The Long-Awaited GEDCOM 7.0 is Here!

 FamilySearch has launched GEDCOM 7.0 to the family tree world in an announcement in the present day:


FamilySearch Worldwide is happy to announce the discharge of FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0 (Genealogical Knowledge Communications). The most recent model permits zip packaging capabilities for images and information with genealogical info, plus new instruments, and a public GitHub repository for ongoing upkeep. Technical info, specs, instruments, and guides may be discovered at

At RootsTech 2020, FamilySearch launched an effort to create a brand new model of GEDCOM primarily based on the 5.5.1 model that would come with: 1) new expressivity, flexibility, and compatibility; 2) zip packaging of related photographs and different information with the associated GEDCOM file; and three) public entry utilizing a GitHub repository. Many trade software program suppliers and key influencers participated, and the initiative concluded Could 15, 2021, with the completion of this complete effort.

FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0 is the result of these efforts and consists of the next new enhancements:

Zip packaging capabilities for images and information have been added.
Notes have been expanded for extra versatile use and styling of textual content.
Instruments, pattern information, pattern code, and self-testing guides are included.
The GEDCOM specification and any code accessible from FamilySearch primarily based on the specification is topic to the phrases and situations of the Apache License, Model 2.0.
Ambiguities within the GEDCOM Model 5.5.1 specification have been eliminated.
A public GitHub repository generates upkeep requests and on-going discussions about future options.

Customers of FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0 will be capable of import information from older GEDCOM variations. Nonetheless, customers of older variations of GEDCOM will be unable to import from FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0.


There may be extra details about GEDCOM 7.0 on the FamilySearch web page – 

You could find the technical specification for GEDCOM 7.0 in PDF at  

The specification lists the Contributors to this effort, which apparently was organized at RootsTech 2020.  All the main household tree “gamers” had been concerned.  I’m glad that there was this a lot participation and hope that each one events can incorporate this new GEDCOM functionality into their packages and web sites with out destroying the present GEDCOM 5.5 capabilities we have had for the previous 20 years.

It will likely be attention-grabbing to see how the brand new options can be carried out in present software program packages and on-line household bushes.

If I recall accurately, one of many anticipated displays at RootsTech 2021 was unveiling GEDCOM 7.0.  It was scrubbed earlier than the web digital convention started.


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