These inexpensive computer programs automatically pull the information from your GEDCOM file (the universal family tree file format) and turn it into attractive. GEDCOM is readable. It’s not understandable, but you can read it. It’s a list, with keywords and values. The keywords aren’t all obvious, such as * SOUR is. GEDCOM is a text file so you can open in any text editors. To convert into PDF. 1. Open GEDCOM file in notepad. 2. Press Control A and select all,copy it. 3.

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It may be an “Ancestors of” report from an e-correspondent or a carefully preserved typescript from a family member who has passed on. I’ve always imagined heaven, for us genealogists, to be the place where you can hedcom finish your research: I’m your 4th great grandson! Now tell me – who were your parents? Back here on earth, the people with the file want to be able to put the data into their genealogy program’s database without typing it all over again.

The easiest way, if the person who sent you the text is still alive and still speaking to you, is to ask them to send you the data again, only this time in GEDCOM gercom. If that is not an option, it is physically possible to transform a file into GEDCOM, but it is a lot of work and it requires a fair amount of skill with a word processing program or Excel. Even then, it is a lot of work, because you’ll have to link cinvert up afterwards. Your best results come if the original file uses a prose style that is obsessively consistent and duller than dirt.

If, for example, John’s sister “first saw the light of day on 01 September ” and his brother “gave joy to his parents on 01 November “, you have more substituting to do than if they were both “born on”, as John was. Spreadsheets are a little easier in some ways, but they have their own problems. Before we start the step-by-step, you should know Word has a trick or two up its sleeve. You can take special characters out by replacing them with null or a space.


You can put special characters in by changing a given character string to the same one with the additional special character.

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If the text editor you are using can’t deal with tabs and line breaks, you should stop reading now, because you won’t be able to do this. Step one is to create a sample. Start your genealogy program and add someone false.

I use Arnold Aardvark. Give him one of each fact present in your text file; born, died, buried, died of, military service, graduated from, will probated on dateand gedco on. Give him a two-paragraph note, too.

That comes up later. That will show you what you are shooting for. Don’t give Arnold a spouse, a child or a parent. The next part assumes you have a text file or word document. Excel spreadsheets come after this. I’m putting the replacement strings in courier font for clarity, but the digit “1” and the lower-case “L” look A LOT alike. Note the space in front of the “was”, too. As you can see, we’re getting somewhere. We still have to replace the word ” in “, in front of Pocatello, with “2 PLAC” to get the birthplace fact straight.

We have to cope with the other facts.

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I treat notes below. When we finish, we have to go back and change the convrrt ” in the level 0 INDI record to sequential numbers. It is a long process. If you are handy with Word macros, you can automate the process somewhat. EDT is the finest text editor known to man, in my opinion. Excel lets you add columns of data, which helps.

Some go of it have problems saving spreadsheets as text files when lines in the text file are over or characters, which hinders. I’m going to go through the name part of converting an Excel spreadsheet to a GEDCOM file and leave the other facts as an exercise to the reader.

Excel has some limited text manipulating abilities.

For example, if a cell has text in it, you can find out where the last space is. This should be the space before the surname, gedcmo matter how many given names your individual has. Once you find out where the space is, you can tell Excel to copy the text from that last space to the end of the cell into a second column, thus isolating the surname. If any of your individuals have a ot surname “St. John”change it to one word with an underscore.


Use the Excel functions to insert new columns in your spreadsheet, filling them with selected text from the original cells or with literals. Cell B1 in the spreadsheet above has in it.

That would give your individuals unique numbers. After you get the columns arranged, tk the Excel spreadsheet as a text file. You may have to replace a slash followed by a space with a slash alone, or do other clean-up chores. If you saved the spreadsheet as a space-delimited text file, replace every instance of two spaces in a row to one gedcim. Save the file again. Here is a sample: You could put “Acme Software Gedfom in the corporation record, if you were feeling puckish, without affecting anything.

The trailer is just one record; it tells your importing program that is has come to the end: Here is an example: When those seven fo get imported, they will become two paragraphs separated by a blank line. Once they are in your database, the two paragraphs will word-wrap, if, for instance, you change the size or font of their window. Create a new, empty database.

LST, which will have your errors. GED and try again. Once you get most of the people and gedom of the facts into your genealogy program, you’ll have to link everyone to each other. All genealogy programs work a little differently, but when you add a spouse, child or parent, they ask if you want to link to someone already there, or enter a new person.

You’ll want to link. I hope this helps. Excel Excel lets you add columns of data, which helps. Covnert say you have a spreadsheet: