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
When you upload your family tree, you are transferring a copy of your file
to the WorldConnect Project. It does not alter or remove the family
tree on your computer.
More Terms and Definitions
Advanced Setup/Edit Form
You determine how (or if) the WorldConnect Project displays living individuals by the options you choose
on the advanced user setup/edit form.
When uploading a GEDCOM to WorldConnect, you can choose to clean or remove the records of living individuals
. (The records will still be in your file. Only what is displayed on the Internet is altered.)
Living in this case is defined as anyone in your family tree born (or christened) in 1930 or later, that
does not have a death or burial year included, unless you change the default settings. The year 1930 was
used as the default setting because the 1930 U.S. census has been released as public information. You
can change the default to any year prior to 1930 if you wish. For example, if you have a person in your
file who was born in 1921 and is still living, you can change the default to 1920 so that their full name
will not be displayed When there are no birth or christening dates, the WorldConnect program attempts
to approximate the year of birth from other information in the GEDCOM file.
Clean means the entries for living individuals will be displayed in WorldConnect but
the given names will be replaced with the word "living." The advanced user setup/edit form gives
you a multitude of ways to protect the privacy of the living in your file. Included are the choices to
treat tags as notes or to remove specific tags. You will find a listing of common tags here.
Remove means your family tree will not display entries for any living individuals. You will
still need to determine how you want notes, source information, and tags to be shown for those who are
You have additional options to protect the privacy of the living, including removing notes or source
information from display.
You may also remove specific GEDCOM tags or request the program's living
finder to treat specific tags as notes. If you list more than one tag, separate them with a comma, but
leave no spaces (for example, CAUS,BAPM,BAPT).
Excluding specific individuals
Other researchers may ask you to remove their name(s) from your file. You can remove specific individuals
from your file, remove specific individuals and their descendants, or mark specific individuals as living
by using the "individuals to remove" section of the advanced user setup/edit form.
Go into your file and locate the individual's number, then list that number in this section listing one
entry per line. If you want to remove an individual and all his/her descendants, you
will need to do two entries (two lines) as in the fourth example shown below.
Removal of an individual, or his descendants, has no effect on the display of a spouse; they must be removed
||removes individual I0001
||removes descendants of I0001
removes descendants of I0001, and adds a comment to the entry for example, a comment
reading "this person requested that they be removed"
|removes individual I0001 ("center" line), and his/her descendants (second line)
||marks individual I0001 as living
||marks descendants of I0001 as living
If you wish, you can add a message that will be attached to each of the living
individuals in your file. For example, "Living individual, some details
If you are changing the options for an existing file, leave the location of
your file blank on the user setup/edit form. You only need to upload your file
when you have made a change to the content of the file.