An Open Source Model For Genealogical Source Citations

A joint effort to produce a model/schema for citations which is universal among genealogical implementations. Comparisons between many major genealogical applications was utilized in the conception and design. This initiate is a collaborative effort between.

We would like to thank the companies behind the following applications for their wonderful applications:

Ancestral Quest, Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, Personal Ancestral File, RootsMagic and The Master Genealogist.

About the Initiative

We aim to create a model that can work within any genealogical application. We are not interested in key pieces of data being lost in “transition,” so we have built this standard to be flexible enough to support all.

Conception Details

This model is available at under the Creative Commons License. The work of genealogical vendors such as AncestralQuest, FamilyTreeMaker, Legacy Family Tree, RootsMagic, The Master Genealogist and others have helped to make this possible. We thank them for their work and their fantastic software programs.

A Statement from the BetterGEDCOM Group

BetterGEDCOM is an independent group of end users and software developers working toward the next generation of open standards for communicating genealogy information electronically. BetterGEDCOM believes that open standards are the way forward. We welcome to the effort to develop a widely supported international model for source citations.

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