Export a GEDCOM

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Export a GEDCOM

If you wish to submit your genealogy to a correspondent who does not have Heredis you have to export your file in a Gedcom file.

In either GEDCOM or Heredis export, you can select the data to be exported: exclude confidential persons, restrict to one branch or exclude living persons.

1. Choose File > Export > GEDCOM File.
2. Indicate the persons and types of data to be exported.

Info • Tick the Create a folder for media box to accompany the GEDCOM file with a folder containing all media attached to the exported data. The paths of the media listed in the GEDCOM file match the media in this folder.

3. Complete the information concerning the sender of the file. This allows the person receiving the file to identify you and to be able to contact you if necessary.
4. Choose the character set for data to be exported:

  • Mac: characters readable by all Mac software.
  • Windows (ANSI): use this format if you know the recipient of the file uses Windows software.
  • UTF-8: use this format to preserve all special characters. This is a recent universal file format. But note, some genealogy software programs do not support this format.

5. Click Export.
6. Give a name to the new file and choose where the file should be saved. Heredis proposes the same folder as your genealogy file. To select a different location, choose a location in your file directory. If your file directory is not visible, click the disclosure triangle to the right of the Save As… field.

Select the data to be exported

The options for the exported file in GEDCOM or Heredis format are identical. They concern the persons included in the file and the type of data considered.

Select the branches concerned

PC exporting a GEDCOM File

MAC Exporting a GEDCOM file

1. Select branches from the export screen: All People – Ancestors – Descendants – Ancestors & Descendants.
2. Choose the number of generations of ancestors, of descendants, or both.
3. Specify the number of collaterals for the ancestor branches. Heredis goes back down the branch line for each direct ancestor to include them in the exported file.

  • 0 = only direct ancestors are exported (with spouses).
  • 1 = you export the direct ancestors with all their children and their spouses.
  • 2 = you export the direct ancestors, their children and grandchil­dren, along with their spouses.
  • 3 = you also add their great-grandchildren, etc.

Info • Remember to check who is the primary person displayed before making a branch export.

Select the persons to be included in an export file

1. Tick all the boxes to include all persons saved in the file.
2. To prevent the export of certain types of people, untick the appropri­ate boxes.
3. To export data partially, make your selection from the export screen.

Confidential Persons: you may export all the information of confi­dential persons, or their surname only, or their surname and given names. You can also export all people by hiding the data. The recip­ient of your file will only know that such a person in a given place in the line existed, without knowing any information about him/her.

Persons Born Less Than … Years Ago: select the number of years to be considered for export of contemporaries. Type a value or use the arrows to change the proposed value. To prevent the export of Persons Born Less Than … Years Ago specify the value and untick the box.

Info • It is possible to exclude a branch from the exported file. Declare the person at the base of this branch as Marked, then untick Marked Persons in the export screen.

Select the types of data for export

1. Tick the boxes to include the different types of data in the exported file.
2. If you want to include notes (person notes, family notes or event notes), specify the export format of the text depending on the software to be used by your recipient.

  • Preserve Text Format (RTF)
  • No Formatting (Plain Text).