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GEDCOM Information

GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunications and is a file format specification that allows different genealogical software programs to share data with each other. It was developed by the Family and Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to provide a flexible, uniform format for exchanging computerized genealogical data. This standard is supported by Family Search™ Internet, by the family history products that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints produces, as well as by the vendors of most of the major genealogical software products.

GEDCOM files are merely TEXT files formatted in a special way, so they can easily be exchanged between Windows PC and Apple Macintosh users.

The acronym "PAF" stands for "Personal Ancestral File", a popular genealogy program published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which is available for MS/DOS and Windows personal computers and Apple Macintosh computers. Most genealogists use this programme to store and view their family trees.

You will need to convert the file in your genealogy program into GEDCOM format before it can be added to the Duerden Website. The conversion to a GEDCOM format results in a second file, with the file in your genealogy program remaining intact.

If you don't keep your family tree in a PAF, you can download this free software by clicking on the highlighted page below.

Scroll down and click on the "Personal Ancestry File" (on the left hand panel), then click on "English 5.2 Download" to load the software on to your computer.

FamilySearch - Family History Products - PAF