What is a GEDCOM?

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Terms and Definitions

WorldConnect permits you to download portions of another researcher's family tree, if the submitter has allowed that. Downloading copies a portion of the file to your computer, so you can incorporate it into your personal files.

Within the WorldConnect Project, GEDCOM indicates an individual family tree or file.

Surname and Given Name
"Surname" is another term for last name; "given name" is a first or middle name.

User Code
The person submitting a family tree chooses a unique user code to identify each family tree submitted.

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Related FAQs:
Downloading a Family Tree
Submitting Your Family Tree
Creating a GEDCOM file

GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunications. It is a file format developed by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). It provides a flexible and uniform format for exchanging computerized genealogical data, and allows you to share files with other researchers who may not use the same genealogy program (Family Tree Maker, PAF, etc.) that you do.

You will need to convert the file in your genealogy program into GEDCOM format before it can be added to the WorldConnect Project. The conversion to a GEDCOM format results in a second file, with the file in your genealogy program remaining intact.

A GEDCOM file will usually end with the extension of .ged (for example, YourFilename.ged). You may want to check your program's user manual if .ged is not showing as the extension.

The WorldConnect Project allows you to download family trees in a GEDCOM format, providing the submitter chose that option when they submitted the file. Most genealogy programs will allow you to import GEDCOM files.

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