Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Who wants seamless genealogy data transfers?

Yesterday our friends at FHISO, the Family History Information Standards Organisation, added yet another major player to the lineup of those working to define a new standard for genealogy data exchange. Ol' Myrt here cannot help but wonder why any highly motivated genealogy entity would decline to lend support.

Genealogists the world over recognize the problem with a 15-year-old GEDCOM file exchange protocol that hasn't kept pace with the type of genealogy data we're compiling. For instance, when I share my genealogy data with my cousin Russ, the photos and scanned images of documents don't transfer using the current GEDCOM (genealogy data communications) protocol.

The FHISO Press Release page notes the following participants in addition to the "staff" of volunteers:

  • Federation of Family History Societies, December 4, 2012
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies, October 29, 2012
  • Coret Genealogie, October 11, 2012
  • Calico Pie, September 24, 2012,
  • ourFamily•ology, September 21, 2012
  • WikiTree, August 15, 2012
  •  RootsMagic, Inc., July 28, 2012
  • May 17, 2012

What can the average genealogist do?
Encourage your favorite genealogy software vendors, websites and organizations to join FHISO to ensure the transfer of genealogy data will be seamless. No more lost ancestors!


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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