Posted By:Bill Buchanan
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Subject:Re: Gedcom Trouble
Post Date:September 17, 2010 at 20:31:02
Message URL:http://genforum.genealogy.com/paf/messages/4479.html
Forum:Personal Ancestral File Forum
Forum URL:http://genforum.genealogy.com/paf/

David,

A gedcom file is just a text file that follows certain specifications. Try opening the gedcom from the File menu of in a text editor or word processor, (or right-click the file and select Open With ... and select a text editor such as Notepad).

It should start off like this:

0HEAD
1 SOUR PAF
2 NAME Personal Ancestral File
2 VERS 5.2.18.0
2 CORP The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
3 ADDR 50 East North Temple Street
4 CONT Salt Lake City, UT 84150
4 CONT USA
1 DEST PAF
1 DATE 27 Feb 2009
2 TIME 08:57:16
1 FILE [name of your file].ged
1 GEDC
2 VERS 5.5
2 FORM LINEAGE-LINKED

If your gedcom does not start like this, it is not a gedcom file.

The basic procedure in PAF is File menu > Export > Partial > Select > (select the deceased individuals to include) > OK > (remove check marks from any data you do not want included) > Export > (select a name and location for the file, removing the "*" from the name) > Export > OK.

If you want to include everyone, you can skip the selection process, but you don't want to upload living people's data to Ancestry.

Please let us know if this helped.