September 20, 2006

Yay Gedcom

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I’ve been working on my family tree on my second cousin’s website ( It’s been excellent, he’s put a lot of information on there and having it as an interactive source of information makes it a lot easier to read than loads of separate pages. Plus, since his surname is Christmas, it means that as represented by the software, I’m actually on the Christmas tree.

However, i wanted a bit more control over the editing of what i feel is my bit (the ancestors I have that aren’t his) since the information I’ve got keeps changing and I don’t want to hassle him with the changes, so I’ve set up a tree at I wasn’t looking forward to transferring across all the info. However, there seems to be a standard interoperable format for family trees called Gedcom. I downloaded my tree as a gedcom file, then uploaded it to, and all the information is there, every relative, the various sources. All in one go. You have to select a starting person (I picked me :#) and there’s a maximum of 8 generations so I’ll have to top it up where my tree goes back further than that. But dealing with so much in e-learning that isn’t interoperable, this just seems akin to magic. Just thought I’d share.

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