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.
There has been a number of versions of the data specification. Kiwitrees uses the most recently and commonly used version, 5.5.1.
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.
The official GEDCOM (5.5.1) specification document
The list below has 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.
GEDCOM tags, description, type, & source
|ABBR||Abbreviation||GED 5.5.1||A short name of a title, description, or name.||E|
|ADDR||Address||GED 5.5.1||The contemporary place, usually required for postal purposes, of an individual, a submitter of information, a repository, a business, a school, or a company.||E|
|ADOP||Adoption||GED 5.5.1||Pertaining to creation of a child-parent relationship that does not exist biologically.||E|
|ADR1||Address line 1||GED 5.5.1||The first line of an address.||E|
|ADR2||Address line 2||GED 5.5.1||The second line of an address.||E|
|AFN||Ancestral File Number||GED 5.5.1||A unique permanent record file number of an individual record stored in Ancestral File.||E|
|AGE||Age||GED 5.5.1||The age of the individual at the time an event occurred, or the age listed in the document.||E|
|AGNC||Agency||GED 5.5.1||The institution or individual having authority and/or responsibility to manage or govern.||E|
|ALIA||Alias||GED 5.5.1||An indicator to link different record descriptions of a person who may be the same person.||E|
|ANCE||Generations of ancestors||GED 5.5.1||Pertaining to forbears of an individual.||E|
The codes in the “Source” column represent where the tags originated from:
|1||GED 5.5.1||The current GEDCOM specification|
|2||Kiwitrees||Specific for Kiwitrees only|
|4||BKW||Brother's Keeper (Windows)|
|7||FTM||Family Tree Maker (DOS)|
|8||FTW||Family Tree Maker (Windows)|