Creating a GEDCOM

All major family tree software programs support the creation of GEDCOM files. Creating a GEDCOM file does not overwrite your existing data or change your existing file in any way. Instead, a new file is generated by "exporting."

Exporting a GEDCOM file is easy to do with any family tree software by following the basic instructions below. You can also find more detailed instructions in your genealogy software's manual or help system.

These instructions will work for most family tree software programs.

  1. Launch your family tree program and open your genealogy file.
  2. In the top-left hand corner of your screen, click the File menu.
  3. Select either Export or Save As...
  4. Change the Save as Type or Destination drop-down box to GEDCOM or .GED.
  5. Select the location where you'd like to save your file (make sure it's one you can easily remember).
  6. Enter a filename such as 'JimMackaySC' (the program will automatically add the .ged extension).
  7. Click Save or Export.
  8. Some type of confirmation box will appear stating that your export has succeeded.
  9. Click OK.
  10. If your genealogy software program does not have the ability to protect the privacy of living individuals all is not lost. The Mackay Project site will hide the names of individuals marked as Living.



Need more information? See below for specific instructions for some popular programs.

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