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Gedcom files, a guide to them....

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Rita Report 19 Mar 2007 17:28

n RIta


InspectorGreenPen Report 19 Mar 2007 17:32

NOTE: Importing a GEDCOM file will overwrite any information you may have entered into your family tree at


Bee~fuddled. Report 22 Mar 2007 12:05

Nudged for Dennis

Just Jill x

Just Jill x Report 22 Mar 2007 14:45



Elaine Report 22 Mar 2007 15:00

Glen,I think I am the biggest thicko ever......please can you help,even though I have read your very thorough info I am still stuck and now worried I will overwrite my tree.I have been sent on my orange email a gedcom file(which may have some info relating to my tree) I do have Family Tree Maker (which is where I keep very detailed info on mine and hubbys family it's a combined tree).I am desperate to see this other tree on the gedcom file but am worried that I will ruin my tree and also I don't have the faintest idea how to do it as it's in my emails please can you help .......see I told you I'm a thicko........ Many Thanks, Elaine


* Report 22 Mar 2007 16:22

When Importing a GEDCOM File into a tree program you need to establish what Character Set that program requires first,otherwise you will probably lose some of the original data from the tree in which the Gedcom file has been exported from. The most common Character Set used by tree programs is, ANSEL,but some programs may use,ANSI, UFT-8 or UNICODE. It is important to get this right and once this has been verified by checking the result after importing into a tree you should then create a Back Up. If transferring a complete tree from one computer to another, you need to reinstall the tree program again,import the data and any media ffiles for the tree into the same folder as on the old computer,for example 'My Documents' You can view a GEDCOM file without loading it into a family tree program,simply by opening the file with Microsoft Word. This allows you to see if the data is correct in respect of your own tree,without making a possible mistake of placing it into your tree. Regards,Michael


Elaine Report 22 Mar 2007 16:44

Many thanks,will give it a go . Elaine


Helen Report 7 Apr 2007 19:19

Can someone please tell me how I go about saving 'How to Gedcom' information for future reference. Thanks, Janet


Bee~fuddled. Report 8 Apr 2007 16:31

Janet- When I want to save something useful like this, I copy the bits I want and past them onto a New Document - which I then label, so I can find it! - in the 'family tree' folder I keep on my desktop. Hope that helps. (If you want a step-by-step guide I can talk you through it, but didn't want to assume you know as little as I do about IT stuff!) Bx


SueinKent Report 8 Apr 2007 16:54

Adding to find later. Sue


Helen Report 8 Apr 2007 20:54

Thanks for your help Barbara. Know what to do now. Janet.

angelas ashes

angelas ashes Report 8 Apr 2007 22:12

Thank you for that Glen.Will print off for use later.Lovely to see you an your knick`s on here.Your name stuck with me from when I first joined....Love it.Wanda.x


Karen Report 8 Apr 2007 22:17

nudge for future reference - thanks, Glen.


InspectorGreenPen Report 9 Apr 2007 16:08

nudge for Lorna


Susan Report 9 Apr 2007 16:42

Nudging to keep. Great info. Thanks. Susan


Trifley Report 11 Apr 2007 12:35

N A most informative thread. Thanks T

Glen In Tinsel Knickers

Glen In Tinsel Knickers Report 29 Apr 2007 17:42


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JAИ *•. from ¸.•*´ JAЯROW Report 29 Apr 2007 18:10

Bookmarking.....thank you Jan :)


Helen Report 29 Apr 2007 21:51

Nudge for future reference

Glen In Tinsel Knickers

Glen In Tinsel Knickers Report 7 May 2007 20:35