After downloading a GEDCOM file, we encourage you to visit the home page of that host website. Simply trim the URL of the GEDCOM file and enter that in your browsers location window.
This site indexes thousands of different GEDCOM files found on other web
sites. GEDCOM files are special genealogy files that can be imported into any genealogy
Be sure to check Sorted By Name.com to find transcription projects where your ancestors are listed, even if you dont yet know where they went.
What you should know about GEDCOM files:
NEW! Add your GEDCOM files to the companion site, http://GedcomLibrary.com. Help other researchers (your new cousins) find your work. Upload your GEDCOM file today to
Ancestry.com: Costs money. Provides lots of records. You can upload a GEDCOM file, but they jealously guard it and let other customers read pieces of material from it. They cannot download the GEDCOM file. Nobody else can correct or otherwise change your material. When you message new cousins, often they dont know what a GEDCOM file is.
FamilySearch.org: Free. Provides lots of records, and even more are available if you access the site from a Family History Center. You cannot upload a GEDCOM file, so you have to add each person individually. This is lots of work but it can help you catch blunders. Other users can change your material, and sometimes they get it wrong.
GEDCOMlibrary.com and GEDCOMindex.com: Free. Provide no records. Simple websites for sophisticated genealogists. These help researchers find each other through GEDCOM files. GEDCOM Index indexes thousands of GEDCOM files (on other websites) by place name, helping you find the researcher working on the same ancestors. You will still need access to records to verify what is in those GEDCOM files. Upload your GEDCOM files today.
Other websites: There are other websites that want your GEDCOM file but they also jealously guard it. They dont let other people download the whole GEDCOM file. Accessibility shouldnt be a problem unless you want royalties.