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In-Depth Review of GEDCOM File – What Is It & How To Use

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What Is A GEDCOM File?

GEDCOM stands for Genealogical Data Communications. It is a data structure that was created by the Church of Jesus Christ. GEDCOM file is used for storing and exchanging genealogical information between different genealogical software like Family Tree Maker, Ancestry, FamilySearch, and RootsMagic.

It is a simple plain text file like a notepad that contains the data related to genealogy and its metadata. Metadata means data about data. 

If you want to know more about this file then stay with this post. In this post, we will tell you important things about GEDCOM files, their model, and how can you make a GEDCOM file.


It works on a family tree-linked data model. This model is an evidence-based model where data is structured and reflects the supporting evidence. The current version of the GEDCOM is 7.0.11 1. It was released in November 2022.

How To Create A GEDCOM File?

Converting a family tree into a GEDCOM is easy. If you want to use or move your family tree on other genealogy software then you need a GEDCOM file so that you can easily move your family tree. If you want to create a GEDCOM file then please follow the given steps.

  • First, open your genealogy program and the family tree you want to submit.
  • Click on the File drop-down menu.
  • Select Save as or export. After that, a new window will display.
  • Choose the location on your system where you want to save your file.
  • Enter the file name.
  • Click on the Save button.
  • An export confirmation window will be displayed, click on the OK button. A family tree file will be saved on your computer as a GEDCOM file.
  • Repeat all the processes for each family tree. Remember that the name of each file should be unique otherwise, the old file is overwritten with the new file.


This is all the important information about the GEDCOM file. If you are still facing problems in the GEDCOM file then feel free to call the family tree maker support. Our toll-free number is +1-800-697-1474. For a free service, you can also use our live chat support service.

It is our free service that you can use for free and contact our tech support team members. They are always ready to assist you and solve your problem.

FAQ Questions

#Q1. How do I get a GEDCOM file?

Ans: Click on the tree tab from any page of your ancestry account page. From the tree, choose the tree tab menu and from there select the tree setting. There you will get an export option. Click on the button and you will get the GEDCOM file.

#Q2. What is GEDCOM and how does it work?

Ans: GEDCOM stands for Genealogical Data Communications. It takes a backup of your family tree in the form of .ged or .gdz on your computer or in the external drive. After this, you can easily install this backup file on another computer. 

#Q3. What is GEDCOM data mean?

Ans: GEDCOM stands for Genealogical Data Communications. It is a data structure file and the founder is the Church of Jesus Christ.

#Q4. Is RootsMagic 8 available?

Ans: Yes, RootsMagic 8 is available and you can also update it. Its updated version name is RootsMagic 8 Essentials.