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Data Scheme

The data scheme of this wiki incorporates many aspects of the GEDCOM 5.5 standard. GEDCOM is a data standard for transmission and storage of genealogical information developed for and by the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons). Version 5.5 is the most complete and well-documented version of GEDCOM. Some later drafts and proposals exist. The indications seem to be that GEDCOM 6 will be a form of XML. But there is a considerable installed software base aiming and claiming to be compatible with 5.5, and 5.5 is likely to be around for a long time.

GEDCOM is designed for religious purposes. This is reflected in a 19th century view of family and an extreme emphasis on genetic relationships at the expense of social realities. The emphasis on genetic relationships, which in historical times relies on the assumption that the husband of the mother is the father of the child, is called "linage-linked."

This wiki takes a much different philosophical approach. but uses similar ways of recording data. The object of this approach is to present similar kinds of data in similar ways. This is the alleged great bugaboo of small minds: consistency. Consistency pays off with the small minds of computers because data that is recorded consistently is relatively easy to convert to various forms, to store, and to transmit.

Much of the data in this wiki and in GEDCOM is organized in something like an outline form.

  • Subject 1
    • Detail a
    • Detail b
      • Detail about a detail i.
      • Detail about a detail ii.
    • Detail c
  • Subject 2
  • Subject 3
    • Detail a

This much should be familiar to anyone with even a basic education.

The next refinement is the use of what GEDCOM calls tags and this wiki calls Stubs. Stubs (or tags) are defined to refer to a kind of data and the form (or forms) that the data can take. An elaborate tag system might or might not be devised for anything that could be outlined, but kinds of data relevant to genealogy require a (relatively) simple, limited set of tags.

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