What is Genealogy
Tid Bits
Tips and Gotcha's
Top ten myths
Top ten reasons to do it
Just for Fun
Getting Started
An exercise using a pedigree
Paperwork organization
Preserving your records
Labeling your records
Maps and geography
Old style dates
Old style handwriting
Tombstone reading
Calculating relationships
Family reunions
PC Software
Genealogical Programs
Genealogical Numbering Systems
Family Group Sheet form
GEDCOM format
Descendancy report
Ahnentafel report
Recap and Statistics
The data pyramid
Source Documents
Record types
Vital and primary records
Manuscript archives
Censuses and the soundex
Actual examples
Where to Look
Where to do your research
Kansas City area research
U.S. GenWeb
Recent immigrants
Ellis Island
African American
Native American
Hispanic American
Recommended web sites
Certified professionals
Genealogical publishers/sellers
Recommended books
Publishing your family history
Forms to use
Dewey Decimal system
Homework assignment

GEDCOM Files (mostly for the technically curious)

  • Stands for GEnealogical Data COMmunications
  • Initially created by the Family History Department of the LDS church
  • Is the de facto standard for exchanging genealogical data between most all professional genealogical software. See http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pmcbride/gedcom/55gctoc.htm
  • Many utilities exist to convert between GEDCOM and other formats including HTML and XML (see www.cyndislist.com/gedcom.htm#HTML)
  • Most all example GEDCOM files will be of the Kennedy family
  • Over 150,000 web sites have something about GEDCOM in them
  • If you submit your data to the LDS church they will expect to receive it in GEDCOM format
  • GEDCOM has gone through many versions over the years. Version 5.5 was released in Nov. 2001.
  • The GEDCOM XML version 6.0 beta version was released is 2003. Click here to review it (Adobe format).
  • For more specifics and technical details of GEDCOM see www.genealogy.about.com/cs/gedcom
  • Click here to view several aspects about GEDCOM and XML.
  • Click here to read a discussion about Genealogical Data Models in UML (Unified Modeling Language).

A small example GEDCOM file:

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