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GEDCOM
GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunications. 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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What is a GEDCOM
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Submitting Your Family Tree

Fields in your genealogy file (birth, marriage, baptism, death, etc.) have corresponding GEDCOM tags (BIRT, MARR, BAPM, etc.). Below is a listing of GEDCOM tags that you may see in your genealogy program. The designation LDS refers to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

TAG:
 
REPRESENTS:
 
ABBRAbbreviation for a name or title
ADDRAddress, usually mailing address
ADR1First line of an address
ADR2Second line of an address
ADOPAdoption
AFNAncestral File number (LDS)
AGEAge at time of event
ALIAAlias
ANULAnnulment
ARVLArrival
AUTHAuthor of the information
BAPLLDS baptism
BAPMBaptism
BARMBar Mitzvah
BASMBas (or Bat) Mitzvah
BIRTBirth
CASTCaste
CAUSCause of event, such as death
CENSCensus
CHILChild -- natural or adopted
CHRChristening
CHRAAdult Christening
CITYCity
CONCContinue with the previous text; do not leave spaces
CONFConfirmation
CONLLDS Confirmation
CTRYCountry (name or code)
DATEDate
DEATDeath
DESCDescendants
DIVDivorce
DIVFDivorce filed
DSCRPhysical description of a person, place, or thing
EDUCEducation
EMIGEmigration
ENDLEndowment (LDS)
ENGAEngagement
EVENEvent (noteworthy event)
EVENT1-13     _Fa1 through _Fa13 (FTW fact fields in Family Tree Maker)
FCOMFirst Communion
FOSTFoster
GIVNGiven name
GRADGraduation
HUSBHusband
ILLEIllegitimate
IMMIImmigration
INDIIndividual
LANGLanguage
LEGALegatee
LVGLiving
MARBMarriage banns
MARCMarriage contract
MARLMarriage license
MARRMarriage
MARSMarriage settlement
MISCMiscellaneous
NAMEName
NATINationality
NATUNaturalization
NICKNickname
NOTEAdditional information
NPFXName prefix
NSFXName suffix (Jr. or Sr., for example)
OCCUOccupation
ORDIOrdinance (religious)
ORDLOrdination (LDS)
ORDNOrdination (non-LDS)
PHONPhone number
PLACPlace
POSTPostal code
PRIVPrivate
PROBProbate
RACERace
RELIReligion (denomination)
RESIResidence
RETIRetirement
SEXSex (male or female)
SLGCSealing of a child (LDS)
SLGSSealing of a spouse (LDS)
SOURSource
SPFXSurname prefix
SSNSocial Security number
STAEState
STILStillborn
SUBMSubmitter
SURNSurname
TELTelephone Number
TEMPTemple (LDS)
TIMETime
TITLTitle
WIFEWife
WILLWill
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