GénàToile - which items are handled ?

GénàToile is as closed as possible to GEDCOM 5.5.1 stnadard, but accepts 5.5 too.
For some gedcom files that don't respect the gedcom standard, GénàToile is auto adaptive, or you need to select some options.

You find below the list of the tags that GénàToile handles.
The lines of the gedcom file that are not handled are displayed on an error list in the log.txt file at the loading time.
The GEDCOM standard accepts unstandardized tags beginning by an underline ("_"). These items are not displayed in the error list, and are not handled by GénàToile.

1. tags at 0 level (the highest hierarchical level)

This tag is mandatory, and must be the first line of any gedcom file.
If this tag is not present, GénàToile considers that your gedcom file is corrupted, and will not handle it.

there is an INDI tag for each individual declared in the gedcom file.

There is a FAM tag for each family declared in the database. Family stands for :
- either 2 persons of opposite sexes, having children or not
- either 1 person, whatever the sex, having one or more children.

The level 0 notes are "indirect" notes. It means that they have a pointer (a reference), used in the gedcom to point to these notes.

Same principle than for level 0 notes.

The SUBM tag is not handled (for now). It is used to inform about the gedcom submitter.

2. tags at level 1 and over

ABBR (abbreviation)
Only used under a SOURce tag, meaning a short title used to class the source.
Any other use is prohibited.

ADOP (adoption)
It can appear under INDI, as an event. It means that the individual as been adopted. This tag can be followed by DATE and PLAC. It can be followed by FAMC too (family whose the individual is a child), then followed by another ADOP, to show which parent adopted the individual.

ADDR (address)
This tag is accepted under HEAD and INDI tags, but it is ignored by GénàToile. This tag contains the address of the software editor, or the address of the INDIvidual.

Under an event, it shows the age of the individual at that event.

ASSO (association)
It is accepted, in conformity with the standard, under an INDIvidual, to associate an other individual.
It is accepted under an event or a FAMily too (out of gedcom standard).
ASSO is often followed by RELA and/or TYPE.

AUTH (auteur)
Only under a SOURce.

BAPM ou CHR (christian baptism)
GénàToile considers this tags identical. They are under an INDIvidual.

BIRT (birth)
Event only under INDI.

BURI (inhumation)
Event only under INDI.

CHAN (change)
This tag can appear under many other tags, showing the modification date of these tags. It is ignored by GénàToile.

CHAR (character coding)
Under HEAD, it precises the character coding of the file. The values accepted by GénàToile are ANSEL, ANSI and IBMPC.
Careful : IBMPC is not a standard, and GénàToile will consider that the page 850 is to be used.

CHIL (child)
In a FAMily, this tag contains a pointer to a child of the union. It may be many CHIL tags (with no limitation for GénàToile).

CONF (confirmation)
Event only under INDI.

CONC (concatenation)
This tag is used to concatenate text to the preceding tag. GénàToile accepts it under NOTE, under SOURce, under TEXT if under SOUR, TITL under SOUR, PUBL under SOUR, and under TEXT if under DATA under SOUR.
According to standard, concatenation of the text of the CONC with the preceding text is without adding a space character. Some programs (as Brother's Keeper version 5) cut text between words, not in the middle of words. In this case, it's better to check the corresponding box when loading the file.

CONT (continuation)
This tag is handled exactly as CONC, except that the text is added after a line feed. The text cut is made between words.

CORP (corporation)
Defines the company that edits the software. This tag, under HEAD, is ignored by GénàToile.

CREM (cremation)
Event only under INDI.

Only handled under a SOURce citation. GénàToile is waiting for an EVEN, an OBJE, or a TEXT after the DATA tag.

Handled under all types of events, in gregorian date or French revolution format. GénàToile waits for dates respecting the gedcom standard (especially for sort order of dates).
Remainder : a standard exact date has the form 15 FEB 2002 which means February 15, 2002, and 15 VEND 5 means 15 vendémiaire year 5. The gedcom standard accepts other formats than the exact date. In this cases, GénàToile will perhaps not be able to handle completely the date (especially for sort order).

DEAT (décès)
Event only under INDI.

DEST (destination = receiving system name)
Under HEAD, ignored by GénàToile.

DIV (divorce)
Event only under FAM.

EMIG (émigration)
Event only under INDI.

ENGA (engagement = fiançailles)
Event only under FAM.

EVEN (événement)
Event under INDI or FAM or SOURce or SOURce citation.

FAMC (family whose he/she is a child)
This tag is handled by GénàToile if under an INDIvidual to show the family whose he/she is a child, or under BIRT or ADOP, these tags being under an INDI, to show the family where he/she is born, or which adopted him/her.
GénàToile handles multiple families (children with multiple parents, especially in case of adoption), without limitation.

FAMS (family whose he/she is a spouse)
Handled under INDI, it shows the family where he/she is a spouse. There is no limitation to the number of families whose an individual can be a spouse.

Under OBJE (multimedia document), shows the file name of the document.

FORM (format)
GénàToile only handles FORMat under OBJE, to determine if it is a picture (bmp, jpg, jpeg, gif, tiff) or a sound (wav, au, mid, aif).

GIVN (given names)
This tag contains the given names, and is ignored by GénàToile. NB: GénàToile extracts the given names from the NAME tag.

HUSB (husband)
In a FAMily, contains the pointer to the husband.

IMMI (immigration)
Event only under INDI.

MARC (contrat de mariage)
Event only under FAM.

MARR (mariage)
Event only under FAM. The GEDCOM standard doesn't allow any distinction between civil marriage and religious marriage. Some software usent ORDI to show the religious marriage; this formulation is handled by GénàToile.

ORDI (religious ceremony)
Under a FAMily (non standard), used by some softwares to show the religious marriage, opposite to the civil marriage. GénàToile handles this non standard behavior.

Under HEAD, this tag is ignored by GénàToile. Under INDI, it contains the full name (given names + surname). GénàToile can handle more than one NAME tag for an individual.After loading, GénàToile splits the contents into given names and surname.

NICK (nickname)
Only under INDIvidual, contains a nickname. Will be displayed after the surname and given names of the individual, and after "aka", if the nickname option is selected.

GénàToile handles this tag when it appears under INDI, FAM, OBJE, SOUR, ASSO or any type of event. The indirect call to notes is handled too.

NPFX (name prefix)
Only under INDIvidual, contains the prefix for his/her name. Will be displayed between parentheses after the surname and given names and the optional suffix of the individual's name.

NSFX (name suffix)
Only under INDIvidual, contains the suffix for his/her name. Will be displayed after the name and given names of the individual.

OBJE (object = multimedia document)
GénàToile only handles this tag under INDI, FAM, SOUR, and all types of events (NB: OBJE at level 0 is not handled). This tag allows the multimedia documents handling. NB: only pictures and sounds are handled by GénàToile.

OCCU (occupation)
Event only under INDI.

Under SOUR, allows to precise the page in the cited source.

PEDI (pedigree)
Foreword : the gedcom standard allows an individual to be child of more than one family (the most frequent case is adoption). It is also possible, with the PEDI tag, to precise the child filiation.
This tag is under a FAMC tag, which is under INDI. It precises why this individual is a child of the family mentionned in FAMC. The standard raisons are adopted , birth (natural parents), foster, sealing. The following raisons, non standard, are handled too : disproved and challenged.
If  PEDI is followed by an other word, this word will be displayed, without any translation.

PLAC (place)
This tag precises the place where happened any type of event. GénàToile only handles PLAC under an event, and don't handle the optional hierarchical information for places mentionned in the gedcom file.
GénàToile "cleans" the places before displaying : it eliminates the leading and trailing commas of the places, and the double commas.

PUBL (informations about the publication)
This tag appears only under a SOURce, for precision of when and/or where a work has been published or created. GénàToile displays its contents with the source.

QUAY (quality of the source)
This tag appears only under a source citation, and precises the credibility of the information. The standard accepts only numbers from 0 to 3 (not trustworthy to very trustworthy). GénàToile reads this information, but doesn't use it.

REFN (reference)
This tag is handled by GénàToile under an individual, a family or a source. Its contents is displayed, preceded by "Reference", if the corresponding choice is selected.

RELA (relation)
This tag is handled after an ASSO tag for individuals, families and events. GénàToile will display a link to the individual if the corresponding choice is selected.
Remainder : the GEDCOM standard accepts only ASSO/RELA under an individual.

RELI (religion)
This tag can exist under INDI, to precise his/her religion (or his/her religious conversion).
It can exist under an event, too.

RESI (residence)
Under a family or an individual, this event precises the residence of the family or the individual.

RFN (rec_file_number)
This tag contains an unique identifier for an individual or a family.
GénàToile loads this information but doesn't use it.

Under a SOURce citation, this tag describes the role of an individual in an event. The standard values are CHIL, HUSB, WIFE, MOTH, FATH, SPOU, respectively translated into child, husband, wife, mother, father, spouse (cf: the local.fm file). Other values will be displayed as they are.

Under an INDI, precises his/her sex. This information is displayed if the corresponding box is checked. The color of the cell depends on the value of  SEX : M (male) F (female) ou U (undefined).

SOUR (source citation)
GénàToile handles source citations under an individual, a family, an association or an event. It handles too the source citation under a NAME which is under INDI (source citation giving information on the origin of the surname).

SUBM (gedcom file submitter)
This tag is read but ignored by GénàToile under a HEAD. The other cases are not handled.

SURN (surname)
This tag contains the surname, ignored by GénàToile.

GénàTole handles this tag under a SOURce and under a source citation.

TITL (title)
GénàToile handles this tag under a multimedia document (its title), an individual (its title, handled here as an event) and a SOURce (the title of the source).

GénàToile ignores this tag when under CHAN. It handles it and display the related information when under DATE in any event.

GénàToile handles this tag under an event, an association, and under a reference which is under a NOTE or a SOURce.

VERS (version)
Génàtoile ignores this tag, under HEAD.

In a FAMily, contains the pointer to the wife of the union.

3. non handled tags

The tags not appearing in the preceding lists are not handled by GénàToile. If they are tags where the first character is an underline ("_"), GénàToile doesn't log any anomaly. For other tags, GénàToile logs in the log.txt file that this tag is not handled.

Updated on February 21, 2003.
© Jean-Baptiste Fahy, 2001-2003