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What are GED files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a GED file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your GED files.

What is a GED file?

GED files have multiple uses, and GEDCOM Family History is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

GEDCOM Family History File

Files that contain the .ged file extension are GEDCOM genealogy data files. GEDCOM is the abbreviation for Genealogical Data Communications.

GED files usually contain family history and genealogy data saved in a standardized ASCII text format. This allows the files to be opened by various genealogy applications on multiple computer platforms, making it easy to share the family history information online.

The GED files that a user creates can contain various family history facts, such as names, genders, dates of birth, relationships between family members, and other family tree details. In addition, GED files may also contain links to media files relevant to a user's family history.

How to open GED files

We have identified eight GED openers that are compatible with this specific type of GED file.

Programs that open GEDCOM Family History files

Last updated: May 19, 2024

All known file formats using extension .GED

While GEDCOM Family History File is a popular type of GED-file, we know of 4 different uses of the .GED file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Arts And Letters Graphics File

We know that one GED format is Arts And Letters Graphics File. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested ten different GED openers which you will find listed below.

Atari GED Bitmap

We know that one GED format is Atari GED Bitmap. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

Simply 3D Geometry File

We know that one GED format is Simply 3D Geometry File. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of GED files. Remember, different programs may use GED files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

yEd Graph EditoryEd Graph EditorUser submitted
Ancestral QuestAncestral QuestUser submitted
ABViewerABViewerUser submitted
Family Tree LegendsFamily Tree LegendsUser submitted
WinAncetreWinAncetreUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
Simply 3D ApplicationSimply 3D ApplicationUser submitted
Legacy Family TreeLegacy Family TreeUser submitted
The Complete Genealogy ReporterThe Complete Genealogy ReporterUser submitted
Brother's KeeperBrother's KeeperUser submitted

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