GEDCOM. You hear it mentioned in sentences
like "If it doesn't have GEDCOM support, don't buy it"
and "The latest GEDCOM specifications can be found on my
Web site at..." and "Feel free to download my 60,000
name GEDCOM." Many people new to computers (and some old
hands as well) are confused -- is GEDCOM a file, or a specification?
Actually, it's both! GEDCOM is the acronym for GEnealogy Data
COMmunication, and was created
by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to allow genealogy data to be
exchanged between different types of software. GEDCOM specifications consist of
rules for encoding information such as name, dates, locations, relationships, and
events. Currently, the latest version of GEDCOM is 5.5, but new standards
are being worked on.