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Subject: Re: [FreeHelp] Word Family history into a Gedcom
Date: Wed, 01 Apr 2009 19:17:05 -0400
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I know nothing about Gedcom format, but a little about converting data. Word has more possibilities in that area than are generally used*: e.g - separate data types by tabs, use text to table, then the table may be copied and pasted in Excel, where spreadsheet functions can be used to re-order data types.

*Double para marks can be exchanged for a special character, single paras for a tab, then the special character back to para to make the line breaks. To make the result into an html coded table, exchange: tabs for 'close/open cell' tags; para mark for: 'close cell, close row' para mark, 'open row, open cell'. Word para marks can be exchanged for: close para tag, para mark, open para tag. And so on.

If anyone would like to know more about using Word in this way (thus adding html tags to a Word doc, using 'find and replace' - the result being transferred into Notepad or similar, saved as html), contact me off list since this isn't exactly genealogy.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Jill Muir <>
To: 'Ron Lankshear' <>
Sent: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 16:02
Subject: Re: [FreeHelp] Word Family history into a Gedcom

Thank you both Ron and Heidi, Looks like more work perhaps. I may try out
this link of yours Ron myself to see how easy this proves to be.

Thank you both again for the help offered,

My best wishes, Jill
See website for JONES [3 lines!], KNIGHT and DAVIES

-----Original Message-----
From: Ron Lankshear [mailto:]
Sent: 01 April 2009 13:51
To: Jill Muir
Subject: Re: [FreeHelp] Word Family history into a Gedcom

If one was absolutely brilliant at Gedcom 5.5 I suppose one could
convert the word stuff into text and runs macros to convert to gedcom tags.
But I've looked at gedcom trying to fix errors some new software said
was wrong but did not offer a fix - threw that out. But my mind was
boggled. Html is much easier.
If it was excel than always possible could be converted to Access and
then patched say into Legacy.

Is it a lot of data?

Re-entering into some new gedcom program would probably be more
productive then trying some script or other. And you get to learn all
the ancestors again.

Reminds me time to make sure my gedcom is uptodate.

Now this site says has

How do I Convert a Text File to a GEDCOM?

Some tricky stuff but he has a step by step

Ron Lankshear -Sydney NSW (from London-Shepherds Bush/Chiswick)
try my links

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