Utility ~ GEDCOM Standard Release 5.5 and Draft Release 5.5.1


These are the current GEDCOM specifications in PDF and HTML formats, as implemented within fh, which primarily focusses on compliance with Standard Release 5.5 but also supports some elements of Draft Release 5.5.1 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.

Installation Instructions

Click on any of the links below to open the GEDCOM document.


gedcom55.pdf GEDCOM Release 5.5 PDF from FHUG Downloads

GEDCOM Release 5.5 PDF & GEDCOM Draft Release 5.5.1 PDF from Family Search

GEDCOM Release 5.5 HTML from RootsWeb

GEDCOM Documentation from Chronoplex incuding:

GEDCOM Specifications from Tamura Jones including: