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Gedcom files, a guide to them....

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Kense Report 4 Oct 2015 21:00

Other more recent threads about GEDCOMs and problems are:


Joy Report 6 Jul 2014 21:28

- for new readers


MikeyJay Report 26 Mar 2014 20:10

I'm not sure what I'm missing here.

To download your gedcom from Ancestry, open it and click >tree pages, alongside the tree name. On the drop-down menu, choose tree settings. On the right-hand side of that page is a panel to manage your tree, choose 'export', then 'download', and you the have your gedcom available to upload to GR or your favourite FH program, or store on a usb key drive. Images and (some) notes are lost, though.

It might need minor tweaking, but usually it is compatible with most programs, by an import process. I use Family Historian, and using it to produce a pdf tree image for printing is a breeze.



Kense Report 15 Mar 2013 09:51

I think you would do better to ask this question on a separate thread, SpanishEyes.

Is she moving permanently or does she just want hardcopy to show people in England?

If moving permanently then can't she access it from Ancestry in UK? If it is on your account then you can make her a guest and she can access i.

Kense Report Edit Delete 15 Mar 2013 10:17
OK rereading your post it looks like she needs to take hardcopy, presumably her son has no computer access. In that case I am not sure what can be done.

Kense Report Edit Delete 15 Mar 2013 10:28
One possibility is to get FTM2012 which will be able to download the Ancestry Tree entirely. You can then select publishing options for the printouts required.


SpanishEyes Report 15 Mar 2013 08:37

Having read some of this thread please would someone help me?

I have been helping a friend to learn about her family. So far we have about 600 people.
This is on An...try and now she wants me to down load it and give it to her to take to England.
My dilemma is- noing a simple way to do this.
Asking for help re cost of paper, ink etc
I offered to give her my details re the other site so she could see it with her son but the answer was simply NO.

What should I do next, which is the easiest system to use?

Thank you



Joy Report 11 Jan 2013 22:46

For Phyll and Ann.


Susan Report 12 Oct 2012 05:52

No Knowledge of Gedcom at all so this will help me learn how to do it :-D



RolloTheRed Report 26 Aug 2012 15:06

Maplin usually have the older version of FTM for about £ 18 and Tesco sometimes. A lot of people strongly dislike the latest version which has a lot of changes. Its chief use is to create off line versions of Ancestry but it will work well enough with a GEDCOM from anywhere inc Gru. You can have as many trees or tree versions as you like.

GEDCOM (latest version 5.5) is a data exchange tool developed by and for LDS. It has endless issues when used for data interchange as most programs / sites have a twist on the "standard" and that includes Gru. Dates are especially liable to get pickled.

Bear in mind that if you save a tree to GEFCOM from Gru notes, links and photos will be lost.

The usual method for data interchange (I.T. generally, not genealogy) since about 2000 has been to use XML. At the recent RootsWeb conference in the USA Feb 2012 (sponsored by BrightSold, Phil Moire an attendee) a major issue was supposed to be the release of GEDCOM 6 with XML support. However the issue collapsed as LDS took the ball away and refused to collaborate with others on an equal basis. So we are stuck with 5.5. Microsoft's rather fun family tree product (free) will import GEDCOM but exports to XML. This XML is easy to import into Excel or Access or Libre Office.

The best free program is GRAMPS though you have to put in a bit of effort. It has an excellent user community. Free PAF is a total waste of time but registration is cheap enough.


ElizabethK Report 19 Apr 2012 16:45

nudge up


Joy Report 20 Jan 2012 15:07

For Justblu


Joy Report 19 Jan 2012 22:14

For Jill


twidler Report 26 Oct 2011 17:34

Thank You All for your very expert and clear advice everything noted and will be used in the future. Regards George


ElizabethK Report 5 Aug 2011 11:53

Nudge for chippychap


Joy Report 8 Jun 2011 14:11

For Poppie to see :)


ElizabethK Report 24 Apr 2011 11:45



Kiwibird Report 30 Jan 2011 05:17



ElizabethK Report 16 Jul 2010 20:37



RutlandBelle Report 22 May 2010 19:01

nudge up for Carol in Australia


Captncruise Report 18 Jan 2009 21:29

Ifamily on the Apple will convert to a report format and Legacy on the PC.



Brian Report 18 Jan 2009 20:18

Is there any software available that will enable a GEDCOM file to be used to convert my GR tree into a report format ?

Thanks , Brian