GED File - opening and understanding
Did your computer fail to open a GED file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .GED files.
What is a GED file?
Files that contain the .ged file extension are GEDCOM genealogy data files. GEDCOM is the abbreviation for Geneological Data Communications.
GED files usually contain family history and genealogy data that is saved in a standardized ASCII text format. This allows the files to be opened by a variety of 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 a variety of family history facts, such as names, genders, dates of birth, relationships between family members and other family tree details. GED files may also contain links to media files that may be relevant to a user's family history.
How to open GED files
You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension GED for different purposes.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different GED openers which you will find listed below.
Suggest another file format using extension GED
While we know of one file format using the .GED file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .GED file.
Various viewers for this file format
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.
|Free File Viewer||User submitted|
|MyHeritage Family Tree Builder||User submitted|
|Family Tree Maker||User submitted|
|yEd Graph Editor||User submitted|
|Ancestral Quest||User submitted|
|My Family Tree||User submitted|
|Personal Ancestral File||User submitted|
|Family Historian||User submitted|