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© Copyright 2000-16 Rick Parsons
OPEN SOURCE FREEWARE
i.e. You are free to use and pass on the program or any part of its source (including this copyright notice) but not for gain or reward beyond the retail cost of the media.
I am prepared to make an exception. If Broderbünd, Banner Blue, Parsons Technology, The Learning Company, Mattel, Genealogy.com, ANcestry.com or whatever they call themselves at the moment, want to incorporate these changes into any future version of Family Tree Maker for Windows, then they are quite welcome to as this would save everyone a lot of effort.
This program has only been tested with Family Tree Maker Version 7.0–8.0. There is very little error checking so it relies on unmolested source data.
It was mostly done to assist the passing of the GEDCOM to GED2HTML 3.6, a program by Gene Stark to generate web pages from GEDCOM data.
How to run it
Create an output GEDCOM file from Family Tree Maker for Windows (FTW). Use the default options “Abbreviate tags”, “GEDCOM 5.5”, and Destination “FTW”. The others you can choose at will.
Specify an output file name of 8 characters or less (this is a DOS program)
It is easiest if you copy the program into the directory containing the GEDCOM data to be fixed.
Start the program by double clicking on it. This will give you a control shell. Enter the command
where “source.ged” is the file created by FTW and “output.ged” is the output file. Both the open and close angle brackets "<" and ">" and the space are required exactly as stated. No other spaces should be entered. Both file names should be 8 characters or less.
When the “
PROGRAM ENDED” message is
displayed, the shell window can be closed.
For the adventurous you can specify path names relative to
the program location (using
..\ as needed) and the
DOS form of windows long file names can be used.
What it does
The program takes a raw FTW output GEDCOM file and “tweeks” it a little closer to the GEDCOM 5.5 standard.
- Blank lines are ignored and removed
1 _MILT ==> 1 EVEN 2 TYPE Military service
1 _DEG ==> 1 EVEN 2 TYPE Degree
1 _MDCL <text> ==> 1 EVEN 2 TYPE Medical 2 PLAC <text>
I welcome suggestions for a better alternative here
1 REPO ==> 1 REPO @R1@ . 0 @R1@ REPO
This fixes the letter of the GEDCOM standard. To fix the spirit of it as well, I would have to move the location (FTW uses
NOTE) to the level
0 REPOas well, perhaps as a
NAMEtag or left as
1 SEX <sex> ==> 2 NICK <name with / removed> 1 ALIA <name> 1 SEX <sex>
ALIAas I use it, for nick-names. Alternate spellings use multiple
NAMEtags in version 7. I am open to requests for a stricter interpretation of this which would come out as
1 ALIA <name> ==> 1 ALIA @xref@ . 0 @xref@ INDI 1 NAME <name>
n DATE <date string>
The date string is corrected to
BEF. ==> BEF
AFT. ==> AFT
ABT. ==> ABT
All removal of spurious dot.
UNKNOWN ==> (Unknown)
PRIVATE ==> (Private)
These are done despite the fact that GED2HTML 3.6 does not support this legal construction - please Gene <g>.
BET. <date1> - <date2> ==> BET <date1> AND <date2>
FROM <date1> TO <date2>
The latter form is used if the previous tag was
Other known GEDCOM errors not addressed
1 ADDR should be 1 ADDR 2 PHON 1 PHON
and in any case, should not be in the INDI records in the first place.
1 OCCU should be 1 OCCU <data> 2 PLAC <data>
Not using the
PLACfor general data. Similarly for other attribute tags such as
RESI, SSNetc. I have not tested this with GED2HTML so I don't know what it would do.
2 CAUS <text> 3 SOUR @xref@
GEDCOM 5.5 does not call for
SOURat this point. We could change it to
2 SOURto associate it with the containing event.
- Date ranges are incorrectly abbreviated i.e.
1 Mar 1887 - 30 Apr 1887is incorrectly output as
1 Mar - 30 Apr 1887
FAM _FA1tags. These would be quite hard. The meaning of each is contained in the
_MENDtag later in the file (Divorce, Separation etc.). It needs to be translated to a generic
EVEN(or better still, in some cases, to
DIV). p.s. I am sure that I have seen
DIVtags generated by FTW but they don't seem to be there now.
- The source quality in FTW is coded as a
QUAYand in the wrong logical position. This would be hard to fix because of the problem of distinguishing it from the comments NOTE and also because it is structurally incorrect in the first place (it should be part of the citation).
“Marriage” start status. There doesn't seem to be a standard structure for this so a generic
EVENtag could be invented.
- Double dates use the first date rather than the second. GED2HTML is at fault here as it stops at the “/”. i.e. 1 Feb 1741/42 is interpreted as 1741. This is correct for the calendar in use at the time but confuses some people. I have discussed this with Gene and he suggested that I use the text form of the date, which remains as it was input, rather than the interpreted form. I have done this but it is not entirely satisfactory (it doesn't look pleasing as it is now all in capitals). It may be necessary for FTWGEDfx to output invalid GEDCOM (with lower case) to solve this problem.
- Translate _ELEC to something else as I have just discovered that I use it (Elected).
There is plenty of room for expansion in this program, so far I have only written parts to solve the particular problems that I have. If anyone has any suggestions that fit within the original brief, then I will seriously consider them.
P.S. I cannot alter the user interface, this is a limitation of the compiler that I have. However I will gladly supply the (trivial) source if someone wants to use a different compiler—or discover the mysteries of C++ GUI.