Announcing my Ahnentafel to GEDCOM converter

Thanks to the crowd funding and testing support of the DNAadoption community I was able to write a new tool. Now it’s ready, it’s free, and it’s online, which means it works for Mac users too. You upload a text file in ahnentafel format and it creates a GEDcom file for you to download (or cut and paste). It was written to convert the DNArboretum output but with some massaging can take any ahnentafel text file, I hope.

Here is the URL (or click the image below) for my Ahnentafel to GEDCOM converter:


In my previous blog post about the return of DNArboretum, I suggested that if ten people gave me $5 then I would write this tool. It was funded within 36 hours. Thank you all for the quick response.

I also want to particularly thank Thomas MacEntee of geneabloggers whose book Genealogy Opportunities 2015: How to Make Money in the Genealogy Business got me thinking about how to make a little money from my passion for genetic genealogy. “A living not a killing” is his mantra and personally I only need to supplement my social security income 🙂

It came to me after reading this that what I really love doing is writing tools for genealogy and DNA. So I thought I would try a simple crowd funding approach via my blog. It worked beautifully!

Many of you like my mapping tools. Let me know if there are other tools you want created.

This does not mean that I will stop writing these blog posts or taking genetic genealogy clients or speaking at conferences. I like those things too. Particularly the blogging. Sharing my passion makes me very happy.

So come and hear my talk on Triangulation at Rootstech! Friday at 4:30.

15 thoughts on “Announcing my Ahnentafel to GEDCOM converter

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  1. All the best to you for your endeavours and I look forward to seeing more of them. A modest contribution for these via PayPal I wouldn’t think was asking too much from your many fans. Or make it pay-what-you-think-it-is-worth.

  2. Well thanks Rosemary for the thumbs up,
    I crowdfunded it in advance because I knew it would take several days out of my paid work schedule (I get obsessive about something like this) so I wanted to see if people really wanted to have if first by asking for donations up front.

  3. Imported into Legacy genealogy program, got message below. Have not looked at the imported file yet.

    Error report for: D:\Temp\Gregory_Vaughn_BEAL1623.ged.

    Main Record: 0 @F1016@ FAM
    Sub Section: Child Record not found: @I508@ (The program that produced this GEDCOM file is at fault.)
    * Unrecog. Line for a Family Record: 1 CHIL @I508@
    Placed in Marriage Note – Barbara MILCH : 1 CHIL @I508@. (In the GEDCOM file [D:\Temp\Gregory_Vaughn_BEAL1623.ged] there was a CHILD record referenced for this family but the child record could not be found in the file.)
    _FREL Natural
    _MREL Natural

    • Jay, Usually when there is an error with the GEDCOM produced by my tool there was something in the input ahnentafel that it misinterpreted. So please send the text file you used to kitty at this website without the blog. in the front so I can figure out the issue

      • Kitty, Did not get an e-mail notice of your reply. Old memory, and temp file cleanout, so do not have the file. Will try another one. Tried, and no records imported. Sent you an e-mail with attachments, hope they help fix the problem.

    • Kitty, Did not get an e-mail notice of your reply. Old memory, and temp file cleanout, so do not have the file. Will try another one.

      • The converter can deal with missing (private) parents but not missing (private) grandparents yet. I will add that ability later this week. Meanwhile insert the line:
        4. private PERKINS
        before line 5 and it will work fine

  4. There is a bug that will be fixed soon if the grandparents are missing in the ahnetafel (because they are private)

    So please check that the names for 4,5,6,7 are there whenever names for double those numbers is there. If needed ones are missing, use a text editor to insert a line for that number with the word private or living and optionally the surname

  5. Is there anyway that all of my research using Genealogy On Display, which is in the Basic programming language can be converted into a GED file? I have the information in both the compiled and noncompiled versions. I have about 800 people in the program so years ago I started to input the information into a more current program, but finally gave up, so nothing has been done since. I have not found any program to do the conversion so after I found your information using Google I thought I would see if you have the ability or any suggestion
    Thanks in advance for any reply you can give.

  6. Thank you very much. I hope I can dope out how to use that, but be assured I really really appreciate your quick response as well as your taking the time to answer
    Thanks again.

  7. Kitty,

    Thanks much for providing this very useful utility! I have encountered a problem that you might want to look at. When I import converted files into Gramps, the surname goes into the ‘Given’ name field. It appears that Gramps expects the surname to have both leading and trailing slashes. When I use your checkbox option, I get output with a leading slash only. If I manually go into the file and add a trailing slash to each surname, it imports correctly.
    Perhaps you might consider adding an option to provide both the leading and trailing slash.

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