[Genealogy Research Club] Re: sourcing info from Chris
- Hi Chuck
A GEDCOM is a generic formated genealogy file that is able to be read
into any number of different programs and displayed as a family
tree. It's become a standard format since the advent of computerized
genealogy. If I were to send you a GEDCOM file done out of Legacy,
you would be able to open it and display all the information in
Family Tree Maker or any of the other programs out there. It
condenses the information as well, making it an easy format to use as
a backup. It will not, however, save any of your photos if you have
embedded them into your tree.
Hope this helps and if I can answer any other questions, please let
--- In email@example.com, Chandler s Parsons
> I'm just starting on this genealogy pathway and collecting tips onbeginning
> working the hobby.
> My question is what is a GEDCOM?
> On Sat, 11 Oct 2003 19:17:11 -0500 fplum@j... writes:
> Interesting thread, although I seemed to have missed out on the
> of it.several
> Here's my situation. I keep an extended GEDCOM which I share on
> websites. I do this by looking for other GEDCOMs which containmembers
> of my family. I then download the entire GEDCOM and merge it intomine.
> I receive emails saying I am related to so and so, and I have
> or corrections to your information, would you be interested. Mostof
> these concern people I have never heard of but I try to answer allof
> them and graciously accept any information that they have.which
> But the quickest way to get me to ignore you is when I get emails
> state: This information is all wrong and I don't see any sources,how
> dare you publish information about my family without any sources.(of
> course, it's already published with wrong information and withoutalways
> I don't have time to source 37,000 individuals. People should
> keep in mind that GEDCOMs are always secondary sources and shouldnot be
> accepted as fact with out further research.from
> The good news is that a get a lot more email from the former then
> the latter. Fortunately as far as my direct family I am gettingsome
> much sourcing that I am back logged cataloging it all.Service.
> Hope this gives people something to think about.
> Forrest Plumstead
> Researching: Plumstead Risser Schroeder Senne Thayer
> Quaker Families:Heald Hobson Hollingsworth Mendenhall Ross
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