The GEDCOM specification

The GEDCOM specification

Kiwitrees family history software uses the GEDCOM specification (5.5.1) as the main structure for storing and displaying your family history records.
GEDCOM was developed by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church) to provide a flexible, uniform format for exchanging computerized genealogical data. GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmmunication. Its purpose is to encourage sharing of genealogy information and to provide a common platform for genealogists, historians, and other researchers to use in software products.

For more information about GEDCOM, there is an excellent Wikipedia article at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GEDCOM.

The GEDCOM specification

Download a copy here: GEDCOM 5.5.1 file or read by clicking the link below.
Below is a list of all GEDCOM tags recognised by Kiwitrees. Most can be edited easily through the software edit screen (GUI). A few of the more obscure ones from other software products can only be edited using the “Edit raw GEDCOM data” option.

Search any field, or part of a field using the search box; or filter on any column by entering a value in one or more of the filter boxes at the foot of the list.

The codes in the “Source” column represent where the tags originated from:

GED 5.5.1 The current GEDCOM specification
Kiwitrees Specific for Kiwitrees only
AQ Ancestral Quest
BKW Brother’s Keeper (Windows)
FamHer Family Heritage
FO Family Origins
FTM Family Tree Maker (DOS)
FTW Family Tree Maker (Windows)
Gen Generations
Leg Legacy
PAF Personal Ancestral File
Reunion Reunion for the MAC
Roots III Roots III
RM RootsMagic
TMG The Master Genealogist


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