What is a .GED File And How To Open It – The LDS Church (Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .ged extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .ged file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .GED file?

The .GED file extension is from GEDCOM Genealogy Data File. The creator of this file extension is The LDS Church. The format of this data related file is text.

What to know

There are currently 14 software that can open the .ged file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .GED file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .GED file on various operating systems.

How to open a .GED file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

There are 4 simple steps to open the .ged file on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Nevron Software MyDraw software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Ages!, MyHeritage Family Tree Builder, RootsMagic, RootsMagic Essentials, Ancestral Author, Thoughtful Creations Genbox Family History, LifeLines, GeneWeb, Gramps, Behold and Nevron Software MyDraw.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .GED file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Nevron Software MyDraw software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .GED file on Mac

To open the .ged file on Mac, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the iFamily for Mac software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is GEDitCOM, MyHeritage Family Tree Builder, RootsMagic, RootsMagic Essentials, Ancestral Author, Leister Productions Reunion, GeneWeb, Gramps, Nevron Software MyDraw and iFamily for Mac.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .GED file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the iFamily for Mac software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .GED file on Linux

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .ged file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Gramps software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use LifeLines, GeneWeb and Gramps software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .GED file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Gramps software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .GED file?

If you are still unable to open the .GED file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .GED file.ged – Game Editor. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .GED file with the Nevron Software MyDraw, Ages!, MyHeritage Family Tree Builder, RootsMagic, RootsMagic Essentials, Ancestral Author, Thoughtful Creations Genbox Family History, LifeLines, GeneWeb, Gramps, Behold programs on Windows, iFamily for Mac, GEDitCOM, MyHeritage Family Tree Builder, RootsMagic, RootsMagic Essentials, Ancestral Author, Leister Productions Reunion, GeneWeb, Gramps, Nevron Software MyDraw programs on Mac and Gramps, LifeLines, GeneWeb software on Linux.