What is it?
GEDCOM, an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication, is a specification for exchanging genealogical data between different genealogy software. GEDCOM was developed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an aid to genealogical research. A GEDCOM file is plain text (usually either ANSEL or ASCII) containing genealogical information about individuals, and meta data linking these records together.
Most genealogy software supports importing from and/or exporting to GEDCOM format. However, some genealogy software programs incorporate the use of proprietary extensions to the GEDCOM format, which are not always recognized by other genealogy programs. The GEDCOM TestBook Project evaluates how well popular genealogy programs conform to the GEDCOM 5.5 standard. Additionally, many tools exist to convert GEDCOM files to HTML pages.
GEDCOM import and export has been one of your top requests. We're starting with the export of GEDCOM files as an "alpha" feature: we know that GEDCOM import may be an important part of your genealogy research and we want to make sure we get it right.
A few notes: this is our first step along the path to exporting your full Geni tree to your GEDCOM file. Because privacy has been one of our other top user requests, this alpha version will export only very basic information from a limited family tree — basically, the names and relationships of your blood relatives and their current spouses. In addition, this GEDCOM export treats your spouse/partner as a blood relation, so all of his/her blood realtives and current spouses will be included as well.
To download your GEDCOM file, make sure you are logged in to Geni and click the link corresponding to the file version you'd like to try. An email will then be sent to your primary email address containing your GEDCOM information in a .zip file:
Let us know in this forum whether the file looks and works as you'd expect. We'd also like to hear your concerns with what information you would want to be exportable. (We are aware that many of you are even more interested in importing of GEDCOM files. That is a longer project that involves our tree merging features--we'll keep you updated in this forum as we get closer.)
Thank you for trying this out and have a great week—the Geni Team is looking forward to your feedback.
Sometimes foreign language characters don't seem to export properly. Try opening the file and changing the line that reads CHAR ANSEL to CHAR UNICODE or CHAR UTF8 and see if that resolves the issue.
PAF treats occupations as attributes, and Geni treats occupations as events. PAF will import the occupation information, but you will see "Unexpected tag 'ADDR' in Event Detail Structure." errors in your import log which can safely be ignored.
GEDCOM import is currently being worked on. It will be released after the required feature (tree merging) is implemented.
The following information is imported
This section is incomplete. Italicized fields are not part of the GEDCOM 5.5 standard but seem to be in common use.
Header Record - No
Submitter Record - No
Submission Record - No
RESN (Restriction Notice) - No Personal Name Structure Name - Yes NPFX - Yes GIVN - Yes NICK - Yes SPFX - No SURN - Yes NSFX - Yes Source Citation - Yes Note Structure - No SEX - Yes Individual Event Structure (see Event Detail) BIRT (Birth) - Yes CHR (Christening) - Yes DEAT (Death) - Yes BURI (Burial) - Yes CREM (Cremation) - Yes ADOP (Adoption) - Not yet BAPM (Baptism) - Yes BARM (Bar Mitzvah) - Yes BASM (Bat Mitzvah) - Yes BLES (Blessing) - Yes CHRA (Adult Christening) - Yes CONF (Confirmation) - Yes FCOM (First Communion) - Yes ORDN (Ordination) - Yes NATU (Naturalization) - Yes EMIG (Emigration) - Yes IMMI (Immigration) - Yes CENS (Census) - Yes PROB (Probate) - Yes WILL (Will Creation) - Yes GRAD (Graduation) - Yes RETI (Retirement) - Yes EVEN (Generic Event) - Not yet Individual Attribute Structure CAST (Caste) - Yes DSCR (Physical Description) - Yes EDUC (Education) - Yes (as an event) INDO (National ID Number) - No NATI (National Or Tribal Origin) - No NCHI (Number of Children) - No NMR (Number of Marriages) - No OCCU (Occupation) - Yes (as an event) PROP (Possessions) - No RELI (Religion) - Yes RESI (Residence) - No SSN (Social Security Number) - No TITL (Nobility Type Title) - Yes Child To Family Link - (Handled in Family Record) Spouse to Family Link - (Handled in Family Record) SUBM - No Association Structure - No ALIA - No ANCI - No DESI - No Source Citation - Yes Multimedia Link - No Note Structure - Yes RFN (Permanent Record File Number) - No AFN (Ancestral File Number) - No REFN (User Reference Number) - No RIN (Automated record id) - No Change Date - yes EMAIL (Email address) - Yes _EMAIL - (Email address) - Yes
Family Event Structure (see Event Detail) ANUL (Annulment) - Yes CENS (Census) - Yes DIV (Divorce) - Yes DIVF (Divorce Filing) - Yes ENGA (Engagement) - Yes MARR (Marriage) - Yes MARB (Marriage Banner) - Yes MARC (Marriage Contract) - Yes MARL (Marriage License) - Yes MARS (Marriage Settlement) - Yes EVEN (Generic Event) - Yes HUSB - Yes WIFE - Yes CHIL - Yes NCHI (Number of Children) - No SUBM - No LDS Spouse Sealing - No Source Citation - Yes Multimedia Link - No Note Structure - Yes REFN (User Reference Number) - No RIN (Automated record id) - No Change Date - yes
Multimedia Record - No
Submitter Text - Yes Source Citation - Yes REFN (User Reference Number) - No RIN (Automated record id) - No Change Date - yes
NAME - Yes Address Structure - Yes Note Structure - Yes REFN (User Reference Number) - No RIN (Automated record id) - No Change Date - yes
DATA EVEN (Events Recorded) - Yes DATE (Date Period) - Yes PLAC (Place) - Yes AGNC (Responsible Agency) - Yes Note Structure - Yes AUTH (Author) - Yes TITL (Title) - Yes ABBR (Abbreviation) - Yes PUBL (Publication Facts) - Yes TEXT (Source Text) - Yes Source Repository Citation - yes Multimedia Link - No Note Structure - Yes REFN (User Reference Number) - No RIN (Automated record id) - No Change Date - yes PERI (Periodical -> title) - Yes TYPE (Type -> description) - Yes URL (URL -> title) - Yes PAGE (Page -> description) - Yes PLAC (Place) - Yes DATE (Date Period) - Yes
ADDR (Address Line) - Yes ADR1 (Address Line 1) - Yes ADR2 (Address Line 2) - Yes CITY (City) - Yes STAE (State/Province) - Yes POST (Postal Code) - Yes CTRY (Country) - Yes PHON - No
TYPE (Event Descriptor) - Yes Date (Date or Range) - Yes Place Structure - Yes Address Structure - Yes AGE - No AGNC (Responsible Agency) - Yes CAUS (Cause) - Yes Source Citation - Yes Multimedia Link - No Note Structure - Yes
NOTE (Submitter text or Xref) - Yes Source Citation - Yes
SOUR (Source Description or Xref) - Yes TEXT (Source Text) - Yes PAGE (Page) - Yes EVEN (Event Types) - Yes ROLE (Role in Event) - No DATA DATE (Recording Date) - Yes TEXT (Source Text) - Yes QUAY (Certainty) - Yes Multimedia Link - No Note Structure - Yes CHAN (Change Date) - Yes