Creating and Submitting a GEDCOM



Anyone with German-Russian ancestors is encouraged to submit and share their family information in GEDCOM format.  Data submitted should be accurately sourced and documented. We realize that some family information is anecdotal and may not have had the scrutiny of verification. We also know families have secrets. What we strive for is the greatest degree of accuracy in sourcing possible and if that is not available, a clear notation that the information is part of a family's oral tradition or could not be substantiated.

Creating a GEDCOM

GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication. In simple terms it is a method of formatting your family tree data into a text file which can be easily read and converted by any genealogy software program. Every major family tree software supports the creation of a GEDCOM file.  Creating a GEDCOM does not overwrite your data or change your existing file in any way. Instead, a new file is generated by "exporting" your data into the GEDCOM format.  See your software's manual or help system for detailed instructions.  Also, instructions for creating a GEDCOM for many of the major genealogy software programs can be found here. Please contact if you need assistance.


Submitting a GEDCOM

Send your GEDCOM to along with your name and email address and the surnames or area that your database focuses on. Once your GEDCOM is received, we will privatize it by hiding all information on living people before it is uploaded to the website. Individuals are considered to be living if they are under 100 years old and have no information in the death date field. See example below.



Please make sure you read our Sharing Policy before you submit your GEDCOM.