Exchange your genealogy

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Exchange your genealogy

Import data in GEDCOM format

The GEDCOM exchange format stands for Genealogical Data Communication. Almost all genealogy software programs recognize this universal format.

Import to a new file

1. From the Heredis Home Page, choose the GEDCOM File in the Open menu and click OK.
2. The GEDCOM file must have the extension .ged to be recognized by Heredis. Select the file and click Open.
3. Save the new Heredis file to be created and wait while Heredis ana­lyzes the data.
4. Check the information found in the GEDCOM file (quantity of data, structure of places). Open each field of places, to change, if neces­sary, the type of data it contains.
5. Complete the import options by ticking the information you want to find in your Heredis file (images, sources). You may add a source common to all events imported. In this case, tick the box and fill in the name of the source. Then click (PC) Done; (MAC) Import.

Import to an existing file

1. Choose File > Import > GEDCOM File.
2. Select the file (it must have the extension .ged to be recognized by Heredis), then click Open.
3. Check the information found in the GEDCOM file (quantity of data, structure of places). Open each field of places, to change, if neces­sary, the type of data it contains.
4. Complete the import options by ticking the information you want to find in your Heredis file (images, sources). You may add a source common to all events imported. In this case, tick the box and fill in the name of the source. Then click (PC) Done; (MAC) Import.
5. After importing the GEDCOM data, you must create the links that will connect imported persons to those already present in the main file.

Import Heredis data

Importing Heredis data to an existing file allows you to connect a new branch created in a separate file by yourself or by a family mem­ber.
1. Choose File > Import > Heredis File.
2. Select the Heredis file. Only files created with the Blue Suite may be merged (Mac file or Windows folder with the extension .hmw).
3. Click Open.
4. After importing the new data, you must create links that will connect the imported persons to those already present in the main file.


Export data

You export your data to exchange them. If you want to transmit data to other genealogists who do not have Heredis for reading them, or if they are using an older version of Heredis, use the GEDCOM format. To share with other users of the Blue Suite or to create branch files for your own use, use the Heredis export.

Info • Use the Sync function to transfer complete files to other peo­ple who have their device near to you or on a removable storage device (USB flash drive or external hard drive).

Export in GEDCOM format

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.

Export a Heredis file

1. Choose File > Export > Heredis File.
2. Identify the persons and types of data to be exported.
3. Click Export.
4. Name the new file and choose where the file should be saved.

For further details on how to export your file, see Export Heredis data; Export a GEDCOM.