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GEDCOM - Cyndi's List of Genealogical Sites on the Internet

GEDCOM (GEnealogical Data COMmunications) Listing of various GEDCOM related programs and information sources.


GEDCOM Explained

Dick Eastman Online 5/15/2002 - Article Archive  I frequently mention the acronym "GEDCOM" in this newsletter....


The GEDCOM Standard, Release 5.5

Prepared by the Family History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints





Family History and Genealogy Application Programs


Personal Ancestral File Software 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church) has free family tree software (Windows) you can try, too. This is really one of the best.  It is standardized and has the ability to grow with your needs.  It has multi-language support, including German, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Swedish.... 


Personal Ancestral File Software

PAF for Macintosh was continually updated until 1994. PAF 2.31 was the final release of the Macintosh version and only worked on Classic OS – OS 8.5 through OS 9.2.2. 


The Master Genealogist

The Master Genealogist (or "TMG") v8 is the gold standard in family history software. Used by novices and professional researchers alike, the latest version reinforces TMG's reputation as the most powerful family history project manager on the market while adding many new features to make it easier and fun to use.  Available in Silver and Gold Editions. Requires a Pentium 166 with 64 Megs of RAM (256 recommended) running Windows 2000, XP, Win7, or Vista. A screen resolution of at least 1024x768 is strongly recommended.


Family Matters, Genealogy Shareware

Family Matters is compatable with  Windows OS 95 and up. The award winning Family Matters is a full 32-bit Microsoft Access (MS Access 97) application (so savvy users can extend FM's capabilities). There is also a version for users of Access 2000 or better.  If you know how to use access, this is a great program.


Family Tree Maker

One of the first "user friendly GUI" on the market. Software has a free trial download for Family Tree Maker. It is one of the more widely used software packages. Excellent import and export capabilities.


Family Tree Maker for Mac 2

New Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 with TreeSync™ allows you to easily update your tree online from your desktop, your laptop, even your iPhone or iPad -- and then simply click to sync so your tree is always up to date...  Mac OS X 10.5 or later, including OS X Lion, Intel-based Mac, 2X CD-ROM (required for installation),  and All online features require Internet access.


Legacy Family Tree Software

Produced by the Millennia Corporation.  This company is giving away a free copy of the full retail version of the software for you to download and try. The navigation and several of the functions are more complicated than Family Tree Maker or Ancestral Quest.


Family Tree Legends

Family Tree Legends is a powerful and sophisticated genealogy program designed to make it easy for you to collect, display, and organize information about your family history. Whether it’s notes, medical facts, pictures, or multimedia files, Family Tree Legends provides you with a single tool to capture every bit of information about the history of your family. Available now FREE!  Windows 95, 98, 98 SE, ME, 2000, XP operating system.



Myblood-line is a comprehensive genealogy program.  The languages MyBlood installs are English, Dutch, French, German and some additional Google translations (Chinese, Japanese, Spanish...).  Myblood-line is developed for PC and Mac.  Mac OS X 10.4 or higher is required (Intel). Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 are all supported.


Genbox Family History

Genbox Family History offers you all the tools, with all the power and flexibility, that you have been wishing for in your genealogy software. Family tree charts, genealogy research reports, search, media, full source citations, and much more. Windows unknown versions.


Ancestral Quest

An exciting Windows program that makes it possible for anyone to do genealogy.  It is easy-to-learn, fun to use and packed with powerful features.  A Demo is available for download.



GEDitCOM II  is a new genealogy application for MacOS X that sets the standard for ease-of-use, for editing genealogy files, for a customizable user experience, and for power features allowing the greatest access to your genealogical data.



GEDitCOM is a customizable genealogy application for the Macintosh. It was first released in 1998. GEDitCOM is a Carbon application which requires MacOS 8.1 or newer (but it has not be tested outside MacOS X in a long time). With MacOS X, it runs as a native MacOS X application. In 2009, it was replaced by a completely rewritten application called GEDitCOM II.  The final release was GEDitCOM 3.82.  Legacy versions of GEDitCOM Formats and GEDitCOM Export Styles.



Gene is a shareware genealogy database for the Macintosh (OS 7.x-OS 9.2) written by David and Diana Eppstein. You can use Gene to store family data and notes, draw and print family trees and pedigree charts, create web pages from your database, and exchange GEDCOM data with users of other genealogy programs. Gene is capable of handling complicated databases with thousands of names, multiple marriages and divorces, adoptions, illegitimate children, and intermarriage between relatives.  Gene still runs well under the Classic environment (OS 9.2) of OS X, but Gene and BibGene are the only classic programs. 



Easily enter and then visualize your family history. Be it creating reports, diagrams or browsing your data in the innovative 3D view called Virtual Tree - MacFamilyTree offers a solution for every task. Get an overview of where you hail from and maybe enthuse your relatives about exploring your family's past at your upcoming family reunion. MacFamilyTree is the only Mac genealogy software that is FamilySearch Certified, enabling you to connect to the “Family Tree” on FamilySearch’s website.



PAW2U is the universal binary version of Personal Ancestry Writer II, aka PAWriter. It combines most of the features of the LDS Personal Ancestral File program (PAF) for the Macintosh, for which all development stopped a few years ago after release 2.3.1, with additional features that generate web pages in HTML, word processing files in RTF for example, AppleWorks, and desktop publishing files in MML for FrameMaker. PPC / Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 or later.



Reunion was originally a Windows-based software until version 5 in September 1997. Since then, Reunion has been built for Mac computers and has been one of the most popular among genealogists. Older Versions of Reunion. Reunion 9 is for OS X Only.  Reunion 8 was for OS X and OS 9.



All the abilities of the original PAF Insight but now you can sync your file with FamilySearch family tree ( Get My Ancestors and Ordinance Tracker are included in FamilyInsight tools.  Download Version Windows or Mac.  FamilyInsight is now compatible with these popular genealogy database programs.



RootsMagic is the award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy! Whether you're a beginner or an experienced professional, RootsMagic is the perfect tool for you!.  Genealogy software for researching, organizing, and sharing your family history! Made By RootsMagic.


RootsMagic Essentials

RootsMagic Essentials is a free genealogy program that contains many core features from the award-winning RootsMagic family tree software. Downloading RootsMagic Essentials is absolutely free and is the easiest way to start tracing your family tree!  Made By RootsMagic.


Personal Historian

Personal Historian is unique software that helps you write the story of your life and of other individuals. It breaks this seemingly monumental task into small, manageable pieces and then reconstructs it into a complete, publishable document.


Personal Historian Essentials

Personal Historian Essentials is free personal history writing software that offers many core features found in Personal Historian. Downloading Personal Historian Essentials is absolutely free and is the easiest way to start writing your personal history.


Family Atlas

Family Atlas, Genealogy Mapping & Publishing Software, is the fun and easy way to map your family history. Trace your ancestors migration around the world and pinpoint the sites of important family events. Import your family data directly from your genealogy software, then create and print personalized family maps.


Family Reunion Organizer

Family Reunion Organizer guides you from start to finish to plan that most-important of get-togethers. Organize your guest list, finances, schedule, and assignments. It even has ideas to keep guests of all ages entertained.



GenSmarts finds holes in your data and tells you how to fill them! It is a utility that uses artificial intelligence to analyze your existing genealogy file and produce research recommendations.


Progeny's Family Tree Maker Add-on Value Pack

Three of Progeny Software's most popular add-on products for Family Tree Maker users are bundled onto one CD for your easy use. Genelines is a powerful research and storytelling tool, World Place Advisor automatically checks your Family Tree Maker file for place name typos, missing counties, and other inaccuracies, and GEDmark enables you to mark each person in the GEDCOM file with the correct author information so you always have the source of the information stored with the correct people.  Compatible with Family Tree Maker Version 16 and earlier.



GenMerge is the fast, easy, safe way to find and merge duplicates in your family data. Whether you are working on a project with your sister or evaluating family trees from the internet, GenMerge is an important addition to your genealogy tool box.  Microsoft Windows ME, XP, Vista, 7.


Gen Viewer Applet 

The Gen Viewer Applet is a Java applet which allows you to browse a GEDCOM file from the web. This applet provides five different views of the genealogy data and offers views in English, Spanish, French, and Dutch.  You must have a Java enabled browser that supports Java 1.1.5 or higher.  As a Java application, it will run on any system that supports Java, including Windows, Mac, and Unix-like systems.


Gedcom Viewer

Gedcom Viewer opens a Gedcom (GEnealogical Data COMmunication) format file, exported from your Genealogy program, and displays the full family tree - all on a single screen, even for hundreds of people.  GEDCOM Viewer is a Java-based application that allows you to directly browse the contents of a GEDCOM file. As a Java application, it will run on any system that supports Java, including Windows, Mac, and Unix-like systems.



GENCatalog is a free program from MudCreek Software Inc., Genealogy Software Utilities to manage all of your genealogy files on your computer.  Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7 - both 32 and 64 bit versions.



GENMatcher from MudCreek Software Inc., Genealogy Software Utilities. Find common individuals between files.Find duplicates – keep your genealogy data clean.Side-by-side and color-coded formatting makes it easy to see differences in the details.Directly reads GEDCOM, PAF 3- 5, TMG 4, 5, 6 and 7 (The Master Genealogist), Family Tree Maker 2006 and previous versions, Legacy 3-7 files and RootsMagic 2 and 3.Compare files between any of the supported genealogy file formats. Files do not have to be the same format to be compared! No risk to your data: compare without needing to import.  Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7 - both 32 and 64 bit versions.



GENViewer from MudCreek Software Inc., Genealogy Software Utilities. The fastest way to view, search, and analyze your genealogy files.  Directly reads GEDCOM, PAF 3- 5, TMG 4, 5, 6, 7 (The Master Genealogist), Family Tree Maker 2006 and previous versions, Legacy 3-7 files and RootsMagic 2 and 3.  Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7 - both 32 and 64 bit versions.


GENViewer Lite

GENViewer Lite from MudCreek Software Inc., Genealogy Software Utilities, is a free limited-feature version of GENViewer. It directly reads GEDCOM, PAF 3-5, TMG 4, 5, 6 and 7 (The Master Genealogist), Family Tree Maker 2006 and previous versions, Legacy 3-7, RootsMagic 2 and 3 and Temple Submission genealogy files. This version only contains the General, Individual, and Family views.  Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7 - both 32 and 64 bit versions.





Gedcom Conversion to Other File Formats



Converts your genealogy information into attractive webpages which are easy to navigate and understand. Now Supports 11 languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Slovenian.



GEDCOM to HTML Converter. GedHTree is a program for Windows 95 through XP and Vista users that processes GEDCOM files to generate output pages in HTML format and photos. Share your family genealogy with others on the Web, by CD-ROM, etc. GedHTree is only available in English.



GED2HTML is a program that inputs genealogical data in GEDCOM format, and outputs a collection of HTML files suitable for presentation on the World Wide Web. The input format it accepts is based on the GEDCOM 5.5 standard. The output produced consists of HTML files containing the individual data, an index suitable for quickly locating an individual by name, an auxiliary surname index with links to the first individual with each surname, and a special index file suitable for use by automatic indexing programs. The output is highly configurable.



GEDmill is an easy-to-use program that lets you create webpages from your family history data. It accepts output from today's most popular family history programs and uses it to build elegant webpages.  GEDmill requires a PC running Windows XP, Vista, Windows 98SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000 or Windows 2003 (and Internet Explorer version 4 or above to display the program help screens.)



GedReporter is a tool that allows you to generate custom reports on information in a genealogy database.  GedReporter is primarily used as a supplement to your current genealogy tools.  The reports are generated by running scripts that manipulate data imported from a GEDCOM file. GEDCOM is a standard file format for sharing genealogy information between programs. All good genealogy programs will be able to export a GEDCOM file (See your program's documentation). The scripting language is a subset of Visual Basic and VBScript. Windows



Convert GEDCOM genealogical files ready for you to place your genealogy on the Internet or on DVD/CD-ROM's. You can convert to the following file formats HTML, CSV (Access, Excel, Open Office(Calc)), PHP (MySQL), XML and SQL(Oracle).



Sparrowhawk is a GEDCOM-to-HTML conversion program for the Macintosh. It is based on version 2.5a of Gene Stark's GED2HTML program for Windows and UN*X. Given a file in GEDCOM format, Sparrowhawk will create a set of linked HTML documents containing the genealogical information contained in the file. Within the constraints mentioned in the Known problems and limitations section (below), the output from Sparrowhawk is essentially identical to the output of GED2HTML 2.5.  Note: Sparrowhawk is old and obsolete. It was written before the days of Mac OS X and Intel Macs. It still works fine on older machines running System 7, Mac OS 8, or Mac OS 9. It also works okay in Classic on PowerPC Macs running OS X.





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