|The latest version of this mod uses the guidelines for TNG v12+ cust_text.php files. If you are using TNGv12+, and any cust_text.php file in this mod is marked with a Bad Target error, you need to update your cust_text.php files before you can install this mod. [Show instructions]
If you upgraded to TNGv12+, and did not update your cust_text.php files as instructed in the upgrade readme script, then you must use the TNG Mod Manager to update them. To do so:
[See details in the TNGv12 Change Impacts Article][Hide the instructions]
|Summary||This mod reads a Gedcom file, modifies some tags and data, and creates a new Gedcom file. It was originally designed to modifies Gedcom files produced by Ancestry.com's Family Tree Maker 2012, but it now does many other conversions.|
|Mod Updated||28 Oct 2020|
See the Revision History for older versions
|Mod Support||My Mod Support form or TNG Community Forums|
|Contact Developer||My Mod Support form|
|Min TNG V||9.0|
|Max TNG V||13|
Updates: admin_dataimport.php, admin_export.php, admin_secondmenu.php, admin_secondary.php
Installs: rrgedcomconverter_form.php, rrgedcomconverter.php, rrgedcomconverter_saveoptions.php, English rrgedcomconverter_help.php, rrgedcomconverter_placeoptions.jpg, rrgedcomconverter_config-distrib.php, upload.class.php, rrgedcomconverter_tagsconfig.php
Purpose of the Mod
This mod implements a TNG program that makes numerous changes to Gedcom files:
- Fixes specific errors or incompatibilities in Gedcom files produced by Family Tree Maker (which it tied to, but no longer owned by Ancestry.com). These changes allow TNG to import media links, birth and death notes, and media records correctly. These changes are essentially the same as those made by a converter program hosted by Stephen Connor, which is described in the Desktop_gotchas TNG Wiki page, and in a help page on Stephan Connor's web site
- Makes several optional edits to Gedcom tags and event data to clean up a number of common inconsistencies. These changes can potentially be applied to any Gedcom file.
- Can run the Placename Format process (installed by the Placename Format mod) to reformat USA placenames in a consistent manner.
The Gedcom Converter Help File (on the mod author's TNG site) has much more detail than this article about the Gedcom Converter kickoff form and process.
Note that the Gedcom Converter programs installed by this mod do not touch the TNG database. As a result, this mod should be independent of TNG changes, and should even work for TNG version before 9.0, and indefinitely into the future.
There should be no conflicts. The only changes this mod makes to existing programs are to add the "Convert Gedcom File" tab to programs already in the Import/Export tab menu
- The optional Inner Mod Menus mod flags the new "Gedcom Converter" tab in all Admin>>Import/Export program to indicate that the tab was installed by the Gedcom Converter mod.
- Gedcom Import Purge, like the Gedcom Converter, optionally suppresses Citation Medialinks. However, As described in the Citation Medialinks section above, I have discovered that Citation Medialinks are not the problem I thought they were, so, really, there is almost no point in suppressing them.
- Placename Format installs the Placename Formatting functions that are called by the Gedcom Converter to reformat USA placenames in a consistent manner.
In TNGv13, this mod includes a typical mod subfolder, with the same base name as the mod's .cfg file. The subfolder is atypical in that no files in it are installed to working TNG folders. However, it does contain critical files that contain the mod's language strings, which the mod does not add to standard cust_text.php files. Instead, the PHP code modified by this mod loads the language strings from files in the mod's languages/ subfolder. Read more about this technique.
[Show Installation Details]
- A working TNG installation.
- An installed current version of the Mod Manager.
- You should backup files listed in the panel on the right.
- Remove and delete previous version of this mod.
- Backup the files updated by this mod. They are listed in the panel at the upper right.
- Download the .zip file, Extract its .cfg file to the mods folder.
- Follow the normal automated installation for Mod Manager, as shown in the example Mod Manager - Installing Config Files.
|Step 1 - From the TNG Admin home page, select Import/Export|
|Step 2 - Part 1 - Gedcom Converter options|
|When you get to Admin>>Import/Export, you'll see the Gedcom Import kickoff form. Select the "Gedcom Converter" tab, and you'll see the Gedcom Converter "kickoff form".|
To start the process, select a Gedcom file from your PC or the server, just as as you would in the Gedcom Import kickoff form. As soon as you click on the output filename field, a default value will be displayed for you, but you can change that value. The options are described in more detail in The Gedcom Converter help file. (Depending on the version of the converter that you are using, there may be options not shown here.)
|Step 2 - Part 2 - Options to Format USA Places - That is, to re-format the components of a full placename into a standard format defined by these options, which will appear when the "Normalize USA Places" or "Format USA Placenames" option is checked. These options are added by the optional Placename Format mod.
The placename formatting process will take various representations of a single placename, such as "Houston, Harris, Texas", "Houston, Harris County, TX", "Houston, Harris Co, Texas, USA", and put them all in the format specified by the options.
|Step 3. Save Options
When you click the "Save Gedcom Options" button, the Gedcom Converter options will be saved to a configuration file, and, if the placename formatting options are present, the "Save Place Options" will be saved to a second configuration file.
For Additional Help
The help file for the Gedcom Converter form has very detailed explanations of all of the Converter options.
|Mod Version||TNG Version||Date||Note|
|188.8.131.52||13||28 Oct 2020||Upgraded to TNGv13; Fixed the creation of Person and Family Medialinks from Citation Medialinks|
|184.108.40.206||12||28 May 2020||(For now, see the Revision History in the .cfg file)|
|220.127.116.11||12.0+||15 May 2018||No functional changes; made compatible with TNGv12.|
|18.104.22.168||9.0 - 10.2.1||7 Feb 2016||No functional changed. Removed the second line of cust_text.php target location strings because of a change some distribution files for TNGv11.1.12, and moved the language strings from a standalone file to the standard cust_text.php files.|
|22.214.171.124||9.0 - 10.1.3||22 Feb 2016||Changed mod name. Added several Gedcom tags to the converter logic. Separated language strings, configuration variables, and code for Place Normalization into different files, which are installed by the new Place Normalization mod.|
|126.96.36.199p||9.0-11.1.2||6 Feb 2016||Simply removed the second line of cust_text.php target location search strings because of a change in the full TNGv11.1.2 distribution.|
|188.8.131.52d||9.0 - 10.12||6 Sep 2015||No real significant changes. Tweaked the Converter Setup form & the tabs. Admin >> Import/Export now takes you directly to the Converter form rather than the Input form. The converter now handles some Gedcom tags that FTM doesn't generate. (I use it occasionally to modify other Gedcoms.)|
|184.108.40.206a||9.0.0 - 10.1.0||24 Jun 2015||Tweaked the options form to allow it to be viewed, but not submitted, without logging in.|
|220.127.116.11||9.0.0 - 10.0.3||16 Dec 2014||Removed some options that addressed my personal data entry habits. Improved the place normalization. Cleaned up code and added documentation.|
|18.104.22.168||9.2.2 - 10.0.2||17 Aug 2014||Fixed some strings that weren't internationalized. Added a warning to the "Compress dates" option noting that compressing dates breaks date internationalization. Modified the mod subfolder for new files so that it has the same folder structure as the TNG site. I thus added the version suffix to that subfolder.|
|22.214.171.124||9.2.2 - 10.0.2||25 Jul 2014||Fixed a bug in the handling of Individual TITL events.|
|126.96.36.199||9.2.2 - 10.0.2||30 Jun 2014||Cleanup. Improved error handling & handling of form options. The converter configuration file lists the options in (essentially) the same order as the options form. Shows more information while the converter is running.|
|188.8.131.52||9.2.2 - 10.0.2||25 Jun 2014||Added an option to suppress secondary events for selected event types. Improved handling of the media object path. Fixed a couple of bugs that caused some conversions to be performed even if their checkbox was unchecked.|
|184.108.40.206||9.2.2 - 10.0.2||12 May 2014||Improved handling of the media object path so that it doesn't get in the way of simple TNG installations. Added the "locales that act as counties" concept so it could be more thorough in making sure that counties have the county designator. Added option 5e, which was previously always done along with Date compression. Added the upload module, which was missing in the first release.|
TNG User sites using this mod
Please add your site if you use this modification.
|Robin's Genealogy Database||Robin Richmond||Mod developer||220.127.116.11||13||English|
|Total Family History||Scott Bennett||Private Site (For right now)||18.104.22.168||TNG 10.0.1||EN|
|Wilcox, Eskelson, and Related families||Alan Wilcox||Private Site (Password required - relatives only)||22.214.171.124||TNG 10.0.2||EN|
|Our Immigrant Ancestors||Jim Larson||Private site (guest/guest for access)||126.96.36.199||12.3||EN, NO|
|LookingBackwards - All Our Relations||Ashleigh Mitchell||Private Site (Password required - relatives only)||188.8.131.52||TNGv12.3||EN|