Most people involved with genealogy and family history probably know what a GEDCOM is. In case you don't, GEDCOM is an anacronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication. It is a computer text file with genealogical information that can be used by many different computer programs or at various websites. Read more detail at Wikipedia.
Though I knew what a GEDCOM was I had never made or used one until the end of May when findmypast had an offer on their website: the documents found by hints and that were for individuals on your family tree were free. I have plenty of ancestors in England. Why not take advantage of this special? Of course, it necessitated uploading a family tree to findmypast via a GEDCOM. Whether or not that was a good reason for making a GEDCOM and uploading a tree, that's what I did. (I've never put a tree online before. The only one that's available for my family is at FamilySearch, which is a community tree.)
> Open RootsMagic.
> Click on <File> in the upper left corner.
> From the drop down list, click <Export>
"GEDCOM Export" will open in a box offering you options.
> Choose the options you'd like included in the GEDCOM.
> Press OK.
Another box will open in the RootsMagic program asking you to give your GEDCOM a file name.
At findmypast, Ancestry, or any other genealogy website that accepts trees, you can upload this GEDCOM to the website and your family tree will be online.
My family surnames in England include Armitage, Doyle, Hartley, Laws, and Ray/Reay. I was pleased with the hints that appeared for my lines and found some helpful information. I'll share in upcoming weeks.
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