Posted By:Dave Goertz
Subject:Re: GEDCOM File With Living vs Dates
Post Date:October 19, 2011 at 09:07:16
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Forum:Personal Ancestral File Forum
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19 Oct. 2011

Your reply reminded me that I had overlooked a step. Once the export menu is opened, the default setting is to export to another PAF file. For a GEDCOM, you have to drop down and click on the "Other GEDCOM 5.5" button and select a character set type. UTF-8 seems to work with most other genealogy programs. If you don't click on the "Other GEDCOM 5.5" button, the program just makes another PAF database file, and that may have been the source of your problem in the past.

And once the GEDCOM is created, the only way to check it is to import it into a new PAF database, although the GEDCOM file itself is readable by an editing program such as Wordpad on a Windows system. The Notepad program doesn't always get the formatting right.

If you have created another PAF file with the dates removed from the living, but wish to send the data to someone else, you can export to GEDCOM from the new PAF file, and because the dates have already been removed from the living, no special action should be needed.

From what I've seen, PAF does not put in the word "Living" in place of the dates. You just get the person in the file, but with no dates whatsoever and the presence of the name tells you that the person is still alive. I've never seen a method to make the program actually flag the person as "Living".