GED (GEDCOM Genealogy Data File)

The GED Data file format

GED files are database files that store information about family history and genealogical events. It is the standard format for GEDCOM (Genealogical Data Communications) genealogy. These databases are created to save data collected in order to track family histories.

Technical details of GED files

The family and genealogical data stored in the GED file is saved in a plain text format (ASCII). It is compatible with many different genealogy programs across various platforms and operating systems. The data in the GED file contains genealogically information and metadata that is used to link different records together.

More information about the GED file format

File extension .ged
File category Data
Associated programs Ages! (Windows)
Ancestral Author (Windows)
Behold (Windows)
GeneWeb (Windows, Mac & Linux)
Gramps (Windows, Mac & Linnux)
Leister Prodcustions Reunion (Mac)
LifeLines (Windows & Linux)
RootsMagic (Windows)
Taurus FamilyTree (Windows & Mac)
Thoughtful Creations Genbox Family History (Windows)
Useful links More about the GEDCOM GED file
Developer The LDS Church