The full text of this article is available to Plus members only.
For full access to all of our articles, please Join or Log In.
Not a Plus Member?
Now What: The Joys of Gedcoms
How do I get a GEDCOM file? Do I have to buy it, download it or what?
Q. How do I get a CEDCOM file? Do I have to buy it, download it or what?

A. GEDCOM is a computer file format that lets genealogists swap information about their ancestors. The format's compatible with all genealogy software, so no matter what program you use, you can open GEDCOMs created with another program — and other researchers can open your files.

You don't have to buy a GEDCOM, but you do need a genealogy program to create or open one. You can't use GEDCOMs in other types of software, such as word processors (Word or WordPerfect) or Web browsers (Internet Explorer). You can get a GEDCOM file several ways:

To continue reading this article
Share |
Did you enjoy this article?
Please share it!
Recent Blog Posts »
Recent Articles »

Free Genealogy Downloads

©  F+W All rights reserved.