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Q: I have an old genealogy database which was created in .dbf format which has
a very simplistic DOS front-end and an nightmarish navigation.
I'd like to extract the data from the database and either import it into a
GED-compliant application, or convert it, dump the old .dbf thing and work
on the new version. Is there an application that will help me do this? I
presume I would need to identify the relevant fields as well as how the
relationships are defined (at the moment, father/mother/spouse etc are
referenced to by line numbers).
And it goes without saying that I'm horribly poor, so a free conversion
utility, or a family tree program which has a time-limited free trial would
A:There may be utility programs out there that will do a database to GED conversion, (I have one that goes the other way), but they will require you to organize the data in a certain exact way. If you're going to do that, it seems to me that a better approach would be to download a free copy of Legacy (which uses Access as it's database file structure), study the files, and then convert tyour dbf files to Access. Once in Access, it's then necessary to build the file srructure exactly like the Legacy files, at which point Legacy should read the files. Once in Legacy, simply generate the GED file. Some additional things you can try: 1. go to www.visuged.org and download transged this will, with a bit of work convert csv files to ged format. 2. go to http://website.lineone.net/~d.j.cooke/wintree.htm and download acc2ged (link for the lazy: http://website.lineone.net/ ~d.j.cooke/acc2ged.zip )read the notes included and convert your database to ged.
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