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Computer Tips : What is an Ged Com File Can you tell me
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From: Stacey Girl  (Original Message)Sent: 1/21/2004 5:04 AM
Can anyone here tell me what a Ged Com File is and how do you retrieve info from a file that someone wants to send to you Thank you Stacey Girl


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From: GordonSent: 1/22/2004 5:04 AM
 
this should help

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From: Stacey GirlSent: 1/22/2004 5:28 PM
Thank you Stacey Girl

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From: MelodySent: 1/22/2004 10:23 PM
When I was a new one at genealogy, I would go to sites that explained terms, such as gedcoms, read it, and not understand what was being said.  So maybe the information at the above site is a little hard to understand, I don't know.  But this was the easiest way for me to understand gedcoms.
 
My main database for genealogy files is Family Tree Maker.  Others might use the Ancestry program, the Latter Day Saints Progam (PAF), Sierra, or some other program.  Whatever program you use has it's own features that work only with like programs.  Without a gedcom your files probably aren't compatible with mine, unless you use the same program I use.  If I wanted to send you my information, I would probably have to put it in an Outline Tree, copy and paste it into WordPad or something like that, or even right on an email page.  Then you would have to manually enter the information into your files.
 
The Latter Day Saints, I believe, are the ones who figured out gedcoms.  This is a program inside your program that makes your files generic.  In other words, able to be sent from say someone using  PAF to someone using Rootmagic.   When the file reaches the intended party, they are able to open it with their own program.
 
Each program gives you the option to convert your files to gedcom.  Look through your instructions on how to do it.
 
For my Family Tree Maker, I go to "Copy Export Family File."  Where it says "save as type" I use the drop down box and click on GedCom.  Name your file, of course, save it to where you can find it, and it can be sent as an attachment.
 
I hope this helps.

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From: MelodySent: 1/22/2004 10:36 PM
Oh, how to retrieve it:
For FTM
 
File
Open
Look in (where you saved it after it was sent to you)
enter file name
drop down to "Files of type".....Gedcom
 
Your program should open it.  
 
You might have to do the same to get back to your original file, but rather than Gedcom, enter your file type.  For my Family Tree Maker,  I would chose "Family Tree Maker for Windows."
 
I remember when I first started 4 years ago, I thought the gedcom had erased my own files when I opened it.  Boy did I panic until I figured out what happened.  If you can't find it for some reason, use your "find" function on your computer.
 
By experience...be very very careful about merging.  Gedcom gives you the opportunity to merge that person's work into your own.  It can cause havoc...made my daddy my own cousin a number of times (because he was) as well causing a lot of other problems.
 

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Melody Thank you for your answer to my question.I appreciate any help that I can get since everyday I am learning something new.Have a good day.Read both of your answers so I am replying to both Thanks  again Stacey Girl

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When I was a new one at genealogy, I would go to sites that explained terms, such as gedcoms, read it, and not understand what was being said.  So maybe the information at the above site is a little hard to understand, I don't know.  But this was the easiest way for me to understand gedcoms.
 
My main database for genealogy files is Family Tree Maker.  Others might use the Ancestry program, the Latter Day Saints Progam (PAF), Sierra, or some other program.  Whatever program you use has it's own features that work only with like programs.  Without a gedcom your files probably aren't compatible with mine, unless you use the same program I use.  If I wanted to send you my information, I would probably have to put it in an Outline Tree, copy and paste it into WordPad or something like that, or even right on an email page.  Then you would have to manually enter the information into your files.
 
The Latter Day Saints, I believe, are the ones who figured out gedcoms.  This is a program inside your program that makes your files generic.  In other words, able to be sent from say someone using  PAF to someone using Rootmagic.   When the file reaches the intended party, they are able to open it with their own program.
 
Each program gives you the option to convert your files to gedcom.  Look through your instructions on how to do it.
 
For my Family Tree Maker, I go to "Copy Export Family File."  Where it says "save as type" I use the drop down box and click on GedCom.  Name your file, of course, save it to where you can find it, and it can be sent as an attachment.
 
I hope this helps.

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