Terms and Definitions
GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical
COMmunications. Within the
WorldConnect Project, "GEDCOM" indicates an individual family tree or
file. A more detailed explanation of what a GEDCOM is, and how it is used within
the WorldConnect Project, is available here.
When you create a GEDCOM file, the fields containing information in your
genealogy file (birth, marriage, baptism, etc.) are mapped to the
appropriate GEDCOM tags (e.g., BIRT, MARR, BAPM). A listing of the most
common tags and their definitions is available
More Terms and Definitions
Submitting Your Family Tree
Standard Submission Form
Converting your family tree to GEDCOM format will not change your original file. Instead, it creates a
second file in the GEDCOM format. The exact steps needed to create a GEDCOM file will vary slightly
depending on the software package you are using. The following instructions provide the basic process
for creating a GEDCOM file.
- In your genealogy program, open the family tree you want to submit to the WorldConnect Project.
- Click the FILE drop-down menu.
Select SAVE AS or EXPORT from the menu. A new file window will
display. Note: The option you select will depend on the software application you are using; your program
may offer you the ability to determine which fields/taglines to export.
- Select the location on your computer where you want to save the file.
- In the SAVE AS TYPE drop-down menu, click the GEDCOM or GED selection.
- Enter the name of the file in the FILE NAME field.
- Click the SAVE button.
If an export confirmation window displays, click the OK button. The family tree is
now saved on your computer as a GEDCOM file and is ready to submit to the WorldConnect Project.
Repeat this process for each family tree you are submitting, giving each a unique file name.
Each will need a unique user code when submitted to the WorldConnect Project.
For specific instructions on creating a GEDCOM file in your software, refer to the user's manual for the
software you are using. Typically you can locate a guide in the Help menu of your program or try searching online for the company's website.
For Family Tree Maker specifically, you can find export instructions here.
If you need to purchase a family history software application that will allow you to export a GEDCOM file,
check out Family Tree Maker from Software Mackiev here.
Comments and notes
Submit your GEDCOM as a zip file, if you have that ability. It can substantially reduce your upload
You can submit GEDCOM files containing approximately 300,000 individuals (at this time); we can
increase the limit to allow for files ten times that size, if you
let us know.
The WorldConnect Project supports most special
character sets, such as umlauted vowels.
If you are using DOS, PAF 3.0 will produce a GEDCOM file. There may be other programs that
will do this also.
You can restrict some information on the living from being submitted with the choices you make when
creating your GEDCOM file. Your genealogy program will help you learn how to do this; some of the
instructions submitted by our users will
- If your program offers you the choice of GEDCOM versions, generally the most current is best.