GEDCOM Standard Release 5.5 and 5.5.1

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  • These are the current GEDCOM specifications in PDF and HTML, as implemented by ƒh.

    ƒh version 7 is compliant with Release 5.5.1.

    ƒh version 6 and below are compliant with Standard Release 5.5 (2 Jan 1996). ƒh6 also supports some parts of Standard Release 5.5.1 (15 Nov 2019) such as UTF-8 characters, the FILE tag in Media records, and MAP, LATI & LONG tags in Place records.

    For related specifications see the Tamura Jones FamilySearch GEDCOM Specifications.

    The Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO) is established to develop and recommend information standards for genealogy and family history purposes. Work continues on the Extended Legacy Format (ELF), which is a document model and file format they hope will be fully compatible with current uses of GEDCOM 5.5.1 but more readily extended.

    The following documents can be viewed or downloaded at

    Document Format Source
    GEDCOM Release 5.5 PDF (downloads automatically) FHUG Downloads
    GEDCOM Release 5.5 HTML RootsWeb
    About Gedcom Family Search
    GEDCOM Release 5.5 PDF Family Search
    GEDCOM Release 5.5.1 PDF Family Search
    GEDCOM Documentation Chronoplex
    GEDCOM Release 5.5 PDF Chronoplex
    GEDCOM Release 5.5 Errata Sheet (not included with GEDCOM Release 5.5) PDF Chronoplex
    GEDCOM Release 5.5.1 PDF Chronoplex
    GEDCOM Specifications Tamura Jones
    GEDCOM Release 5.5 PDF Tamura Jones
    GEDCOM Release 5.5 Errata Sheet PDF Tamura Jones
    GEDCOM Draft 5.5.1 PDF Tamura Jones
    GEDCOM Standard Release 5.5: Data Model Chart GIF Rootsweb


    Link: GEDCOM Standard Release 5.5 and 5.5.1