Axtell Family OrganizationAxtell Genealogy--GEDCOM

GEDCOM (GEnealogical Data COMmunication) files are the standard for computerized family trees. They are text files that can be read by any computer (but they are hard for us humans to read with all the family and individual cross reference numbers.)

The 1945 Axtell GEDCOM file may be freely distributed for non-commercial purposes. See the Allied Index for all surnames found in the file. CONDIT, LINDLEY, TUTTLE, and BEACH are especially of interest in the early generations. The file is a verbatim transcription of the print book, so all errors are included. None of the errors is very significant, though.

The files has 5439 individuals--Thomas and Mary with 5437 of their descendants and their descendants' spouses. The parents of spouses are not entered as individuals, they are left simply as a part of the biographical notes in the relatively-few records that mention a spouse's parents.

The data in this file was last modified on 16-Aug-95. Some people had reported trouble opening this file. Originally, it was the output of a program that I wrote. Now it's a GEDCOM saved from Family Origins, so it should work better.

You can view a "modified register" for Thomas Axtell and the first 4 generations with an index. This is typical of what you can do with the GEDCOM file. I used Family Origins, but shareware like Brother's Keeper can also do this. Brother's Keeper asks for $45 if you want to keep it. Family Origins is cheaper at $36 delivered (WIN or DOS), from Parson's Technology.

How to Use the GEDCOM file

  1. Download the GEDCOM file.
  2. If you need a program do decompress (unZIP) the file, try downloading one from WinZip for Windows or Zipit for Macintosh. WindowsXP has the unzipping built in.
  3. Find a friend with a genealogy program or download Brother's Keeper or even buy a program.
  4. "Import" the GEDCOM file. This will be one of the menu choices. This may take a few minutes.
  5. Use the program's Search command to find your Axtell ancestor born before 1945 (you may need to go earlier).
  6. Print out a "pedigree", "direct lineage", or "Ahnentafel" (German for "ancestor table") and be sure to include notes (or "messages"). These choices will be under the menu items "Reports" or "Books".

You will then have a report of your direct ancestors in your paternal lineage complete with biographical information. You can add your current generations to the database and get an up-to-date report of your family. You can also "merge" this information with other files of your family tree that you may find on the Internet and make a huge ancestral family tree for yourself.

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