The GEDCOM specification

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  • The GEDCOM specification

    Kiwitrees family history software uses the GEDCOM specification (5.5.1) as the main structure for storing and displaying your family history records.
    GEDCOM was developed by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church) to provide a flexible, uniform format for exchanging computerized genealogical data. GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmmunication. Its purpose is to encourage sharing of genealogy information and to provide a common platform for genealogists, historians, and other researchers to use in software products.

    For more information about GEDCOM, there is an excellent Wikipedia article at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GEDCOM.

    The GEDCOM specification

    Download a copy here: GEDCOM 5.5.1 file or read by clicking the link below.
    Below is a list of all GEDCOM tags recognised by Kiwitrees. Most can be edited easily through the software edit screen (GUI). A few of the more obscure ones from other software products can only be edited using the “Edit raw GEDCOM data” option.

    Search any field, or part of a field using the search box; or filter on any column by entering a value in one or more of the filter boxes at the foot of the list.

    The codes in the “Source” column represent where the tags originated from:

    GED 5.5.1 The current GEDCOM specification
    Kiwitrees Specific for Kiwitrees only
    AQ Ancestral Quest
    BKW Brother’s Keeper (Windows)
    FamHer Family Heritage
    FO Family Origins
    FTM Family Tree Maker (DOS)
    FTW Family Tree Maker (Windows)
    Gen Generations
    Leg Legacy
    PAF Personal Ancestral File
    Reunion Reunion for the MAC
    Roots III Roots III
    RM RootsMagic
    TMG The Master Genealogist


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