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Reading and Writing to GEDCOM Format

Genealogy Pro can read and write data in the GEDCOM (Genealogical Data Communication) format. GEDCOM is a standard devised by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and many genealogy software programs support this format.

Importing Gedcom Documents

To read in a GEDCOM file select the 'File⇒Open ...' menu item. Select a file in the GEDCOM format. The GEDCOM file should have a .ged or .GED suffix. After this you will be prompted for a name of the file to store the converted file. Genealogy Pro will then convert the file into Genealogy Pro format.

Exporting Gedcom Documents

To write data in GEDCOM format to a file, choose the 'File⇒Save To ...' menu item. Prior to saving data to GEDCOM format for the first time, you will need to set the Submitter option. The 'Submitter' is information stored at the beginning of the GEDCOM document, such as (your) name and address.


Custom Name Fields

Genealogy programs that are compliant with GEDCOM version 5.5 can read and write multiple names, the standard name types being 'aka' (also known as) 'birth' (name given on birth certificate) 'immigrant' (name assumed at the time of immigration) 'maiden' (maiden name, name before first marriage) 'married' (name was persons previous married name) and 'other'. Genealogy Pro will export custom name fields in accordance with this format. However, when you create the custom name field, you must ensure that the name of the field at the time of creation is one of the above names in order to be recognised by other genealogy programs. One the field has been created, you can change the display name at any time, and it will still be recognised by other genealogy programs. This is because the custom field is assigned a unique identifier at the time of creation, which is usually the same as the display name. The unique identifier doesn't change when you subsequently change the display name.