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And Now … GEDCOM 3.0! - Blog entry by lkessler - 1 day ago

Brian Madsen came through and it was worth the wait. This is the earliest GEDCOM standard yet that has been rediscovered. Regarding the copyright, I did have an email conversation with Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist in November 2014 about it. Her opinion to me was: “the Church … distributed its ...

GEDCOM 5.0 Rediscovered - Blog entry by lkessler - 3 days ago

Further adventures in the attempt to rediscover the long lost early GEDCOM standards have once again come up with something significant. You may or may not remember that just over a year ago, I started this venture: Newly Rediscovered: GEDCOM 4.0 (and a bonus!) More GEDCOM Archaelogical Discoveries ...

RootsTech 2016 Random Thoughts - Blog entry by lkessler - 3 days ago

Although I’m not at #RootsTech this year, I’ve found this the easiest one yet to feel a part of from afar. The live streaming is better than ever, and the Twitter feeds I follow include dozens of people in attendance who are doing a great job with live updates and links to blog posts about the event. On ...

How to Program Dates for Genealogy - Blog entry by lkessler - 1 Feb 2016

Dates in genealogy are messy. Four years ago, I wrote a series of posts on some of the aspects of dates as defined by GEDCOM and some of the bad dates you see in GEDCOM files in the wild: Sort of a Date How About a Date? Out on a Bad Date In a recent post by on the RootsDev Google Group, Gary Stanley ...

My 1000’th Blog Post - Blog entry by lkessler - 17 Jan 2016

Well, it took a little longer for me than the other prolific genealogical bloggers who I follow, but I’ve finally reached this milestone with this post. So a time to look back at the 1000 posts. My first post was on November 7, 2002. It was a short one just to get started. That was over 13 years ago and ...

SEX is Mostly Known - Blog entry by lkessler - 16 Jan 2016

My last post took a look at the SEX tag in GEDCOM and came up with a way to guess at it when it is not specified. Tamura Jones challenged me and thought that records that do not state the sex are rare. He asked how useful is trying to figure it out for other cases, and I should stop after my rule number 1. ...

Sex in GEDCOM - Blog comment by lkessler - 15 Jan 2016

Very likely! I missed that because GEDCOM 5.5.1 does not refer to "U" as "UNKNOWN" but as "Undetermined from available records and quite sure that it can’t be". GEDCOM 5.5 only allowed M=Male and F=Female and had size 7. It did not allow U or Unknown. But GEDCOM 5.4 allowed M=Male and F=Female and ...

Sex in GEDCOM - Blog entry by lkessler - 14 Jan 2016

I have come across a need to check out the SEX tag in GEDCOM. Some of the new DNA features I’m finishing up for the next version of Behold make important use of the sex of the individual. Determining autosomal, X, Y and mitochondrial DNA shares between two individuals is much less accurate when the sex of ...

A New Notation for DNA Relationships?? - Blog comment by lkessler - 5 Jan 2016

cp: I have about 4 books on genealogy numbering in my library, including one by Richard Pence which Mark Forkham refers to. Like Mark, I'm not really enamored by any of the traditional numbering systems, especially when you are combining going up the tree and going down. Mark's is a good attempt, Thanks ...

2016 and Looking Forward - Blog entry by lkessler - 2 Jan 2016

It’s a new year. I was very happy to complete the tabulation of the GenSoftReviews Users Choice Awards for 2015 and send out the Press Release about it, which so far only James Tanner has posted about it (also here). Usually that takes me a full day to take the results, make up the new badges, and manually ...