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AFGS Presents the 25th Silver Anniversary Member Pedigree Book

GEDCOM - FAMILY TREE MAKER file

Frequently Asked Questions on this Project - FAQ
AFGS is presenting abbreviated information on creating GEDCOM files as a guide only.
Make sure you back up your data before creating any files. 
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IMPORTANT: Please submit any questions to Bill  before submitting the file to AFGS.  AFGS will process your GEDCOM file when received and incorporate it with the other GEDCOM files. We will not be able to make corrections after you submit the file.
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Family Tree Maker Version 10 software site also possibly earlier versions check the  help section in your version.
 
NOTE: These instruction are only for creating a 5 generation pedigree chart for AFGS. See your help file for the complete instruction on creating GED files. Important Always backup your database before creating files.
From the Family Tree Maker version 10 screen
Select View - Index of Individuals
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From  Index of Individuals menu
Select the person you want as number one on your pedigree chart. 
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Select OK
Select View - Ancestors Tree - Standard  (Important do not select Standard Pedigree Tree,  Select Standard only. )
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From the Standard Ancestors Tree
Right Click on the Standard Ancestors Tree chart
Select # of generations to show
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From the # of Generations to Show menu
Select 5 for the number of generations to show
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Select OK
From the Family Tree Maker version 10 screen
Select - File - Copy/Export Individuals in Ancestors Tree
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From Copy/Export Individuals in Ancestors Tree menu
In the section "Save in" make a note where you will be saving the file to. This way you can find the file later. 
In the section "Save as type": select GEDCOM (*.GED)
If a "File name" displays in the "File name" section delete the name in front of .GED and type your AFGS member number. The file name for your first file will be your AFGS member number preceded by the letter a. If you are submitting 2 charts the second file name will be your AFGS member number preceded by the letter b
SEE the FAQ for complete naming instruction
Example for 2 files it would be: a3677.ged  and b3677.ged for individual membership or a3677f.ged and b3677f.ged for family membership.  
Each pedigree chart must be in a separate file
The "File name" section should now show your AFGS number with a dot GED extension. Example: 3677.ged  if you have a individual membership or 3677f.ged  if you have a family membership. If your submitting  2 files the second file would be b3677.ged or b3677f.ged
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Select Save
Export to GEDCOM menu will display. with default settings
Default Settings are: Destination FTW, GEDCOM Version 5.5, Character set ANSI
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Select OK
You have just created your GED file in the directory you specified.
Suggest you import the ged file into a new Family file on your software, and review the information you will be submitting in the GEDCOM file.
In the email with your gedcom please identify the actual name of the person you want as the 1st person of your 5 generation chart.
IMPORTANT: Please submit any questions to Bill  before submitting the file. AFGS will process your GEDCOM file when received and incorporate it with the other GEDCOM files. We will not be able to make corrections after you submit the file.
Send an email to AFGS with your name etc and the GED file as an attachment.

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