Notes from the past…

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week # 47: Small Genealogy Vendors


52-Weeks-AbundantWhich small genealogy vendor is your favorite one to see at genealogy conferences? What does this vendor offer to the genealogy community? Why do you like visiting this vendor in the exhibit hall? Share web site links or contact information for this vendor so others can benefit from their products.

While probably not technically a vendor, I would like to meet the folks behind the BetterGEDCOM project:

BetterGEDCOMBetterGEDCOM was organized in the fall of 2010, by DearMyrtle, Greg Lamberson and Russ Worthington, after Myrt and Russ had problems sharing genealogical information about a mutual line. Their data had become lost or mangled in the transfer. Knowing many others shared the same frustrations, these dedicated technologists and users fostered the BetterGEDCOM grassroots effort. The project’s original goal was to develop a standard for genealogy data archiving and transfer that would be accepted internationally.

I know that when I moved my database from Family Tree Maker to RootsMagic 4 years ago, the GEDCOM file that I exported from FTM and then imported into RootsMagic brought with it some rather odd added characters that to me were gibberish. Non-seamless transfer seems to be a common problem between the different genealogy programs.

And wouldn’t it be nice to be able to sync an online database, such as Geni, with my desktop RootsMagic program?

DearMYRTLE discusses the BetterGEDCOM project here.



52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.


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2 thoughts on “52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week # 47: Small Genealogy Vendors

  1. Hi Russ! Thanks for your input. I can see that there is a lot to do to achieve this objective. I shall certainly be following its progress.
    Have a great day!

  2. Ruth,

    FYI – Both BetterGEDCOM and FHISO people were in RootsTech2012. I suspect that FHISO will be at RootsTech2013, and at least 2 BetterGEDCOM folks will be there as well.

    There was a Discussion panel at RootsTech2012 and I think they also had a couple of sessions.

    The folks really to see are the FHISO folks ( ), as the BetterGEDCOM project was really a way to start the discussion, brought in some EndUsers and Developers, but FHISO is international in nature, designed to develop a STANDARD for the Exchange of our Genealogy Research.


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