General Resources


The pages below are a general collection of information we have found useful, informative, or just plain fun, while researching Our Family records. More will be added from time to time.


The GEDCOM Standard (ver. 5.5.1)

The software we use for the family trees here is based on the near-universal standard for recording Family History known as a GEDCOM file.

GEDCOM was developed by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church) to provide a flexible, uniform format for exchanging computerized genealogical data. GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmmunication. Its purpose is to foster the sharing of genealogical information and the development of a wide range of inter-operable software products to assist genealogists, historians, and other researchers.

The full specification can be viewed or downloaded from this link: pdfGEDCOM Standard 5.5.1

For more information about GEDCOM, there is an excellent Wikipedia article at: