The GEDCOM Standard Release 5.5: Chapter 4
The GEDCOM Standard Release 5.5
GEDCOM Product Registration
Developers of GEDCOM compatible products should register their product with the Family History
Department GEDCOM coordinator.
Registration means that:
- The registered GEDCOM product is listed in Family History Department publications and
on the internet at gedcom.org as being GEDCOM 5.5 compatible.
- The product's sample output file has been reviewed according to the established standard,
and exceptions have been reported.
- The developer will be informed of future GEDCOM issues.
- Submissions to Family History Department resource files will be accepted from users of
To register a GEDCOM product, a developer must send the following information to the GEDCOM
- A file containing a small sample of the product's GEDCOM output for evaluation. All of
the fields that the product manages must be included in this data so that it can be tested for
compatibility with other developers' products.
- A proposed unique SOURce name that identifies the product, not the company. This
identifier should be included in the GEDCOM header record as a value to the SOUR tag.
This name can have up to 40 characters, can have mixed upper and lower case, and cannot
have embedded spaces. Use either an underscore (_) to connect multiple words or else a
combination of upper and lower case letters (for example, FamilyRecords or
Family Records). The Family History Department will ensure
uniqueness within the first 10 characters of this name.
- Optionally a copy of the GEDCOM product with installation procedures and a text file
containing relevant technical documentation about the product's GEDCOM implementation.
The product will be protected and used only for GEDCOM output verification and in
providing some support to the submitter or researcher of information using the product.
The sample output file, the evaluation results, and the developer's technical description will be
publicly available through the internet at gedcom.org.
Send product registration information to:
EMAIL: MAIL: TELEPHONE (USA):
firstname.lastname@example.org Family History Department 801-240-4534
GEDCOM Coordinator%3T 801-240-5225
50 East North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150