How do you open a .ged file?

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How do you open a .ged file?

Postby Tessa78 » 24 Nov 2009, 21:56

I have downloaded a .ged file but find that I can't open it. Is there freeware out there that I can download to help me open the file?
Any suggestions would be appreciated. :)

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Re: How do you open a .ged file?

Postby justjw » 24 Nov 2009, 22:31

"GEDCOM, an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication, is a de facto specification for exchanging genealogical data between different genealogy software. " (from wikipedia)

Download the free PAF ("Personal Ancestral File") program from :
http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp (the link is on the right below the picture)

and you can import the .ged file into there and view its contents.

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Re: How do you open a .ged file?

Postby Tessa78 » 25 Nov 2009, 01:13

Thanks so much. I'm ready to give it a try...

T.

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Re: How do you open a .ged file?

Postby Italysearcher » 25 Nov 2009, 19:20

You don't 'open' a GEDCOM file. You 'import' into a Family Tree program. PAF is good but there are lots of others and you may even already own one.
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Re: How do you open a .ged file?

Postby liviomoreno » 26 Nov 2009, 06:54

A GEDCOM file is a text file and, as Italysearcher said, the best thing to do is to import it in a Genealogy program, however you may also open it with Notepad, or any other program able to read a text file.

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Re: How do you open a .ged file?

Postby Italysearcher » 26 Nov 2009, 17:52

I did not know that. Thanks.
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Re: How do you open a .ged file?

Postby Tessa78 » 27 Nov 2009, 19:14

Italysearcher and Livio...

Thanks to both of you...I've learned something new.

T.


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