Places Please!

After a number of software migrations, my genealogy data has found a delightfully function home at MacFamilyTree/MobileFamilyTree. They recently released version 8 with some impressive new features and useful updates to existing ones. I found the places management updates especially interesting since that area of my database needs work – a lotta work. Over the last ten years my data has moved…

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Places Please!

After a number of software migrations, my genealogy data has found a delightfully function home at MacFamilyTree/MobileFamilyTree. They recently released version 8 with some impressive new features and useful updates to existing ones. I found the places management updates especially interesting since that area of my database needs work – a lotta work.

Over the last ten years my data has moved from Roots Magic on Windows to Reunion on Mac before finding its happy home here. We all know what a migration can do to our data. Mine is finally looking pretty good – except for places. MacFamilyTree’s latest update is the kick I needed to tackle them. Continue reading “Places Please!”

What Is GEDCOM?

GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication. It is a data standard for exchanging genealogical data between different genealogy software programs and platforms. It was developed in the early 1980s by the LDS Church.

Most genealogy management software supports importing and exporting GEDCOM data, however the standard has not been updated since 1996 so it does have its limits. It is a good way to export a family group to share with a research cousin. When used to move from one genealogy program to another, be prepared for a lot of cleanup work.

You can learn more about GEDCOM and how it’s used in the Ancestry.com Learning Center.