough answer is possible. In Western Europe, the surviving consistently kept church records generally start around the 17th century, but that does vary from ...

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Do any programs use Gedcom X (as opposed to Gedcom)?
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Third parties have been examining the GEDCOM X code since it was revealed in 2011. FamilySearch opened up the GEDCOM X site during RootsTech 2012. FamilySearch had no product, and no third party had ...

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Can I legally copy clippings from Ancestry.com?
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Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, you are not my client. Your rights regarding clippings found on Ancestry.com and similar content-providing sites are limited by Terms of Service first, copyright second;...

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The terms "strafgefangener" and "arbaither"
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Arbaither is probably an old spelling, an uncommon spelling or transcription error for arbeiter, which is German for labourer. Strafgefangener is German for criminal prisoner. A strafgefangener is a ...

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What does the word "née" mean when following a woman's name?
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Née is an adjective, a loanword from French, Née is the past participle of *naître (to be born). There should be little opportunity for confusion with nee, the Dutch word for no. In English text, née ...

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How should I deal with different alphabets?
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A name should be entered as it is. Use a Unicode-based genealogy application so you can enter all names correctly. Take advantage of the romanisation feature to include a romanised name, i.e. the same ...

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What is the difference between 'genealogy' and 'family history'?
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Although actually defining either genealogy or family history isn't so easy, quickly explaining the difference is easy enough; genealogy is basic facts, family history is stories. A genealogy can be ...

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Understanding marriage certificate (transfer?) in Nordrhein-Westfalen Archive?
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The Google translation you provided does not mention any "Johann Wilhelm Forsbach" (it only includes the text "Carol. Christ. Paulus to Forsbach") and you do not make it clear where you derived that ...

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What is the earliest "how to do genealogical research" book written and when was it published?
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The German historian Johann Christoph Gatterer (1727 - 1799) wrote the first handbook for genealogy. "Abriss der Genealogie" was published in 1788 by Vandenhoeck und Ruprechts Verlag in Göttingen. ...

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Is there a GEDCOM processing tool to determine lineage society eligibility?
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It is theoretically possible to build such a tool. It even seems relatively easy to build such a tool as a service for a large shared tree system, where everyone works together to build a single tree; ...

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What is written on the back of this photo?
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Dolly's hair was curled for the last time when this was taken. her hair is now cut & she looks every inch a boy. J.O.E

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Accessing data 'natively' in Gramps?
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Surely, you do need not be reminded that GEDCOM is useful, that if your chart app reads GEDCOM, it is not restricted to Gramps. You are specifically interested in getting Gramps data in its Python ...

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Recovering family tree data from Banner Blue genealogy file?
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The file extension *.FTW indicates that the files was created by FTM for Windows (FTW). As you have experienced, New Family Tree Maker has limited support for import from Family Tree Maker Classic; it ...

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How do I find out how my grandfather died or disappeared in Berlin
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IG Farben no longer exist. There is lots of documentation about IG Farben. IG Farben is not only associated with Zyklon B, but also with one concentration camp in particular, the Buna/Monowitz ...

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How can I find loops in GEDCOM files?
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Two applications that I use and that can find loops are Genealogica Grafica Shareware. Behold Requires a license, 45-day trial license is free. I do recommend not merely finding a loop, but ...

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How can I number a step-grandfather in Ahnen numbering?
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The ahnen numbering system is a straightforward method of numbering ancestors. More precisely, it actually does not number ancestors, but ancestral slots, whether any ancestors are known or not, and ...

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How to make Gramps show more than 5 generations in the pedigree view
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A lot of software will display only four or five generations in its pedigree view, and for good reason; there simply isn't much space to display more. RootsMagic will display six generations, but don'...

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What is the name of a “role” in a family tree?
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The person at the root of a family tree is called the proband.

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How can I determine the relation, if any, between two ancestors from their ahnen numbers?
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Answer focus The following answer deliberately ignores two issues: The possibility that the ancestors are related in ways not shown in the report. The possibility that, through pedigree collapse, ...

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