GEDCOM files (*.ged, *.gdz) Print button

gedzipgedcomGEDCOM is a widely used format for storing and transferring genealogy information.  One easy way to transfer information from other genealogy software to My Family Tree is via a GEDCOM file.

Importing a GEDCOM file

A GEDCOM file normally contains all the data in a single file with a *.ged or *.gdz extension.  Select the file you want to import using File⯈Open or File⯈Import GEDCOM.

Import Options

You may be prompted with a range of import options depending on the source of the GEDCOM file you are importing.

Correct text concatenation: Correct missing spaces between words long text values.  Use this option if your GEDCOM file was produced by a GEDCOM writer which incorrectly trims trailing whitespace when writing longer text values.  This option will be checked automatically if your file was written by an affected GEDCOM writer.  You should only enable this option if you notice missing spaces in longer text values after import (you will have to reimport the file to correct the issue).

BLOB decoding mode: Specifies the algorithm to use for decoding GEDCOM BLOBs.  This option is only available when a GEDCOM file was written by a GEDCOM writer which allows the user to choose between two different BLOB encoding algorithms.

Select the encoding: Specifies the encoding of the GEDCOM file.  The most likely encoding is selected automatically.  Use this option to choose a different encoding if the preview text is not displayed correctly.

GEDCOM import options

Fig 1. Options when importing GEDCOM files.

Importing multimedia

If you have a GEDCOM file packaged using GEDZIP (*.gdz extension), all the tree data and multimedia files are included in the file and will be automaticaly imported.  Standalone GEDCOM (*.ged) files rely on links to multimedia files stored in other locations.  These files are automatically imported if they can be found on the local disk at the location the link points to.  Any links to online files or files which cannot be located will be imported as place holders.  You will be prompted to search for them after the import, or you can resolve them at any time in the Multimedia view.

Exporting a GEDCOM file

The easiest way to transfer information from My Family Tree to other genealogy software is via the GEDCOM format.  To export a GEDCOM file, use File⯈Export GEDCOM.

Exporting a GEDCOM file

Fig 2. Exporting a GEDCOM file.

Export options

Choose who to include: You can select the individuals to include in the GEDCOM file by choosing from the following options:

  1. All people - keep all existing individuals.

  2. Selected people - select which individuals to export from a list of people in your family.  Use shortcuts to quickly include a subset of their relatives (see Selecting who to export).

  3. Selected trees - select which trees to export from a list of separate trees in your family file.

Multimedia: You can select how to manage multimedia file links in the GEDCOM file by choosing from the following options:

  1. Use GEDZIP - Package multimedia files and the GEDCOM file in a single compressed ZIP archive.

  2. Include all files - Create links to multimedia files in the GEDCOM file and export copies of the linked multimedia files to a folder along with the GEDCOM file.

  3. Include as placeholders - Create links to multimedia files in the GEDCOM file but do not export copies of the linked multimedia files. This option is not available for GEDZIP.

  4. Do not include - Do not include any links to multimedia files in the GEDCOM file and do not export copies of any multimedia files.

Use GEDZIP: Package multimedia files and the GEDCOM file in a single compressed ZIP archive with a *.gdz extension. This option is available for GEDCOM 7.0 and later.

Notes: You can select how to format notes in the GEDCOM file by choosing from the following options:

  1. Include as plain text - Convert all formatted notes to plain text.

  2. Include as formatted text - Use simple HTML markup to preserve note formatting.

Hide living people: Suppress export of all information about living people apart from their surname.  See Privacy.

Hide private information: Suppress export of all information marked as private.  See Privacy.

Compatibility

My Family Tree reads every standard tag defined in the GEDCOM 5.5, GEDCOM 5.5.1, GEDCOM 5.6, and GEDCOM 7.0 specifications.  It can also read over 360 custom GEDCOM extensions and handle common errors.

My Family Tree can export either GEDCOM 5.5.1 or GEDCOM 7.0 files.  It also supports GEDZIP.

Information is represented using standard GEDCOM structures. Legal extensions are defined and documented where GEDCOM does not support a particular kind of information.  Details of the GEDCOM extensions used by My Family Tree can be downloaded from the knowledge base.

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