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What Is GEDCOM?

GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication. It is a data standard for exchanging genealogical data between different genealogy software programs and platforms. It was developed in the early 1980s by the LDS Church.

Most genealogy management software supports importing and exporting GEDCOM data, however the standard has not been updated since 1996 so it does have its limits. It is a good way to export a family group to share with a research cousin. When used to move from one genealogy program to another, be prepared for a lot of cleanup work.

You can learn more about GEDCOM and how it’s used in the Ancestry.com Learning Center.

Writing Genealogical Queries

Before you post a genealogy query online, think about how easy you are making it for someone else to help you. Ideal queries provide a summary of what you know. Potential helpers may be less likely to help if they have to post a series of follow up questions to really know what you know and what you don’t.

For a list of query writing suggestions, check out this post on Rootdig.

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