Opening GED files

Did your computer fail to open a GED file? We explain what GED files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert 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.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

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