Heiner Eichmann's GEDCOM 5.5 Sample Page
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what's new (2007-01-16)?
I've created a few GEDCOM 5.5 sample files. They are free and you can use them
for whatever you want. Just click on the topic you are interested in.
Most files are zipped because they are no standard ASCII-files. You need
an unzipper like
WinZip to uncompress them.
What is GEDCOM?
GEDCOM is (mainly) a file format for the exchange of genealogical data. It
is published by the Family History Department of
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which
also holds the copyright. If not otherwise noted all samples are based
on the GEDCOM 5.5 (2 January 1996) manual, which ccould be downloaded
ftp://gedcom.org/pub/genealogy/gedcom/Standard/Ged5-5-0/ . A HTML version is availible at:
You can contact
the Family History Department via:
Family History Department GEDCOM Coordinator-3T Telephone:
801-240-4534, 801-240-5225, 50 East North Temple Street,
Salt Lake City, UT 84150, USA
What is ANSEL?
The GEDCOM standard allows only three character sets for the transmission of genealogical data:
ASCII, ANSEL and UNICODE. ASCII is very easy to implement but contains no special characters.
UNICODE is clearly the future but right now not supported very much.
ANSEL (ANSI Z39.47-1993)
is somewhere in between. Unfortunately there is no other widely used software using ANSEL.
On this site you can find:
A discussion on how to convert ANSEL to Unicode
An ANSEL to Unicode converter (IBM PC and Linux)
Purpose of this page
This sample transmissions are usefull for
developers, who want to test their GEDCOM import routines and
users, who want to test the GEDCOM import capabilities of their software.
I have not tested if any program can read this samples. I've just created
them using the GEDCOM documentation cited above. I've tested the ASCII
samples using the
program, also published by the Family History department. All my ASCII
samples have passed this test without an error.
The copyright of the used material is stated above. I do not take any
responsibility for any material on this server. If you are using the
files noted here, you are doing it on your own risk. All the samples here
are free. Use them for any purpose you wish as long as you do not charge
anything for it.
If you have a comment or found a bug, post questions into the newsgroup
you post something referring this page please forward it to
firstname.lastname@example.org because I do not read this newsgroup any more.
The sample files (finally)
The most simple GEDCOM transmission (as a starter)
A huge GEDCOM transmission containing most of the allowed fields (to test the parser)
Simple GEDCOM transmissions using different line terminators (a GEDCOM detail)
GEDCOM transmissions using different character sets (to test the charset capability)
Last modification: 2003-09-08